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Evening Update 12 Mar

Tour de France - It’s been announced that Nice is to be the host city for the 2020 Tour de France. The last time the world’s most iconic bike race began on the Cote d’Azur was in 1981, with the race last visiting Nice in 2013 for a ‘time trial’ stage. After yesterday’s wet but successful conclusion, to the Paris-Nice bike race, the Director of the Tour de France said the variety of landscapes along the Cote d’Azur brings suspense, attack and a thrilling spectacle to cycling, and that he’s looking forward enormously to Nice hosting the first stages of the 2020 race.

It was also announced today that this year’s big concert at the Allianz Riviera stadium will be Beyoncé with Jay-Z on July 9th. Outside of Paris, it will be the couples only French concert this year. Tickets go on sale next Monday.

Fashion - French fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy, has died at the age of 91. He was most famous for styling Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn, who’s iconic little black dress in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, was designed by him.

Murder - A man is in police custody after a row between neighbours led to murder. During a domestic dispute between the two in Avignon, the elder 66 year-old pulled a gun on the other man in his fifties, mortally shooting him twice in the head.  Police investigations continue.

Crash - There was a spectacular car crash in Menton last night, when an overtaking car on Avenue Cernuschi lost control, hitting three other cars and ending up on its roof. Nobody was injured during the incident.

Politics - At Nice City Hall this morning, opposition politicians took a swipe at Christian Estrosi, saying taxes have increased by 13%, despite his promise of no rises. They also attacked his decision to sell shares in the airport, and criticised the fact that Nice is almost 1.5 billion euro in debt.  

BUSINESS

As tensions continue over US tariffs on imported steel and aluminium, the White House has said their Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is to speak with the EU, about eliminating large tariffs used against the USA. Yesterday, the EU's trade commissioner said, the bloc will stand up to bullies who use protectionism as a weapon, to threaten and intimidate.

Investors hoping to a buy a piece of the world's largest oil company, may be forced to wait until next year as Saudi Aram.co's initial public offering is likely to be delayed. The Saudi Arabian state-owned oil company, had planned to begin trading on domestic and foreign stock markets after the summer, but reports say there are delays as the company struggles to arrive at the $2 trillion valuation being sought by Saudi's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

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Football - Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced he will retire at the end of the season. Carrick has played 463 times for United and won 34 England caps. However, this season he has been restricted to only four appearances because of an irregular heart rhythm.

Over the weekend, AS Monaco stretched their unbeaten run in Ligue 1 to 14 games, with a 3-1 victory over Strasbourg. OGC Nice also had a good weekend winning their game 5 – 2 against Guingamp

Cricket - Ben Stokes has pleaded not guilty after being accused of fighting outside a Bristol nightclub in September. The England cricketer is charged with affray, after a man allegedly suffered a broken eye socket. He made is not-guilty plea by video link from New Zealand where he is on duty with the England squad. A trial date has been set for early August.

Tennis - Novak Djokovic is out of Indian Wells, after a shock defeat by world number 109 Taro Daniel of Japan. He lost 7-6 4-6 6-1 in the second-round tie, on his first appearance since an injury ended his Australian Open challenge in January.

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