Evening Update 27 Sep

Speed - Motorbike associations have slammed the forthcoming speed reduction on the A8 as ‘useless’, and have demanded a meeting the prefect to discuss the situation. From this Monday, the speed limit for all traffic on the A8 between Nice & Antibes, will drop from 110 to 90 km/h.

Crackdown - The city of Nice has launched a crackdown on tuk-tuk taxi bikes today, with police removing 11 vehicles, in an operation that Christian Estrosi described as an ‘excellent result’. However, the operation appears to contravene a recent resolution from the prefect, which allowed the bikes to stay, saying that removing them limited freedom of trade.

Cash - One million euro has been returned to Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party. The money was half the two million euro fund, being withheld as part of an ongoing investigation, in which the National Rally are accused of diverting EU Parliament money to pay their own staff in France.

Air - Thousands of people gathered on Port Hercule in Monaco for a special display by the Red Arrows this afternoon, during the second day of the Monaco Yacht Show. The display included their most advanced aerial manoeuvres, including high-altitude loops, dives and corkscrews. Video highlights can be seen right now on our Riviera Radio Facebook page, and tomorrow and Friday, we’ll have special programme feature on the Yacht Show’s top exhibitors, which you can hear on-air and online.

Heritage - Last Sundays Heritage Day saw over 16,000 visitors in the principality of Monaco in one day, with the most popular attractions being the Princes Palace, Oceanographic Museum, Top Cars Collection and the Jardins Exotique. The theme for the day was ‘musical heritage’ with many tourists enjoying free concerts during their visit.


Italy's populist government has vowed to end poverty and introduce a minimum income for poor people as part of its first budget revealed today. The ambitious spending plans put Italy in conflict with European powers, who want them to stick to lower spending. If the economy minister loses his job or EU spending limits are broken, it could have a knock-on effect on markets in Italy and in Europe.

Uber is to pay paying €126m to settle legal action over a cyber-attack that exposed data from 57 million customers and drivers. The massive breach happened in 2016 but Uber tried to hide it from regulators by paying the hackers behind the intrusion $100,000 to delete the data they grabbed.


Football - UEFA has just announced the host country for Euro 2024 and it will be Germany. It’s the first time the nation will host the Euro’s as a unified country as the 1988 tournament was held what was known as West Germany. The other country in the running to host was Turkey who have yet to host a major international football tournament. Euro 2024 will feature 24 teams, taking place in June and July, with 51 games scheduled across 32 days.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo will be available to play former club Manchester United next month. UEFA have banned him for just one-match, for the red card he received during last weeks game against Valencia, where he appeared to pull a defenders hair. It was the first Champions League red card of Ronaldo's career.

Britain's Andy Murray has beaten his highest-ranked opponent since returning from hip surgery, world number 11 David Goffin, to reach the Shenzhen Open quarter-finals in China. Next he will face Taro Daniel or fifth seed Fernando Verdasco, who beat Murray at the US Open in August.

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