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Evening Update 16 June 2017

Marine le Pen - It’s been revealed that Marine le Pen was the target of a foiled terror attack in Marseille during the presidential election campaign. Two men arrested shortly before April 19th last, have been accused of planning the attack, and another on polling stations planned for April 23rd.

Train - Due to a national rail strike in Italy, no trains are  running between Ventimiglia and Menton today and a number of trains scheduled from Menton to Monaco/Monte-Carlo have also been cancelled. The strike is due to finish at 9pm tonight.  Also, SNCF have revealed yesterday’s significant disruption to train services, was due to a suicide on the tracks at Cannes.

Election - France goes to the polls for the final time this weekend in the second round of parliamentary elections. A survey out yesterday predicts a landslide victory for the one year-old Republic en Marche party formed by President Emmanuel Macron .

Elderly - An elderly woman is recovering after being run over outside the tourist office in St Laurent this morning. The car, which was travelling quite slowly, hit her and then, in turn, was rear-ended by two other cars. It’s believed the reason for the accident is because the 95 year-old woman was jay-walking.

TV Festival - Oscar winning actress Helen Mirrin is in Monaco this weekend, to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, which opens this evening at the Grimaldi Forum. The festival runs until Tuesday and the public are welcome to attend autograph sessions and screenings.

BUSINESS

Renault shareholders have narrowly backed a €7m pay package for CEO Carlos Ghosn, despite the French government, which owns a 20 percent stake, trying to block the move. Ghosn was previously chief executive of Nissan and widely credited with helping to save the Japanese firm from collapse.

Online retail giant Amazon is to buy Amercian grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7bn. The deal marks Amazon’s biggest push into traditional retailing yet. Whole Foods has 460 stores in the US, Canada and the UK, and employs about 87,000 people globally.

McDonald's is to end its sponsorship deal with the Olympics three years early. They say they are looking to focus on different business priorities. McDonalds partnership with the Olympics began in 1976, and will end after next years Olympic Winter Games in South Korea.

SPORT

Football - Cristiano Ronaldo has said he wants to leave Real Madrid after being accused of evading €14m in tax, a charge he denies. Sources say he feels he's honest and did everything OK, so he doesn't understand. Naturally he doesn’t want to stay in Spain.

Rugby - Warren Gatland is to call up at least five players to bolster the British and Irish Lions squad before the first Test against New Zealand. The Lions face the Maori All Blacks tomorrow morning at 9.30 French time, and then the Chiefs on Tuesday, before the first Test against the All Blacks in Auckland next weekend. Gatland wants the extra players to ensure that none of the Test squad have to play twice in a week.

Tennis - British number one Johanna Konta has reached the Nottingham Open semi-finals for the first time, with a straight-sets win over Australia's Ashleigh Barty. The result was 6-3 7-5.