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Evening Update 29 May

Train - As the rail strike grinds on, there were angry scenes at Nice Riquier station this morning, when passengers refused to get off a dangerously over-crowded train bound for Monaco. SNCF said it could not let the train leave for safety reasons, while a following Thello train refused to take the excess passengers. It was only when another TER train arrived an hour later that the situation was resolved. 

Meanwhile train drivers gathered angrily at Nice Ville station and voted to dismiss their own departmental director for incompetence.

Train drivers return to work tomorrow with the next two day strike set for this Saturday and Sunday.

Cannes - The Mayor of Cannes has refused to comment on a court case today, where a woman fined for wearing a burkini is claiming back her fine from the Town Hall, plus 1,000 euro in pecuniary damages. The court will rule on its decision in three weeks time.

Also in Cannes, a time capsule, which was buried by school children 20 years ago on the island of Sainte-Marguerite, is to be re-opened tomorrow. As part of the ceremony, todays school-children will bury another time capsule of their own, which in turn, will be opened in another twenty years in 2038.

Shooting - A man is recovering in Pasteur Hospital today after being shot while on his motorbike in Mougins. Police, who are still searching for the shooter, are investigating if the incident was a deliberate attack and an extreme case of road rage.

Metro - Iconic French politician, Niçoise Simone Veil, has had a metro station in Paris renamed in her honour. From today, the Place de l’Europe station will be known as Europe Simone Veil. Madame Veil who passed away last year, will be interred in the Pantheon on July 1st.

BUSINESS

Financial markets across Europe have been hit by the political upheaval in Italy.

With the prospect of elections as early as September, along with the possibility of euro-sceptic parties strengthening their position, Italy's benchmark FTSE MIB sank 2.7%, the UK's FTSE was down 1.2%, Germany's DAX down 1.3%, and France's CAC down 2%. The sell-off in Italian bonds also deepened, with the yield on two-year debt breaking through the 2% barrier.

Investors fear that fresh elections could be fought over the country's role in the European Union, the euro zone and the Euro itself.

Credit rating agency Moody’s said that it would downgrade Italy if the fiscal policies of the next government were unable to place the country's public debt ratio on a sustainable downward trend.

SPORT

Tennis - At the French Open today Marin Cilic and Rafael Nadal are easily through to round two after straight set wins this morning. Niçois Gilles Simon is also through after beating his Georgian opponent in four sets yesterday.

On court this afternoon, Britains Kyle Edmund has won his first two sets against Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-4 while in the womens competition Serena Williams will making her return to Grand Slam tennis against Kristyna Pliskova.

 

Football - AS Monaco have agreed a €45 million deal for midfielder Fabinho to move to Liverpool. Manager Jurgen Klopp said today that Fabinho has the ability to play at the highest level in a number of positions including ‘six', 'eight' and 'two'. The Brazilian is expected to start at Anfield on July 1st.

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