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Evening Update Tues 13 June 2017

Politics - The popularity of President Emmanuel Macron has been called into question today by the leader of the France Insoumise party, who says the cult of personality surrounding the president, is leading to a lack of real debate. Jean-Luc Mé.lenchon is also concerned with an apparent landside victory for Republic en Marche, as it means parliament will be full of mostly upper-class rookies who have no idea of the realities of political life. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May will be in Paris this evening for a brief dinner with President Macron, after which they will both take part in a minutes silence at tonight’s England v France football friendly, to commemorate recent victims of terrorism.

Dentists - Almost forty dentists have gathered outside the health insurance office on Rue Pertinax in Nice, to protest against what they describe as the destruction of quality French dentistry. They say rates imposed by the government are leading to a reduction in standards for patients.

Storm - As the Riviera experiences an early start to summer, Meteó France have placed twelve departments in the centre of the country on yellow alert, for storms with thunder and lightning, and a further six in the south-west for sweltering sun. They say the Rhone Valley and the region around Lyon will be sweating up a storm with temperatures expected to reach 35 degrees.

Burgers - In a world first, McDonald’s in France is to offer its customers knives and forks. The burger giant described cutlery as an evolution. However the knives and forks will only be offered with their new premium gourmet burger.

BUSINESS

The EU is expected to call for a new system of currency clearing, a business that is dominated at the moment by the City of London. The EU is concerned that after Brexit, the UK would continue to hold three quarters of the market for Euro clearing, while no longer actually being covered by European Union rules.

Staying with the UK, the rising cost of foreign package holidays and imported computer games have helped to push inflation there to 2.9% last month, up  from 2.7% in April. It’s the highest since June 2013, and above the Bank of England's 2% target.

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Football - Spanish prosecutors have accused Cristiano Ronaldo of avoiding millions of euros in tax. The prosecutor's office in Madrid says it has filed a lawsuit against the Portuguese player, accusing him of evading 14.7m in tax between 2011 to 2014.

There are a stack of international friendly games tonight with attention focused on Paris where France host England. The match will pay tribute to the victims of recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, with the Oasis song Don’t Look Back in Anger played before the game.

Rugby - The British and Irish Lions have been narrowly beaten 23-22 by Highlanders in Dunedin in New Zealand this morning.

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