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Evening Update 05 Oct

Murder - The trial of a man, accused of shooting dead another motorist after a traffic accident, is coming to an end at the Nice Court today. The reasons for the killing remain a mystery as the accused, Denis Chevalley, claims he had amnesia and does not remember pumping four shots into the dead man, a 50 year-old supermarket employee from Villeneuve-Loubet. The public prosecutor has requested a sentence of 30 years for the murder.

Juvenile - Five 15 year-old teenagers have been jailed after a violent assault outside the Museum of Modern Art in Nice. The assault happened on Saturday night as they attempted to steal the wallet of another teenager passing by.

Funeral - The funeral has taken place of the two cousins murdered at Marseilles train station last Sunday. The ceremony, at a village about 40km from the scene of the killing, was attended by the Mayors of Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and the regional prefect.

Trucks - There’s good news for motorists today as French truck drivers have come to an agreement over working conditions with the government. It had been feared the drivers would escalate industrial action and cause disruption to petrol supplies.

BUSINESS

The Bank of England has said the UK and the EU must agree on a Brexit transition deal by Christmas or risk banks triggering their contingency plans and begin a potentially disorderly shift of operations overseas.

Pilots working for the travel group Thomas Cook have called off eight days of strikes that had been planned this month. The strikes were cancelled after the two sides agreed to enter binding arbitration to resolve a pay dispute.

Ireland’s Foreign Minister has weighed into the row over the potential impact the Bombardier-Boeing trade dispute could have on Northern Ireland. In a meeting with the US Commerce Secretary today he said the security of the economy in Northern Ireland is essential to the peace process. Last week, the US proposed a 220% import tax on Bombardier's C-Series jets after a complaint by rival plane-maker, Boeing.

SPORT

Football - There are a raft of World Cup Qualifiers tonight including England against Slovenia, Northern Ireland against Germany, and Scotland taking on Slovakia. All games kick off at 8.45 French time.

Formula 1 - Lewis Hamilton says he is not sitting back and feeling comfortable with his leading position in the championship, despite being 34 points ahead of rival Sebastian Vettel. As we head into Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix, with 125 available points in the remaining races, Hamilton said he was under no illusions, saying "I might have the nail a little bit in, but I need to keep hammering it”.

Rugby - Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb will leave Ospreys at the end of the season to join Toulon on a three-year contract. The Welsh Rugby Union and Ospreys said they made every effort to keep Webb but admitted that market forces made it impractical.

Tennis - Johanna Konta is still not certain of qualifying for the WTA Finals in Singapore after Caroline Garcia reached the China Open quarter-finals. If France’s Garcia, ranked 15th in the world, wins the Beijing title, Konta would need to reach the final of the Kremlin Cup, in two weeks in order to qualify for the WTA Finals.

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