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Evening Update Weds 24th May 2017

State Emergency - President Emmanuel Macron is to ask parliament to extend the State of Emergency in France until November. It’s a direct result of the terror attack in Manchester. The French Interior Minister has confirmed he has spoken with the British Prime Minister, about the two countries cooperating closely on fighting terror, despite Britain's plans to leave the European Union.

Taxi - Cote d’Azur taxi drivers are considering another blockade of Nice Airport. They’re angry at the amount of Uber drivers who are flooding the area during the Film Festival and Formula 1 events. They say the Uber drivers can pick up anywhere, while taxi’s are confined to picking up at ranks. They are demanding equal treatment.  

Activists - An Algerian millionaire & activist planning a Burkini demonstration on the last day of the Cannes Film Festival, has vowed to go ahead, despite a warning from the Perfecture that any such gatherings are forbidden. The Tous en Burkini event is scheduled for this Friday between 2 and 6pm, to celebrate last years decision by the Council of State, to overthrowg a burkini ban on many French beaches.

Robert de Niro - Robert di Nero has come to the defence of beach establishments threatened with demolition on the Côte d'Azur because of the Beach Decree. He was particularly supportive of "Tetou" in Golfe-Juan, where he is a regular customer. In a letter of support he said he had been coming to the Côte d'Azur for many years and is amazed beach restaurants are going to be demolished in favour of prefabricated cabins without soul. He described the beach restaurants as culturally, historically and gastronomically, invaluable to the heritage of the region.

Migrants - Well known activist Cédric Herrou, who campaigns on behalf of migrants has arrived in Nice with almost 100 migrants with him. They took the train Breil-sur-Roya this morning, to travel to Nice to make their asylum applications. Monsieur Herrou is demanding that social services take immediate care of 13 children who are among the migrants. Meanwhile, in what is becoming a regular occurrence, the body of another migrant has been found on a train at Cannes La Bocca. It’s believed he was entering France from Ventimellia, and died while holding on to the trains electric pantograph. This is the second death in the last seven days.

BUSINESS

China's credit rating has been cut, over fears that growth will slow in the coming years. Moody's, one of the world's big three ratings agencies, cut China by one notch to A1 from Aa3. It is the first time the agency has downgraded the country since 1989.

The longest criminal trial in the history of the Irish state has collapsed, after a judge ordered the acquittal of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick. Mr FitzPatrick was accused of misleading the bank's auditors about billions of euros in loans made to him, which eventually led to the country’s economic collapse. The judge said he was acquitting Mr Fitzpatrick as the investigation into him was not sufficiently unbiased, impartial or balanced.

SPORT

Football - A cancellation of tonight’s Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax had been considered, but not for long, according to police. Despite Monday’s attack in Manchester, it was unanimously felt the right decision was to continue. The Chief Superintendent for Manchester said the rhetoric has to come out, that terrorism cannot win. The game kicks off in Stockholm at 8.45 with United  bidding to win the competition for the first time, while Ajax are seeking their first major European trophy since 1995.

Formula 1 - Former world champion Jenson Button says he is looking forward to a "fun weekend" as he prepares a return to the sport for one race only at this weekends Monaco Grand Prix. He’ll be filling in for Fernando Alonso who is racing in the Indianapolis 500. There, Alonso has qualified fifth on the grid and says anyone could win as the race is so unpredictable. Back in Monaco, a FanZone is now open for the weekend, where the public can try out F1 simulators and pit-stop stand where you can try change a tyre in under 2 seconds. The zone will also have large screens and a stage for concerts and driver appearances.

Tennis - World number four Simona Halep says she has only a 50-50 chance of being fit for next week's French Open. The 25-year-old Romanian tore an ankle ligament during last weeks Italian Open final.

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