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Evening Update 05 December

Bastia - One man has been killed, and two injured, in a shooting at Bastia airport in Corsica. The dead man was known locally as ‘Tony the Butcher’. The killing, which happened at the car park near the airport entrance, is thought to be linked to organised crime.

Robbery - The Nice Prosecutor has expressed concern at the rise of robbery with violence between Nice and the border with Italy. He described the perpetrators as teams of organised criminals from Eastern Europe, who target high value properties.

School - French school children have been ranked the worst in Europe for their reading skills. This is according to the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, which was conducted last year across 50 countries. Worldwide, French children aged nine and ten, came way behind leaders Russia, Singapore and Hong Kong, with an overall placing of 34th out of 50.

BUSINESS

The European Union has listed 17 countries it considers to be ‘non-cooperative’ in the fight against tax evasion. The criteria for inclusion on the list included, not complying with automatic data exchange or OECD guidelines against tax evasion, in addition to the existence of offshore companies. Countries on the list include Tunisia, Barbados, Panama, Macau and the United Arab Emirates.

Monegasque authorities have taken action against a company from Hong Kong, who have launched a new ‘Monaco’ branded Visa Card. They say the payment card infringes the Principality’s rights, and every measure will be taken to protect the trademark of ‘Monaco’, which is a protected name worldwide.

Ireland is to comply with a European Commission order to collect a disputed €13bn in tax from Apple. The money will be held in an escrow account, while Ireland appeals the Commission's decision. Last year, the Commission ruled Ireland had given Apple illegal state aid though an effective corporation tax rate of 1%.

SPORT

Football - West Ham say the dispute with Sporting Lisbon over their summer pursuit of Portugal's William Carvalho, was caused by a breakdown in communication, and the matter has now been resolved. Sporting had threatened to report the Hammers to FIFA, for an illegal pursuit of the midfielder.

Welsh football's governing body, has ruled-out the prospect of an Englishman being named as the next Wales manager. The CEO of the Football Association of Wales said they have always favoured Welsh people because the passion is there. So their choice would be Welsh most definitely, foreign possibly, but absolutely not English. Wales hope to name a successor to Chris Coleman in time for the Nations League draw on January 24th.

Rugby
England lock Maro Itoje could be out of the Six Nations, after fracturing his jaw playing for Saracens against Harlequins on Sunday. This year Itoje, who has 14 caps, started every match as Eddie Jones' side won the 2017 title. England begin the defence of that title, in less than nine weeks, when they play Italy in February.

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