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Evening Update 21 Mar

Strike - The Alpes-Maritimes is bracing itself for tomorrow’s national strike, which will hit air and rail services the hardest. On the trains, just two-in-five services are expected to run between Les Arcs or Grasse and Ventimellia. Long distance intercity and TGV services will also be badly hit.

At the airport, the majority of Air France flights to Paris, and some British Airways flights from Nice to London have been cancelled.

Bus services from Lignes d’Azur, EnviBus and Palm Bus are expected to run mainly as normal, however bus and tram services, which operate through Place Masséna in Nice, will be disrupted from 10am tomorrow morning, as a mass strike protest is planned for the area.

Tomorrows strike will also affect schools, along with some health and public services.

The strike, the biggest since President Macron came to power, looks set to last some time. More air transport strikes are expected for Friday, employees of Carrefour are expected to strike the Saturday before Easter, and after the Easter break, trains will begin rolling two day strikes through to June.

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Security - In Cannes, the Municipal Council has approved a further €2 million to secure nurseries, schools and public spaces, along with a second ‘mobile command’ police station. It’s in addition to the €5 million the town has already spends on security.

Escape - Police have recaptured a 28 year-old man who escaped from the Nice Administrative Detention Centre this afternoon. He made his escape through a false ceiling in the toilets, but was caught a few minutes later, after falling from a fence outside.

Yacht - The Monaco Yacht Show has announced major changes, giving an emphasis on clients rather than business to business activities. The show will take advantage of the restructuring of Quai des Etats-Unis, so that the show’s private clientele will have priority access to yacht designers, builders and brokerage houses, in front of their superyachts on the quay. The show takes place at the end of September.

BUSINESS

Facebook shares continue to slide today, as $50 billion has been wiped off the company’s value in the last three days. The fall, is due to the scandal where millions of users had their data taken, and used by Cambridge Analytical, to influence the result of the American elections. Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg, who has been silent on the issue so far, is expected to make a full statement in the next 24 hours.

The EU has unveiled plans to tax companies on where they actually generate business, rather than where they are headquartered. The tax will affect mainly online companies, including Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google. The EU’s Commissioner for Taxation said the digital revolution has profoundly shaken the way businesses create value today, with digital companies paying on average 9.5 percent tax, compared to 23.2 percent for traditional business.

SPORT

Formula 1 - Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo wants to set a title-winning ‘statement of intent’ at this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Last year's championship was largely contested between Mercedes and Ferrari, but hopes are high for a three-way battle this season. Ricciardo said if Red Bull have a strong weekend, it would set a statement for the year, and show that they would be fighting for the championship.

Football - Manchester United have said they will provide a full update in May, on the potential of having a women's team. United have been criticised for their failure to field an adult women's side, while Manchester City,  Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, all have teams at the top end of the Women's Super League.

Tennis - Britians Kyle Edmund will play at the Queen's Club Championships in June, his first appearance on home soil since taking over as British number one. Edmund moved to the top of the British rankings this month, replacing Andy Murray, who has held the position for 12 years.

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