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Evening Update 13 Nov

In Nice, several local officials have laid a wreath to honour victims of the Paris terrorist attacks two years ago.  Amongst those present at the ceremony at the colline du Château were Christian Estrosi, mayor of Nice, Frédéric Mac Kain, secretary general of the Prefecture, and deputies Eric Ciotti and Marine Brenier.  In Paris today, President Emmanuel Macron attended ceremonies to honour victims of the attacks. The first ceremony was at the Stade de France - where three suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the stadium. Former President Francois Hollande, who was present at the stadium on the night of the attack, accompanied President Macron today. The names of other victims of the attacks were read out at the bars and restaurants where they died. The final ceremony today is being held at the Bataclan, where most of the victims died.  In total, 130 people were killed and hundreds were injured.

 

It’s been announced that the Nice Urban Trail has been cancelled again this year.  The run, which was due to take place on the 10th of December, has been cancelled because of security concerns. The organizers were apparently told by the city of Nice that the event couldn’t go ahead after police refused required permissions.  Participants who have already registered will receive refunds.


In the Corrèze  Department in South-West France, a policeman has committed suicide after apparently causing fatal injuries to his wife.  According to reports, the wife was hospitalised at the weekend in Limoges suffering from injuries probably caused by domestic violence but died shortly afterwards. Her husband killed himself with his police issued gun on Sunday.


Customs at Nice airport have arrested a 20 year old Brazilian after finding 3 kilos of cocaine in his suitcase. The man who was on a flight from Zurich to Nice was reportedly on his way to Frejus in the Var.
The A8 motorway was partially closed to motorists last night after a car was reported to be travelling the wrong way westbound between La Turbie and Saint Isidore. Several exits were closed for an hour following the incident.

 

BUSINESS

Qualcomm has rejected a $103bn takeover bid from Broadcom. Qualcomm said the offer, "dramatically undervalued" the company and came with "significant regulatory uncertainty". A tie-up between Broadcom and Qualcomm would create the world's third largest chipmaker after Intel and Samsung.

UK and EU business leaders have met British Prime Minister Theresa May today where they emphasised the need for a transitional arrangement in the Brexit negotiations. The CBI and the Institute of Directors were at the meeting in Downing Street, along with business organisations from France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic and Belgium.


SPORT

Football-Northern Ireland were held to a 0-0 draw in Switzerland in the second leg of their qualifying playoff to lose the tie 1-0 on aggregate over the weekend. The other playoff last night ended Greece 0 Croatia 0, so that means Croatia qualify 4-1 on aggregate. Tonight, Italy and Sweden meet in the second leg of their qualifying playoff. Sweden lead 1-0 from the first leg. 

Also in football news, Former Celtic, Manchester United and Republic of Ireland player Liam Miller has revealed that he is receiving treatment for cancer. Miller, who is just 36 years old, is reportedly on his way back to Ireland from the United States, where he has been having chemotherapy treatment.

Rugby Union - Scotland prop WP Nel is out of the squad for the remaining autumn Tests after he fractured an arm in the match against Samoa. Tim Swinson and Rob Harley have also been ruled out of the Australia and New Zealand Tests because of injury. Jon Welsh and Zander Fagerson have been included in the squad as replacements.

 

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