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Evening Update 01 November

Halloween - Last night’s Halloween celebrations was a busy one for the regions fire services. They had to attend over 40 incidents, half of them in Cannes, Grasse and Antibes alone. They included putting out a number of fires in bins, as well as some cars which were burnt out.

Body - Police have confirmed the charred body, found on Monday in Esmoulins, is that of the 29-year-old jogger, who disappeared on Saturday in Haute-Saone. An autopsy will be carried out tomorrow to determine the cause of death and if the woman suffered sexual violence.

Paperwork - November brings more changes to France, including the closure of the administration centre of the Alpes Maritimes, as their service, including car registration, driving licenses, identity cards and passports now go online. O

Other changes include an increase in the cost of visiting a doctor for certain complex health problems, La Poste will deliver packages on Sundays via Chronopost, and France's annual winter truce begins today, which means no one can be evicted from their apartment during the winter months.

November is also the ‘quit smoking month’ in France, but there are no plans to follow a Japanese company’s example, who are offering six extra days holidays to non-smokers, to balance out the time that smoking staff take for cigarette breaks.

​BUSINESS

US markets opened higher today, as financial and energy companies led broad gains across industries. The rise comes after many corporate earnings reports this week, showed signs of a strengthening economy. Also, the US Central Bank is to issue a policy statement this evening, which is expected to signal a rate rise in December.

Petroleum company Shell have completed the $3.8bn sale of a package of North Sea assets following the approval of regulators and stakeholders. The package includes about half of Shell's North Sea output, as they aim to pay off debt following its takeover of
BG Group.

Hilton Hotels are to pay a $700,000 fine after being accused of mishandling two separate credit card data breaches in 2014 and 2015. More than 360,000 accounts were put at risk, and US government investigators say, the firm lacked adequate security measures and took too long to warn customers.

SPORT

Football - This afternoons big Champions League match is between AS Monaco and Turkish team Besik.tas. Besik.tas need win or draw, if they want to stay in the Championship, while Monaco must get a win to continue. Pundits are giving the Turks the advantage, as they have an excellent home win record, and Monaco are without striker Stevan Jovetic. However, star striker Falcao will be back to lead the team. Kick-off in Turkey is at 5pm.

Wales manager Chris Coleman has admitted the teams November friendlies could be his last games as an international manager. He had previously said he would leave his role, but has been urged to stay on by his senior players. He was speaking as he announced a 24-man squad for the friendly with France on Friday week.

World Rugby has unveiled the shortlist of nominees for the 2017 Player of the Year and Rugby Player of the Year. Both shortlists include the top scorers on the Men’s and Women’s world circuit, six Dream Team members and one Olympic Gold Medallist. The Awards, in partnership with HSBC, will be held at the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco at the end of the month.

Formula 1 - World champions Mercedes have cast doubt on the new engine regulations proposed for 2021, where cars will be restricted to just one more powerful hybrid element, in an effort to reduce costs and improve the quality of the sound created by the engines. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he has strong scepticism about whether the ideas are the right way forward.

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