Evening Update 09 May

Speed - French motorists are overwhelmingly against the new secondary road speed limit of 80km/h which comes into effect in July. A survey from BVA today shows three-quarters of motorists oppose the move, with the opposition even higher in rural areas. Also in the survey, 90% of people were in favour of breathalysers being sold in bars and 62% approve of licences being suspended for drivers who use their phone while driving.

Trains - Striking train drivers, have taken their protest to the private office, of the ‘Deputy Leader of the Alpes-Maritimes’ Cédric Roussel. When they were told he was not there, the drivers threw a bag of uniforms in the doorway, saying that with the proposed government reforms they may as well be naked.

Fashion Police - Police have arrested a number of people in Villeneuve Loubet for selling counterfeit goods online. Over 1,000 items were taken in raids on three homes including branded clothing, perfume and sunglasses. The investigation began late last year when a police officer saw some of the items on sale posted to his Facebook page.

Villa - President Macron is to spend the coming weekend in the Var. He’ll be staying at a villa made available to Heads of State near Fréjus, and if all goes well, he intends to spend his summer holiday at the residence.

Film - The Cannes Film Festival in partnership with the French Secretary of State for Equality has announced a special “anti-harassment helpline”. The move marks a turning point in the history of the festival and the atmosphere on the Croisette. The helpline is available to help people who are victims of harassment or physical aggression.

Market - The market of Sanary in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur looks set to be among the Top Three in this year’s Most Beautiful Market in France competition. Run by TF1 and regional press, over 300 towns competed for the title.


Vodafone are to pay €18.4bn for cable networks in Germany and eastern Europe, which were owned by US firm Liberty Global. The deal will allow Vodafone to expand its mobile, TV and broadband services in Hungary, Romania and Czech Republic. It will also create a stronger "quad play" competitor for Deutsche Telekom in Germany.

Walmart has confirmed a deal to buy a majority stake in Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart for $16 billion. The U.S. retail giant will take roughly 77%, with the remainder of the business held by existing investors, including Flipkart's co-founder, Tencent, Tiger Global and Microsoft.


Tennis - At the Madrid Open today, British number one Kyle Edmund has beaten 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in three sets to reach the third round. The 6-3 2-6 6-3 win took one hour 40 minutes and put Edmund into the world's top 20.

Football - Michael Carrick will start for Manchester United against Watford on Sunday in his final match before he retires.  The 36-year-old, who has made 463 appearances for the side, announced his decision to retire in March.

Rugby - Four Ireland coaches have signed contract extensions to beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Forwards coach Simon Easterby, defence coach Andy Farrell and skills coach Richie Murphy have extended their commitments to June 2020. Scrum coach Greg Feek is set to take up a position with Japanese side Ricoh but will continue to work with Ireland until the completion of the World Cup.

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