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Evening Update 23 Jan

Drugs - Customs officers have seized 43 kilos of cannabis, at the A8 toll at La Turbie. The drugs were hidden in a truck carrying fish. The Slovenian driver set to appear in court early next month. The seizure, follows the recent dismantling by police of a drug ring in Nice, where last night, five people received prison sentences for dealing methadone,  MDMA, and cocaine.

Court - A man who assaulted several women at Gare de Monaco as they waited for trains, has been sentenced to one year in prison by Monaco’s Criminal Court. The Romanian man was found guilty of intimate touching, looking up skirts and watching women in the toilets.

Reportry - Several groups of politicians on the Cote d’Azur, are to campaign against the launch of a new ‘Reporty’ scheme, which encourages citizens to video suspicious behaviour and crimes on their phones, then forward them to police. They say the scheme is an invasion of privacy, will lead to vigilantism and could be misused to settle personal scores.

Paris - In Paris, the River Seine has breached its banks, after weeks of heavy rains around the capital. As a result, some rail lines have been closed, the public have been asked to keep clear of riverbanks, and the famous river boats have been suspended, as they can no longer safely pass under city bridges.

Music - Nice is to be the capital of this year’s Fete de la Musique in June, with a large concert on Place Masséna set to be broadcast nationally on France 2. City Mayor Christian Estrosi said; that after what the city has been though in the past few years, this event was a terrific way to demonstrate Nice can organise major events, and continue to be a strong cultural leader for France.  

Oscars - This year’s Oscar’s nominations have been revealed, and The Shape of Water leads the pack with 13 nominations. The movie, starring Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon, will be released in France as “La Forme de l’Eau” next month. You can get full details of when and where it can be seen in English, on the listing of English language movies, showing on the Cote d’Azur, on our website.

BUSINESS

Microsoft has announced it is to open four new data centres in France. The move is in response to demand from French customers, who want the data they store on cloud servers, to be actually hosted in France and not abroad. Three data centres are to be located in Paris, with a fourth in Marseilles.

New US ‘America First’ trade tarrifs, of up to 50% on goods imported from Asia, have sparked an outcry. South Korea has vowed to complain to the World Trade Organisation, while the country’s manufacturing giant, Samsung, said the move will negatively affect US consumers, as everyone will pay more, with fewer choices. The move has also been condemned by China, India and Mexico.

Netflix have added eight million new subscribers in the last quarter of 2017, and reported a revenue rise of almost a third, with profits increasing to $186m, three times that of the previous year. The streaming giant, say the results showed its investment in original programming, was paying off. The quarterly update also showed Netflix wrote off $39m for ‘unreleased content’, which is understood to feature actor Kevin Spacey in House of Cards.

SPORT

Tennis - Kyle Edmund has become just the sixth ever British player to make the Australian Open semi-finals, after beating third seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4. If 23 year-old Edmund makes the actual finals, he will overtake Andy Murray in the world rankings.

First, he has to beat Marin Cilic, who went through to the semi’s after a dramatic match against World No.1 Rafael Nadal, who withdrew in the last minutes of the game due to injury. It’s only the second time in 264 Grand Slam matches, that the Spaniard has retired.

Football - Morocco has launched a campaign to host the 2026 World Cup in Casablanca. This is their fifth bid to host the finals, and faces competition from a joint bid proposed by Canada, Mexico and the USA.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has supported Alexis Sanchez's, saying he always gave 100% to the club. He was commenting on a post Sanchez wrote on social media, after leaving Emirates Stadium to join Manchester United.

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