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Evening News Update Friday 2 November

A man has been detained in connection with a robbery at a jewellery store in Cannes on the 25th of September.  The 26 year old was stopped by authorities at Nice Cote d’Azur airport on Wednesday and subsequently appeared before the examining magistrate in Grasse.  Several other men had already been arrested last month suspected of being involved in the robbery.  The proceeds of the crime, reportedly worth one million euros, have so far not been accounted for.


Authorities are continuing their enquiries after a policeman was assaulted in Hyeres yesterday morning.  The officer was apparently returning home after his work shift when he saw two people attempting to break into his car.  One of the men then allegedly called to others nearby and about a dozen people attacked the officer.  Authorities have described the incident as being very serious.

 

The prosecutor’s office in Gap has reportedly decided to dismiss the case against a volunteer who had rescued several migrants in the Montgenèvre pass earlier this year. Benoît Ducos had rescued a family of Nigerian migrants, one of whom was eight and a half months pregnant in March and had been summoned before the border police. 

 

A record number of visitors arrived on the Riviera by aeroplane in September. Arrivals by plane during the month were up sixteen per cent according to new figures from the Regional Committee for Tourism. Total overnight stays by visitors to the region were up 1%

 

Works have been completed sooner than expected to re-open the RN202.  The road had been blocked by a landslide and had been expected to re-open on Saturday  but is now fully open once again.


The region’s bus network Ligne d’Azur is on strike today. 24 bus routes in and around Nice are expected to be affected. However the tramway is running as normal.


Hundreds of cars have reportedly been destroyed by a fire in two car parks in Savona in Italy, along the coast from Genoa. Reports say that the cars were Masaratis destined for export to the Middle East.

 

BUSINESS


The US added 250,000 jobs in October - 50,000 more than economists had estimated. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.7% -which is a 48-year low.


Exxon Mobil has reported a better than expected quarterly profit. The company said third-quarter net profit was $6.2bn, up from almost $4bn for the same period last year.


The leaders of Pakistan and China are meeting in Beijing amid concerns over Islamabad's ability to repay billions of dollars of loans. Pakistan has borrowed money from China to fund a series of infrastructure projects. Pakistan is facing a debt crisis and is now seeking an $8bn bailout from the International Monetary Fund as well as more cash from countries such as China and Saudi Arabia.


Eurozone manufacturing activity grew at the slowest rate in more than two years in October. New orders in Germany fell for the first time in four years, according to a closely-watched survey. In Italy, factory activity contracted for the first time in more than two years.

 

SPORT


Rugby Union… Sale wing Chris Ashton has been brought back into the England squad for Saturday's Test against South Africa. Ashton is back in the international fold for the first time in four years. Owen Farrell starts at fly-half for only the third time under head coach Eddie Jones, and fellow co-captain Dylan Hartley starts at hooker.

 

Football.. Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne will miss five to six weeks after injuring a ligament in his left knee. The Belgium international had scans after limping off three minutes before the end of the match against Fulham yesterday.


Cricket… England finished their preparations for the Test series against Sri Lanka with a draw in their final warm-up match in Colombo. England posted 210-6. The home side made 200-7 in response.


Gymnastics… American Simone Biles has become the first gymnast to win 13 world titles. The 21-year-old won vault gold at the World Championships in Qatar.

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