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Evening Update 07 Mar

Arrest - Police have made a dramatic arrest at the payage at La Turbie this evening, which involved a helicopter and officers from Nice, Maseilles and Fréjus. Witnesses say three men were travelling in a car from Italy into France when, at the payage, plain clothes police officers appeared from nowhere, surrounding the car and forcing the men out onto the ground. It is not known yet what the arrest was in connection with.

Accident - Police are investigating an accident on the A8 this morning which claimed the life of a motorcyclist. The accident caused almost 10km rush-hour tailbacks, as emergency services closed part of the motorway to deal with the incident.

INSEE - Women are more qualified than men in the PACA region. New figures from INSEE show almost 29% of women graduate from higher education, compared to 27% of men. The study also shows women make up 52% of the population, and live on average, six years longer.

Award - Prince Albert of Monaco has been presented the European Medal of Tolerance by former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. The award was given yesterday by the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation in recognition of Prince Albert’s commitment to truth  and historical reconciliation.

Fireworks - Fireworks are officially back in Nice this summer, with the city council announcing a display as part of the Port Festival in early June. It will be the first fireworks display since a ban was put in place following the 2016 terror attack.

BUSINESS

EU guidelines for Brexit talks, have rejected the possibility of full access to the EU, for UK sectors such as finance and pharmaceuticals. The guidelines say there can be no cherry picking by the UK on a sector-by-sector basis. EU Council President Donald Tusk said the UK's current proposals limit the depth of a future partnership between the two parties.

Coca-Cola are considering their first ever alcoholic drink, with an alcopop-style product in Japan. The move is to cash in on Japan’s growing taste for canned sparkling drinks with a kick of alcohol. The company say the product, typically between 3% and 8% alcohol by volume, is unlikely to be sold outside of Japan.

The controversy over Donald Trump's plan for trade tariffs continues, with one of his own top advisors, former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn, resigning over the issue. EU President Donald Tusk said today there is a risk of a serious trade dispute between the US and the rest of the world.

SPORT

Football - Tottenham goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris from Nice, says he is expecting a big battle when Tottenham host Juventus in the second leg of their Champions League clash tonight. The tie is level at two all, with Spurs looking to make home advantage count, as they bid to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2011.

In tonight’s other game, Manchester City play Basel leading four nil from the first leg. Both games kick off at 8.45pm.

Rugby - Wales are to make ten changes for their Six Nations game against Italy on Sunday.  They include a first cap for Scarlets flanker James Davies, and a return to number 8 for Taulupe Faletau as captain.

Edinburgh back Blair Kinghorn will make his first Scotland start, in place of injured Lions winger Tommy Seymour, for the Scotland game against Ireland on Saturday. It’s the only change to the side that defeated England 25-13.

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