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Evening Update 18 Oct

Strike - The Cote d’Azur is bracing itself, for another national transport strike, tomorrow and Friday, affecting trains, trams and busses.

Tomorrow Thursday, only half of local TER trains will be in operation, with a limited InterCity service, however TGV trains will run as normal. A large demonstration at Place Garabaldi in Nice, at 10am tomorrow morning, will disrupt trams and busses which run through the area.

Then on Friday, there will be no tram service in Nice, with only half of Palm Bus and Ligne d’Azur bus lines running. A full list of affected services is on the News page of our website right now at rivieraradio.mc

LINES AFFECTED

THURSDAY (NICE)

Tram serices from 10am to 1pm and all day on bus routes; 3, 14, 17, 27, 30, 38, 52, 59, 60, 62, 70, 81 and 98.

FRIDAY (NICE)

No trams all day or on bus routes; 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9/10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 , 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 62, 63, 64, 65, Texpress, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76 , 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 90, airport lines 98 and 99, CADAM, T21, T29, T60, T61, the Créabus C62, C69 and C81. Also, school lines A, C, E, F, L, M, P, R, S, V, W, School of the castle, 75D and Night Busses.

The following busses will run as normal; 41, 42, 44, 46, 47, 49, 51, 51C, 51D, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 69, 85, 86, 88, 94, CADAM (by A8 Nice Nord), T67A, T67B, 510b, 702, 705, 706, 707, 730, 731, 733, 740, 746, Shuttle Vence 1, Shuttle Vence 2, School Buses K, T, G, H, I, J, O, Q, T, Y, Gilette, Créabus C40, C43, C58, C59, C88, C89, TAD Haute Tinée & TAD Tinée-Vésubie.

Gun - Students at the College Risso in Nice were threatened around 10am this morning, by a woman carrying an air gun. The 35 year-old, who was under the influence of alcohol at the time, was arrested at the scene.

Whale - A ten metre whale got caught in the old port in Marseilles today. Because of its size, it was unable to turn itself around, and was trapped. Divers were on the scene at 10am, and after four hours, were eventually able to push the whale back to freedom.

Crash - A 19 year-old has died after a car, in which they were a passenger, lost control and crashed into a wall at Grasse last night.  The driver and another passenger are being treated in hospital. Police have asked for any witnesses to come forward.

Names - The annual list of baby names, is being published tomorrow, with the top three girls names all sounding surprisingly English. Louise topped the list, followed by Emma and Jade. Although the top three boys names are Gabriel, Raphaël and Jules, more anglo names like Leo, Adam and Liam have also made the top ten.

BUSINESS

The city of Nice has announced plans to introduce a local tax exemption for young innovative companies. The move is intended to attract companies to the region and makes Nice the first in France to introduce such a scheme.

British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto, and two of its former executives, have been charged with fraud in the US, accused of hiding losses by inflating the value of African coal assets. Rio Tinto bought the Mozambique assets in 2011 for $3.7bn and sold them on for $50m. The mining company has said it will vigorously defend the charges.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a new intra-day high in early trading today, climbing to 23,109.34. It comes a day after the index broke through the 23,000 level for the first time. Also this morning, the wider S&P 500 index edged up 2.86 points to reach 2,562.22.

SPORT

Football - AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim remains optimistic after another Champions League defeat last night at Stade Louis II. Despite the numbers being stacked against them, making a qualification highly unlikely, Leonardo says the points are there, and with three wins, Monaco could mathematically go through to the next stage. Tonights remaining Champions League matches include Paris St Germain against Anderlecht, Bayern Munich play Celtic and Manchester United take on Benfica. Kick-off for all games is 8.45

Rugby - Ireland will tour Australia next year in the first ever three-Test series played between the two teams. The matches will kick off in Brisbane on June 9th, followed by Melbourne a week later, then Sydney. Ireland won their two most-recent encounters with the Wallabies, in 2014 and 2016, but have not played a Test in Australia since 2010.

Tennis - Maria Sharapova has been knocked out in the first round of the Kremlin Cup, just two days after winning her first tournament since 2015. She was beaten 7-6 6-4 by Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova.

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