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Evening Update 04 Oct

Killer - Four men and a woman are helping police in Marseilles with their enquiries, into last Sundays train station knife killer. Police are questioning them about their connections to the killer, and if they provided support, by giving him €2,000. None of the five have a police record.

Oil - A 23 year-old woman from Cannes is recovering in hospital from a serious domestic accident. Yesterday evening, when a pot of cooking oil caught fire at her home, she tried to lift it, but ended up spilling the pot, resulting in burn wounds across 50% of her body.

Carrots - French tobacconists have been protesting the proposed increase in cigarette prices, to €10 a box, by dumping tons of carrots outside the Ministry of Health. The carrots symbolise the practice centuries ago, of selling tobacco in rolled up leaves, which eventually led to the carrot shaped Tabac signs of today.

BUSINESS

French Economy Minister, Bruno le Marie, has told Britain; it needs to settle its bill with the European Union, bluntly saying ‘we want our money back’. The Minister compared Brexit to being in a restaurant, then walking out in the middle of the meal, without paying. The EU has estimated the cost of Britain leaving the EU, at between sixty and one hundred billion euro.

The EU has launched a fresh crackdown over taxes paid by tech giants Amazon and Apple. The former has been ordered to repay €250m, after being given an unfair tax deal in Luxembourg, while the EU plans to take Ireland to court over its failure to collect €13bn of back taxes from Apple.

Ford's new US boss has outlined plans to shift manufacturing from traditional cars, to SUVs and trucks, while investing in electric power and tech services. Ford will also automate its manufacturing processes, to help to cut costs by $14bn.

SPORT

Football - FIFA has rejected an appeal to approve Adrien Silva's move to Leicester City from Sporting Lisbon. FIFA rejected the £22m transfer, because the paperwork was submitted 14 seconds too late, and missed the transfer window.

Tennis - Romanian second seed Simona Halep recorded her first victory over Maria Sharapova and advanced to the quarter-finals of the China Open with a 6-2 6-2 win. Sharpova, who has just returned to competitive tennis following a 15-month doping ban, was competing at the China Open for the first since she won the title in 2014.

Formula 1 - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel will avoid a grid penalty, for a change of gearbox, at the Japanese Grand Prix. Vettel feared the gearbox had been damaged in a bizarre crash with Lance Stroll in Malaysia. However, the device was inspected by Ferrari, and the team say it’s OK. Had it required changing, Vettel would have faced a five-place grid penalty, causing a serious blow to his title fight with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.

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