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Evening Update Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Election Latest - Marine Le Pen would win the majority vote for president in the PACA region. That’s according to a new poll which shows the PACA region would be the only one in France to do so. Nationally Marine le Pen is polling at 41% meaning, if she performs well in the final television debate with Emmanuel Macron tonight, she only needs to sway 10% more voters to win the overall election. The two hour debate kicks off on TF1 and France 2 at 9pm. The election itself is this Sunday with polling booths open from 7am to 7pm, or until 8pm in the main cities and towns.

Nice - New security measures in the city of Nice, which include banning trucks from the pedestrian zone, mean trucks will be unable to deliver goods to shops. Instead the city has proposed seven drop off delivery areas around the vicinity. Traders are opposing the move.

Trains - The SNCF has decided to continue its promotional fares from the Cote d’Azur to Marseille for the remainder of May. It means you can travel from Nice, Cannes or Antibes to Frances second biggest city for just €20 return mid-weeks.

BUSINESS

Cost-cutting measures at Volkswagen have seen profits soar dramatically in the first quarter of the year. Profit before tax rose 44% to 4.6bn euros, thanks to an increase in sales and higher profit margins.

Two international banks have confirmed they are planning moves out of London ahead of the UK's exit from the EU. Standard Chartered has said it is in talks with regulators about making Frankfurt its European base, while JP Morgan is widely reported to be in talks to buy a Dublin office big enough to hold more than 1,000 workers. JP are also said to be expanding their offices in Frankfurt and Milan.

SPORT

Football - It’s a big night for Monaco who face Juventus in their Champions League semi-final first leg game at the Stade Louis Deux. Kick-off is at 8.45 tonight and the match is a sell-out.

Tennis - At the Monte Carlo Country Club yesterday, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra K.vit.ova returned to the practice court, as she continues to come back from a career-threatening hand injury. It’s hoped she will be well enough to make the French Open which starts on May the 28th.

Wimbledon have confirmed that Ilie Nas.tase will not be invited to the Royal Box this summer, as the Romanian Fed Cup captain is under under investigation over racist comments he made about Serena Williams' unborn child. Tournament organisers also confirmed an increase in prize money this year with the men's and women's singles champions earning £2.2m each, down to first-round singles losers earning £35,000.

Athletics - The row over plans to rewrite world records set before 2005, is getting bigger.  Record holding long jumper, American Mike Powell, is the latest to come out against it, saying the plans are disrespectful, an injustice and a slap in the face.