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Evening Update 09 Mar

Pimping - The managers of six Asian massage salons in Nice, have received sentences of 12 to 30 months for pimping. The court also imposed fines of up to €30,000 and ordered the establishments to be closed. The young women, who were working in the salons, mainly came from South-East Asia, working without a contract to pay off smugglers, and sleeping at night on the massage beds.

Body - It’s been confirmed that the woman in her sixties, found dead in the water, at Quai Eugenie in Menton was Suzanne Dalmasso. She was being treated at hospital for psychiatric disorders but had been discharged. She was last seen during the recent cold spell, when she told her family she was going to the bank.

Robbery - Police have arrested ten people suspected of carrying out an armed robbery in Théoule-sur-mer. The arrests were made following an investigation into the robbery, which took place in a private villa.

BUSINESS

France's Top 40 companies saw profits soar 24% last year, racking up 93.4 billion euro in profits. The boom has led to a windfall for the state, leading to pressure to spend some of the unexpected cash on social spending.

U.S. stocks opened higher today after the release of stronger-than-expected employment data, which showed the American economy added 313,000 jobs in February, far higher than the expected 200,000. However, wage growth was less than expected, rising 2.6% on an annualized basis.

Meanwhile, the EU’s trade commissioner has said she is hoping to get confirmation from the US, that Europe will be excluded from the new tariffs on steel and aluminium. Cecilia Malmstrom said, that while the EU shared concerns over overcapacity in the steel sector, tariffs are not the right way to deal with it. The UK area also to independently seek an exemption.

SPORT

Cycling - In the Paris-Nice Race, Wout Poels hopes of victory came to a painful end with a nasty crash towards the end of today’s sixth stage. The Team Sky rider came down hard, on a descent just under 7km from the finish in Vence, where Frenchman Rudy Molard claimed victory. The final two stages of the race take place around Nice tomorrow and Sunday.

Football - AS Monaco are looking to cement second place in the League, and with it, Champions League qualification for another year, when they meet with Strasbourg tonight. Monaco have been unbeaten in their last 13 league matches, while Strasbourg have failed to score in their last three. Kick-off is at 8.45

Rugby - It’s the penultimate weekend of the Six Nations with two big games tomorrow. In the first, Ireland host Scotland aiming to put another piece of the Grand Slam jigsaw into place. The second game tomorrow is France against England in Paris. On Sunday, Wales host Italy in Cardiff.

Tennis - Former world number one Serena Williams has won her first singles match on the WTA Tour for nearly 14 months, as she returned after the birth of her child.

The 36 year old reached the second round at Indian Wells with a 7-5 6-3 victory over Kazakhstan's Zarina Di.yas.  It was her first singles match on the Tour, since she won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant.

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