Evening Update 09 Apr

Greve - Sixty lawyers, in full formal attire, disrupted a number of trials by taking over the main courtroom in Nice this afternoon. It was part of a protest by lawyers, opposed to government reforms of the legal system, including plans to simplify criminal and civil procedures, and move toward more computer based administration. One judge described the lawyers as train drivers in black and a shame to the profession.

Meanwhile, the train strike rumbles on, with a below minimum service running today. President Macron, will address the strike is televised interview planned for Thursday, and a a two-hour primetime interview Sunday.

Todays train strike will be followed tomorrow, by more strike action from Air France pilots, which has led to a number of flights from Nice, to Paris and Lyon, being cancelled.

Fire - It’s been a deadly weekend along the Cote d’Azur’s for fire. On Saturday night, a retired woman died during an apartment fire on Avenue des Fleurs in Nice. Also on Saturday, a man set fire to a number of boats in the port of Cavalaire, after being refused entry to a local nightclub, and then attacked the club itself. Then this morning, a 70 year old woman died in a house fire on Chemin des Arums at Cannes La Bocca. The other occupant of the house is fighting for his life in hospital.

Chef - The popular TV show Top Chef will be coming from Monaco this week, as they visit the most starred chef in the world, Joel Robuchon, at the Metropole Monte-Carlo Hotel. Chef Robuchon is famous the world over for his mashed potato, and Wednesday nights contestants will be challenged to make him a potato dish! You can see it on M6, Wednesday night at 9pm.


Deutsche Bank has dismissed its chief executive John Cryan, amid continued losses at Germany's biggest lender. After taking over in 2015, Mr Cryan has battled fallout from a series of scandals, as well as three years of reported losses. Deutsche Bank’s co-deputy will take over as CEO immediately.

Shares in firms controlled by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska have plunged, after the United States imposed sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs, and their companies, on Friday. In addition to losses on international exchanges, in Hong Kong and London, Russia's main share index plunged 11% this morning,  in the wake of the sanctions which follow the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury.

President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi, has said this year’s slide in stock markets, has not materially impacted financial conditions in the euro zone. Policymakers remain calm about the recent volatility, expecting that euro zone inflation will continue to rise towards 2%, and that uncertainty over slack in the economy requires patience.


Football - Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres says he will be leaving the club at the end of the season. The Spain forward is being used less and less by the team, and this weekend, he sat as an unused sub for the Atletico 1-1 draw with Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, reports say Gareth Bale does not want to leave Real. The Wales player is receiving similar treatment, where he is being left out of big games, throwing into speculation his future in Spain.

Monaco have consolidated second place in the French Ligue 1 with a 2-1 win over Nantes at Stade Louis II. Monaco are now seven points ahead of Marseille and Lyon, in the race for the second Champions League spot.

Commonwealth Games
Wales won three gold medals, on a day English swimmer Adam Peaty was denied his second title of the Games on Australia's Gold Coast. Peaty was narrowly beaten in the men's 50 metre breaststroke, by South African Cameron van der Burgh.

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