Evening Update 19 Feb

Ski - One of France’s star skiers, Nice man Mathieu Faivre, has been sent home from the Winter Olympics by the team manager, for public comments he made at the weekend. The skier, from Isola 2000, said he was disappointed with the French team, and that he would concentrate only on himself. Team manager David Chastan said he did not see how he could keep Faivre in the team and keep a good team dynamic.

Fall - A 77 year-old Italian man has been found dead on Mirandole Beach at Golfe-Juan. It’s believed he died after falling from a bridge. Police are investigating if it were an accident or not.

Pool - The swimming pool in Grasse is closed today due to fire. This morning, a fire in the electrics of the pools filtration system, saw both the fire brigade and EDF being called. The pool is expected to re-open tonight.

Scam - Residents in St Laurent and Cagnes-sur-mer are being warned the popular locksmith is currently operating in their area. The scam works by putting a locksmith sticker on your door, then some days later the lock on your door stops working. When you call the locksmith, they replace your locks but keep a duplicate key, so they can return to burgle your apartment later.

Volunteers - The city of Cannes is seeking almost fifteen hundred volunteers, to assist with the staging of the Red Bull Air Race in April, and the Cannes Film Festival in May. For the air race, candidates must be over 18, available for the three days of the event, and will receive full training. For the film festival, fluent  English is a requirement, and you must be available to work between the 8th to the 19th of May.


In Mumbai, a branch of the Punjab National Bank has been shut by police investigating India’s biggest loan fraud.  A billionaire jeweller, Nirav Modi, is accused of colluding with others, to obtain fraudulent advances for payments to overseas suppliers worth about 1.5 billion euro. Mr Modi is understood to have left India and his whereabouts are unclear.

Latvia’s anti-corruption agency suspects the country’s central bank boss of seeking a €100,000 bribe. The Bank of Latvia says it has a "zero tolerance" policy regarding corruption and was cooperating with investigators, as the banks governor was arrested on Saturday while his home office was searched.

Delivery problems have led to 750 KFC stores across the UK having to close as they had no chicken. The company recently switched its delivery contract to DHL who which blamed operational issues for the disruption.


Winter Olympics - French figure skater Gabrielle Papadakis has left the rink in tears after a wardrobe malfunction exposed her to the world. Heavily tipped to win gold, Papadakis and her partner were performing their routine, when her halter-top, complete with tassles and spangles, edged sideways to briefly expose her left breast. The incident was compounded by slow motion replays on giant screens in the arena. Despite this, the French pair demonstrated remarkable composure, and came in second place, to proceed to the next round.

Frenchman Martin Fourcade has won his second biathlon gold with a dramatic photo finish. In a whisker close finish, he initially thought he had lost, and slammed his ski stick into the snow in frustration, as he was sprawled across the finish line. However, that anguish quickly switched to delight when the photo finish showed he won the gold. Fourcade now holds the record for the most Winter Olympic gold medals won by a Frenchman.

Tennis - The second ATP tournament of the year, has opened here on the south coast of France with the Marseilles Open 13. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga announced last week that he won’t be defending his title due to injury, leaving just Julien Benneteau as the only Frenchman in the tournament. Meanwhile Petra Kvitova is making a stunning comeback, winning her second title of the season at the Quatar Open. The Czech player was out for six months after a knife attack at her home in December 2016.

Formula 1 - Red Bull have become the first team to launch the car they hope will return them to championship contention. Daniel Ricciardo will conduct initial testing at Silverstone this week.

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