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Evening Update 24 Nov

Toulon - An 18 year-old man, who was shot in Toulon last night, has died of his wounds. He was shot in the head by a passing car, which police are searching for, as part of their investigations.

Dolphin - The body of a dead dolphin has been discovered in the bay at St Raphael today. It was a rare species of dolphin, who measured almost five metres long. The body is being taken for an autopsy.

Shopping - The French Riviera is succumbing to the American shopping craze known as Black Friday, so-called because the post-Thanksgiving increase in sales, puts shopkeepers accounts back in the black. It’s estimated French people will spend almost a billion euro online, and another 4.5 billion in shops, over the weekend, which is being seen as the start of the Christmas shopping season.

Travel - Drivers are warned, that due to maintenance work, the #59 eastbound junction of the A8 motorway at Menton, will be closed next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night from 9pm to 5am. A detour will be in place. And train users are also reminded there will be no train service between Les Arcs & Cannes La Boca this weekend due to work on the Marseille to Ventimellia line.

BUSINESS

Mitsubishi Materials has seen its shares fall by 11%, after admitting to a quality scandal, where three of its units were found to have falsified data for products supplied to nearly 300 companies in; aerospace, car and electric power industries. The discovery is the latest in a string of scandals which also involve Kobe Steel, Nissan and Subaru, tarnishing the image of corporate Japan and its reputation for precision manufacturing.

Workers for Amazon, based in Italy and Germany, have chosen to stage a strike today, Black Friday, one of the online retailers busiest days of the year. Workers are picketing Amazons warehouse near Milan, plus six others in Germany, and are threatening to continue action right up to Christmas. They’re protesting the firms increasing  pressure to create more in less time, with permanent performance controls, monitoring, and poor leadership culture.

SPORT

Formula 1 - In second practice for the season closing Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi this weekend, Lewis Hamilton led Sebastian Vettel, with the Mercedes driver 0.149 seconds quicker than the German's Ferrari, which in turn, was head of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in third place.

Football - Last night’s win for OGC Nice, putting them through to the knock-out stages of the Europa League, has boosted the teams confidence.  Star striker Mario Balotelli says he still rates the team’s chances in the French league, despite the poor start to the season. He said there are just a few points between teams and two or three wins for Nice will put them back near the top.

Former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has rejected an advance from  West Brom about their vacant manager's position, made vacant after Tony Pulis was fired earlier in the week. It’s understood Bilic wants to take time away from the game.

Rugby - Australia have soundly beaten Fiji 54-6 in Brisbane to reach their 14th straight World Cup Final. Man of the match was Valentine Holmes who scored a record six tries for the Kangaroo’s.

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