Evening Update 01 May

Le Pen - The National Front’s Marine Le Pen and a number of far-right partners from Austria, Italy, Holland and more, have been gathering for for a huge May 1st rally at the Acropolis in Nice, where they have been denouncing the EU and celebrating gains for nationalist movements across the continent.

Le Pen says the European Union is having catastrophic consequences on France, and is campaigning for an alternative Europe with nations that work together independently, without the federal architecture and controls from Brussels. However, a number of French surveys show, only a minority of French people are in favour of leaving the EU and scrapping the euro.

The Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi has denounced Le Pen’s rally as a ‘gathering of hatred and exclusion’, while left-wing organizations are organizing their own counter-demonstration against the far-right, organised by leftist and anti-racism groups.

Accident - At least six people have been seriously injured in an accident involving two cars on the A8 motorway this afternoon. The accident which happened just before 3pm at Jct 36 Le Muys, was attended by six ambulances and an emergency helicopter.

Migrants - Sixty people have started a 1,500km solidarity march from Ventimiglia to London today, in aid of migrants. They’re hoping to raise awareness on the importance of welcoming migrants to France. According to reports the far right “Generation Identity Group” plans to block some roads to protest against the march.

Mountain - The death toll of the storm that surprised a group of hikers in the Alps on Sunday, has risen to six. The victims, who were part of two groups of hikers, include a 59-year-old Italian guide who died on the scene following a fall, as well as two Italian couples and a Bulgarian. Three people remain in a serious condition while five other hikers, including three French were slightly injured and suffered from hypothermia.


Britain is to enforce greater transparency in tax havens. A new legal amendment will see some overseas territories, including the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands, required to reveal the beneficial owners of assets and to publish them in a public register.

A former senior executive of UK software firm Autonomy has been convicted of fraud, for inflating the company’s value by artificially boosting the number of transactions on its balance sheet, just before it was bought by Hewlett Packard. HP bought Autonomy for £7bn in 2011, and just a year later, was forced to write off most of the value of the software firm.

America has extended negotiations on steel and aluminium tariffs for yet another 30 days with the EU, Canada and Mexico. The EU said, delaying the decision prolongs market uncertainty, which was already having an effect on businesses, warning that as a longstanding partner of the United States, they  will not negotiate under threat.


Formula 1 - New rules for the 2019 season, are to make overtaking easier and promote closer racing. Approved modifications to cars have been based on research aimed at finding ways of making it less difficult for one car to follow closely behind another. There is a general acceptance within F1 that rules introduced in 2017, to make the cars faster and more dramatic, have made overtaking harder.

Football - The first Champions League semi-final second leg is being played tonight between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich who are leading 2-1 from the first leg. Liverpool’s big night is tomorrow, when they travel to Rome for their second match, leading 5-2 from the first leg at Anfield.

Rugby - Glasgow Warriors hooker Pat MacArthur is to leave the club at the end of the Pro14 season as he retires from rugby to pursue a new career. The Scotland international has been with Warriors since 2007, making 165 appearances for the club on top of six Scotland caps.

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