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Evening Update 10 Jan

Robbery
Four teenage girls, are being questioned by police, investigating the robbery of a woman in her eighties at St Raphael train station. The four escaped on the train but were arrested when they arrived at Les Arc. They are due to appear shortly in front of the prosecutor in Draguignan.

Ski
Rescuers are still searching for British tourist John Bromell, who went missing in the ski resort of Tignes on Sunday. He was last seen in bad weather on the chair-lift, heading to ski.

Meanwhile helicopters are flying stranded tourists out of upmarket Zermatt ski resort after the town was hit by at least a metre of snow in 24 hours. 13,000 people have been stuck at the resort which is under an extreme risk of avalanche.

Speed
The cut in speed limits is to be officially introduced this summer. From July, main two lane roads, will have their speed reduced from 90 km/h to 80km/h. Other new measures include a six-month suspension for drivers using a mobile phone and a compulsory breathalyzer ignition lock for motorists caught over the limit more than once.  

Gun Robbery
Details are emerging of a particularly violent robbery at the home of a restauranteur near Toulon. Masked men tied the couple with electric cable and put the barrel of a gun in the mans mouth, knocking out three teeth, before making off with over €10,000 in cash.

Battle Sexes
Outrage has been expressed over actress Catherine Deneuve's open letter yesterday, which denounced the #Metoo campaign and argued it has resulted in a hatred of men and sexuality. Rape, she said, is a crime but clumbsy flirting is not. Womens groups have described the letter as revolting and were quick to point out that Deneuve is best known for her movie Le Belle du Jour in which she plays a housewife turned working girl.

BUSINESS

UK manufacturing output is expanding at its fastest rate in ten years, after recording a seventh consecutive month of growth in November. Renewable energy projects, boats, aeroplanes and cars for export, helped make output 3.9% higher in the three months to November than the previous year.

Apple's iCloud services in China are to be operated by a Chinese company from next month. To comply with the country's cloud computing regulations, both Apple and the Chinese firm will have access to all data stored on iCloud. However, iCloud accounts registered outside of China are not affected.

SPORT

Football
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is to seek legal advice over claims made by Everton’s owner, that he left the club after receiving a voodoo message. Lukaku says he is a Catholic, and voodoo is not part of his life or beliefs. He added he also has no faith in Everton, or it’s owner, and that’s why he left.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence has died at the age of 77. During the sixties he helped the Reds win the First Division Championship twice, and claim the FA Cup for the first time.

AS Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, who has been heavily linked with a move to England, has helped Monaco move onto the semi-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue in last nights 2 – 1 win over OGC Nice. The night started badly for Nice when Mario Balotelli failed to regain fitness, suffering from a glute pain. When the game go underway, Lemar put Monaco into an early lead, before Nice equalised and finally Monaco clinched the match with a second goal from Adama Diakhaby

Tennis
Britain's Heather Watson is through to the quarter-finals of the Hobart International after a 6-2 6-2 win over wildcard Jaimee Fourlis. Watson, who won the tournament in 2015, took just an hour and 10 minutes to defeat the 18 year-old Australian.

Former world number one Novak Djokovic says he fully intends to play in the Australian Open. The Serb returned after six months out with an elbow injury, to win against world number five Dominic Thiem at the Kooyong Classic. Djokovic said he was very happy with how it went and it felt great to win his first competitive game since Wimbledon.

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