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Evening Update 14 Nov

There were reports of gunshots being fired in the port area of Nice this morning, prompting a large police response.  According to police sources, the incident happened near the Intermarche behind the port. Reports say that an individual either fired lead shot or used a replica weapon on his balcony. An adolescent has reportedly been taken into custody. Nobody was injured in the incident.
Also in Nice this morning, a man barricaded himself in his home in the Saint Roch area after a neighbourhood argument.  Police were called after one of those involved was said to have a firearm. Order was apparently restored around lunchtime.

Half of the island of Corsica was left without power this morning.  The power cut, which EDF put down to a “localized incident”, began at 10.26 this morning.  Power was restored around midday.

In Monaco, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene received players from a rugby team that will participate in the Dubai Sevens tournament. There are players from both Monaco and South Africa in the team, which is a first for Monaco.  They will leave the Principality for the tournament on the 29th of November.

The city of Cannes has been elected best destination 2017 according to the Luxury Travel Guide. The award announced at the travel show in London saw Cannes beat finalist Beverly Hills and Cape Town. A jury of specialised journalists and tourism experts voted it as the “must see” destination in the luxury travel sector.

IN FRENCH NATIONAL NEWS..

In the Gironde Department, authorities have found the body of a man who was apparently electrocuted while trying to cut a high voltage SNCF cable.  It’s thought that the man may have been attempting to steal the copper wire in the cable.  Authorities have opened an inquiry into the man’s death.

 

BUSINESS

In the UK, the latest figures have shown that the CPI measure of inflation held steady at 3 per cent in October.  Also in the UK, the Office for National Statistics has said that average house prices in the UK have increased by 5.4% in the year to September.


In Venezuela, government officials have met investors in Caracas to try to renegotiate repayment of  its debt.  However, shortly after the meeting, Standard & Poor's declared Venezuela to be in what it refers to as "selective default".  Also, Fitch and Moody's have declared Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA to be  in default.

 

SPORTS

FOOTBALL… Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958. They were held to a 0-0 draw in the play-off against Sweden.

RUGBY UNION… Wales player Jonathan Davies looks like missing the Six Nations next year after being ruled out for about six months because of injury sustained in the game against Australia over the weekend.  Also in Rugby Union news, England players George Kruis, Ellis Genge and Alex Lozowski have been dropped for Saturday's Test against Australia at Twickenham. Joe Marler returns from suspension and Bath's Charlie Ewels is included in the squad

SKIING …The French Olympic skier David Poisson has died following a crash in training in Canada. The 35 year old who won a bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships was killed at the Canadian resort of Nakisha while training with team-mates for the World Cup at Lake Louise. Poisson represented France at both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. A statement from the French Skiing Federation said that the team was “devastated” by the news.

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