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Evening Update 06 Oct

Suicide - A three year-old boy has been saved from a suicide jump with his father. The 47 year-old man threw himself from the roof of a Parisian hotel, taking his six year-old daughter with him. However, the boys tee-shirt got caught on a gutter, which saved his life. The identity of the father, who had worked at the hotel for 10 years, has not been made public.

Wind - Strong winds have been battering the coast along the Var this afternoon, with gusts of up to 85km in places. Boaters are strongly urged to use caution. The winds also mean, fire of any kind, within 200m of any wooded area, is strictly forbidden today. Meanwhile, a late season forest fire broke out yesterday afternoon at Col de Larche, about 150km north of Nice. Up to 80 hectares of land were destroyed, before firefighters brought it under control.

Lights - Christmas is coming early to Monaco as work to install Christmas lights began on this week. The early start is due to the large number of lights being installed, and the teams being dependent on weather conditions. The switching on of the Christmas lights will take place on Market Square in the Condamine in late November.

BUSINESS

France's statistics agency INSEE has increased its forecast for economic growth this year, to 1.8 percent, making it the fastest expansion in six years. Up to now, the French economy has expanded at around 1 percent annually. The increased growth rate, is being put down to a new sense of optimism, since the election of Emmanuel Macron and the new labour reforms.

Spain is changing its rules, to make it easier for companies to shift their legal headquarters out of Catalonia. It comes as businesses become uneasy about heightened political tensions in the region. Barcelona based bank Sabadell, is to move its legal base out of Catalonia, but its headquarters will remain in Barcelona.

US online retailer Amazon, is looking to open high street stores in France, and is seeking a French retail partner for its expanding grocery business. It’s expected the stores, due to open within two years, will be based on the company's Amazon Go stores in the US, which allow ‘check-out free’ shopping by customers using smartphones.

Netflix has announced a jump in prices in the UK with an increase on the cards for France. A standard UK plan will rise 50p to £7.99 a month, while a premium subscription jumps to £9.99. A basic subscription, without HD, remains at £5.99.

SPORT

Football - Christian Estrosi has officially opened a new training centre for OGC Nice. Located a few hundred meters from the former headquarters of the club, the new building and six football pitches, represent an investment of 28 million euros.

Meanwhile, the Mayor of La Turbie has been speaking of plans to locate a training centre for AS Monaco in the area. The project, set to cost fifty million euro, is expected to start as early as next year.

Barcelona captain Andres In.iesta has signed a ‘lifetime contract’ with the Catalonian giants. Since joining the club at 12 years of age, he’s made 639 appearances and scored 55 goals.

Formula 1 - Lewis Hamilton was fastest, in a rain-soaked second practice session, at the Japanese Grand Prix, in which only five drivers set a lap time! Teams were reluctant to run because they’re limited to four sets of wet-weather tyres for the weekend, so only 14 of the 20 drivers ventured out at all, with the majority returned to the pits after one lap. In this morning’s first practice, before the rain, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was fastest, ahead of Hamilton and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Tennis - Rafael Nadal moved into the semi-finals of the China Open with a 6-4 7-6 victory over American John Isner. The world number one will next play third seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria for a place in the final.

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