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Evening Update 03 Sept

Murder - The case of an former policeman, accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, began today at the Assizes Court of the Alpes-Maritimes. It’s alleged that Philippe Woronko harassed the 47 year-old mother-of-two after the break-up of their relationship, and on the night of April 13 2015, murdered her using knives and screwdrivers. After the incident, the policeman went on the run for three months, before being caught.  The case is expected to last all week.  

School - The Mayor of Nice - Christian Estrossi, has announced that after a successful trial, police will be made available to any or all of the 154 schools in Nice that request them. He stressed though, that the final decision will be made by the individual school councils later this month, and those who request a police presence, will have one from January.

Meanwhile, students at the Lycée Masséna has an unusual return to school today, when they were greeted by a full live concert with the singer Medi. Now an established rock singer, with four hit albums, Medi was picked as he studied at the school and passed his baccalaureate there 22 years ago.

Tax - President Macron was also back to work today facing two immediate tasks; one to find a new Environment Minister after Nicolas Hulot resigned live on-air last week, and deciding whether to go ahead with a planned changeover to the new PAYE Pay-As-You-Earn taxation system next year. The measure has already been put off once, and doubts remain, as test runs between revenue and employers resulted in thousands of mistakes.

BUSINESS

In a bid to tackle the country's currency crisis Argentina has announced austerity measures including the closing of about half of the nation’s government departments, plus higher taxes on exports of some grains and other products. Despite recent rampant inflation, the IMF said last month it expects the Argentinian economy to stabilise by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Turkey's central bank has promised to review monetary policy as inflation surges to its highest level in nearly 15 years. Turkey's Lira has lost around 40 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar so far this year.

The UK Treasury and the Bank of England are in discussions about extending the contract of Mark Carney as the banks governor. Mr Carney was due to leave next June, but some feel continuity would be better through the Brexit process.

SPORT

Football - Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah are the finalists for this year’s FIFA Best Male Player Award. Lionel Messi missed out on a place in the top three, England striker Harry Kane, who won the World Cup Golden Boot also missed out, and there was no place for any member of French World Cup winning squad. The winners will be announced in London on September 24th.

Formula 1 - British teenager Lando Norris is to replace Stoffel Vandoorne at McLaren after the Belgian driver announced he is to leave at the end of the season. Norris, who is just 18, has been the team's reserve driver and took part in first practice sessions in Spain and Hungary this year.

Tennis - Serena Williams says her motivation to win major trophies remains as high as ever in motherhood after reaching the US Open quarter-finals. Williams is aiming to win a 24th Grand Slam title in New York, and if she does, will equal the record set by Margaret Court.

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