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Evening Update 14 June 2017

Train - Police now believe a man deliberately murdered his 34-year-old wife when he tied her to TGV train tracks, and as a train approached, threw himself in front of it, killing both of them instantly. The incident, which happened Monday just south-west of Paris, was initially thought to have been an accident, but it’s been revealed the man had called his parents to tell them of his plan. They say the man was suffering from long-term depression and going through a separation.

World Cup - It’s been announced Nice will be one of the host cities for the next Womens World Cup. The competition between 24 countries will be held in France in June 2019. Following the announcement from FIFA this afternoon, Mayor Christian Estrosi said it was an honour for Nice to have been selected.

Migrants - After three days, walking over 60km from Briel-sur-Roya, a large group of 84 migrants have arrived in Nice to apply for asylum in France. They were led by Cédric Herrou, the French human rights activist highlighting the plight of migrants coming to Europe.

Weather - While the south-west of France bakes in 30 plus degrees, large thunderstorms are raging inland from Lyon to the Italian border. Meteó France has issued a yellow weather alert for the Alpes de Haute-Provence warning of lightning, hail, rain and heavy winds between now and 8pm.

BUSINESS

Employment has reached record levels across the European Union during the first quarter of this year. Eurostat said 234 million people were in work across the EU between January and March, a rise of four percentage points over the final three months of last year. Despite strong jobs figures, other data revealed a slowdown in industrial production, which rose by 1.4%, compared with a 2.2% increase in March.

Strong global demand for fast fashion has helped drive first quarter profits 18% higher for Inditex, the owner of chainstores including Zara and Pull & Bear. The firm reported a profit of 654m euros for the three months to 30 April, meaning staff shared a 42m euro bonus pot.

SPORT

Rugby - Jonathan Davies and Ross Moriarty could return from injury in time for the British and Irish Lions' match against the All Blacks on Saturday. Davies had a head injury assessment after the Lions' win over the Crusaders and fellow Welshman Moriarty, has not played since straining his back in the opening game against the Provincial Barbarians. Lions assistant coach, Neil Jenkins, confirmed today that both are back in training.

Tennis - British number one Johanna Konta has reached the second round of the Nottingham Open as Heather Watson was knocked out. It’s the 300th win of Konta’s career so far. Meanwhile,Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s Queen’s tournament to rest. Nadal who have moved up to number two in the world rankings following his French Open win last week and said he hoped his knees held up for the grass season starting with Wimbledon in two weeks.

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