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Evening Update 18 Jan

Prom - Too many cars, prostitutes and homeless people, is how the President of an association to preserve the Promenade des Anglais has described the area. He’s called for a clean-up, as the city of Nice prepares to register the prom as a UNESCO World Heritage site. He also said, with the deepest of respect for the victims of July 14, that they did not want to turn the promenade into a cemetery, but felt the resumption of fireworks and other activities, would be a snub to the terrorists.

Accident - Police are appealing for witnesses to an accident on the A8 this morning, which claimed the life of a motorcyclist. The accident, at the Antibes interchange, happened around eight this morning, when the cyclist collided with a truck, and caused 10km tailbacks for over two hours.

Court - The trial of the ‘Black Widow of the Riviera’ was suspended this morning, after the accused could not be brought from her prison cell, due to work action by prison guards. The guards were protesting safety conditions, after a number of attacks on prison officers earlier this month. The case resumed in the afternoon, where the prosecutor called for a 30 year sentence to be passed against the defendant, 57 year old Patricia Dagorn, who’s accused of befriending and poisoning two elderly gentleman.

Storm - Some flights into Nice Cote d’Azur airport have been cancelled today, due to a storm tearing across northern Europe. High winds have blown over trucks in the Netherlands, suspended train services in Germany and cancelled many flights from Amsterdam and Cologne.

Beach - Three well-known private beaches at Golfe-Juan are to be destroyed this week by public order. The Tétou, Nanny and Vallauris private beaches, were all set up on public space, and after they failed legal actions, the state has now changed the locks, in preparation for dismantling each property.

Star - Residents in Mougins are about to get a new neighbour, in the shape of international star Rihanna. The singer has bought a two million euro villa, with pool, near Valmasque Park. She joins many other stars with homes on the Cote d’Azur including U2, Tina Turner, Elton John, Rod Stewart and others.

BUSINESS

A $16 billion dollar order, from Emirates Airlines, has secured the future of the Airbus A380. The world’s largest passenger airline, has just ordered twenty of the world’s largest passenger planes. This is a vital order for Airbus, which has been struggling to sell the superjumbo, and without Emirates order, would eventually have had to close down the production line in Toulouse.

China's economy grew by 6.9% last year, beating Beijing's official annual expansion target of about 6.5%. China is a key driver of the global economy and so the better-than-expected data is good news for  investors. However, many China watchers believe the GDP numbers may be much weaker than the official figures suggest.

SPORT

Tennis - Roger Federer is through, and Stan Wawrinka is out, of the Australian Open. In a day of shock results, Wawrinka, who has just returned from knee surgery, was put out by the USA’s Tennys Sandgren. France’s Gael Monfils is also out after losing to Novak Djokovic. British number one Johanna Konta is also out of the Open, after a shock defeat  at the hands of world number 125, Bernarda Pera. Konta, who was beaten 6-4 7-5, had been tipped to reach the semi-finals.

Football - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted, it’s likely that forward Alexis Sanchez, will join Premier League rivals Manchester United. Sanchez is out of contract in June and is thought to have agreed personal terms with the Old Trafford club. Wenger said he’s been working on transfers for 30 years, so the signs are likely it’s going to happen, however it could also break down at any moment.

Snooker - At the 2018 Masters, defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has been eliminated with a 6-1 quarter-final loss to Northern Ireland's Mark Allen. O'Sullivan took the opening frame with a break of 75 but then Allen made breaks of 65, 115 and 85 to hold a 3-1 lead at the mid-session interval, before making  a score of 81 in the fifth, and taking the next two frames to seal his victory at Alexandra Palace.

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