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Evening Update 25 Sept

Trains - A woman in her seventies has died instantly after being hit by a train at Frejus. The incident, which happened just after 2pm, is being investigated by police to discover if it was an accident or suicide. TGV and local TER trains across the region have been severely disrupted as a result.

Visit - The Minister of Justice has been in Nice today to inspect the centre for victims of the July 14th attack. This afternoon she met with some of the hundreds of people who use the centre each week, before attending the Nice Court, for the swearing in of new judges.

Fuel - Striking French lorry drivers, who are blockading some fuel depots, has led to some panic-buying of petrol among motorists. Some petrol stations in the north of France, as well as Lyon and Marseilles, are said to be sold-out as a result. Motorists are assured there is no shortage for the time being, and panic-buying has only affected a small number of stations.

Police - Some questions have been raised today about how a man on a security watch list was able to join the police. The man was forced to leave the army five years ago, after being put on a radical watch list, however, after being monitored, the S Card was removed allowing the man to train for the police service, which he officially joined on Friday.

Monacogate - Monaco’s former Director of Judicial Services, who announced his resignation last week, was arrested Friday in connection with the so-called Monacogate scandal which includes allegations of fraud which involve an art dealer and a well-known Russian billionaire.

BUSINESS

UK technology firm Imagination, which designs graphics chips for smartphones, is being bought for £550m by a Chinese-backed investment firm. Imagination put itself up for sale last June after Apple, its largest customer, said it would stop using its products. Last year, ARM, which designs microchip technology used in Apple and Samsung smartphones, was bought by Japan's Softbank for £24bn.

In a sign of the times, UK publisher J Salmon, who have been publishing postcards and calendars since 1880, are to close this December. The owners said the popularity of social media had had a huge impact on the business, as well as the fact people tend to take shorter holidays, meaning they’ve arrived home long before their postcards do. The number of postcards sold each year has seen a dramatic slump to about five million, down from 20 million in 1990.

SPORT

Football
Jose Mourinho is to face no further action over his dismissal at Southampton on Saturday. The Manchester United manager was sent off for stepping onto the pitch in stoppage time.

Formula 1
Lewis Hamilton's sizeable championship lead will not affect Mercedes' approach to the rest of the season, according to team boss Toto Wolff. He said the team was well aware that events could turn against Hamilton, despite their victory on a track where Ferrari had been expected to dominate. With 25 points available for a win, there is a maximum of 150 points still to be won in the last six races.

Rugby
England and Saracens number eight, Billy Vunipola, says he would take a pay cut to play less rugby and believes players are at risk of burning out. Vunipola will be out for another four months after injuring a knee during Sarries' defeat of Sale. This is after just returning from a year blighted by knee and shoulder problems, the latter forcing him out of the Lions tour.

Tennis
US Open winner Sloane Stephens has been knocked out of the Wuhan Open first round in straight sets by Wang Qiang. The Chinese world number 55 beat Stephens 6-2 6-2.

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