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Evening Update 16 Jan

Drugs - Police in Nice have seized 143kg of cannabis, after raids on several apartments in the l’Ariane neighbourhood of the city. Four suspects, aged between 30 and 42 years-old, along with three cars were held after the raids. The haul is the result of a six month investigation in the area.

Trial - On the second day of the trial of the ‘Black Widow of the Riviera’, the Azise Court has been hearing testimony about the death of 87 year-old Francesco Filippone, whose badly decomposed remains were found in a bathtub, at his villa, in Mouans-Sartoux. It’s said that the accused, 57 year-old Patricia Dagorn, killed him using poison, and withdrew almost €20,000 from his bank account.

Another widower, 91 year-old Robert Vaux, who survived an alleged poisoning attempt,is expected to take the stand against her later this week. He told reporters Madame Dagorn was like ray of sunshine in winter. He said, when you are with a younger woman, you know it won’t last, but you don’t deny yourself unless, you’re a masochist.

Carros - The Mayor of Carros has vowed to replant vast areas of land, which were destroyed in last year’s summer fires. However, this time, instead of planting pines, the trees will be a mix of vines, olive and chestnut trees, which pose less risk of fire. The Mayor added that he hoped the project would be completed before the summer.

Meteó - Windy conditions continue to affect the Var, and the Cote d’Azur, with winds of up to 90k/h being measured this morning at Antibes and Nice. As a precaution, a number of coastal paths have been closed, while the area remains under a yellow weather alert from Meteó France. The winds are expected to continue strong throughout the night, eventually abating sometime tomorrow.

BUSINESS

KPMG are to be examined by the UK’s Financial Reporting Council as investigations begin into the collapse of construction firm Carillion. Already, the UK government has ordered a fast-track investigation, into the directors of the massive construction firm which went into liquidation yesterday. It’s also been revealed that the taxpayer-backed Royal Bank of Scotland, tightened the terms of its funding to the contractor, three days before it was forced to call in liquidators.

McDonald's has set 2025 as the date all its packaging will come from sustainable sources. The restaurant chain aim to get all items like bags, straws, wrappers and cups, from recycled or renewable materials, up from the current half. McDonald's also wants 100% of its restaurants to recycle packaging by then, compared with just 10% now.

SPORT

Football - It’s looking like an uphill battle for OGC Nice this evening, in the second leg of the Coupe de la Ligue derby match, against AS Monaco. In the first leg last week, Monaco won 2 -1 at the Allianz Riviera, and the Principality side remain unbeaten in their last eight games.  However, if Nice can pull a win tonight, it might knock Monaco a little further down the league. A full house is expected for kick-off in Stade Louis II at nine tonight.

In transfer news, Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is having a medical at Everton today, before a proposed move worth more than £20m.

Formula 1 - Robert Kubica has taken a significant step towards making a return to the track, with a role as reserve driver at Williams. The team said Kubica would drive the car in pre-season testing, in-season testing and a number of race weekend practice sessions.

Tennis - At the Australian Open, defending champion Roger Federer easily outclassed Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-4 6-3, demonstrating when why he is favourite to win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title. Federer is actually seeded second, behind Rafael Nadal, but with doubts over the Spaniard's fitness and that of other long-term rivals Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, the Swiss is seen as the man to beat this year.

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