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Evening Update 20 Sept

Health - Following the death of a 28 year-old man from meningitis is Grasse, the Health Authorities are vaccinating up to seventy people, who lived in the same gypsy hamlet at Plan-de-Grasse, as the deceased. The Mayor of Grasse has been on the scene, to reassure people there is no possible transmission, if they had no contact with the victim.

Dead - A double homicide is believed to be behind the discovery of two bodies at a house in Antibes today. The alarm was raised when a neighbour saw one of the bodies lying on the floor of the house. Though the exact cause if not known, it’s believed a passionate drama between the couple led to their deaths.

Strike - Commuters along the Riviera are warned to be vigilant tomorrow as a second national strike by the CTG union may cause disruptions to transport. Buses and trams are expected to run as normal, although SNCF warn there may be some slight disruption to rail services. Lorry drivers are also to take strike action on Monday, after talks with the Ministry of Transport broke down today.

Cinema - French cinemagoers are the most regular visitors to the silver-screen in Europe! Last year 213 million cinema tickets were sold in France, compared to 168 million in Britain, or 121 million in Germany.  The most popular movie last year was Zootopia, followed by Star Wars Rogue One and The Revenant.

BUSINESS

Shares in the Taiwanese smartphone firm HTC will be suspended from trading on Thursday, amid rumours that  Google's parent company Alphabet is planning a takeover. The company issued a statement in response to a request from the Taiwanese Stock Exchange, simply saying it does not comment on market rumour or speculation. HTC currently make Googles own smartphone, the Pixel.

A rise in the employment rate for women since 2008, is holding back wage-growth globally, according to the OECD. Their Chief Economist Catherine Mann said women were paid less in general, while male employment rates remained weak, and that this had skewed the figures. She also blamed workers and unions, for putting more emphasis on job security, than wages.

SPORT

Formula 1 - Force India driver Sergio Perez has donated almost €150,000, or three million pesos, to victims of yesterdays earthquake in his native Mexico which killed more than 200 people. The Mexican Grand Prix is set to take place in the capital at the end of October. However, in light of the Paralympics, due to take place there at the start of October, being cancelled, Formula 1 officials are keeping a careful eye on the situation.

Golf - Rory McIlroy has added next week's British Masters to his schedule, after failing to qualify for this week's Tour Championship in the US. McIlroy will play at the Northumberland venue a week before the Dunhill Links Championship. The four-time major winner has slipped two spots, to eighth, in the latest world rankings after a win-less 2017.

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