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Evening Update 19 Oct

Strike - The CGT Union are blaming the late organisation of today’s national strike, for the poor turnout in Nice this morning, where around 400 people gathered to protest changes to the Labour Laws. However, the strike is making it’s presence felt, with only half of local TER trains in operation today, and tomorrow, no tram’s in Nice and major disruption to bus lines running in Cannes, Sophia Antipolis and Nice. 

LINES AFFECTED

There will be no trams all day Friday or 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.

Bus services in Cannes and Sophia Antipolis are also severely disrupted.

Art
The Russian billionaire owner of AS Monaco, has been charged with ‘invasion of privacy’. The charge is in connection with Dmitry Rybolovlev’s long running dispute with a Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier.  The conflict between the two began, when the Swiss helped the Russian to buy 37 paintings, for a total of €2bn. However, the AS Monaco owner has accused Bouvier of deliberately overstating the prices of paintings. Rybolovlev has completely denied todays charge, and said he is confident Monaco's judicial system will do its job.

 

FGT
TV channel M6 has cancelled ‘France’s Got Talent’, due to start next week, after one of the programmes judges was accused of sexual assault.  The judge, 62 year-old Gilbert Rozon, is the latest powerful male figure to be caught in the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

BUSINESS

China's economy grew 6.8% in quarter three, slowing slightly from the previous quarter, but still above Beijing's annual growth target of 6.5% for 2017. Despite the growth being supported by, a higher-than-expected rise in trade and bank lending, the world's second-largest economy is trying to rein in debt and contain a housing bubble.

UK financial regulators, and the Serious Fraud Office, are to review if HSBC and Standard Chartered banks are linked to a South African corruption scandal.  It’s belived the banks may inadvertently have been conduits for up to £400 million pounds in laundered money, connected to links between South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and a wealthy business family, the Guptas.

SPORT

Football - Tonight’s big game is OGC Nice taking on Lazio Rome in the Europa League. Although it’s a home game, Lazio have been on form lately, so pundits are calling it a close match, giving the edge to Nice for the win. Kick off at Allianz Riviera is at 7pm.

Rugby - Saracens back Alex Lozowski has signed a new contract keeping him at Allianz Park until the summer of 2020. The former Wasps player featured twice on England’s tour of Argentina in the summer.

Tennis - Johanna Konta has split from her coach, after less than a year together, saying that the parting was ‘mutual’.  Konta also announced she will not play again this season. The 26-year-old, who has a foot injury, did not qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore, and will not play in the WTA Elite Trophy the week after.

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