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Evening Update Tuesday 17 April

Eight arrests have been made after a raid by police in the Bon Voyage district of Nice this morning.  It’s believed that the raid was part of an investigation into a drugs ring.  A 22 year old man who was   wanted in connection with a shooting in the same locality went to the judicial police with his lawyer yesterday, according to reports in local media.


The next two days of industrial action by SNCF staff are taking place tomorrow and Thursday, with rail services expected to be affected from this evening. Industrial action by Air France staff will again affect flights tomorrow.  The airline says it currently expects to operate 70 per cent of its flight schedule but tomorrow’s timetables are currently being finalised.  If you’re affected, you can check on your flight’s status at www.airfrance.fr


In Cannes, road closures are in place as part of preparations for the Red Bull Air Race.  The southern carriageway of the Croisette between the Place de Gaulle et Alexandre III is closed to traffic from today until next Tuesday. The air race, which takes place in the skies above the bay this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, is expected to draw 50,000 spectators per day.


It’s been announced that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will arrive in Nice on 7th May as part of a short visit to France.  They are expected to pay tribute to the victims of the July 2016 attack and to attend a reception to celebrate the historic links between Nice and the UK.  The couple will then go on to Lyon where they will take part in a ceremony to mark the 73rd anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. 

 

BUSINESS

The IMF has forecast that 2018 will be the strongest year for global growth since 2011. The IMF predicts growth of 3.9% this year and next year  but it warned that this could be affected by trade barriers.


Newly released data shows that the Chinese economy grew at an annual pace of 6.8% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. The rate of expansion was slightly more than the Chinese government’s annual growth target of about 6.5%.


In the UK, unemployment fell in the three-month period to the end of February by 16,000 to 1.42 million.  The 4.2% unemployment rate is the lowest since early 1975. 


Netflix has said it expects its overseas sales to overtake those in the United States for the first time in the next three months.  The company added 7.4 million additional subscribers between January and March bringing the total number of subscribers to 125 million.

 

SPORT


TENNIS…. …. In the first of today’s two all-French matches at the Monte Carlo Masters, Gilles Simon was victorious against Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Then this afternoon Richard Gasquet beat fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. Fifth seed Dominic Thiem is through to the next round after beating Andrey Rublev and Benoit Paire was defeated by Spanish player Feliciano Lopez. Meanwhile Jan-Lennard Struff defeated Yuichi Sugita of Japan in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.


FOOTBALL…Rangers have suspended Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace pending an investigation into an apparent argument with the club’s manager Graeme Murty. The incident is thought to have taken place after Rangers’ 4-0 defeat by rivals Celtic on Sunday.


RUGBY UNION.. Four people have been summonsed to appear in court in connection with verbal abuse of England coach Eddie Jones.  The alleged incident took place on 25th February in Manchester, the day after England’s defeat by Scotland in the Six Nations.

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