Newspaper headlines: 'Job-obsessed' students and EU 'to bill UK over fraud'

Students worried about the world of work might take some solace from the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.

According to its lead story, they should not "obsess" about finding a job straight after they graduate.

Mary Curnock Cook, the outgoing head of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, thinks middle-class parents have become too fixated with their children finding work within six months.

Instead, she suggests students try some temporary or voluntary work.

Macron triumph?

The Financial Times says relief swept through the markets following the first round win by Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential elections.

But the paper says this is no time for complacency.

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Indeed, the Daily Telegraph thinks EU officials are wrong to regard the outcome as "a triumph", even though close to half of French voters supported anti-EU candidates.

The Sun thinks Mr Macron will carry on with what it calls the "calamitous programme" of outgoing President Francois Hollande.

Speaking of the EU, Britain will have to settle a demand for 2bn euros (£1.7bn) because of a failure to tackle customs fraud, according to the Times, which says the issue threatens to hold up a post-Brexit trade deal.

The problem is said to stem from Chinese crime gangs systematically undervaluing goods imported into the EU through Dover and Folkestone.

Revenue and Customs officials reject the claim they are not doing enough, pointing to more than 500 cases relating to potential import fraud.

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Writing in the Guardian, Tony Blair argues that to stand any chance in June's general election Labour needs to challenge the Conservative view of Brexit head-on, rather than concentrating on other issues.

He says the party has to convince voters it will hold the government to account on Brexit and not allow a deal at any cost.

In the Daily Telegraph, the former Conservative leader William Hague explains why he thinks Mr Blair is wrong. He maintains a big Conservative majority would allow Theresa May to be "more open to compromise" when negotiating with the EU.

A Remain campaign group will try to oust prominent Brexit-supporting MPs in the general election, according to the lead in the Guardian.

The group, Open Britain, has drawn up an "attack list" of 20 seats held mostly by Conservatives where the majority of constituents voted to stay in the European Union.

The Times is among several papers to report that two hard left groups have given their backing to Jeremy Corbyn in the general election.

The Communist Party of Britain and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition have both said they will not oppose Labour.

The Daily Express says no serious political figure would ever want such an endorsement.

Meanwhile, the Financial Times reports that Brexit is spurring the development of farm robots because of concerns there will not be enough agricultural workers.

Plastic hungry

The Daily Mail leads with a cancer study which says family doctors have missed opportunities to spot the illness in seven out of 10 cases that are later diagnosed in A&E.

The report from Cambridge University, University College London and Public Health England is based on data from 2010 and says some cancers are difficult to spot and elderly patients suffering from conditions such as dementia may not seek appointments.

The Times says that Donald Trump is considering a cabin ban on laptops for passengers travelling on flights between the UK and US.

It says the restrictions - already imposed on aircraft flying from some Middle Eastern countries - could be extended within weeks.

Finally, very hungry caterpillars may soon join the war on plastic bags - according to the Daily Telegraph and Guardian.


Researchers have discovered that the waxworm can break down even the toughest plastics, eating them at uniquely high speeds.

The species is commonly found in beehives and the discovery only came when a biologist cleaned out her hives, shoved the worms into a plastic bag and noticed it quickly became riddled with holes.