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Evening Update 11 Sept

Strike - Public bus and tram services in Nice and Cannes, along with rail services from St Raphael to Ventimillia, will be severely disrupted tomorrow Tuesday, as national unions stage a strike against President Macrons labour reforms.

In Nice, there will be no bus or tram services at all, while in Cannes the majority of Palm Bus services are expected to stop running. Rail services along the coast will also be severely reduced to as little as one-in-three trains running.

Unions are protesting against new labour reforms being introduced intended to spur job creation, by giving employers more freedom to negotiate directly with workers, and putting a time limit on unfair dismissal cases and a ceiling on compensation payable. France’s unemployment rate of just under 10%, is twice that of the UK, Ireland or Germany.

Unions say they will follow up tomorrows strike, with another on Thursday week the 21st of September.

Fire - Seven people have been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire at a building in the centre of Grasse yesterday. Emergency services are investigating if the fire, started by a burning mattress stored in a stairwell, was started deliberately or not.

Court - The Appeals Court in Aix-en-Provence, has overturned the acquittal of a researcher at Nice University, who helping three migrants cross the Franco-Italian border last October. The researcher was given a two month suspended sentence.

Terror - In the wake of last months terror attack on Barcelona, the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, is convening a meeting of the mayors of major cities across Europe, to discuss security solutions.  The meeting will be held at MUC Nice on the last Friday of September, and will be followed by signing a commitment to prevent violent extremism to be known as the Declaration of Nice.

BUSINESS

Google has lodged an appeal against the 2.4bn euro fine it received from the European Commission, for giving it’s own ads preference at the top of Google results. The Commission had given Google 90 days to stop the anti-competitive practice, a deadline which arrives on September 28th.

The City of London has extended its lead as the worlds number one financial centre, according to the annual Z/Yen Global Financial Centre Index. However, a number of European cities, including Frankfurt and Dublin, are climbing the index as a growing number of financial firms look to hedge their bets as uncertainty around Brexit continues.

Sir Richard Branson is leading talks with various governments and aid agencies, in relation to the damage caused to the British Virgin Islands by Hurricane Irma. Sir Richards own home on Neckar Island has been severely damaged.

SPORT

Football - Crystal Palace have sacked manager Frank de Boer after just after just four Premier League games in charge. At 77 days, his time as manager is the shortest in Premiere League history. Former England boss Roy Hodgson will replace him.

Tennis - Rafael Nadal says his remarkable comeback is down to his ‘love for the game’. He was speaking after winning the US Open yesterday. Following his French Open success in June, this is the first time since 2013 Nadal has won two Slams in a year.

Golf - The United States has won back the Walker Cup by thrashing Great Britain & Ireland 19-7 at the Los Angeles Country Club. Meanwhile, Matthew Fitzpatrick has won his fourth European Tour title, with a dramatic play-off victory over Australia's Scott Hend at the European Masters. He shot a closing ‘six-under 64’ to end on ‘14 under’ at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

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