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Evening Update Monday 1st May 2017

Protests - Workers across France have been using the todays May Day marches to make it clear Marine Le Pen is not their champion presidential candidate. The leader of the country’s largest union, the CGT, went so far as to say, the National Front is a racist, xenophobic party that is anti-women and anti-workers. However, it’s not automatic love for her opponent Emmanuel Macron. Many unions and demonstrators today say they will vote for Macron through gritted teeth because they se him as the lesser of two evils.

Meanwhile the mayors of 14 Cote d’Azur towns including Nice, Cagnes-sur-Mer, and St-Laurent-du-Var have appealed to voters to block Le Pen in next weekends election. Christian Estrosi has also called for votes for Macron saying that after the election, Republicans are committed to working alongside him.

Macron has also received support from Tony Blair who told Le Monde that a win would be a global victory, as he represents a spirit which has echoes in every European country and in the western world.

TGV - A man shouting jihadist slogans and threatening to kill passengers, forced a TGV train from Marseilles to Paris to stop at Lyon yesterday. The man was arrested and after two hours delay the train continues to Paris without incident.

New for May - The month of May brings some changes to life in France. GP fees go up to €25 a visit, gas prices will fall 3% and a new AirBnB tourist tax comes into operation today.

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In the United States, cross-party congressional negotiators have agreed a one trillion dollar deal to keep the US government running until September. The deal boosts military spending but does not include and money for President Trump's controversial wall along the Mexico border.

Dubai, home of the the world's tallest building and biggest shopping centre, has become the first city to get its own Microsoft-designed font. Dubai's Crown Prince said the font was a very important step in Dubai’s ambitions to be ranked first in the digital world, and has instructed government bodies to use it in official correspondence.

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Formula 1 - There’s just one more race before Formula 1 arrives in Monaco at the end of the month and it’s all to play for this season. Yesterday Valtteri Bottas won his first Grand Prix win in Russia while Lewis Hamilton, straggled in fourth leaving him 20 points behind Vettel at the top of the drivers championship. Next race is Spain in two weeks then Monaco last weekend in May.

Football - It’s looking increasingly likely that AS Monaco are going to top this years League 1 in France, and it’s thanks to OGC Nice. Last night, in one of the most  dramatic games of the season, which saw two Paris St Germain players getting red cards, OGC Nice comfortably took the match 3-1. On the league table, that keeps the Parisians three full points, and one game, behind Monaco. In addition, Monaco’s win over Toulouse means they’re the only team in the league to have won all of their last six matches.

In the English Premier League yesterday, Chelsea keep a four point lead over Spurs at the top of that table following a 3-Nil win at Everton. Spurs themselves won the London derby against Arsenal 2-0. There’s one game tonight with Liverpool hoping to solidify third place if they win at Watford.

Basketball - Monaco have come third in the European Champions League after a narrow defeat in the semi-finals against Bandirma Turks, 83-74. It’s the first time in the clubs history they’ve won a European medal.

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