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Evening Update 04 December

Train - It’s been announced, the railway line between Grasse and Cannes, is to reopen this Sunday. The line has been closed for a year, to allow for upgrade works costing almost €40m, which includes new extended trains and platforms made of solar panels.

Property - The Supreme Court has upheld a one year suspended sentence, and €100,000 fine, given against a French real estate agent for laundering Russian money. The case, which lasted fifteen years, centres on Chatau Garoupe on Cap d’Antibes, which was owned by Russian oligarch Boris Bere.zovsky, who died in 2013. The court has also ordered that the Chateau be confiscated.

Trial - A trial has begun at the Nice Court today, concerning the murder of a school caretaker in Antibes, who was found dead in his car, with two bullets in the head, 15 years ago. The 67 year-old accused, Michel Lambin, is already serving an 18 year sentence for another murder. The trial is expected to last three weeks.

Social - The Government has confirmed 2.4 million people on social assistance, are to receive Christmas bonuses of between €152 and €274. The payments will be made automatically into applicable claimant’s accounts.

Protein - A new Greenpeace study says, there is far too much animal protein in school meals in France. The study shows canteens give a protein intake, of between two and four times higher than the daily recommended intake. The study comes after French Minister for the Environment requested that school canteens consider a vegetarian offering once a week.

Truck - A 32 ton truck blocked the Chemin des Gros Buaux à Cagnes for time this morning, after the driver followed his GPS, and ended up down the narrow roads above Cagnes-sur-mer. Fire-services with lifting equipment were able to free the truck, which came from Lithuania carrying pottery and tiles.

BUSINESS

US pharmacy chain CVS has agreed to buy health insurer Aetna in a $69bn dollar deal that could be the largest acquisition the year. The proposed tie-up comes amid speculation that online shopping giant Amazon plans to move into the pharmaceutical market.

Australia's Competition Regulator, has begun an inquiry into whether the influence of Facebook and Google, has harmed the media sector down under. They’ll investigate if the US tech giants have been detrimental to consumers and publishers as part of an inquiry into wider media reforms.

Meanwhile Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox have resumed talks with Walt Disney over a sale of most of its business, which will include Sky television. Fox is currently trying to buy out the rest of Sky that it does not already own but is facing scrutiny from regulators who fear the level of influence it would give the Murdoch family.

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Football - England manager Gareth Southgate has been told his job is safe, even if England lose every game at the World Cup in Russia. The Football Association CEO Martin Glenn said they have a long-term plan, and they’re already seeing some of the fruits of it, so Southgate will retain his position for the next few tournaments.

A statue of Argentine football star Lionel Messi has been vandalised in Buenos Aires when the bronze statue was chopped off just above the ankles, with the main body left lying on the pavement. It’s the second time the statue has been targeted by vandals.

Formula 1 - Robert Kubica believes he is capable of a full-time comeback to Formula 1 with Williams next year. The Pole has not raced for seven years after suffering life-changing injuries in a rally accident in 2011. Last week he tested for Williams in Abu Dhabi, and is driving the team's simulator this week, before a final decision is made.

Rugby - Wales centre Scott Williams believes the 2018 Six Nations has the potential to be the toughest to date. Williams, who will leave Scarlets for Ospreys at the end of this season, said all teams are playing particularly well at the moment and Wales must rise to the All Blacks' clinical standards if they want to win.

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