Evening Update 16 Feb

Migrant - Specialist climbers were called to rescue a Liberian man, after he was trapped 30 metres up, on a sheer cliff over the town of Menton-Garavan. The man had been attempting a perilous crossing of the border. Residents raised the alarm after they heard a voice in the distance calling for help.

Train - More train strikes could be on the way next month, as the CGT union have called on rail workers to conduct a day of action on March 22nd. They’re protesting a plan to remove certain privileges for train workers, the removal of which, was recommended in a major report calling for an overhaul of the debt-laden and loss-making SNCF.

Homeless - The Socialist Party has called on Christian Estrosi to conduct a census of homeless people in Nice. They say the increase in homeless numbers around the city during the winter months, is alarming, and knowing the numbers involved would help deal with the situation better. A similar survey was carried out last night in Paris.

Court - Three men and woman, believed to be behind the €15m robbery of Harry Winston’s jewellers, on the croisette in Cannes last year, have appeared in front of the court in Grasse. They’re accused of holding up staff at gunpoint and making away with highly valuable diamonds, some of which remain missing.


Nice Cote d’Azur airport is the second busiest destination for private jets in Europe. A new report shows Nice handled nearly 35,000 private flights last year, an increase of 6.6% on 2016. The busiest airport for private jets in Europe, is Le Bourget near Paris.

The US has rejected a proposed merger between the Chicago Stock Exchange and a Chinese-linked investor group. The tie-up was initially approved by the US Committee on Foreign Investment and is awaiting approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, US politicians, including President Trump, have said letting a Chinese firm invest in a US exchange was a bad idea.


Winter Olympics - The big story this evening, is that local ski resort Isola 2000 are celebrating, as one of their own picked up silver last night. Julia Pereira de Sousa, from the Back to Back club at Isola, came in a close second in the Ladies Snowboard Cross Final. What makes her achievement even more incredible, is that she is just 16 years of age, making her the youngest French medallist ever at the Winter Olympics.

France are excelling in the snowboard events, where Julia’s silver was topped by Frenchman Pierre Vaultier yesterday, when he won Olympic gold for the mens snowboard-cross in Pyeongchang.

Later tonight, Olympic action continues with figure skating, freestyle skiing and ski jumping.

Tennis - Jo Wilfried Tsonga will not be defending his title at the Open 13 in Marseilles next week due to a thigh injury. His withdrawal from Marseilles, means he is like to slip out of the worlds Top 30 players list for the first time in 10 years.

World number one Caroline Wozniacki has complained about her Romanian opponents grunting, complaining to the umpire, during their third round match at the Qatar Open. After winning the match, she said there are rules against grunting, she made the umpire aware, and her opponent stopped.

Football - Despite Mario Balotelli opening the scoring against Lokomotiv Moscow in last nights match, OGC Nice went on to lose 3-2 in the first leg of the Europa League knockout stage. Meanwhile Bordeaux has asked its supporters not to attend Sunday night’s match against Marseille following a ban for disciplinary and security reasons.

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