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Evening Update 22 Dec

Fire - A fire has broken out at the Antibes Land Amusement park this afternoon. Roads have been closed in the area and a huge plume of black smoke could be seen for miles. Fire services are on the scene and have the fire under control.

Nestlé - The relocation of Nestlé’s centre in Sophia-Antipolis to Switzerland, is to ahead. Staff made pleas to management at an emergency meeting last night, including reducing staff to just 150, but all suggestions was rejected. The centre will close in September next year.

Robbery - Police are investigating a particularly violent robbery at Le Cannet last night. Two thieves, posing as policemen, knocked on the door of a villa on the Route des Bré.guière, saying they were investigating an intruder in the garden. Once inside the house, they demanded money and jewellery, stealing the family’s 4x4 BMW for their getaway.

January - After the Christmas holidays, January will be bringing some changes to French life, including a rise in the minimum monthly wage to €1,498, increases in dental bills, parking fines and a new addition to the driving test, which from next year, will include a test on basic first aid.  

Prince Albert - His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco has visited the Riviera Radio studios to make his annual Christmas address. In it, he spoke about many subjects, from economic and architectural progress in the Principality, to his growing environmental concerns for the planet, and his forthcoming 60th birthday. You can listen to our exclusive interview with the Prince, directly after the BBC midday news, on Christmas Day and again on New Year’s Day.

BUSINESS

Bitcoin continues to give investors an exciting ride, where following staggering gains recently, this week has seen it fall about one-third in value, from a record high of almost $20,000. Today alone, it has lost 14% of its value. However, the current per coin value of just over $13,000 is still a blistering increase on the $1,000 it was trading at in January.

Apple Corporation has a growing number of class-action law suits being lodged against them, after admitting they deliberately slowed down older models of iPhones. While Apple called it a “feature”, many consumers felt they were forced to upgrade as their phones felt old and slow. Many of the suits say Apple have breached fraud-related legislation, and say their failure to inform customers constitutes unlawful and decisive withholding of material information.

SPORT

Football - Tonight see’s the start of the busy festive football programme in the UK, with Premier League action between Arsenal and Liverpool. Tomorrow, Everton play Chelsea, Manchester City play Bournemouth, West Ham face Newcastle and Leicester are against Manchester United.

Formula 1 - Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has said Sebastian Vettel was let down by his emotions in his title fight with Lewis Hamilton this year. He said the German Ferrari driver appears calm on the outside, but is very emotional and passionate under the skin. Conversely, Hamilton has grown as a personality, and outside the car, that has made him very strong.

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