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Evening Update 09 Jan

Weather
The Cote d’Azur is still feeling the effect of the storm which swept across the area yesterday. In Menton, a landslide collapsed a wall damaging three vehicles; a 28-year-old woman was hospitalised after being hit by a falling lamppost in Nice; and in Roquebrune Cap Martin an electricity pole fell in front of a bus causing long delays for motorists. In the mountains, avalanche and falling rock warnings remain in place and the public are advised to heed safety advice in ski resorts.

Alerts
Six new alert sirens have been installed in the region including new sirens in Antibes, Cannet and Grasse. The Perfecture will conduct tests of the sirens tomorrow morning from 9am.

Police
Gendarmes in Nice have been protesting in the rain today against violence toward police. They gathered at Noon outside the barracks at Auvare as part of a nationwide protest. The Minister of the Interior has promised a strong response to any attacks on the force.

Curry
A number of UK ex-pats in Bordeaux, are so desperate for a proper spicy Indian curry, that they have chartered a twin-engine plane for a special delivery of take-away from Lee-on-Solent on the south coast of England. The flight will arrive on Saturday night … weather permitting.

BUSINESS

Airbus has struck a deal to increase the number of planes it makes in China. The deal, which was announced as part of a state visit by President Emmanuel Macron, will see Airbus produce six of its A320 jets each month by 2020 at its final assembly plant near Beijing.

 

In Japan, the NIKKEI has hit its highest level in 26 years, in a surge spurred by gains on Wall Street over the New Year. The rise follows Japan's longest period of economic growth in more than two decades.

SPORT

Football
All eyes are on the Allianz Riviera stadium tonight for the OGC Nice / AS Monaco derby clash.  Monaco are out for revenge, as they have only lost four games this season, but the worst of them was a four nil thrashing from Nice, when the two local teams last met in September. However, Nice manager Lucien Favre is ready to ‘bring it on’. He said Monaco are the defending French champions and second in the league this season, and they're a big opponent, but we want to win this game before turning our focus to the league championship.  Kick-off for tonight’s game, the Coupe de la Ligue Quarter-Finals, is at 9pm.

Rugby
Ireland are waiting for a fitness update on centre Garry Ringrose, after he limped out of Leinster's Pro14 win over Ulster at the weekend. He sustained an ankle injury, which could rule him out of the first two Six Nations games, against France and Italy.

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