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Evening Update 14 Mar

Strike - Strike action is to hit the Riviera next week, with seven main unions staging a national shutdown, to protest government reforms. The strike will affect trains, airlines, air traffic control and public services. The strike day is set for next Thursday 22nd of March and we’ll make sure you have the latest stoppages listed on our website and Facebook page.

Birthday - His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco is celebrating his 60th birthday today with an unprecedented concert at the cathedral this evening. The event entitled “Elements” will be a multi-sensory show which will immerse the audience in a succession of reconstructed environments. In total, some 150 professional musicians and singers from the Principality will take part.

Theatre - The national theatre in Nice is raising eyebrows with its latest production, which will be performed in English, with subtitles shown on a screen above the stage. The play called ‘Fore!’, which deals with the state of emergency in France after the Nice, Paris and Brussels attacks, will be performed tonight and tomorrow.

Silcone - A man has found himself in jail because he was too lazy to go to the bricolage. He was arrested on Monday night at St-Laurent-dur-Var for breaking into a building site and stealing a tube of silicone. He said he needed it for doing up his bathroom and didn’t want to go to the store.

Hotel - The Hôtel du Cap-Eden Roc in Antibes has been named the Best Hotel in Europe. The regocnition was vote by industry professionals in the Travellers’s World Awards 2018.

BUSINESS

Nice Cote d’Azur Airport has announced a 7% growth increase as 13.1 million passengers passed through last year. Trailing behind were Lyon with 10.3 million passengers and Toulouse with 9.26 million.

France is to take legal action against Google and Apple for abusive business practices including onerous conditions placed on start-ups selling apps, and how those apps can gather data and unilaterally modify contracts.

Indetex, parent company of brands including Zara and, Pull & Bear, has announced a 41% jump in online sales. In their report they say online sales now accounts for 10% for their overall turnover in 2017.

SPORT

Football - Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane has suffered damaged ankle ligaments, in Sunday's win over Bournemouth and will be out until next month. Kane, who has scored 35 goals for Spurs this season, injured his right ankle in a collision with the Bournemouth goalkeeper.

Champions League, there are two more ties tonight with Barcelona hosting Chelsea, with the scores tied at 1-1 from the first leg, while Besiktas have the thankless task of attempting to overturn a 5-0 deficit for their game against Bayern Munich.

Supporters of Paris St-Germain are to boycott Sunday’s match against OGC Nice at the Allianz Riviera. The fans say it is unacceptable that a quota of only 270 seats have been allocated to Paris supporters, in a stadium with a capacity of nearly 18,000. This is the second consecutive year that PSG supporters have boycotted a match in Nice.

Tennis - World number two Caroline Wozniacki has been beaten by Russia's Daria Kasa.kina in the fourth round at Indian Wells. She would have reclaimed the top ranking, by winning the tournament, but was beaten  6-4 7-5 by the Russian.

Rugby - Scotland are to make five changes, for their final Six Nations game, against Italy in Rome on Saturday. Centre Nick Grigg makes his first start in the tournament, while winger Tommy Seymour returns from a back problem. Hooker Fraser Brown, is joined in the front row by WP Nel, and lock Tim Swinson comes in.

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