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Evening Update 11 May

Uber - Taxi drivers have been protesting today against Uber, by using a convoy of 100 taxis driving at a snails pace, from Ubers office in Nice to Cannes. The protesting drivers say Uber does not follow French sectoral law, which prohibits drivers from operating in areas they are not registered in.

Sex - A man, who paid his 14 year old nephew for sexual favours, has received three years in prison. The uncle claimed the events were consensual, as after the first instance, it was the boy who approached the uncle for money in return for favours.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Court in Monaco, is to hear the case of a 20 year-old man from Beausoleil who had over a thousand photos and videos of child pornography on his computer. The court postponed the case until June 26th to allow for a psychological assessment of the accused.

Ban - AS Monaco have been forced to close their ticket office tomorrow, in a move to prevent fans of St Etienne, defying a travel ban and attending a game at Stade Louis II tomorrow evening. Local fans, who want to attend the last home game of the season, can grab tickets before the office closes tonight at 8pm.

Award - His Serene Highness, Prince Albert of Monaco, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the prestigious Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. The award was given in recognition of his work on environmental issues, in addition to his support for theatre, dance & film, through the Princess Grace Foundation USA.

BUSINESS

France has condemned a US move to re-impose sanctions on companies who trade with Iran. The US says firms have six months to halt existing business, and not to enter into new contracts, or they will face sanctions. France, who continue to support the Iran deal, say European companies should not have to pay for the US decision.

British regulators have fined Barclays UK Chief Executive for breaching conduct rules, by attempting to identify the sender of letters criticizing an employee of the bank. The fine was reduced by 30% for co-operation and early settlement.

Major crypto-currencies tumbled today, after prosecutors raided UpBit, the largest crypto-currency exchange in South Korea. Bitcoin fell 5.5% to $8,511, its lowest since April 20th, while other major cryptocurrencies fell double-digits.

SPORTS

Motor Sport - The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is well and truly under way, with practice sessions taking place all day today in the Principality. 

Qualifying sessions for the Historique Grand Prix take place tomorrow from 8.30am to 6pm with the main races all day Sunday. Tickets are €30 for Saturday, €50 for Sunday, or both days for just €60. You can buy online at the Automobile Club de Monaco website which is www.acm.mc or at ticket booths when you arrive in Monaco.

All day tomorrow and Sunday, our crack Formula 1 team; Rob Harrison, Sarah Lycett, Mark Abson and Mark Dezzani will have full coverage of the event on-air and online with our Riviera Radio Facebook page.

Formula 1
At the Spainish Grand Prix in Barcelona, Valtteri Bottas led Lewis Hamilton in the first practice session today. The Finn was 0.849 seconds quicker than Hamilton, although Bottas was using a softer tyre than the world champion when they set their fastest times.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo crashed during his practice as drivers struggled in windy conditions. The Australian ran wide after an oversteer moment at ‘Turn Four’ and touched the barrier, damaging his front wing and left-hand front suspension.

Football
Juventus' goalkeeper Gian.luigi Buffon has been charged by UEFA over comments about referee Michael Oliver after their Champions League defeat by Real Madrid. Buffon had been sent off for dissent after the ref awarded Real a late penalty, which put them through. After the game the Italian said the referee had a bag of rubbish for a heart and should sit in the stands and eat crisps.

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