Evening Update 16 Nov

Union members held a demonstration against labour laws in Nice this morning. A procession set off from the place de la Libération at 11.00 heading along the tramway, which was closed for the day,  and finishing in the place Garibaldi.  Police put numbers at about 1,100 but some union officials reportedly put the figure at 5,000.  Meanwhile, in Grasse union members at the hospital held a demonstration to protest at their working conditions.

Due to today's strike action there are no trams running and bus services in the region are severely disrupted. The train network is slightly affected with nine out of ten trains operating along the coast. Passengers are advised to check before setting off.

Police cordoned off the Avenue de Grasse in Cannes this morning after a woman barricaded herself in her home throwing furniture out of the window. The area was totally cut off to traffic and a police presence was deployed.

Easyjet are to base an additional plane at Nice Cote d’Azur airport next year.  The new plane will enable the airline to operate four new routes from Nice and the company says it will lead to the creation of new local jobs.

A ceremony is due to take place tomorrow at Nice-Riquier station to inaugurate new very high capacity trains.  The new trains, which have already been operating over the past few days, will run on the line between Cannes and Ventimiglia and can carry 2,000 passangers, helping to alleviate some of the congestion on local train services.

A court in Paris has ordered Roselyne Bachelot, the former French Sports Minister, to pay 10,000 euros to Rafael Nadal over a doping allegation she made in a television interview. The court found that the comments were defamatory. The court also gave Madame Bachelot a suspended fine of 500 euros and ordered her to pay legal costs of 2,000 euros.



Manchester United has announced that total revenues for the three months to October were up 17.3% to £141m.   Broadcasting and match-day revenues increased more than 30%.  Operating profit increased from £6.2m a year ago to £15.2m

GKN’s new chief executive is to leave the company before even taking up the role. It was announced in September that Kevin Cummings would become chief executive on 1 January, but the company says it is now looking for "alternative leadership".   GKN today announced another write-down at its aerospace division, which Mr Cummings used to head.


CRICKET…Mark Stoneman has hit a century on the second day of England’s final warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI in Townsville.  England reached the close on 337-3, a lead of 87. Alastair Cook hit 70 and Joe Root 62 

RUGBY UNION…Owen Farrell is included in the England starting fifteen for Saturday's Test against Australia at Twickenham.  He replaces Henry Slade at inside centre. Anthony Watson switches to full-back, while Jonny May starts on the wing. Meanwhile, Wales have made 14 changes for Saturday's Test against Georgia. Liam Williams is the only survivor from the side that lost 29-21 to Australia

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