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Evening Update 09 Oct

Strike - Tomorrows national strike is expected to cause some disruption to public transport, health services, schools and air traffic across the Riviera. 

Generally the regions bus services are expected to operate as normal tomorrow. However, some services in Nice will be affected between 10am and 1pm, due to a mass protest being held in the centre of the city. SNCF say they expect only limited delays or cancellations, with most services running as normal.

Nice Cote d’Azur airport will be the hardest hit, with up to 30% of flights in danger of disruption due to national air traffic controllers taking part in the strike.

Marseilles - The brother of the man who killed two women at Marseilles train station last week has been arrested in Northern Italy. Police believe he has a past as a foreign fighter in Syria, and may have been responsible for radicalising his brother.

Voie Mathis - A new plan to link the Voi Mathis in Nice, with the A8 motorway, was discussed by Nice City Council today. The council have approved a new study into the project, at a cost of 200,000 euro, and it’s hoped the new single lane link road could be operational by 2023.

Catalan - The Minister of European Affairs has said France will not recognise a new Catalan state should the Spanish region declare independence tomorrow. She also repeated Brussels' warning, that an independent Catalonia would automatically be out of the EU. The Minister said, we are allies with Spain, but we are not going to meddle in their internal affairs.

BUSINESS

Oscar-winning film producer, Harvey Weinstein, accused of sexually harassing female employees, has been fired by the board of his own company. The company directors said, that in light of new information about misconduct, his employment had been terminated effective immediately.

More than 1,000 jobs are set to be axed by defence contractor BAE Systems. The cuts, affecting its two plants in Lancashire in the UK, will be officially announced tomorrow.

US economist Richard Thaler, one of the founding fathers of behavioural economics, has won this year's ‘Nobel Prize for Economics’. Professor Thaler, from the University of Chicago, co-wrote the global best-selling book ‘Nudge’, which looks at how people make bad or irrational financial choices.

SPORT

Football
In World Cup Qualifiers, it’s all eyes on Cardiff, as Wales take on the Republic of Ireland, in a ‘winner takes all’ game for a World Cup play-off spot. However, if Serbia, who currently top of the group, lose tonight, Ireland or Wales could top the group and automatically qualify! Kick off in Cardiff is at 8.45 French time.

Meanwhile, Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has said his team were ‘genetically behind’, after they missed out on a World Cup place with a 2-2 draw in Slovenia. Strachan said that because the Scotland team were more than three centimetres smaller than their opponents, they were unable to combat the Slovian’s height and strength.

Tennis
British number three Kyle Edmund is through to the second round of the Shanghai Masters after a straight-set win over Jiri Vesely. Edmund beat the Czech 6-3 6-2, in one hour and seven minutes, serving 15 aces and converting eight of his 13 break points.

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