Evening Update

Strong winds and waves have closed many coastal paths and private beaches. However, beach restaurants have been complaining about the closure orders, saying they’ve had to cancel lunch reservations, only to be told they could open during the afternoon. The beach establishments are calling for a less alarmist attitude to weather, and that they be allowed stay open, providing they can evacuate their premises in 20 minutes in case of an alert.

After more gillets jaunes protests turned violent at the weekend, President Macron has announced he will address the nation this Thursday. He’s expected to deliver the government’s response to the yellow vest movement, and grievances aired at over 10,000 town hall meetings since January. The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi and the Prime Minister Edouard Philippe have both said large tax cuts are needed and quickly.

Meanwhile in Paris, police have condemned cat calls by gillets jaunes protestors on Saturday, urging the police to commit suicide. They say it is an unacceptable insult, to officers who taken their own lives and their suffering families. The Interior Minister described the actions as a disgrace. So far this year, there have been 28 suicides of police officers across France, compared to 68 overall last year.

The second annual Superyacht Chefs competition was held at the Yacht Club of Monaco yesterday. First prize went to Stéphanie Gravier from the yacht Planet 9. Stepnanie said she loved the fact that all contestants were on a level playing field, whatever the size of the yacht, and that she was also proud to be the first lady to win the competition.

BUSINESS

Donald Trump has said the US will impose penalties on  China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey if they continue to import Iranian oil after May 2nd. The decision is intended to deny Iran its principal source of revenue.

Samsung has cancelled two launch events for its Galaxy Fold smartphone, after screens broke on phones given to several early reviewers. However, the €2,000 folding phone is still expected to go on sale in France on schedule on May 3rd.

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has been indicted by prosecutors in Japan, on a fresh charge of aggravated breach of trust. It is the fourth charge brought against him in relation to the alleged misuse of company funds. Mr Ghosn denies any wrongdoing.

SPORT

Football - Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain won the French League title with a 3-1 victory over AS Monaco. The game at Parc des Princes last night was a somewhat muted affair as PSG replaced the player names on the back on their shirts with the name of the Notre Dame cathedral.

Rugby - Israel Folau's future will be decided at a hearing on May 4th, after the full-back was sacked by Rugby Australia, for a social media post in which he said "hell awaits" gay people. The Wallabies coach has said Folau, who won 73 caps and was expected to play at this year's World Cup, was unlikely to be selected again.

Tennis - Local hero, Fabio Fognini from San Remo was the winner of yesterday’s tennis final at the Monte-Carlo Masters. Fognini beat long-time reigning champion Rafael Nadal in a tough semi-final, to win a place in the final against Dusan Lajovic.  Fognini beat the Serbian 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes, to take the title and increase his ranking to #12 in the world. He’s also the first Italian to win a Masters 1000 singles title and the first Italian to take the Monte Carlo crown since Nicola Pietrangeli in 1968.

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