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Evening Update 20 Sept

Tram - Testing of the new T2 tram line at Nice Cote d’Azur airport this morning, has been hailed a success. The tram is expected to begin serving the airport from mid-December, when 15,000 people a day are expected to make the 26 minute trip between Nice centre and the airport.

Le Pen - Marine Le Pen has been ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation by a French judge, for publishing graphic tweets of Islamic State violence. Le Pen sparked widespread condemnation when she shared the gruesome images, just after jihadists killed 130 people in Paris. Madame Le Pen has denounced France's frightening regime as being behind the decision. She said she will not submit to the psychiatric assessment and will wait to see how the magistrate intends to force her to do so.

Bikes - Electric bikes will be available for the first in Grasse from the 1st of October. The first 23 bikes, in three different sizes, will be available from the railway station. For more information Google La Bicyclette Grasse

Danger - Marseilles has been named the ‘most dangerous city in the world’. The ranking comes from users of the Numbeo website, which catalogues cities by cost of living, health care, crime and other indicators. Also in the top ten are Naples, Manchester and Tromso in Norway.

BUSINESS

The former head of the European Central Bank has said Brexit will have a bigger economic impact on the UK than on the European Union. His comments come during the same afternoon the European Council said Theresa May's proposed economic partnership with the EU will just not work. French President Emmanuel Macron commented that the EU were sticking with very clear principles regarding the integrity of the single market and the Irish border.

One of the largest life insurance providers in North America will no longer offer policies that do not include digital fitness tracking. John Hancock will now only approve policies that collect health data through wearable devices such as a smartwatch, where policyholders can earn discounts and rewards for hitting exercise targets. Critics have described the move as creepy and dystopian.

SPORT

Football - Patrick Vieira has confirmed Mario Balotelli will be lining up for OGC Nice at Saturdays game against Montpellier. He said the Italian has been training all week with the right attitude. The League 1 match kicks off in Montpellier at 8pm.

Belgium have moved to the top of the FIFA world rankings, alongside World Cup winners France. It comes after Belgium beat Iceland in the Nations League, and Scotland in a friendly earlier this month, while France beat the Netherlands but drew 0-0 with Germany in the Nations League. It’s the first time the two teams have shared FIFA’s top spot.

Athletics - There has been shock reaction, to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision, to lift their suspension on Russia's anti-doping agency. Leading athletes and anti-doping bodies have described it as ‘the greatest treachery against clean athletes’. The Russians had been suspended since 2015 over alleged state-backed doping, but last week the World Anti-Doping Agency’s compliance review committee recommended their reinstatement, after assurances from the Russian sports ministry that the country had sufficiently acknowledged failures.

Tennis - British number one Johanna Konta has been knocked out of the Pan Pacific Open ‘last-16’ in a straight-set defeat by Croatia's Donna Vekic. World number 43 lost 6-3 7-5 in one hour 22 minutes in Tokyo.

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