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Evening Update 30 Aug 2017

NEWS

Several trades unions have called for a day of industrial action on the 12th of September to protest at the French government’s proposed new labour laws.  The unions have called for action by public and private sector employees.  The new labour laws are expected to be unveiled by the government tomorrow.

There’s been a fire at the Eglise Saint-Roch in Nice.  According to reports, the fire was limited to the altar of the church after the swift intervention of parishioners who saw the blaze soon after it started this morning.  It’s apparently the third time in ten years that the church’s altar has been set on fire.

A new stadium is being inaugurated this evening in Cap d’Ail. The stadium, which features a pitch made from synthetic material, is located on the coast, next to Plage Marquet.

Monte Carlo is one of the most photographed places in the world, according to the Sightsmap website.  Monte Carlo came in at number 7, while Nice also featured in the Top 50, as the 43rd most photographed place.  The rankings were based on the number of shared images on Google Maps. The Top 5 spots were held by New York, Rome, Barcelona, Paris and Istanbul.

BUSINESS

Luxury car maker Aston Martin has announced a £500 million trade and investment deal for the Japanese market. The car maker said it would increase its exports to Japan and expand its dealer network and offices in the country. British Prime Minister Theresa May said the investment was "vital" as Britain prepares to leave the EU.

In the UK, the latest National Manufacturing Barometer, which is published 4 times a year, says that just under half of the small and medium sized businesses surveyed believe that business conditions will deteriorate after Brexit. Also, 41% of SME manufacturers think that Brexit has already had a negative impact on their business.

SPORT
Football…it’s reported that Liverpool are in talks with Arsenal with a view to signing England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.  The player turned down a 40 million pound move to Chelsea yesterday. He has made 198 appearances for Arsenal since he joined the club 6 years ago. 

CRICKET… Bangladesh have beaten Australia in Dhaka.  Australia looked set to win on the penultimate day of the Test but lost their last seven wickets for just 73 runs.  Meanwhile, England have named an unchanged squad for their next match against West Indies at Lords next Thursday.

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