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Evening Update Thurs 11th May 2017

Politics - 42 candidates are to be run by Emmanuel Macron’s new ‘En Marche’ party for election in the PACA region. Half of them have never held public office before. The more well-known local candidates include Yannick Marziniak, the Deputy Mayor of Valbonne, and Caroline Reverso - Mein.ietti, a lawyer at the Nice Bar. Meanwhile Jean-Luc Mélenchon is to run for election in Marseille, a city he doesn’t live in, but which heavily backed him in his unsuccessful bid for the Presidency last month.

Four Day Week - Support is gathering in Nice Town Council for a return to the four day week for schools. It’s felt the extra-curricular activity day on Wednesdays is not working, too expensive and not engaging students. A vote on the measure will be taken during the summer.

Bag - A suspect bag has left a trail of destruction in Monaco today. When it was discovered this morning, barriers at the Canton roundabout were raised as safety measure. However they weren’t seen by a motorcyclist who crashed into them. To protect the injured cyclist, barriers were also raised at the Au.reg.lia roundabout, which was in turn hit by a car, causing traffic chaos for an hour. The suspect bag was eventually neutralised by authorities.

BUSINESS

Boeing has temporarily halted test flights of its new 737 MAX aircraft due to a potential problem with the engine designed by General Electric and French firm Safran. However, Boeing says it has not experienced any problems during more than 2,000 hours of testing and it is out of an abundance of caution they have temporarily suspended 737 MAX flights. However, they are sticking with plans to begin deliveries this month, adding that production of the jets would continue.

Sir James Dyson has won his appeal over a case that argues European vacuum cleaner tests favour competitors. His argument was that EU tests deceive customers because they are conducted when appliances are in pristine condition, and do not test them in real conditions, where suction may be lost as the bag fills with dust. The successful appeal means the claim will be sent back to the original EU court for judgement. A spokesperson at Dyson said they were shocked and delighted.

SPORT

Tennis - World number one Andy Murray is out of the Madrid Open, after being beaten in straight sets by Croat Borna Coric in the last 16. The result was 6-3 6-3.

Rugby - Saracens are capable of winning Saturday's European Champions Cup final against Clermont Auvergne says their former winger David Strettle. The ex-England international moved to Clermont two years ago after five years at Saracens. The defending champions are on track for a successive double, as they also look to retain their Premiership title.

Football - Manchester United are within their rights to pay multi-million pound sums to agents as part of transfers according to English FA Chairman Greg Clarke. Although FIFA boss Gianni Infantino did not disagree, he has called for more transparency around transfers. FIFA are looking into Paul Pogba's world-record €110m transfer from Juventus to Manchester United following claims Pogba's agent will earn £41m from the deal.

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