Evening Update 23 Feb

Assault - 58% of women in France say they have been victims of inappropriate behaviour, with 12% saying they were a victim of rape. The survey of almost 3,000 women revealed less than 20% went on to make a complaint.

Olympics - Local Olympian Julia Pere.ire has received an astounding welcome home from her entire home town of St Cézaire near Grasse. Julia, who’s just 16, became France’s youngest ever Olympic medal winner, when she grabbed silver at the Pyeongchang Olympics last week. Yesterday, as well as St-Cézaire, she was officially received by the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, and tomorrow for the biggest event of all, will be the return to her ski club at Isola 2000.

Homes - Only 15 new homes were sold in Monaco last year due a decline in new building projects. The overall real estate market has also fallen significantly, with a drop of 17% in resales, however the properties sold retained their value.

Yacht - More has been revealed about the super-yacht ‘Quantum Blue’, which has been moored in Nice since November. The yacht is owned by a 50 year-old Russian billionaire, who made his fortune, from his version of the Lidl supermarket in Russia. The 104 metre long vessel, can accommodate 13 guests and 27 staff, and pays €16,000 a month to moor in Nice. It’s due to depart again on April 22nd.


In China, Beijing has cracked down on insurance and financial giant Anbang, taking control of the conglomerate, and prosecuting the firm's head for economic crimes. The firm is known for its aggressive international acquisitions, including New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Snapchat has had $1.3bn wiped off its share value, after a single tweet from tv celebrity Kylie Jenner who said; is it just me or does no-one use Snapchat anymore? It’s part of a backlash from users, after a very unpopular update changed how the app works, with one million people signing a petition demanding Snap roll back the changes. Snap are unrepentant saying users will get used to it.

As AirBnB prepare to float on the stock market, they have announced a new quality assurance AirBnB Plus rating, given to properties that it has inspected. This follows more stringent regulations being imposed in a number of cities and countries, including San Francisco, where AirBnB lost more than half its listings as stricter regulations took hold.


Football - While OGC Nice were knocked out of the Europa League last night by Lokomotiv Moscow, OM Marseilles progress and have been drawn to play Athletic Bilbao in the last sixteen. The draw, which took place in Switzerland today, also includes Lyon to play CSKA Moscow and Arsenal against AC Milan. Meanwhile, a minutes silence will be observed before all matches of the Spanish Championship this weekend, in memory of the Basque policeman who died during yesterdays clashes between supporters of Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow.

Paris St-Germain will have to pay €188m for AS Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe. A contract clause said if the Parisien club were relegated, they would pay nothing, but after their 5-2 victory over Strasbourg, they are now mathematically safe from relegation, so have to pay the bill.

Rugby - All eyes will be on Marseilles at nine this evening, as an under pressure France take on Italy in the third round of the Six Nations. Tomorrow, kickoff for the Ireland Wales match is 3.15pm followed by Scotland against England.

Winter Olympics - Fifteen-year-old Alina Zag.itova has won the first gold for the Olympic Athletes from Russia, in the women's ‘single figure skating’.  Zag.itova is the second youngest women's figure skating champion in history, after American Tara Lipinski in 1998.

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