Barcelona's car fair, el Saló del Automòbil, received an important boost today after it was announced that some of the main players in the industry will be coming to the biennial event this year, and that there'll be a record-breaking 53 brands present. Earlier reports had suggested that, given the global problems affecting the car sector, there could be a reduced interest in taking part in the fair, which is happening in May. However, the Saló's President Enric Lacalle reported that there will be 53 manufacturers at the show, compared to 44 in 2007.
Police arrested a man at Barcelona's El Prat airport after they discovered cocaine in the plaster that was covering his broken leg. X-rays revealed that the man, 66 years of old and from Chile, was actually injured, with a broken tibia and fibula, but the white protective casing that he had on his left leg was made of cocaine. It was found that he was also carrying the drug concealed in cans of beer and stools he had in his luggage.
The judge Baltasar Gazón has accused senior members of the Spanish opposition Partido Popular of taking bribes, which further embroils the right-wing party in a corruption scandal that has been going on for several weeks. This will be bad news for the leader Mariano Rajoy, who was riding high following victories for the party in regional elections in Galicia last weekend (where they won power with a significant majority taking back the government there from the Socialists who won four years ago) and important success in the Basque country, giving the party the ability to create a coalition with the Spanish Socialist party at the cost of the incumbent Basque nationalist party. Gazón has accused the leader of the PP in the Community of Valencia, Francisco Campos, of letting a businessman pay for work down for him by a tailor.