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Evening Update 15 Dec

Crash - Ten people remain in a critical condition, fighting for their lives, after yesterday’s accident where a train collided with a school bus, splitting it in two, near Perpignon.

SNCF say witnesses reported seeing the barriers at the level crossing down at the time of the collision, although that has not been confirmed. The President of the Regional Council, said the level crossing had been upgraded recently and appeared to have been in very good condition. Investigators are waiting to interview the driver of the bus, who was slightly injured in the crash, and the train driver also escaped serious injury.

So far, in total, four children have died and eighteen were injured.

House - Picasso’s old house in Grasse could be up for sale soon, as the New Zealand businessman who bought it last October, has only paid the two million euro deposit and not the balance. Lawyers say they will serve papers on the buyer, which gives him eight days to complete the transaction, or he will lose the deposit, and the villa will go back on the market early in the New Year.

Wedding - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding is to be held on Saturday 19th May next year, the same day as the FA Cup Final. It’s unclear if Prince William, who is the President of the Football Association, will attend both events or not.

BUSINESS

France and Germany are to offer their joint vision for reforming the eurozone by March, in an bid to bridge divisions over the future of the single currency. Overhauling the eurozone and making it more resilient to economic shocks has been a top priority of President Emmanuel Macron, as well as European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker.

Meanwhile, EU leaders have agreed to move Brexit talks on to the second phase. The first issue to be discussed, early next year, will be the details of an expected two-year transition period after the UK's exit in March 2019.

Airbus has unveiled a shake-up of its top management team, with CEO Tom Enders leaving in 2019, ahead of their COO who will step down in February. The company is already about to lose its chief salesman of 20 years, John Leahy, who is retiring.

Meanwhile, Ryanair has said it is prepared to recognise pilot unions for the first time ever, as it seeks to avoid strike disruption over the Christmas period. Earlier this week, 79 Dublin-based Ryanair pilots said they would strike for one day on December 20th.  The airline is also facing action by pilots in Italy, Germany and Portugal.

SPORT

AS Monaco are away tonight against St Etienne and are looking for win to stop their season from completely falling apart. They’re already out of Europe and tonight’s match is a fight to remain in France's Champions League places. Kick-off is at 8.45.

The future of Mario Balotelli at OGC Nice is in doubt after the club President told media Mario’s salary was based on the club reaching the final stages in Europe. Without that, the club would have to reconsider the relationship.

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