Evening Update 17 Sept

The prefect of the Alpes Maritimes has overturned a decision to limit the number of tuk-tuk taxi tri-cycles in Nice. Last October, after a number of road traffic offenses, scams, and competition with taxis, Nice City Council limited the number of tricycle operators and stopping points in the city. Today the perfect overturned that decision, saying it limited freedom of trade.

The murder case of Monaco billionaire Hélène Pastor began today, at the Assize Court of Bouches-du-Rhône. Ten people have been accused of involvement, when 77 year-old Pastor, was shot dead outside a hospital in Nice in May 2014. Leading the indicted is her Polish son-in-law. The case is expected to last a month.

The government has launched a campaign against fraudulent websites, which pass themselves off as official government sites, and tricking users in to parting with cash. These fake sites, which for example charge small amounts for a copy of your birth cert, are raking in €150 million a year for criminals. The government campaign reminds people to access government websites via and to always make sure that any govenment website address ends in .fr


Italy's Economy Minister is expected to prevent the country’s budget deficit from rising above 1.6% of GDP, as he meets with the Prime Minister today to discuss the country's budget for next year. The budget is being closely watched by financial markets, European lawmakers and the Italian public, to see if the government will stick to plans that include increasing welfare spending, reducing taxes and scrapping pension reforms that had increased the retirement age.

The IMF has warned that all likely Brexit scenarios would entail costs, but a disorderly departure, or a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, could lead to a significantly worse outcome. However, the IMF also said it expects Britain's economy to grow by 1.5% both this and next year, if a broad Brexit agreement is struck.


Football - Champions League is back this week with one of the biggest games being played right on our doorstep, as AS Monaco take on Atletico Madrid, at Stade Louis II. The other big games include Tottenham against Inter Milan and Liverpool facing Paris St Germain.

Rugby - Australia flanker Lukhan Tui will not face any further action over his scuffle with a fan after their loss to Argentina. Tui was pulled away from the man by team-mates after the brief altercation beside the players' tunnel. Rugby Australia says the fan was using "offensive language" and called the incident "isolated".

Nice - Almost 2,500 people took part in yesterday’s Ironman race. American Rudy Von Berg was first past the line, completing the 1,900m swim, followed by  90km on a bike and 21 km running, in 4hr 09min 50sec. French woman Manon Genet was the first woman across the line, completing the event in 4hr 46min.

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