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Evening Update 20 Nov

Drugs - Police have arrested seven people in Nice, after a 550 kilogram haul of cannabis resin, was discovered during a road traffic stop on the A8 motorway over the weekend. The seven arrested, are known to the police, and will answer charges at the court in Grasse tomorrow.

Plane - A KLM flight from Cape Town to Amsterdam, was forced to make an emergency landing at Nice Cote d’Azur airport this morning. A fire alarm forced the Boeing 777 to divert to Nice where, after a safe landing, the plane was inspected and continued its journey.

Plaque - The Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrossi, has unveiled a plaque at a crèche in Madeleine today, in honour of a two-and-a-half year old girl who died in the July 14th attack. Family and friends were there to remember little Léanna who attended the crèche.

Butter - The butter crisis could be coming to an end, as new sales figures show a decrease in panic buying of butter, and an increase in sales of margarine. In addition, butter production has increased in France, thanks partly to a rise of 3.4% in milk production.

Cars - If you drive a Smart For Two car, be warned it is the car most likely to be stolen in France. A French drivers organisation, say the most popular cars with thieves, also include Land Rovers, Ford Fiesta’s and Renault Clio’s.

BUSINESS

Several European cities are fighting for the right to host two major European agencies, who are relocating from London, due to Brexit. Milan is the favourite to be the new home of the EMA European Medicines Agency, while Paris, Brussels, Dublin, and Frankfurt, are bidding to host the EBA, European Banking Authority.

Meanwhile, a group of influential German business figures, have launched a campaign to keep the UK in the European Union. The New Deal for Britain alliance, includes three ex-presidents of the Federation of German Industry ,who will lobby governments to offer more concessions to the UK, particularly on immigration.

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Tennis - Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49. She died after a battle with cancer, peacefully surrounded by her family. In addition to her Wimbledon crown, Novotna’s career highlights include winning twelve Grand Slam doubles titles and four in mixed doubles. She was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

Football - Former AS Monaco player, Sebastien Squillaci, has announced he is to retire. The 37 year-old first joined Monaco in 1998.

In the UK, West Brom head coach Tony Pulis has been sacked, as the club lie just one point above the Premier League relegation zone. West Brom have been without a win in ten top-flight games.

Formula 1 - Fernando Alonso has performed very well, during his first experience in a Le Mans prototype car, according to Toyota’s team adviser. The double Formula 1 champion completed 113 laps for the Toyota world endurance championship team, at a test in Bahrain. He’s set to race at Le Mans next year for Toyota.

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