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Evening Update 02 May

Tram - Socialist leader, Patrick Allmande has slammed Christian Estrosi for his utter refusal to consider an extension of the Nice tram to Nice L’Ariane. Refuting Estrosi’s claim that there are not enough people to make it possible, Allmande pointed out there were 1,100 staff working at the Hospital Sainte Marie, with 12,000 inhabitants in l’Ariane, and a similar number in La Trinité.

Shooting - More details are immerging about the gunshots heard on Place Masséna in Nice on Monday night. The incident began around 9pm when a woman asked some people, on a packed Rue Masséna, for a cigarette. When they responded by jostling and insulting her, her husband fired a shot from a gas pistol. That shot caused panic on the streets, which were packed with tourists and restaurants, with twelve people being slightly injured, three of whom were taken to the hospital. The couple remain in police custody, while their 5 year-old child has been placed temporarily in a home.

Strikes - Transport strikes resume tomorrow with Air France cancelling 15% of its services tomorrow, in addition to train drivers who strike once more on Thursday and Friday.

BUSINESS

Economic growth across the EU slowed slightly during the first quarter, with growth of 0.4% from January to March.  However, that still exceeds growth in the United Kingdom which was just 0.1%. This is the fifth, out of seven consecutive quarters, that the Eurozone has grown faster than the UK, since the Brexit vote.

Apple are to return $100bn to shareholders as solid sales helped revenues rise 16% in the last quarter. The company sold 52 million iPhones in the three months to March, with revenues at Apple's services business, that includes Apple Music and the App Store, jumping almost a third to $9bn.

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Football - All eyes are on Rome tonight, not necessarily for the Liverpool Roma Champions League semi-final, but to see what happens off the pitch. Following violence at the games first leg in Liverpool which left one man in hospital, and two Italians in jail, Liverpool supporters have been told that ‘under no circumstances’ are they to travel alone, wear club colours, or walk to the stadium in Rome tonight. 1,000 police officers are being deployed around the Stadio Olimpico, in addition to a further 2,000 throughout the city. Other measures include a complete alcohol ban, as well as a crackdown on fake tickets. The game, in which Liverpool lead 5 – 2 after the first leg, kicks off at 8.45.

Sailing - The Nice Ultimed boat race set off from Nice at lunchtime today, for the race around Corsica and back. The leaders are expected back in Nice at the weekend, where for security reasons, traffic restrictions will be in place on the Quai des Etats Unis and the Capeau.

Formula 1 - As part of this years Historic Grand Prix, the McLaren in which Ayrton Senna won the Monaco Grand Prix in 1993, is to be auctioned in the Principality on Friday week.  In addition to his victorious race in Monaco, the Brazilian driver raced eight Grand Prix in at the wheel of this car during the World Championships of 1993.

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