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Evening Update 03 May

Greve - There were scuffles between railway workers and police today, at the Alpes-Maritimes administrative centre, when up to 300 train drivers demanded to be given a meeting with the Prefect. The protests come as drivers enter the thirteenth and fourteenth days of their strike against government reforms.

Visit - It’s been announced Prince Albert of Monaco is to visit Canada early next week. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he and the Prince will discuss their shared commitment to the Paris Agreement, and the actions the two countries are taking to address climate change and protect the world’s oceans. This will be the first formal meeting between the Prime Minister and Prince Albert and will take place next Monday and Tuesday.

Disaster - A state of natural disaster has been declared in Vence following floods and mudslides which occurred last December. Victims of the bad weather conditions have ten days from today to declare any damage through their insurance.

Ooops - President Macron has been laughing off his slip of the tongue when he referred to Australia’s First Lady as ‘delicieux’. The President used the word, which can also mean ‘delightful’, in a speech concluding his visit to Australia. Aussie Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Marcon had charmed Australia, and that his wife was very flattered by French President.

BUSINESS

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has filed to list on Hong Kong's stock market, in a move that is expected to raise up to $10bn. The flotation will be the world's biggest debut this year, and the largest since fellow China tech giant Alibaba raised $25bn in 2014.

Richard Branson is to take his first foray into the world of private equity. The Virgin Group founder will partner with London-based Metric Capital in managing a new fund, which will invest in firms with consumer-facing businesses, such as food and beverage, luxury, and leisure.

SPORT

Sailing - One of the three tri-marans racing the Nice Ultimed and skippered by Yves Le Blévec, has been forced to pull out of the race which began yesterday. Its due to a rigging failure which hit the boat near St Tropez, forcing the crew to give up the race.

Football - Proposals by FIFA to introduce two brand new competitions, a revamped ‘Club World Cup’ and a new ‘Nations League’, have been met by opposition by European Professional Football Leagues. They say domestic leagues in Europe are not ready as the calendar of fixtures is already very congested.

Snooker - John Higgins has moved a step closer to claiming a fifth World Championship title, after edging out Judd Trump in a thriller at the Crucible. The game ended 13-12 with Higgins the one to book a semi-final clash with Kyren Wilson, who earlier demolished Mark Allen 13-6.

Formula 1 - Plans are being made for a street race in Miami in 2019. The city will vote next week on a proposal to conclude a deal with Formula 1 next week.  If the plans go ahead, it will be the first street race in the US, since the 1991 Grand Prix in Phoenix, Arizona.

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