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Evening Update 12 Jan

Death - The body of an elderly man, which had been decomposing for weeks, has been discovered at his home in Vence.  Police made the discovery after a friend called them to say the man has not been seen for some time.

Milk - The blame game has started around the sale of potentially contaminated baby milk in France, with supermarkets saying a systemic failure of sector and government services was responsible for the milk remaining on supermarket shelves. 18 babies, who had the milk, contracted salmonella, were hospitalised, but all have been released. The milk manafacuturer Lactalis has been called in front of the Economy Minister to explain themselves.

Accident - A 19 year old motorcyclist has died in a road accident in Nice. The fatal accident occurred on Thursday evening. Emergency services have confirmed that the victim died at the scene of the accident, in which no other vehicles were involved, police have opened an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident.

Boat - Passengers of the Moby Ferry are demanding compensation after a trip from Nice to Bastia took 14 hours to complete. The company has responded saying they delayed Sunday nights departure due to bad weather. However, they did tell passengers this as they boarded, and offered complimentary cabin, dinner and breakfast.

Baguette - The leader of the French bakers association is to petition President Macron to have the baguette included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. He says the baguette is a wand of wonderful flour, water, salt and yeast, and is as famous and French as the Eiffel Tower.

Smartphones - French language experts are trying to prevent the word ‘smartphone’ from coming into the French language. After trying to get us to say ‘ordiphone’ or ‘terminal de poche’, which both failed, they now  prefer we say ‘mobile muli-fonction’. Fortunately, they’re happy to accept ‘mobile’ for short.

BUSINESS

Businesses who use social media to communicate with customers are disappointed today, at the news Facebook plan to change their news feed algorithm, so posts from businesses, brands and media are less prominent. After a difficult year last year, with accusations of Russian tampering and fake news, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to fix the platform, making sure users are protected from abuse.

India’s market regulator has banned Price Waterhouse from auditing listed companies for two years. It follows one of India’s biggest corporate scandals, where Price Waterhouse was auditor for Satyam computers, whose company owner admitted to inflating earnings. PWC say they will appeal the decision in court.

SPORT

Football - Goal line technology has been suspended in France. The Football League say it has decided to suspend it  immediately, as a precautionary measure, after a serious computer bug was found during Wednesday’s League Cup Quarter-Finals. The future of the system, which detects when a ball crosses the line, will be decided at an LFP board meeting next week.

Golf - Defending champions Europe are trailing Asia by one point, after the opening day of the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia. After the inaugural EurAsia Cup in 2014 was tied, Europe thrashed Asia by 13 points in the 2016 event.

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