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Evening Update 18 Sept

Rape - Police have caught the man responsible for the rape of a woman in her seventies, near Avenue de la Californie in West Nice. They describe the rape as being reminiscent of the movie A Clockwork Orange, after the man climbed scaffolding, and walked a ledge, to break into the womans apartment through an open window. Despite the presence of a knife, the woman tried to fight off the rapist with a broom handle, during the violent attack. The man, previously known to police, is to face court on a charge of rape with a weapon and robbery with violence.

Hunting - The opening of the Hunting Season has been marred by several tragic accidents over the weekend. In Collobrières in the Var, a man and his 12 year old son were shot after being mistaken for deer, while a 13 year-old boy died in Vendée when he was accidentally shot in the head by his grandfather. Also in St John Chapel, a 57 man fell to his death while chasing prey.

Fall - Police are investigating an incident where a woman fell from a fourth floor apartment this morning in Vallauris. The woman’s life was saved when a palm tree broke her fall. However, it’s not known if the fall was an accident, suicide or attempted murder.

Strike - Industrial unrest continues across France this week, as President Macron changes the long-standing labour laws, to make them more business friendly and encourage more employment. Lorry drivers today have staged several protests, including go-slow convoys and blocking motorway payages. Frances biggest unions are also planning a second strike this week, to take place on Thursday.

BUSINESS

Northrop Grumman has confirmed a deal to buy missile and rocket maker Orbital ATK for $7.8bn in cash. Orbital has contracts worth billions of dollars with both the US Army and NASA, and comes as the firing of missiles by North Korea has focused attention on missile defence systems. Northrop's offer price of $134.50 a share, represents a 22% premium on Orbital's closing price on Friday.

The publisher of Rolling Stone magazine has announced it is to put its controlling stake in the publication up for sale. The 50 year-old magazine is best known for covering music and popular culture, but also features political journalism and commentary.

Budget airline Ryanair are facing a Europe-wide backlash, as they cancel up to fifty flights a day, to fix internal problems with staff holiday rosters. The uproar is being caused, because the airline are refusing to publish a list of cancelled fights more than 3 or 4 days in advance. Affected passengers are being offered a refund or an alternate flight. So far, none of Ryanair’s flights, from the Cote d’Azur to Dublin or London, have been affected.

SPORT

Football - Former England captain Wayne Rooney has admitted to drink-driving and received a two-year ban along with an order to perform 100 hours of community work. Rooney was three times over the limit when he was arrested at 2am on September 1st in England.

The boss of Paris St-Germain says he will step in if Neymar and Cavani cannot sort out their differences over taking set-pieces. The forwards appeared to quarrel over a penalty in a 2-Nil win over Lyon before Cavani took the penalty and had it saved. PSG have won their opening six league matches this season and hold a three-point advantage over AS Monaco, who won the league last year.

Formula 1 - Red Bull's Max Verstappen has blamed Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel for the first-lap crash which out took three cars from yesterdays Singapore Grand Prix. The crash gave the race winner Lewis Hamilton a 28-point lead in the title race.

Tennis - Great Britain's Heather Watson has been knocked out in the first round of the Seoul Open, losing 6-3 Luv-6 6-1 to Spains Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Belgium will play France in the Davis Cup final after coming back from 2-1 down to beat Australia in Brussels at the weekend. Nine-time champions France will play Belgium in late November.
 

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