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Evening Update Tues 30th May 2017

Trains - The train station at Cagnes-sur-mer has become the second train station in the region to install airport like security gates, before passengers are allowed on the platforms. Nice Riquier, Nice Ville and Menton are next. It’s planned that one third of stations will have bag-check and metal detector gates before the end of the year.

Court - A claim of defamation against the National Front Mayor of Frejus has been heard at the Criminal Court in Nice. David Rachine is accused of making defamatory comments against Christian Estrosi shortly after last years terror attack in Nice. Monsieur Estrosi is seeking €10,000 in damages and the removal of the comments online. Neither men were present for the case which has been taken under advisement until June 26th.

Social Media - More English words are creeping in the French language thanks to social media. Today’s release of two key French dictionaries have included a number of common words in use online in English. They include the verb to google which in French is googliser, the verb to like a Facebook post is liker; and to retweet something on Twitter is retweeter.

BUSINESS

Ryanair expects its fares to fall by 5% to 7% over the coming year, due to competition among European airlines, and the weakness of sterling since the Brexit vote. Last year, Ryanair fares fell 13% but the airline still posted a record profit of 1.32bn euros as passenger numbers rose.

The Greek Finance Minister has warned there are no excuses for the country not to receive the next instalment of its multi-billion-dollar bailout. He said the Greek government had done its part, and the ball is very much on the side of their creditors and the IMF. Last week, talks between Eurozone finance ministers, aimed at unlocking Greece's next set of loans, broke down. The next meeting is scheduled for June.

SPORT

Tennis - British number one Johanna Konta is out of the French Open after a shock defeat in the first round. Konta dominated the first set but eventually went down 1-6 7-6 6-4 to her Taiwanese opponent whose ranked #109 in the world.

Football - Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tu.chel has left the club after two years in charge. He had taken over following Jurgen Klopp's departure in 2015. All eyes are now on OCG Nice where manager Lucien Favre has been strongly rumoured to move to the German club. Meanwhile, after months of controversy, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has agreed to a new two-year contract, extending the Frenchman’s 21-year reign at the club.