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Evening Update 19 Mar

Court - A 73 year old man, who was found guilty of paedophilia 22 years ago in Nice but absconded before he could serve his sentence, has been found in Belgium and is to face a fresh trial for his crimes. During the nineties, Lionel Dousset, abused his position as a director of the Association Espoir Bleu in Menton, to abuse teenagers during trips out to sea.

Drugs - Police in Marseilles have made another record seizure of cocaine, after a random search of a Libyan vessel in the port. The haul of almost 500 kilograms of cocaine, had a street value of 13 million euro.

Attack - Investigations continue into a serious incident, of what appears to be, a deliberate attack on an off-duty police woman. It happened in Nice during the weekend, when the victim was intentionally run-over by a car before being beaten with a telescopic baton. The plain-clothes officer says she was called a ‘cop’ during the attack. One man has been arrested after being identified by the number plate on his car and is being held in police custody.

Accident - A man in his late sixties has died after a car accident this morning in Antibes. The man, who was a motorcyclist, collided with a car on the road to
St-Claude. He has not yet been named.

Beyonce - If you’re still thinking of going to see Beyoncé and Jay-Z in Nice this summer, sadly, it’s too late. The couple’s only French concert outside of Paris this year has completely sold out, with all 45,000 tickets at the Allianz Riviera being snapped up in less than ten hours.

BUSINESS

Shares in the UK software giant, that bought Hewlett Packard Enterprise assets, are tanking today, plunging almost 50%, after it warned of a sharp fall in revenues and its CEO resigned. The company, Micro Focus, is the UK's biggest technology firm, is listed on the FTSE 100 and has customers who include BMW and American Express.

Facebook shares fell today, nearly 5% in early trading, after reports that Cambridge Analytica mined the data of over 50 million Facebook users without their permission. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is facing intensified calls to appear in person, at investigations into the social media network's conduct, where up to now he has sent lawyers or policy bosses to committee hearings instead.

SPORT

Football - Italian interim coach Luigi Di Biagio is being coy about whether or not he will call on Mario Balotelli to play for the national team. At a press conference today he said ‘nothing was confirmed’ for the OGC Nice star player who has scored 21 goals in 30 games so far this season. Meanwhile, the Italian forward has taken a pop at Paris St Germain describing the rival club as ‘average’ and proof that you can buy great players but not a team.

Lyon face being banned from European competition after being charged by UEFA for crowd trouble during last weeks Europa League defeat by CSKA Moscow. Club fans have been accused of racist behaviour, crowd disturbances, throwing objects, setting off fireworks and blocking stairways. Lyon will know their fate on May 31st.

World Rugby is to investigate the circumstances around Belgium's World Cup qualifying win over Spain at the weekend. The result of the game means that the automatic European qualifying spot goes to Romania, and the game itself was refereed by a Romanian.  

Tennis - Roger Federer's 17-match unbeaten run has been brought to a halt by Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro who beat the Swiss yesterday to claim the title at Indian Wells. Federer had been searching for a record sixth title in California.

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