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Evening Update 01 Dec

Police - The city of Nice has announced, from January 1st there will be fewer permanently open police stations, to allow for more patrols in the streets. Christian Estrosi says the city will go from just three peak- time patrols to over fifty. During hours when police offices are closed, videophones will be available where people can report crimes to a central office.

Fire - Despite the cold weather, another forest fire has claimed 120 hectares of land at St-Benoit on the border of the Alpes-Maritimes and the Alps-de-Haut-Provence. As forest fires are rare in December, no aerial water-bombers were available as the fire burned through the night. Firefighters are attending the scene.

Meanwhile, thirteen teenagers are being questioned by police in Nice, in relation to the stoning of a city fire station. On Wednesday afternoon, several fire-fighters cars were damaged in the incident.

Waterspout - An impressive waterspout was been seen off the coast at midday today. The natural phenomenon, which looks like a tornado, hit the coast off San Remo and could be seen as far away as Beausoleil and Vallauris. As the waterspout was over the sea, no damage to property was caused.

Drugs - The ‘Why Not’ snack bar on Rue Belgique in Nice is closed today as the managers are in custody for drug trafficking. Police seized 430g of cocaine and up to 2kg of cannabis resin. In total, 11 people are due in court, with nine pleading guilty.

Ski - Skiing season is well underway with the opening on the slopes on La Colmaine. The resort will open this weekend with free ski-lifts to all. Isola 2000 opened last weekend while Auron is due to open next weekend.

BUSINESS

Australian surf wear brand Billabong has received a takeover bid from rival Quiksilver which values the company at around €125m. The move could be a lifeline for the troubled firm, which has only turned a profit in one of the last five years, suffering a €50m wipeout this year, was triple its loss for 2016.

In the US, President Trumps proposed tax cuts are gathering more support despite a Senate committee finding the cuts will add $1tn to the federal deficit over 10 years. The committee's report contradicts a White House claim that tax cuts would be compensated by economic growth. The cuts, which include steep corporate tax reductions, are the biggest since the Reagan era.

SPORT

Football - The draw for next years World Cup has taken place in  Moscow France being drawn in Group C against Australia, Peru, and Denmark, while England are in Group G with Belgium, Panama and Tunisia. The first game of the Cup will be between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.

New Everton manager Sam Allardyce has given his first press conference saying his plan is for the team to target European football and Cup Finals. Allardyce’s first game as manager, is a home game tomorrow, against Huddersfield.

Athletics - Birmingham has been made wait to find out if it will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The English city was the only interested party before the original September deadline, but its bid was deemed not fully compliant. The Commonwealth Games Federation now says it has received updates from Australia, Canada and Malaysia, but did not confirm any official bids. They will offer a further update after a board meeting on 6 December.

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