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Evening Update 25 Oct

Migrants - One soldier and several migrants were injured during an incident last night near Menton. The soldier, on a routine patrol monitoring pathways used by migrants to cross into France, slipped, injuring his hip.  The sound frightened a number of migrants below, who fell into a storm drain, injuring six. Both soldier and  migrants are recovering in hospital.

Nice - Rue Paganini, opposite Nice-Ville train station, was closed for a number of hours last night after a suspicious device was reported. Police evacuated the street, and a number of buildings, before confirming the device in fact a car battery.

Flu - With 22,000 deaths annually in France from the ‘flu virus, a new campaign has been launched for people to vaccinate before the flu season begins. The campaign encourages, people in contact with many members of the public, such as shop or airport workers, as well as people over 65 to vaccinate in the coming weeks. For many the vaccination can be free. For more details, search for Vacci’Nice on Facebook.

Award - Monaco’s Prince Albert is in the United States to present filmmaker James Cameron with the Prince Rainier III Award, recognizing him as a renowned leader in the arts and his service to the community. The Prince described Cameron as one of Hollywood’s most dedicated philanthropists. As part of the trip, Princess Charlene celebrated the return of the Princess Grace Awards with a gala last night at the Paramount Pictures studios, home to so many of Grace Kellys many iconic movies.

BUSINESS

Latest unemployment figures show a considerable decrease of 1.2% in the number of unemployed people across the Alpes Maritimes during September. Nationally, the numbers are down 1.8% and are being touted as an endorsement of President Macron’s reform of the Labour Laws.

Boeing has raised its profit forecasts for the year, expecting to earn $12.5bn, up from its last forecast of 12.25bn. If follows a record delivery of 202 commercial aircraft in the last quarter.

Lloyds Bank has announced a rise of 141% in pre-tax profits, for the third quarter. However, last year's result did include a large provision, to cover claims for mis-sold payment protection insurance. However, underlying profit for the period was £2.08bn, up 9% on 2016.

SPORT

Rugby - England captain Dylan Hartley is available to play, in the autumn internationals against Argentina, Australia and Samoa, after disciplinary action against him was dismissed. He had been accused of striking a Clermont Auvergne player during a recent European Champions Cup game.

Tennis - Big names are dropping at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore, as Caroline Wozniacki put in a thumping win over World No1 Simona Halep, beating her 6-Luv, 6-2. Earlier, third seed Karolina Pliskova thrashed Wimbledon champion Garbine Mugu.ruza 6-2 6-2 in just 62 minutes.

Stan Wawrinka’s coach for four years, Magnus Norman, has called time on the relationship, bringing to an end one of tennis' most successful pairings in recent years. He said the decision was one of the most difficult he ever had to make, but it was a personal one, allowing him to spend more time with his young family.

Football - Frenchman Claude Puel is said to be in advanced negotiations to become the new Leicester City manager. He’s been out of work, since his sacking at Southampton in June, despite helping the team reach the EFL Cup Final and a Top 10 place in the UK Premier League.

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