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Newspaper headlines: Energy price cap and Britain's French border

By BBC News


Many front pages lead with the Conservative pledge to cap energy bills, with the Daily Mail describing it as the first major policy announcement of the Conservative campaign.

The paper says the promise would limit the standard tariffs paid by 70% of families.

According to the Daily Telegraph, energy suppliers have been "milking" their customers by quietly raising the price of their cheapest gas and electricity deals by 37% since the prime minister first threatened to intervene last year.

But the paper says it has already provoked a "backlash", with energy companies warning it will kill competition, deter investment and endanger jobs.

According to the i, new French President Emmanuel Macron wants to end the so-called Calais agreement that allows British officials to check the passports of people wishing to enter the UK on French soil.

The Telegraph reports that ministers are drawing up contingency plans to stop illegal immigrants entering the UK if the controls are scrapped.

The paper says Theresa May has conceded that the 2003 Le Touquet agreement will have to be looked at again - but believes it benefits France as much as the UK.

The paper says the body of 85-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan was airlifted from Base Camp at the weekend after a suspected heart attack.

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image captionMin Bahadur Sherchan was attempting to become the oldest person to climb Everest

He had previously reached the summit nine years ago.

The Nepal Mountaineering Association said that, in the light of recent developments, the upper age limit should be limited to 76.

The youngest person to reach the 29,000ft summit is a 13-year-old from California.

"Hunters scent blood," is the headline in Daily Mirror which says the Conservatives intend to bring back fox hunting if they win the general election.

The paper quotes Council of Hunting Associations chairman Lord Mancroft as saying: "This is the chance we've been waiting for.

"A majority of 50 or more will give us a real opportunity for a repeal of the Hunting Act."

The paper says Mrs May voted against the hunting ban in 2002, and in 2009 backed a free vote to abolish it.

The Times has extracts of a book written by Joe DiMaggio's foot doctor Rock Positano who claims the famously private baseball legend opened up to him over the dinner table about why his nine-month marriage to Marilyn Monroe failed.

The paper says that in Dinner with DiMaggio, the podiatrist said DiMaggio and Monroe got on exceptionally well - except for her personal hygiene.

DiMaggio, who was scrupulously clean, was said to complain that Monroe would not take a bath for days, probably because of depression.

According to Positano, the couple split up not because of her love of fame and his love of privacy - but because they could not have children.