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Evening Update Mon 29th May 2017

Petrol - A strike by tanker drivers, which is spreading across France, could threaten petrol supplies across the Cote d’Azur. The strike, which began Friday in Paris, is being run by one of France’s most hardline unions, the CGT. They’re calling for pay-rises up to €14 per hour, a maximum ten hour working day, and a thirteenth  month bonus wage at Christmas.
Representatives of the petroleum industry, say drivers should not panic, as petrol stations anticipated the strike with extra stocks of fuel.

Macron - President Marcon has been meeting with Russia’s President Putin today at Versailles. Despite the Kremlin widely seen as backing Marine Le Pen in the French election, Macron welcomed the Russian President with a warm regular handshake.

Tax - Former French Secretary of State Thomas Thévenoud, has been given a three-month suspended sentence for late payment of taxes between 2009 and 2013. His wife Sandra, received the same sentence.

Monaco - In Monaco, an unemployed Moroccan man, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for spousal abuse. The case came to court after police had been called eleven times to the couples home, before the mans wife eventually filed charges. The man, who admitted to a drink problem, has also been prohibited from going anywhere near his wife for two years.

BUSINESS

The CEO of British Airways, has denied union claims that the weekends IT meltdown, was down to BA contracting work out to India to save money. He said the issue arose after a power surge at a local data centre which was managed, and fixed, by local resources. He also said there was no evidence whatsoever a cyberattack was behind the computer problems, or that passenger data has been compromised in any way.  The IT meltdown which led to a global shutdown of British Airways flights at the weekend, could leave the airline with a compensation bill of over £100m. Meanwhile, flights are returning to normal with all ‘UK to Nice’ BA services running on time today.

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Football - It’s expected we should know more about the plans for OGC Nice coach Lucien Favre in the coming days. Rumours are rife he is about to accept an offer from Borussia Dortmund. However, counter rumours say his wife has fallen in love with the Riviera and wants to stay. That’s a more powerful decider than beating €200,000 a month salary he currently draws from the club.

Tennis - One of France’s top players, Gilles Simon from Nice, is out of the Roland Garros French Open. The world number 32 was beaten in his opening match. Defending champion Novak Djokovic has won his first match with new coach Andre Agassi to head into the second round. If games go as expected, Djokovic faces a semi-finals clash against Rafael Nadal who also won his first game today.

Formula 1 - Lewis Hamilton says he is convinced Ferrari have designated Sebastian Vettel as their number one driver, after Vettel won the Monaco Grand Prix with Ferrari's pit-stop strategy. Although Hamilton says it's very clear they’re pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximise his points, he won’t be asking Mercedes to favour him in the same way.

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