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Evening Update 05 Mar

Ski - The guide, who saved the life of a skier, after an avalanche at the Col de la Cay.olle near Auron, is to be the subject of a judicial enquiry. Friday’s avalanche took the lives of four people who were on a day of off-piste skiing. The public prosecutor said it was amazing the guide and his client survived such an incident. Although it was recognized the guide was a fully qualified mountain professional, an enquiry would have to establish that the deaths of the other four, was not due to carelessness or non-observance of regulations. Meanwhile skiers are being warned about off-piste skiing after another deadly avalanche left at least two dead in the French Alps yesterday. Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has urged anyone taking part in winter sports to act with the utmost caution.

Tax - Certain housing taxes could be going up soon after Christian Estrosi said today that tax rates in Nice had not changed in ten years, making it one of the lowest taxed cities in France. He is proposing increases of up to €350 a year to drive investment in the city.

Police - A delegation from the NYPD New York Police Department is in Nice this week to discover how the city protects its public spaces. Both cities have suffered brutal terrorist attacks and are working together on the latest technologies to keep the public safe.

Writers - In Cannes, the city has officially created its first writers residence, with eight young screenwriters following an intensive series of programs for five weeks. The residence is seen as an incubator programme for future winners of the Cannes Film Festival. The city also announced a new vinyl record exhibition is to be held in June this year, before expanding on the Croisette in 2019.

BUSINESS

Emmanuel Macron has called on the European Union to react quickly to US plans for tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, which he said clearly breached global trade rules. The EU has said it is considering a 25% import tax on jeans and bourbon if President Trump goes ahead with the increases.

European markets have posted solid gains today, as investors appear to brush aside concerns of political gridlock in Italy. The pan-European STOXX 600 was up half a percentage point during afternoon deals, with the majority of sectors in positive territory.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has announced the EU could soon tax major internet companies, such as Amazon and Facebook, with a levy of between two and six percent, on revenues in every country they operate in Europe.

SPORT

Cycling - Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky, crossed an ethical line by using drugs allowed under anti-doping rules, to enhance performance instead of just for medical need as intended. That’s according to a report by UK MPs out today. The report also says Team Sky used an anti-inflammatory drug to prepare Wiggans for the Tour de France, which he won in 2012. Team Sky said it strongly refutes the report.

Football - Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into the death of Italy international Davide Astori. The defender died on Sunday, at the age of 31, following a sudden illness. The chief prosecutor said the culpable homicide inquiry is a routine procedure before an autopsy in Italy.

The Head of the UK Football Association, Martin Glenn has apologised for any offence, after compared a yellow ribbon worn by Manchester City's manager, in support imprisoned politicians in Catalonia, to the Jewish Star of David or a Nazi swastika. The Jewish Leadership Council met with the Football Association, and accepted the apology saying they were glad the issue was dealt with swiftly.

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