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Evening Update 28 November

Strike - The SCNF has announced another 24 hour strike is to take place, starting tomorrow evening at 7pm, through to Thursday evening. Significant disruption is expected to services, and the severely reduced timetable is available from SNCF.com.

The train operator has also announced a complete cancellation of trains between Menton and Ventimiglia for a full week, starting this Friday. The disruption is to allow essential works to correct an earlier landfall on the line at Roquebrune.

Castle Diter - Former French Minister, Alain Madelin, has weighed into the debate over the future of Castle Diter in Grasse. The destruction of the stunning building has been ordered, as it is ten times larger than the planning permission given it. However, the Minister has appealed for authorities to consider the building, a part of the heritage of the Cote d’Azur, and to keep it intact. Castle Diter was featured in the recent Sky television series called ‘Riviera’.

Train - A drunk tourist, who followed a sudden urge to drive the tourist train through Nice, has been given a two month suspended sentence.  The man, from Poland, had been drinking for two days non-stop, when he climbed aboard and attempted to start the well-known tourist train on Saturday afternoon.

Drugs - The Court in Monaco has fined an escort €2,000 for being in possession of ecstacy. The forty year-old woman, was caught with the substance in her bag ,during a routine search on Casino Square last August. She claimed a client had given it to her, a number of days before in St Tropez, and she had merely forgotten it was still in her bag.

Fake - Residents across the coast are warned not to engage with people selling calendars who purport to be from waste or fire services. The selling of calendars at this time of year is a popular scam, and if you have any doubts, you’re advised to simply ask the seller for ID.

BUSINESS

Shares in online grocer Ocado have jumped by more than 20%, after they announced a deal with French supermarket giant Casino. As part of the agreement, Ocado will build an automated warehouse near Paris, which is expected to take two years to complete.

Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens are to develop electric aeroplanes, as part of a push towards cleaner aviation. The E-Fan X programme will put electric jet engines on a BAe 146 aircraft, due for demonstration in 2020, followed by a commercial application by 2025.

Oil giant Shell, should be investigated for alleged complicity in horrific crimes, committed by the military in Nigeria during the nineties, according to Amnesty International. They say Shell encouraged a crackdown, which led to killings and the burning of villages, an allegation which the Anglo-Dutch oil firm say is ‘without merit’.

SPORT

Rugby - The 2017 Dubai Rugby 7’s get’s underway this Thursday, and this year Monaco has entered an invitational team called the Monaco Impis. They consist of seven invited players from South Africa, who along with five Monagasque players, will take on the best of the world in Dubai. You can follow the Monaco teams progress at the Dubai Rugby 7’s  by checking the website; DubaiRugby7s.com

Football - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says forward Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Mesut Ozil will remain at the club after the January transfer window, unless something unbelievable happens. The contracts of both players expire at the end of the season.

Formula 1 - Aston Martin says it will could enter the sport in 2021 as an engine supplier, if the rules are changed in a way that makes it affordable. F1 bosses have proposed new engine rules, to reduce cost and complexity and attract new entrants, but existing manufacturers have objected.

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