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Evening Update 11 Jan

Navy - A Navy Officer is in a critical condition this evening, after a violent attack at his home in St Raphael. The officer, who received blows to the head and chest, is currently in intensive care at Pasteur Hospital. Police are investigating reasons for the attack with burglary, just one, of a number of lines of investigation.

Murder - In Mandelieu, a man is being held in custody in connection with the murder of a 22 year-old local from the town. The body was discovered in the doorway of a building on Rue Jean Monnet. The 45 year-old man being held, was found with a weapon, and is already known to police for domestic violence.

Baby Milk - President Macron has slammed major supermarket chains, for continuing to sell baby milk, which had been recalled. Last month, Lactalis, issued a recall of products made at its factory in northwest France, after discovering salmonella bacteria at the site. The President has called for the supermarkets to be charged.

Burglaries - Figures show a 30% increase in the number of burglaries across the Var region. Police say they are fighting a permanent battle against burglars across the area.

Citizen - The number of British nationals applying for French citizenship, has increased tenfold in just three years. Britons filing applications in 2015 numbered 386, rising last year to 3,173.

BUSINESS

South Korea is considering a ban on cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. The Justice Minister there, said virtual currencies were a great concern, and it was preparing a law to ban trading. South Korea accounts for about 20% of global Bitcoin transactions, with several local exchanges raided this week, in a probe into alleged tax evasion.

The world's biggest retailer, Walmart, is to pay its one million US workers, at least $11 an hour, as a result of the tax code overhaul which cut US corporate tax from 35 to 21%. They’re the latest US giant to pass on some of the cash saved, with others including Wells Fargo and AT&T.

SPORT

Football - The referee, who awarded a controversial penalty against Northern Ireland, during their World Cup play-off defeat by Switzerland, says he made a mistake. The penalty was the only goal of the game which ended Northern Ireland's hopes of qualifying. The referee, from Romania, has not been chosen by FIFA as a match referee for the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Barcelona are set to complete the signing of Columbian defender Yerry Mina, for €11.8m in a five-and-a-half-year deal. Mina becomes Barcelona's second major signing of the transfer window, after the 142m deal for Philippe Coutinho.

Motorsports - French rally driver Sébastian Loeb has been forced to pull out of the Dakar 2018 during its fifth stage, after his Monagasque co-driver Daniel Elena was injured. The 40th edition of the Dakar race started on Saturday, and covers 9,000 km in 14 stages, through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.

Tennis - The build-up is beginning for the Australian Open which starts in Melbourne on Monday. Britians lead player this year will be Johanna Konta, in the absence of Andy Murray, who is recuperating after hip surgery. Reigning champion Serena Williams is the other notable absentee, following the birth of her first child four months ago, but Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, all appear ready-to-play, despite injury worries in the build-up.

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