Evening Update 11 Apr

Rain - Road, rail and airline traffic is expecting delays this evening and tomorrow morning, as Meteó France warns of a brutal thunderstorm approaching from the Mediterranean. Many events across the Cote d’Azur, planned for tonight and tomorrow, are also being cancelled. It’s predicted the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var will be hit with 20cm of rain in the next 24 hours, with hail predicted for higher ground.

Passport - 120,000 people took up French citizenship in 2016, according to the latest figures from Eurostat. Around half of these came from people already living in France, while 20,000 were the result of a marriage to a French person. British applicants for French citizenship have sky-rocketed in the last three years, going from 320 in 2015, to 1,500 last year.

Green - Nice has been voted one of the least green cities in Europe.  A survey by BFM Business, shows the city has just one tree for every 17 people, compared to Rome with 1 tree for every 9, or even Paris with 1 in 11. However, Nice does have one of the most extensive and beautiful promenades in Europe, allowing residents to get a little air and sunshine … whenever it returns.

Hallyday - A court decision is expected Friday, on whether the estate of French singer Johnny Hallyday, should be frozen or not. The singer’s son and daughter are taking the action against Hallyday’s last wife, who was left everything in his final will.


Gold and oil prices are jumping today, as US President Donald Trump threatened, via Twitter, to fire missiles at Syria, in response to a suspected chemical attack last week. Brent Crude and WTI Crude, have both risen over 1% today, to hit some new three year highs, while Gold is up over five percentage points. The Russian ruble has also been hit, falling to its lowest level against the dollar in over a year, to just under 65 rubles a dollar.

Stickers on gadgets which warn "warranty void if removed", have been described as deceptive and possibly illegal by the US Federal Trade Commission. They said ordering customers to use specified parts to keep their warranties intact was also prohibited. The Trade Commission has written to companies including manufacturers of video games, smartphones and motor vehicles on the issue.


Football - OGC Nice, who are playing Angers for a lifeline place in the Europa League this Friday, could be without some of their key players. Midfielder Wylan Cyprien is out due to injury, after a shortened training session this morning, while Mario Baloteli is still not 100% after sickness earlier in the week. The away match kicks off at 8.45 Friday night.

UEFA have charged Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola with improper conduct after he was sent to the stands during Tuesday's defeat to Liverpool. Liverpool are also to face punishment for their fans throwing objects and setting off fireworks. The case will be heard at the end of next month.

Formula 1 - Monaco resident Nico Rosberg has announced he has become a shareholder in Formula E. He said since his retirement, he’d become very interested in the e-mobility movement, and its potential to positively impact our society, and our planet. Rosberg did not say how much he invested, but German media are suggesting it’s enough for him to take on a management role.

Commonwealth Games - English diver Jack Laugher successfully defended his 1 metre springboard title, as the double-Olympic medallist won gold, with Scotland's James Heatly taking bronze. England have also secured their biggest netball win, with a 54 - 45 victory over New Zealand. They now face Jamaica in the semi-finals on Saturday. Tomorrow, there are a further 24 medal events to be won including mountain biking, lawn bowls, gymnastics, beach volleyball, and athletics.

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