Evening Update 06 Mar

Accident - A man in his sixties is dead, after being hit by the Monaco to Nice bus at Cap d’Ail this morning. The accident happened on the Basse-Corniche at Avenue de Trois Septembre around 11.30, when the man’s bike collided with a car in front of him, throwing him under the wheels of the bus coming in the opposite direction. It’s believed the man lived in Beausoleil and worked in Monaco.

Carnival - Despite the snow, rain and security measures, preliminary results from the Nice Carnaval show attendances were up this year, to levels last seen in 2014. It’s reported that nearby restaurants had a good carnival also, but establishments on the promenade are not as happy, as the closure of the road led to a drop in tourists and business for them.

Meanwhile, the Fete du Citron, which has just finished its seasonal run in Menton, is to sell off the 140 tons of citrus fruits it took to make the exotic sculptures and floats. The fruits go on sale at 9am tomorrow morning priced at just €1,50 for 3 kilos of oranges or lemons.

Quite - Monaco could be much quieter place in the near future, after the new President of the National Council Stéphane Valeri, and the Director of Judicial Services, met to discuss the increasing noise nuisance in the principality. They are to consider reinforcing sanctions against those responsible for causing too much sound disturbance.

Football - OGC Nice has invited mid-term kids, under 12 years of age, to come play football with them. This Thursday, a number of Nice players will be in Cimiez at the Roman amphitheatre, to play football with kids for an hour or two. All are welcome.


Finance Minister Bruno Le Marie has categorically told the UK, that any post-Brexit free-trade deal must not include financial services. He said financial services cannot be in a free trade agreement, for reasons of stability, the sake of supervision and because there are very specific rules for financial services in the EU.

The chief executive of French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen has warned that Brexit threatened the future of a key car plant run by its UK Vauxhall division. He said the lack of clarity was a big concern for the carmaker who cannot invest in a world of uncertainty.

The richest man in France, Bernard Arnault, has been named the fourth richest man in the entire world, in the new Forbes Rich List. Arnault is the CEO of multinational luxury goods conglomerate LVHM, whose brands include Moët, Hennessy, Louis Vuitton and more. Just ahead of him in slots one, two and three are Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. US President Donald Trump has fallen to number 766 on the list.


Football - In Champions League, around 50 hard-core Paris St Germain fans let off fire-crackers, lit flares and chanted songs at 2am this morning, outside the Parisian hotel of the visiting Real Madrid team, who were trying to sleep before the big clash tonight at Parc des Princes. PSG face into tonight’s knock-out, already two goals down, and missing their star player Neymar. Kick-off against Real Madrid is at 8.45.

Italian team Fior.en.tina have retired the shirt number worn by Davide Astori, the Italian defender who died on Sunday, aged just 31. His former club of, where he spent eight years, have also retired the number 13 shirt, which he wore at both teams.

Formula 1 - McLaren have had a dismal start to the final pre-season test, when their car broke down with battery problems, after just four laps. It’s the third day of five in winter testing that McLaren have had reliability problems. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the morning session, ahead of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen of Red Bull.

Rugby - England captain Dylan Hartley is a doubt for Saturday's Six Nations game against France, while wing Jack Nowell has been ruled out for the rest of the championship. Hartley has tightness in his calf and will be monitored before Thursday's team announcement.

Tennis - Three of the top four players in the world rankings will compete at the Queen's Club Championships after Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov joined world number two Rafael Nadal in the line-up. Croat Cilic, won the title in 2012, was beaten by unseeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain in last year's final.

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