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Evening Update 11 Oct

Jail - The founder of the ‘Promenade Angels’ association, representing victims of the July 14th attack, has been in court today accused of fraud and breach of trust by the association itself. As the case finished today, the prosecutor has requested a prison sentence of two years for the crime. The court will announce its decision soon.

Bomb - A number of students needed treatment this morning after a suspected tear-gas grenade was let off at a school in St-Martin-du-Var. The school was evacuated after 50 students, playing in the schoolyard, suddenly complained of breathing difficulties. One described how there was suddenly a weird smell and every started coughing. Police are working on the theory that one student launched a smoke or tear gas canister as a joke.

Strike - A new bus strike is set for the Menton and Monaco areas, after drivers served strike notice on Zest Bus in a demand for increased salaries and better working conditions. The five day strike will start next Monday and is planned to last for the entire week.

Picasso - The villa in Grasse, formally owed by the Guinness family, then later by Winston Churchill, and most famously by Picasso, who lived his final years there, has come on the market for €20m. The house is being sold by the former owners creditors who describe the price as a bargain.

Fake - A new survey has found that up to a third of online reviews for French hotels and restaurants are fake. The report by DGCCRF found many businesses would give themselves positive reviews, and their competitors negative ones, and also using moderation tools to delete negative comments. New rules are being implemented from January to try and combat the problem.

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Tokyo's main stock market index, has closed at its highest level in more than two decades, as optimism spreads across global markets. The Nikkei 225 added 57.7 points to end at 20,881.2   It was the best finish for the index since 1996 and follows fresh record highs on Wall Street.

Japanese car, train and aircraft manafacturers are investigating whether they have used any sub-standard materials in their products. The checks come after Kobe Steel admitted it falsified quality control data for, possibly, as long as a decade. Toyota, Nissan and Honda are among the companies examining their output.

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Rugby - Premiership players could go on strike, because of extra demands on them, according to Rob Andrew, the former RFU Director of Professional Rugby. Proposals to extend the Premiership season by one month, starting in the 2019-2020 campaign, have been opposed by players.

Football - Argentina’s coach has saluted Lionel Messi’s hat-trick against Ecuador last night, as the team narrowly scraped their way into the World Cup finals. He said Messi did not owe the World Cup to Argentina, but football owed the World Cup to Messi. Had Argentina lost last night, they would have failed to qualify. In other games, Portugal and France have also made it to the finals, but the Netherlands are out, despite beating Sweden 2-0. The USA are also out after losing at Trinidad and Tobago.

In Russia, a TV football commentator has quit ‘live on-air’ after becoming so enraged over a refereeing decision during a first division football match. After a two-minute-long rant, where he repeatedly called the official a disgrace to Russian football, he got up and walked out, saying watch the football without a commentator, leaving viewers in silence for the remainder of the game.

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