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Evening Update 02 Apr

Strike - The first of thirty-six strikes by train drivers protesting the removal of privileges, such as automatic pay rises, early retirement and free travel, begin tomorrow. SNCF are expecting the vast majority of scheduled trains to be cancelled, with just one in eight TGV services nationally to be operational. Local TER trains will have one train per hour for the rush hour tomorrow but many hours throughout the day will have no trains at all.

To add to transport problems, staff at Air France are also on strike tomorrow, particularly disrupting flights between Nice and the capital Paris. Strikes by the waste collection, electricity and energy sectors are also expected.

Roads - Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads after two fatal accidents so far this Easter weekend. Yesterday afternoon, a 27 year-old biker lost his life, in an accident on the way from Sospel to Menton, while a 20 year-old died in a collision with a car in Nice. It brings to ten, the death toll on our roads in the last three months.

Body - The body of a man in his twenties, was discovered on the side of a road, near a nightclub in Rognac, Bouches-du-Rhones over the weekend. The body was discovered after an anonymous call to emergency services, and was found with knife wounds and boot marks on the body.

BUSINESS

Trade tensions are rising between the US and China, as the Chinese announced 128 new tariffs on American imports including meat, fruit and other products. Beijing's move is a direct retaliation against taxes approved by President Trump on imported steel and aluminium to the US.

SPORT

Rugby - Australia's rugby sevens captain James Stannard says he is heartbroken to be ruled out of this month's Commonwealth Games, after being punched outside a kebab shop in Sydney on Friday. A 22-year-old British man has been charged in connection with the incident where Stannard sustained a fractured skull.

Tennis - Greg Rusedski has said rumours Ivan Lendl could coach Alexander Zverev would be a masterstroke for the player. Zverev missed out on his third Masters 1000 title, after he suffered defeat to John Isner, in the final of the Miami Open yesterday.

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