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Evening Update 24 Jan

Prison - The prison strike is escalating, with guards protesting outside Nice jail, preventing anyone from entering or leaving the facility. In Paris, union representatives, have abandoned meetings with the Justice Minister saying the government is not offering enough to protect its members. The crisis is building to be one of the worst in 25 years.

Rape - Police are investigating claims of rape, from three separate women, against a man who falsified his profile online. The man, who is from Nice, used a profile describing himself as 37 years of age with a fake photo, but in real life was in his sixties. He attracted the women with spicy ‘50 Shades’ inspired messages, and when he met them in real life, the women say he sexually assaulted them.

Beach - The beach in Cannes is about to get a lot bigger, as work has begun this week to improve the Croisette and beaches. 80,000 cubic metres of sand have been delivered, and will be used to effectively double the width of the beach, at a cost of ten million euro.

Boat - Monaco’s Department of Maritime Affairs, are to issue new permits for operating pleasure craft, in the form of a plastic card, similar to a driving licence. The old paper licences will remain valid. The department said that the new card is more practical, more secure and more resistant to water.

BUSINESS

The EU has fined the world's biggest maker of mobile phone chips, Qualcomm, almost one billion euro for paying Apple to exclusively use its technology in their iPhones and iPads. Qualcomm has said it will appeal the fine.

World economic leaders, meeting in Davos, are preparing themselves for the arrival of US President Donald Trump tomorrow. Mr Trumps keynote speech is expected to ratify his controversial ‘America First’ policies. However, leaders are waiting to see what Trump has to say on global trade, after the US starting imposing protectionist tariffs on imported goods. President Macron and Angela Merkel will talk up globalisation, free trade and the need for multilateral approaches, to the world's economic problems.  

SPORT

Football - Lyon are feeling buoyant about their match prospects against Monaco at Stade Louis II tonight, especially after an impressive victory over Paris St Germain on Sunday. However, Monaco are nine games without defeat, and favourites to progress to the quarter-finals with a victory tonight. Games between the two are usually high-scoring, and tonight should be no different, with kick off at Stade Louis II at 9pm.

OGC Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien, is out of action for the next three weeks due to a ruptured ligament on his right knee. Cyprien was the winning goal scorer in Nice’s match at the weekend against St Etienne.

Tennis - Defending champion Roger Federer has reached his 14th Australian Open semi-final with a straight-set victory over Tomas Berdych. Second seed Federer won the match 7-6 6-3 6-4.

The UK’s Kyle Edmund is attempting to reach his first ever Grand Slam final, when he takes on Marin Cilic in the Australian Open semi’s tomorrow. The match of his life, will begin around 9.30am French time.

Formula 1 - Ayrton Senna’s Monaco Grand Prix winning McLaren, is to be put up for auction in Monaco, on 25th anniversary of the cars record breaking Monte-Carlo victory. The car will be on view at Le Grand Palais in Paris, early next month.

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