Evening Update 01 Oct

Aznavour - French singing legend Charles Aznvour has died at the age of 94.

Once told he was too ugly, too short and that he couldn't sing Charles Aznavour became one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the 20th century.

Born in Paris in 1924, he started his career with local theatre in his teens and moved on to writing songs for Maurice Chevalier and Edith Piaf in his twenties. The following decade he became a singer in his own right, which led to a hugely successful cinema career also. Over the years Aznavour has recorded 1,200 songs in seven languages, and sold over 180 million records, arguably the most famous of which was, “She” …

At his most recent concert in Nice, he said he wanted to perform until he was 100 and he kept true to that. Despite being 94, he was due to perform a 35 date concert tour next month to support his latest album.

Leading tributes, President Macron said Aznavour was deeply French, and recognized throughout the world, where his music accompanied the joys and sorrows of three generations.  American singer Harry Connick Jnr said Charles Aznavour was a great talent and will be greatly missed! Maintenant tu chanteras avec les anges!

Charles Aznavour, who died last night in Provence.

Shooting - Police are investigating a shooting in Cagnes-sur-mer this afternoon. The shooting, which happened just after lunch on Route de Vence near the municipal dump, is believed to involve a dispute between travellers.

A8 - A request by Eric Ciotti to remove the new speed limit on the A8 motorway has been ruled out by the Transport Ministry. The reduction to 90 km/h between Cagnes-sur-mer and St-Laurent-du-Var, came into effect this morning, after motorway operator Vinci Autoroutes refused to carry out work allowing a variable speed limit.

Prince - Prince Albert of Monaco has signed a framework agreement with the Saudi Minister of Culture to combat the growing problem of plastic pollution, to help safeguard marine biodiversity and protect coral reefs. The Saudi prince’s Red Sea Collection recently sponsored the Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean, which last year raised more than $14 million for the Foundation’s marine conservation initiatives.

BUSINESS

American stocks have risen sharply today as investors welcome news that Canada is to join a new trade deal with the United States and Mexico. The removal of uncertainty is bringing some confindence back to the market with the Dow Jones up 250 points increases and also seen in the S&P 500 and NASDAQ.

Tesla shares are also up today, surging 15% since CEO Elon Musk settled charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the USA. Today’s gains erase the stock's 14 percent plunge on Friday.

Ryanair shares have dropped 8% as the airline issued a profit, warning saying profits would be 12% lower than forecast, due to higher oil prices, costs associated with EU flight compensation rules, and recent strikes.

SPORT

Rugby - The European Club Rugby Finals will be played at the Velodrome in Marseille in May 2020. The announcement was made today by organisers European Professional Club Rugby who said that while France is a traditional stronghold for rugby, a European finals weekend in the city of Marseille will be a whole new experience both for local fans and loyal supporters across Europe.

Premiership club Worcester Warriors have been taken over by a consortium led by finance specialist Errol Pope, who works in property and commodity trading, former Saracens and Sale flanker David Seymour, ex-Swindon Town chairman Jed McCrory and Scott Priestnall.

Tennis - British number one Kyle Edmund fought back from a set down, to reach the second round of the China Open with victory over Peter Gojowczyk. Fifth seed Edmund won 3-6 6-1 6-2 in just over 90 minutes in Beijing.

Golf - Rory McIlroy believes Padraig Harrington would make the ideal Ryder Cup captain for 2020. Harrington is one of a number of candidates to succeed Thomas Bjorn and lead Europe's bid to retain the trophy at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

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