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Evening Update Tues 16th May 2017

Trains - New airport like security checks are to be deployed in train stations across the region starting today. Stations at Aix-en-Provence, Les Arcs Draguignan and Cagnes-sur-Mer will be among the first to get the metal detecting gates, while mobile teams will be deployed to carry out random checks at 39 other stations. It’s hoped one third of stations in the PACA region will be covered by the new security measures by the end of October.

Accident - A 13-year-old girl is battling for her life at Lenval Hospital after being involved in a motorbike accident yesterday morning. The accident happened when her fathers bike hit a 4x4 vehicle head-on in Pé.go.mas, leaving her with head, pelvis and thorax injuries. Her father did not survive the crash.

Cannes - Special security measures have been announced for the Cannes Film Festival which starts tomorrow. They include Fanzones on the Croisette as well as special speed restrictions on the water in the Bay of Cannes. The festival this year also includes a number of free open-air screenings of classic movies starting with All the Presidents Men on Saturday.

Weather - Météo France say todays temperatures are up to four degrees above average for May, recording 25 degrees in the shade near Nice and 27d inland. The warm spell here is also heating up northern cities with record May temperatures of 33d in Bordeaux and 28d in Paris.  However, a stormy patch is expected on Friday, after which temperatures will return to normal for the weekend.

BUSINESS

Eurostat figures show Greece has fallen back into recession for the first time since 2012, when the country's GDP fell one percentage point in the first quarter, after shrinking by 1.2% in the final quarter of last year. Economists say Greece's return to recession was largely due to uncertainty over their bailout arrangements, which should be ratified by May 22nd.

The proposed free trade deal between the EU and Singapore will need to be passed by all 28 member state parliaments before it can take effect. The decision by the European Court of Justice could mean a delay with Unions next big free trade discussions, with the UK, as they negotiate Brexit.

One of the worlds richest football clubs, Manchester United, has reported a loss for the first quarter. The loss of £3.8m is down from a £13.7m profit in the same period last year. The club said the loss was due to higher player contracts and foreign exchange movements. However total revenues were 3% higher and the club expects a record full year revenues of £560m

SPORT

Football - An online petition calling for the return of Hatem Ben Ar-fa is about to smash through the 1,000 person barrier in less than 24 hours. Although he was only with OGC Nice for one season, Ben Arfa scored an unforgettable 17 goals and created fans forever. It was one of them who started the petition on change.org to get him back from his current club Paris St-Germain.

AS Monaco striker, Kylian Mbappé, has been nominated by the LFP professional football league group, as a ‘Best Hope for Ligue 1’. At just 18 years old, Mbappé has scored 14 goals for AS Monaco and won an honour at the Champions League semi-finals by becoming the youngest goal scorer in the competitions history.

Tennis - Britian’s Johanna Konta has made a strong start at the Italian Open winning her first game in straight-sets. In the next round she could be facing American Venus Williams. Later tonight, at 8pm, we’ll be watching Andy Murray as he takes on Italian Fabio Fognini in the evening session.

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