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Evening Update 23 Nov

Water - Bottled water is being distributed to the residents of Tourrette-Levens, due to a contamination of the local supply, which could lead to gastroentitis. Residents are assured the water is suitable for cooking, boiling or showering, but not for drinking. The local water company is working to restore normal service as soon as possible.

Monaco - A female employee of a family in Monaco, has been found guilty of stealing over €200,000 across a three year period, by withdrawing cash from ATM’s after she found the PIN codes, and altering amounts written on cheques to her, to increase the payments. At the Criminal Court in Monaco, she was ordered to repay the money in full, in addition to serving a three month prison sentence.

Strike - Pilots with Air France's budget airline Hop!, are threatening strike action over the Christmas holiday period, if negotiations over working conditions remain blocked. They’re protesting over working hours, particularly whether pilots should be asked to work with less than ten hours break, between the last flight of one day and the first of the next. If the strike does go ahead, the dispute could spread to other airlines.

MeToo - In conjunction with the international day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women this Saturday, a new website has just been launched for Monaco, offering guidelines and assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or criminal offences in the Principality. The website at Avip-Monaco.org is in French, but the helpline number listed there, will also take calls in English.

To mark the day on Saturday, the Palace, the Conseil National and the Odeon Tower, will all be lit in orange, the colour picked to symbolise a brighter future without violence. In Nice, a rally will also be held on Place Masséna starting at twelve noon.

BUSINESS

French business confidence has hit a near 10-year-high in November. INSEE’s Confidence Indicator, rose two points this month to 111, its highest since January 2008. INSEE also say the jobs market has improved, with that indicator rising one point, to its highest level in six years.

The IMF has said Zimbabwe must act quickly, to dig its economy out of a hole, and access international financial aid. The country's incoming leader has pledged to grow the economy and provide jobs to curb government spending and foreign debt.

The prediction, that average UK earnings in 2022, could still be less than in 2008, is astonishing  according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, who described yesterday’s budget as pretty grim reading. However, the UK Chancellor has responded by saying clarity around Brexit will increase consumer confidence and lead to higher growth in the economy.

SPORT

Football - In Euorpa League tonight, OGC Nice are taking on Belgian side Zulte Waregem. The Belgians are a strong team with an enviable ‘away’ record, but Nice are the favourites to win. If they do, they’ll qualify for the knockout stages of the League next February. Kick-off at the Allianz Riviera is at 7pm. Other games tonight include Arsenal v Cologne and Everton against Atalanta.

In FIFA’s world rankings, England have fallen below Italy despite the Italians failing to reach the World Cup when they lost the playoff against Sweden. They move up to 14th in the world, while England, who drew with world champions Germany and Brazil in friendlies in November, fall three places to 15th.

Rugby - England captain Dylan Hartley has been left out of the starting fifteen, for the first time under Eddie Jones, for Saturday's match against Samoa at Twickenham. Hartley will drop to the bench as flanker Chris Robshaw and fly-half George Ford are named co-captains.

Golf - Paul Casey will represent Europe, for the first time in nine years, after being selected as a wildcard for the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia in January. Frenchman Alexander Levy is also a wildcard, joining 10 qualifiers for the Ryder Cup style match-play event.

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