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Evening Update 03 Nov

Terror - The brother of the man who killed two women last month at Marseilles train station, has been handed over by Italian authorities to France. He is to appear in court here accused of complicity, and participation, in the terror attack.  Yesterday, the brother of the French jihadist, who murdered seven people in Toulouse in 2012, was given 20 years in jail by a Paris court, for the influence he exerted over his brother, which led to the shootings.

Tram - It’s been revealed today, the second tram line in Nice is €57m over budget. The extra costs are down to unexpected delays during the excavation of the new tunnel, including a cave-in last July on the line at Rue Victor Hugo and Rue de France.  When the new tram line is finished in 2019, it will have cost €114m per kilometre.

Voting - The Interior Minister has announced his intention to ban voting machines from future elections. The machines are used in seven areas of the Alpes-Maritimes at Saint-Laurent-du-Var, Villeneuve-Loubet, Vence, Antibes, Valbonne, Mougins and Mandelieu. While some have deplored the move, as a return to the stone age, the Minister said his reform of the electoral system is looking at the possibility of voting via the internet.

Marina - The Mayor of Antibes, along with the Chairman of the Alpes-Maritimes department, have laid the first stone of the new sailing base at Antibes. Three new buildings are to be contstructed for watersports, maintenance, and a centre for rescue workers. The project is expected to take 18 months.

BUSINESS

Shares in Apple have risen to a record high as the new iPhone X hit shelves around the world today. The tenth anniversary phone, which retails for €1,000, is Apple's most expensive handset yet. The launch coincides with strong results for Apple, with sales increasing by 12% for the three months to September. Analysts say Apple could become the world’s first trillion dollar company as shares rose 2%.

Two major UK firms have postponed their stock market floatation’s, citing market volatility for their change of heart.  They are Arqiva, the UK's largest owner of television transmitters, and food producer Bakkavor who supply food to Marks & Spencers and Waitrose.

SPORT

Football - Marseille player Patrice Evra was sent off, after kicking one of his own team's supporters in the head, before their Europa League game last night. Footage shows the former Manchester United defender aiming an acrobatic kick at a supporter, at the side of the pitch during the warm-up. Evra, who was named as a substitute, was dismissed before kick-off, and Marseille started with 11 players. UEFA has charged Evra with violent conduct.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said a Spanish tax-fraud case, relating to his time in charge of Real Madrid, is now closed. He was speaking after a brief hearing at a court in Madrid, saying he paid a fee to settle the accusations. He had been accused of owing nearly €3.3m in undeclared image rights.

Formula 1 - The President of the Ferrari team has said they could quit Formula 1, if they do not approve of the direction taken by new owners Liberty Media. The Ferrari chief pinpointed proposals for a new engine design from 2021, as he made the threat. His concerns follow objections from both Mercedes and Renault over plans for the new engine design.

Tennis - World number one Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters with a knee injury. Yesterday, during his third round win, Nadal had his knee strapped throughout the game.

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