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Evening Update Thurs 01 June 2017

Schools - From September, schools in Nice will see a return to a four-day week for students, with no school on Wednesdays. Announcing the change today, the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi said that out of a poll of 154 schools in area, 108 favoured the four day week.

Strike - Good news for anyone planning a road trip over the coming Bank Holiday Weekend, the strike by French fuel tanker drivers is over. The strike was beginning to bite with amost 1,000 petrol stations around France either running low or completely out of fuel. However, talks at the Ministry for Transport with the CGT union has made significant progress with a timetable for discussions on union demands in place. 

Prison - A 48 year-old man has received six years in prison for sexually assaulting his step-daughter for eight years. The assaults happened from when the girl was 4 up to 12 years of age.

BUSINESS

British Airways CEO Alex Cruz has received the full backing of his boss, over last weekend’s grounding of the entire BA fleet after an IT failure.
Willie Walsh, head of IAG, who own British Airways, said Alex Cruz had done a great job, that he doubted anyone could have managed the challenge better, and that Mr Cruz did well to get planes back in the air as quickly as he did.

Meanwhile, IAG have put their new trans-Atlantic budget airline called ‘Level’ in the air, with a maiden flight from Barcelona to Los Angeles today. The airline will run several trans-Atlantic routes from Barcelona including San Francisco and Buenos Aires with fares starting from just over €100.

 

SPORT

Eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova has renewed her campaign to rename one of Australia’s most famous tennis courts; the Margaret Court Arena.

Margaret Court, is an Australian player, who has won more major titles than any other player in history, including three Wimbledon wins, five French Open victories and the Australian open for almost every year in the sixties. However, Court is now an outspoken Christian Minister in Perth who said she would not fly on Qantas "where possible" in protest at the airlines support of same-sex marriage. She also told a Christian radio station "tennis is full of lesbians".

In an open letter backing a renaming of the Margret Court Arena, Navratilova said: "We should not be celebrating this kind of behaviour."

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