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Evening Update 23 Oct

Fire - The good weather has led to more fires breaking out across the region, with the latest this afternoon, being in Antibes. The fire, whose smoke can be seen from Nice, broke out near the Chemin Rabiac-Estagnol just after 2pm, and quickly spread as 50 firefighters came on the scene. It follows a large fire in the Alpes de Haute-Provence over the weekend which destroyed over 250 hectares.

Speed - French rap artist, Jul, continues to be held in police custody in Marseilles for being under the influence of cannabis and driving at excessive speed on the motorway.  He was arrested last night after doing 150km per hour on the A50. His passenger was also arrested as they were in possession of a 9mm firearm.

Train - Monaco’s Employers’ Federation, has challenged the PACA region, to come up with solutions, to the poor rail service for Monaco. They say late & cancelled trains, strikes, infrequent service and other problems, make Monaco less attractive as a place to be employed and to do business.

Stag - A stag night went badly wrong over the weekend, when a young groom-to-be was arrested for assault outside a disco in Nice. Because he was detained by police, it meant the wedding on Saturday had to be cancelled, and the honeymoon also, as he had to make a court appearance this morning.

BUSINESS

US bank, Merrill Lynch has been fined £35 million pounds, by the UK financial regulator, for failing to report over 69 million transactions over two years. It’s the first enforcement action since new rules were introduced after the financial crisis of 2008. The bank said it had reported the issue as soon as it was discovered and was wholly committed to following financial regulations, while the regulator said Merrill Lynch's fine was reduced by 30% because the bank agreed to settle at an early stage.

China has reversed an import ban on several types of soft and mould-ripened cheese, including Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Stilton. The Chinese had imposed the ban in September, because strains of bacteria used to make the cheeses, weren't approved in China.

Japanese stocks hit their highest level since 1996 today after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a clear election victory. The Nikkei climbed more than 1% in its 15th consecutive day of gains, a record streak for the index.

SPORT

Football - Kilian Mbappe is back in Monaco today .. to received the Sportel award for best young European player. The award is voted on by thirty journalists from leading papers across the continent, and Mappe is the third French player to win it in the past fives years, after Paul Bogba in 2013 and another Monagasque Anthony Martial in 2015.

Everton have sacked manager Ronald Koeman after yesterdays 5-2 home defeat left them in the Premier League relegation zone. Koeman is the third Premier League manager to go this season, after Frank de Boer left Crystal Palace and Craig Shakespeare was sacked by Leicester.

Athletics - Claims that more than 10,000 Chinese athletes used banned substances, are to be investigated by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The claims, made by a former China Olympic team doctor on German TV, refer to athletes using the substances in the 1980s and 1990s.

Formula 1 - Time is running out for Sebastian Vettel if he is to have any chance of catching Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers Championship. After Hamiltons win yesterday at the Austin Grand Prix, he is now 66 points ahead with just 75 points left to win. If Vittel can’t make up 17 points in Mexico, its game over for this season.

Tennis - Simona Halep overcame Caroline Garcia in their opening ‘round-robin’ match, on day two of the WTA Finals in Singapore. France's Garcia, number eight in the rankings, had beaten Halep to win the China Open title earlier this month, but the Romanian put in a solid performance in her first match to win 6-4 6-2.

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