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Evening Update 17 Jan

Wind - Meteó France are lifting the Orange Weather Alert for strong winds this evening, as the coast experienced gusts of up to 160km/h yesterday and today. The weather led to the closure of several parks and coastal paths, and in the mountains, the ski resorts of Auron and Valberg were closed. Although the resorts re-opened today, the area remains under high avalanche alert. Meanwhile, Corsica experienced record winds of 225km/h, with one gust blowing over a glass recycling container, injuring thirteen people with broken glass.

Shopping - More shopping centres may be on the way for the Cote d’Azur, but not too many. That’s according to the Prefect of the Alpes Maritimes George-Francois Leclerc, who told press today, that we must be careful not to over-commercialise the area. He said he was unlikely to endorse many planned projects, especially west of the Var River.

Tourism - The Riviera continues to be a strong destination, with Nice Cote d’Azur airport reporting an almost 10% jump in passenger numbers last year. Thirteen million people passed through the airport in the last 12 months, making Nice the busiest airport in France outside of Paris.

Flu - A record number of children have been admitted to hospitals with flu this winter. The recent epidemic, saw 313 children admitted, with doctors now demanding, that measures be taken to avoid a repeat of services overflowing in the future.

BUSINESS

Nestlé is selling its US sweets and chocolate business, to the Italian Ferrero Group for €2.2bn. The Swiss food giant, said it was offloading brands such as Crunch, Nerds, Runts, and Butterfinger to focus on other products. Ferrero, which makes Nutella, Tic Tac and Ferrero Rocher, will become the United States third biggest confectionery maker.

After stunning gains last month, Bitcoin has traded below $10,000 a coin, for the first time since early December. That’s a drop of almost 50%, since a high of $19,800 just before Christmas. Experts say a bubble has been forming in the market, driven by casual investors, piling into an asset they did not fully understand.

Australia has filed a trade complaint with the World Trade Organisation, accusing Canada of placing discriminatory rules on the sales of imported wine. One example given, was in British Columbia, where local wines can be sold in grocery shops, but imported wines, must be sold in a ‘store within a store’ complete with separate cash register.

SPORT

Tennis - At the Australian Open, French player Alize Cornet, who is from Nice, has knocked Germany’s Julia Goerges out of the second round, beating her in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. However, it wasn’t a good day for Gilles Simon, who had to retire from his match due to injury. Meanwhile, Britian’s Kyle Edmund is through to the third round after an impressive win over Denis Istomin.

Football - English fans are paying almost three times a much for match tickets as French fans. A new study from UEFA shows the average English ticket price at £45, compared to France’s 17.40. This may be partly explained by players wages where a UK clubs pays an average wage bill of £100 million more than French clubs.

Arsenal transfer target Malcom is facing disciplinary action at Bordeaux, after he was shown on a social media video laughing and joking alongside team-mates after they were beaten by Caen last night. Bordeaux, who signed the Brazilian player in 2016, said he showed a lack of maturity, solidarity and respect towards the club.

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