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Evening Update 01 June

Drugs - Police have busted a massive drug ring in Moulins in Nice, seizing over 100 kilos of cocaine and 85,000 euro in cash. Seven people were arrested in the bust, one of the biggest on Cote d’Azur.

Tourist - The Bouches-du-Rhône department is cracking down on tourist establishments this summer, to make sure they are up to spec. About 1,000 surprise inspections are planned with hotels, campsites or restaurants, that are in breach of rules, facing sanctions up to and including closure.

NF - The National Front party in France has officially adopted its new name today; National Gathering. The re-branding is part of Marine Le Pens plan to rid the party of its racist and anti-Semitic past.

Vaccinations - From today, parents wishing to enrole children in a crèche or school, will have to present the child’s carnet de santé, confirming they have received all of the required baby vaccinations. Since January this year, compulsory vaccinations went from three to eleven, and without them, the child will not be allowed join to school system.

BUSINESS

Emmanuel Macron has told US President Donald Trump, that American tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the EU are illegal. In a direct phone call last night, he told Trump this was economic nationalism, and exactly what happened in the thirties. The French Finance Minister Bruno le Marie said the EU will not negotiate as long as the tariffs are in place, while EU Chief Jean-Claude Juncker has promised the bloc will announce counter-measures very shortly.

Meanwhile jobs growth in the US was faster than expected in May, bringing the unemployment rate down to 3.8%, an 18 year low.  It’s increased speculation the Fed may increase the interest rate at its next meeting.

SPORT

Tennis - Second seed Alexander Zverev was forced to save a match point before beating Damir Dzumhur in five sets, to reach the last 16 in the French Open. Zverev showed a worrying lack of consistency in the match, hitting 73 unforced errors, dropping his serve eight times and serving seven double faults. The eventual result was 6-2 3-6 4-6 7-6 7-5.

Fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov is out of the Open after losing to veteran Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in straight sets.

Football
Hugo Lloris is to captain the French team for their pre World Cup friendly at the Allianz Riviera tonight. It’s a huge homecoming moment for the French goalkeeper, who was born in Nice and grew up playing football behind the old Ray stadium. It will also be an interesting night for OGC Nice star striker Mario Balotelli who is playing for his national team, Italy!

Lots of thoughts tonight will be looking back to another famous France Italy clash in 2006, when both teams contested the final of the World Cup that year. That was a dramatic match, where Zinedine Zidane was sent off for head-butting Italian player Marco Materazzi, and after a one all finish, the game went to penalties, with Italy beating France 5 – 3 to the take the title.

Will we have such drama and action tonight??  Kick off for the France v Italy friendly at the Allianz Riviera is at 9pm.

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