The bridge collapse earlier this month in Genoa continued to dominate Italian front pages. Several papers covered Monday’s announcement by Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli that Italy may renationalize highways. Calls by the governor of the Liguria region, Giovanni Toti, for the Morandi bridge to be reconstructed as soon as possible by highway operator Autostrade also made the front pages. “Genoa, the battle of the bridge,” was Il Messaggero’s headline.
Le Monde wrote about French President Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to get European politicians onside with his vision for the Continent. “Europe: The frustrated march of Macron,” was the paper’s headline — referring to Macron’s transcontinental trip, and a play on words on the president’s La République En Marche party. The paper also covered Pope Francis’ trip to Ireland. Le Figaro led with a story on companies calling on the government to “stay on course” with business-friendly reforms.
Reactions to the violent far-right protests that took place in the city of Chemnitz after a fatal stabbing dominated German front pages. The German government “condemns” the rioters’ attempts to take justice into their own hands, FAZ wrote.
As Prime Minister Theresa May visits Africa, the i reported she will announce plans to step up trade relations with countries on the continent after Brexit. Britain’s aid budget will now be used to support companies that want to invest in Africa, according to the i. The Guardian led with a story claiming that high levels of air pollution can impact intelligence.