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Evening Update 16 Oct

Gas - There was disruption in Menton today when workers caused a leak in a major gas pipe, leading to several shops, homes and streets to be evacuated. The stoppage lasted an hour before the pipe was made safe.

Billboards - The city of Nice, is the first in France, to debut brand new LCD advertising billboards. The first was unveiled today at the corner of Blvd Gorbella and Avenue du Ray. The huge 84 inch high definition double sided screens will be used 50% of the time for advertising, with the remainder being information messages from the city. A further 30 will be installed before the end of the year.

Sex - France’s Minister for Equality is to introduce a number of new laws next year against gender bias and sexual violence. One of the measures of the new bill will include an extension of the amount of time women have to lodge sexual assault complaints, and an on-the-spot fine for men caught wolf-whistling women in the streets.

Meanwhile, President Macron has announced that Harvey Weinstein is to be stripped of his prestigious Legion d'Honneur award. Weinstein was given the award in 2012 in recognition of his work to boost foreign films in the United States.

Traffic - There are several ramp closures on the A8 near the airport this week. Junctions 49 and 50, which serve Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport, will be closed for number of days from 9pm tonight. Air passengers should allow extra time to access the airport during the first three days of the week. After that, on Thursday, a further round of travel disruptions is expected, when a general strike has been called in protest at the changes to the Labour Laws.

BUSINESS

The film production company, co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, is in talks over a possible sale. The Weinstein Company says it has entered a preliminary deal with US private equity firm Colony Capital. Mr Weinstein was fired by the board of his company earlier this month, and later expelled by the organisation behind the Oscars, over a number of sexual assault allegations.

Concern over oil supplies from Iraq, has pushed crude prices higher, as the country's government continues its move against Kurdish forces. The price of Brent crude rose 1.6% today, while US West Texas Crude climbed 1.4% to $52.16. Iraq has the second largest output of the OPEC oil producers' cartel. However, they say oil and natural gas production in the region remained normal and that there was an agreement with some Kurdish leaders that the oil and gas facilities should stay out of the conflict.

Tech experts are warning of a serious flaw in the WPA2 wi-fi connection standard, meaning any device connected could be vulnerable to an attack. Industry body, the Wi-Fi Alliance, and Google, has said they are working with providers to issue software updates to patch the flaw.

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Football - Northern Ireland have dropped below Denmark in the FIFA rankings, meaning they will not be seeded for the 2018 World Cup play-offs. The Danes have moved up seven places in the rankings, and will be seeded along with Switzerland, Italy and Croatia.

Formula 1 - Jenson Button says he found fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton a bit weird, when they were team-mates at McLaren. In his new autobiography, Life at the Limit, he describes Hamilton as a brilliant, mercurial driver, but they were never really friends.

Rugby - Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb will be ineligible to play for Wales next season, under a new rule brought in by the Welsh Rugby Union, where any player taking up a new contract, not with a Welsh region, must have won 60 caps to be eligible to play for the national team. Webb has just signed to play for Toulon next season and has won 28 Wales caps.

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