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Evening Update 05 July

Strike - More train strike action has been announced by the CGT and SUD unions for this Friday and Saturday, as a million people across France prepare to take trains to their holidays this weekend. However, it’s expected strike turnout will be the lowest so far, as train drivers get weary after months of striking. The advice, if you intend taking any train this weekend, is to consult the SNCF app or website.

Road traffic is predicted by Bison Futé to be particularly heavy this weekend, as the first big wave of holiday makers from Paris and the north head south for sunshine here on the Cote d’Azur. The busiest days on the motorways are tomorrow and Saturday.

The threat of forest fires is also returning for the summer with authorities in the Var placing the coastal area at Hyères on alert. Several coastal paths are closed today as well as access to forest areas in the region.

Budget airlines are calling on the EU to act against striking air traffic controllers. Last month, Ryanair had to cancel 1,100 flights compared to just 41 cancellations in June last year. Easyjet, who have an extensive base at Nice Cote d’Azur airport, are also warning customers that last minute strikes by French controllers are expected throughout the summer.

Taxi - Eric Ciotti has given his support to taxi drivers who are disputing the transport deal between Lignes d’Azur and the American taxi company Uber. Under the deal, passengers can hail an Uber from certain bus routes with no evening service, for a fixed fee of just €6. Traffic in central Nice was disrupted this morning as local taxi drivers demanded a meeting at the town hall calling on the city to cancel the deal.

Body - A 33 year-old British woman has been found dead on board a €7 million superyacht moored at Imperia. It’s believed Rebecca Boyle, suffered a neck injury after a night of drinking and the death is not being treated as suspicious.

BUSINESS

Boeing has agreed a deal that will give it control of Embraer's commercial jet business. The Americans have been courting Embraer since Airbus announced a deal with the Canadian regional jet maker, Bombardier, which gave Airbus a significant advantage in the global marketplace. Today’s deal will restore parity between Boeing and Airbus.

MEPs have voted to reject a controversial copyright law, which would have put a greater responsibility on individual websites to check for copyright infringements. They say the law, which was backed by the music industry, would significantly damage internet freedom and will now go back to legislators for re-drafting.

SPORT

Football - France will head off early for the weekend tomorrow as the French team take on Uruguay in the World Cup Quarter Finals. Didier Deschamps is hoping to avoid a repeat of the last World Cup Quarter Final where France were knocked out by Germany. The game kicks off at 4pm tomorrow afternoon.  

Social networks are exploding today with rumours OGC Nice star striker, Mario Balotelli, is about to move to Olympique Marseille. Patrick Vieira, the new coach at Nice, said he was expecting Balotelli for training on Monday but he hasn’t been seen all week. The Italian was completely adopted by red & black fans who today feel particularly cheated should he choose to move to one of OGC Nice’s biggest rivals.

Tennis - Third seed Marin Cilic has been knocked out of Wimbledon by Argentina's Guido Pella. Cilic was well in control of the game before rain halted proceedings last night but on resumption today, Pella was the better, wrapping up the third set and taking the fourth on a tie-break.

British number three Katie Boulter was knocked out of Wimbledon with a 6-3 6-4 defeat by world number 18 Naomi Osaka in the second round.

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