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Evening Update 19 Dec

Parcels - Five people have been arrested, for stealing €50,000 worth of parcels, after an online retailer became suspicious of missing packages. The five were part of an organised gang, who worked their way into a delivery company in Nice, and took over 300 parcels, before they were caught in a police sting.

Murder - The trial has finished of Michel Lambin, known as the Shepherd of Caussols, who is accused of being paid, to murder a school caretaker in December 2002. Robert Ludi was shot with two bullets to the head, in a killing that involved a love affair. The public prosecutor has requested a sentence of 22 years to life imprisonment, while the dead man’s partner, demanded the death sentence..

Suicide - A man who attempted suicide, by throwing himself from his second floor apartment window, is recovering in Louis Pasteur hospital this afternoon. He made his attempt around eight this morning, as children were passing on their way to school, in the centre of Cagnes-sur-Mer. His injuries are not life-threatening.

Traffic - GPS navigation company TomTom have calculated rush-hour delays in Nice cost mostorists €25 a week in lost time and fuel. The company rate Nice as the sixth most congested city in France, behind Marseille, Paris and Lyon.

BUSINESS

Aircraft manufacturers, Boeing and Bombardier, have traded blows at the US International Trade Commission, as they argue claims that the Canadian company receives massive subsidies, which are harming sales of Boeing’s workhorse 737 aircraft. The row has resulted in a 300% being applied to Bombardier sales in the US, and the Commission must decide if those taxes remain in place.

The fate of household goods giant Steinhoff, who own Conforama in France and Poundland in the UK, is to be decided by shareholders today. Company shares fell 63% in one day, after their CEO resigned two weeks ago over revelations of accounting irregularities, and auditors Deloitte saying it wouldn't sign off on the company's latest results. Steinhoff owes creditors as much as $21bn, with several global banks facing the prospect of substantial losses.

SPORT

Athletics - World champion sprinter Justin Gatlin says he is shocked and surprised at doping allegations made against his coach and an agent. The Daily Telegraph newspaper has claimed Gatlin’s agent offered to supply illicit performance-enhancing drugs to undercover reporters, while his coach, former Olympic gold medallist Dennis Mitchell, told reporters athletes are able to get away with doping because the drugs they use cannot be detected by tests.

Football - Atletico Madrid are to report FC Barcelona to FIFA for an alleged illegal approach for striker Antoine Griezmann. The France international signed a new contract earlier this year, committing him to Atletico until the end of the 21/22 season, but Atletico complain Barcelona have spoken to people around Griezmann, including family members.

Rugby
England centre Manu Tuilagi faces disciplinary action, after being cited for a dangerous tackle in Leicester's European defeat by Munster on Sunday. Ireland prop Cian Healy and Exeter lock Mitch Lees have also been charged, after the weekend's Champions Cup action.

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