Evening Update 19 Jan

Black Widow - Patricia Dagorn, known as the Black Widow of the Riviera, has been jailed for the murder of two elderly men she befriended, and then poisoned. Reports say Madame Dagorns face did not flinch, when she was sentenced to twenty-two years in prison. She’s already serving a sentence for the murder of two other pensioners in 2011.

Corsica - Two more prison guards have been injured, one with a knife-wound to the throat, when they were attacked by inmates at a prison in Borgo, Corsica. It’s the fourth attack in recent days, leading to protests by prison officers who say they will not risk their lives for fifteen hundred euro a month.

Death - The UK coroner is waiting results of tests to determine what caused the death of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan. The Westminster Coroner's Court was told that O'Riordan was found unresponsive in her hotel room on Monday and declared dead at the scene. Police do not think her death is suspicious.

Peter Mayle, the author of A Year in Provence, has died aged 78. His bestselling book, was the story of his move from England to France and inspired the 2006 film starring Russel Crowe.

Tourism - France is still the most visited country on earth, with 89 million visitors last year. That’s up almost 10% on 2016. The figures are a huge boost, after two years of falling numbers due terror attacks in 2015.


Ryanair is to enter talks with a number of key airports in France, as it seeks to establish four new bases here. Up to now, the airline had refused to enter the French market due to strict union rules. Ryanair expects to base 30 aircraft, in four regional bases by the end of this year, but as yet, it’s not known if Nice Cote d’Azur will be one of them.

HSBC has agreed to pay $101m to settle a US criminal investigation into rigged currency transactions. The bank admitted its traders, twice misused confidential information provided to them by clients, for its own profit.

The co-founder of Uber, Travis Kalanick, is to officially become a billionaire, after Japan’s Softbank agreed to head a deal taking a $10bn stake in the taxi firm. While Mr Kalanick had long been worth billions on paper, this deal makes his wealth reality.


Tennis - In a bad day for France, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is out of the Australian Open, after losing to home favourite Nick Kyrgios.

World #42, Alize Cornet from Nice, is also out today, after being force to retire due to heatstroke. Early into the second set, Cornet asked for medical time-out, as she felt nauseous and shivery. Speaking after the match, she expressed fears that a tragedy could occur one day, as players are playing so hard in extreme heat.

Britian’s Kyle Edmund, also found it hard going in the heat, but after a mid-match slump, where temperatures hit 39d, he fought back to win his match and reach the Australian Open fourth round.

Football - Brazilian football legend Pele has been taken to hospital after collapsing with exhaustion yesterday. The 77-year-old was due to travel to London for a dinner held in his honour by the Football Writers Association. Widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, Pele scored 1,281 goals during his 21-year career, and helped Brazil win the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups.

All the transfer talk today, surrounds a move by Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal to Manchester United. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, said it’s likely the Chile international will leave, while Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said there is no point in trying to hide or deny, but the deal is not done yet.

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