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Evening Update 19 Sept

Robbery - Police are hunting a number of men who stole a truck in St-Laurent-du-Var this morning. The parcel delivery truck was held up by two men on motorcycles at, l'esplanade Edmond Jouhaud, after threatening the driver with a weapon. The truck was later found abandoned in the area.

Accidents - A young woman is recovering in Cannes Hospital after a collision between her motorbike and a car, on the Boulevard Paul-Doumer in Cannet during the early hours of the morning. Further down the coast, two people were injured, when a motorcycle lost control just outside the tourist office of La Croix-Valmer near St Tropez. The two injured people were treated at the Health Center in Gassin.

Strike - There could be more disruption to bus and rail services across the region as the CGT union is planning another national strike for this Thursday. Details on disruptions will be made available by bus and rail companies tomorrow.

Abuse - A French Cardinal is to go on trial accused of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a paedophile priest in his Lyon diocese over 25 years ago. Last August the French prosecutor declined to put the Cardinal on trial for the alleged cover up, but the priest's victims refused to allow the allegations to drop and launched their own proceedings directly with the court. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin will face court in April next year.

BUSINESS

A survey of smartphones sales in France shows Samsung as the clear winner, but not with it’s flagship S8 or Note models.  Instead it was the €279 Samsung J3 which was the top selling phone in France, followed by Samsung’s S7. While Samsung dominates the top  half of the Top 10 phones in the country, Apple are a close runner up with 4 phones lower down.

Toys 'R' Us has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and Canada, as it attempts to restructure its debts. The firm was once a dominant player in the US toy market, but has struggled against larger rivals such as Amazon. The firm's European and Australian operations are not part of the bankruptcy proceedings and Toys R Us says it does not expect any immediate impact in those regions.

Losses at UK clothing retailer French Connection narrowed in the first half of the year, as the FCUK continued to close underperforming stores. In the six months to July, operating losses were £5.7m compared with £7.9m in the same period last year.

Ryanair’s share price has fallen by 8% on the NASDAQ stock market, as it handles fallout from the last minute cancellation of up to 50 flights a day, to accommodate a new staff holiday roster. None of Ryanair’s flights between Nice Cote d’Azur and Dublin or London are affected.

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Football - Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has contacted Manchester United to ask them to stop club fans from singing a racist chant about player Romelu Lu.kaku. They say the lyrics, about the size of the striker's manhood, are offensive and discriminatory.

Rio Ferdinand has announced he is to launch a new career as a professional boxer, two years after retiring from football. The former Manchester United and England defender, who works as a TV pundit and has his own clothing line, said he’d won titles, now he was aiming for a belt.

Rugby
Ireland captain Rory Best has been ruled out, for four to six weeks, after a scan revealed he had suffered a hamstring tear in training. Best has been on crutches since sustaining the injury on Thursday. The hooker is likely to miss Ulster's first two Champions Cup games with Wasps and La Rochelle, and may also be in doubt for Ireland's autumn international against South Africa in November.

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