Evening Update Monday 30 May

A French television journalist has died whilst covering the war in Ukraine. President Macron announced the death of Frédéric Leclerc Imhoff who worked for BFM TV. The 32 year old died from shrapnel wounds whilst on board a humanitarian bus in the Donbas region. French Foreign Affairs minister Catherine Colonna has demanded that a "transparent investigation" is carried out as soon as possible. On its Twitter feed this afternoon BFM TV posted that Frédéric was "brave and discreet" and "the pain is immense".

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has described what he called massive industrial ticket fraud at Saturday's Champions League final in Paris. He said that 30 to 40,000 English supporters either had no ticket or had a counterfeit ticket. Ministers acknowledged "difficulties" in managing crowds, but say organized fraud was the "root cause" of the problems. The French sports ministry has been meeting today with Europe's football governing body Uefa, the French Football Association, stadium officials and police. Liverpool fans were seen waiting in huge queues outside the stadium, with French police allegedly using pepper spray. The start of the final was delayed by 35 minutes.

Industrial action is affecting train services in many parts of the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region today. However, the SNCF have said that the Côte d'Azur isn't expected to be affected. More details of specific services are available on www.sncf.com

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has laid the first stone of a new 5-star hotel. The hotel will be in the Couvent de la Visitation in the old town, which has been listed as a historical monument since 1989. The mayor said that in 2025 the Metropole Nice Cote d'Azur will have nearly 3,000 more hotel rooms with nearly 62% of construction or reconstruction being 4 or 5 star hotels.