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Evening Update 17 Oct

Beaches - The demolition of a number of private beaches began this morning at Juan-les-Pins. Some of the beaches have been in place for over a hundred years, but must now be demolished, to comply with planning laws. Of the ten beaches being removed, five will be rebuilt.

Traffic - Exceptionally heavy rush hour traffic in Nice this morning, was caused by a collision, which closed the Promenade des Anglais at Carras, leading to two hour  blockages on the Voi Mathis and around the airport.

Further traffic disruption is expected around the airport, as junctions 49 and 50 off the A8, are closed until tomorrow for roadworks. Then on Thursday, a general strike has been called to protest changes to the Labour Laws.

Foreigners - Emmanuel Macron has said undocumented foreigners, who commit a crime, will be deported from France. The announcement comes two weeks after a Tunisian man stabbed two women to death in Marseille.

BUSINESS

The OECD has said a reversal of Brexit would boost the UK economy. They say a new referendum, or a change of government leading to the UK staying in the EU, would have a ‘significant’ positive impact on growth. However, it also warned ‘no deal’ would see investment seize up, the pound hit new lows, and the UK's credit rating being cut. Meanwhile, the UK’s inflation rate has climbed to its highest rate in more than five years, as the Consumer Price Index climbed to 3%, driven by increases in transport and food prices.

Airbus is to take a 50.01% majority stake in Bombardier's C-Series jet project. Bombardier has faced a series of problems over the plane, including a trade dispute in the US, which imposed a 300% import tariff on the plane.

SPORT

Football - In World Cup playoffs announced today, Ireland have been drawn to play Denmark, Northern Ireland are to face Switzerland, and Italy will take on Sweden. The games will be played next month.

In Champions League tonight, Real Madrid host Tottenham, Manchester City are against Napoli, and the big game for us, is AS Monaco against Besik.tas. Kick-off at Stade Louis II is at 8.45.

Athletics - Over a hundred athletes are in Monaco this week, for a Europe-wide meeting, being hosted by the Monegasque Olympic Committee. The meeting was opened this morning by the President of the Organizing Committee for the Paris Olympics, Tony Estan.guet

Also in Olympics news, over 21,000 people have signed a petition to name the 2024 Olympic Games Aquatic Centre in Paris, after Nice gold medallist Camille Muffat. She suffered an untimely death when she was killed in a helicopter accident in 2015.

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