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Evening Update Tues 06 June 2017

Breaking - In Paris, a man has been shot and injured after attacking a police officer with a hammer at Notre Dame cathedral. One officer was injured during the assault, before the attacker was shot by colleagues. 

Macron - It’s been confirmed that President Macron will be in Nice on July 14th to attend commemoration services for the attack on Bastille Day last year. Meanwhile, with first round parliamentary elections coming this weekend, new figures today show Macron may be able to secure a parliamentary majority, with his new political party which is barely a year old. The survey of nearly 15,000 voters shows the Republic En Marche party have surged ahead with a projected 31% in first round votes. Only three weeks in office, President Macron has made big impression on voters, from his meetings with Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, to his famous handshake with Donald Trump and refuting the Amercian presidents withdrawal from the Paris Accord by tweeting ‘let’s make our planet great again’.

Nice - Nice has been named the second most popular destination in France after Paris, according to a new survey from travel website Trivago. French holidaymakers stayed here the longest, with an average stay of 8 days, compared to six days for Spanish visitors, and four for Japanese. Other Riviera towns also did well, with Marseilles and Cannes being voted the fourth and fifth most popular destinations in France.

BUSINESS

In the UK, the Royal Bank of Scotland has finally reached a £200m settlement with investors who say they were duped into handing £12bn to the bank during the financial crisis. The RBS Shareholders Action Group has voted to accept an 82 pence a share offer, signicantly below the 230 pence paid during the crisis fundraising in 2008. Shares in RBS have fallen by just over 1%.

South Africa has fallen into recession for the first time in eight years, after economic growth shrank by 0.7% between January and March. The downturn, due to weak manufacturing and trade, follows a 0.3% fall in GDP in the final quarter of last year. It’s the first time the economy has slowed for two consecutive quarters since 2009.

SPORT

Tennis - This year's French Open is wide open as there are now no Grand Slam champions left among the women's draw. It’s the first time since 1977 the quarter-final line-up in Paris has been devoid of any player to have won a major title. Heading into the quarter-finals, we have just three Top 10 players; second seed Pliskova, third seed Halep and fifth seed Svitolina. This afternoon, there’s been heavy rain, thunder and lightning in Paris, putting a stop to play until six this evening.

Football - Borussia Dortmund have named Ajax boss Peter Bosz as their new manager for the coming two seasons. Bosz had led Ajax to last month's Europa League final, which the Dutch club lost 2-0 to Manchester United. OGC Nice coach Lucien Favre had been linked to the Borussia job but announced last week he was definitely staying on the Cote d’Azur.