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Evening Update 02 Mar

Ski - At least four skiers have died in an avalanche, in the Mercantour, near the resort of Auron. One person remains missing, and one other was injured, when the avalanche hit the hamlet of Estenc in the Entraunes area around lunchtime today. The four killed were ski touring with their guide in an off-piste area. It’s understood the guide, an experienced high mountain guide, managed to come down the mountain with an injured survivor to raise the alarm. Avalanche warnings remain high in the Mercantour as warmer temperatures melt the heavy snowfalls of the last few days.

Embassy - Control has been regained at the French Embassy in Burkina Faso, after what’s being described as a terrorist attack, was foiled. A number of gunmen targeted the embassy, and a nearby military facility, and it’s believed four have been shot by police. There were no civilian casualties.

Body - Authorities in Cannes say the homeless man whose body was discovered on the beach, was that of 30 year-old Russian, who had been based in the town since 2003. It’s believed he died of a drug overdose.

SuperSuperMarket - German retailer Lidl have inaugurated their largest store in France, at Gattieres, just north of Nice. Built in just six months, the massive 1,800 square metre structure, has focused on sustainable development with LED lighting, solar panels, filtered rainwater from the roof and a policy to make the building as self-sustainable as possible. The store will officially open next Wednesday.

BUSINESS

European stocks have finished today’s session sharply lower after American President Donald Trump announced steel and aluminium tariffs, raising fears of a potential trade war. The pan-European STOXX 600 closed down 2 percent today. US Stocks are also trading lower.

Harvey Weinstein’s movie company has been bought, and will be run, by a largely-female board. Businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet is leading the investor group that is paying $500m for the company's assets, which includes a $90m victims' compensation fund. The Weinstein Company had said at the beginning of the week that it would file for bankruptcy.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has called for greater regulation of cryptocurrencies, calling recent huge price moves ‘speculative mania’. He said the time has come to hold the crypto-asset ecosystem to the same standards as the rest of the financial system.

SPORT

Football - Rumours are spreading like wildfire on social media that Mario Balotelli is to leave OGC Nice at the end of the season. Many are allegedly quoting his manager Mino Raiola, saying talks are ongoing with Roma, Napoli or Inter. The only thing anyone knows for sure, is that SuperMario is set to line up for Nice in tonight’s games against Lille, which kicks off at the Allianz Riviera at 7pm. Meanwhile, AS Monaco are also in action tonight, with a home match against Bordeaux. Kick-off at Stade Louis II is at 7.45.

Rugby - Ulster Head coach Jono Gibbes is to leave at the end of the season for family reasons. The 41-year-old will return to his native New Zealand one year into a two-year contract. It’s the latest blow for the team whose form has tailed off badly after a promising start to the Pro14 campaign.

Golf - England's Chris Paisley is a shot off the lead, as he continued in excellent form, on the opening day of the WGC-Mexico Championship. Paisley had holed four birdies by the sixth, adding three more after the turn before dropping his only shot on 16, to card a ‘six-under 65’ for a three-way tie in second place.

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