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Evening Update 25 May

Accident - A sixteen year old boy has died at Six-Fours after losing control of his motorbike and colliding with a lamp-post. Teenagers leaving a nearby school, some in tears, reported seeing the boy riding the bike at full speed with the front wheel in the air, when the incident happened just before 1 O’Clock today.

Beach Closure - Several private beaches at Cap d’Ail have been dismantled under police guard today. The operation began before nine this morning when eleven gendarmes supervised fifteen movers who were ordered to remove all the equipment of the Eden, La Mala, and La Réserve private beaches. The department say the establishments have been operating without licence since 2011. In addition, as they occupy more than 20% of beach space, the state intends to take court proceedings under the Commercial Code.

Prison - A woman who suffered years of violent spousal abuse, is going to jail for the murder of her husband. Annie Métais-Slama admitted the crime, but said it was not premeditated, and only happened after her husband attacked her on her catamaran moored at Bandol in the Var. After she smothered him, his body was thrown into the sea, weighted down with an anchor. The Assize Court of Bouches-du-Rhône considered the case to be murder, not manslaughter, and sentenced the woman to five years in prison.

Train - In a bid to break the deadlock in the train strike, the government has agreed to absorb the majority of the SNCF’s 46 billion euro of debt, a key demand from unions. The government is introducing extensive changes to the rail service, aimed at making French trains more efficient to operate, ahead of the opening of the European market to passenger rail competition from 2020.

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Complaints have been filed against Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp within hours of the new GDPR data protection law taking effect. An activist group taking the action, say customers are being given a ‘take it or leave it’ approach, where they must agree to having their data collected, shared and used for advertising, or delete their accounts. They say this data collection, in exchange for using a service, is prohibited under GDPR.

Markets are tumbling on fears the incoming euro-sceptic Italian government, will embark on a spending spree that will undermine fragile state finances. The gap between Italian and German sovereign debt yields, surged to 215 basis points, its widest in four years, while Italy's bank index hit an 11-month low.

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Formula 1 - Former Renault driver Jo.lyon Palmer has described the Monaco circuit as ‘marvelous madness’ saying that if you created it now and went to Formula 1's governing body for approval, they'd laugh at you. He said the track is ridiculously narrow with corners so tight, you'd barely accept them in the paddock, let alone race around them.

However the skill level it takes to drive in Monaco, how narrow it is and how fast the cars fly through the streets. makes the adrenalin pump, and that’s before you get to mega-yachts, supermodels, casinos and palaces!

Final practice for this year’s Grand Prix, kicks off at Noon tomorrow, with qualifying from 3pm, then the most famous road race in the world will get underway at 3pm on Sunday.

We’ll have full coverage from our studios, right beside the track here in Monaco, all day tomorrow and Sunday with Rob Harrisson, Sarah Lycett, Mark Dezzani and Mark Abson.

Football - The other big sporting event this weekend is the showpiece of the European football season, the Champions League Final between Liverpool & Real Madrid. Real Madrid start as favourites, but Liverpool have proved that they can take on the best and hopes are high that the Reds can lift the European Cup for the 6th time. Kick off for the match in Kiev is at 8.45 tomorrow night.

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