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Evening Update 25 Sept

Robbery - Forensic police are investigating the premises of renowned jeweller Louis Julian in Cannes after a robbery on the premises this morning. Shortly after 11am, a man entered the famous store posing as a customer, but as he was shown jewellery, he produced a gun and threatened staff. There was no further violence and the man escaped on motorbike with an accomplice. Both are being hunted by police.

Road Close - The old town in Nice is to be further pedestrianised, as the road between the Opera and the Quai des Etats Unis is set to close from next Monday Oct 1st. The city are closing the access road for six months to measure its effectiveness.

Train - Train services are recovering after a fallen tree at Cros-de-Cagnes and a fire at Menton, being fanned by strong winds, brought services to a near standstill for much of the day. The two incidents forced SNCF to cut power at both ends of the line, while crews of up to sixty workers attended the two scenes.

Snow - Although we’ve just slipped into autumn, the ski resort of Valberg is already thinking snow. This season they are hoping to open early after the purchase of 70 snow canons at a cost of €2m. Half have already been installed, with the work expected to be completed by the first week of November.

BUSINESS

Shares in Michael Kor are going down after the announcement they’ve acquired the Gianni Versace brand for $2.1 billion. They also say they will change their company name, from Michael Kors to Capri Holdlings, inspired by the iconic, glamorous and luxury Italian island.

Carrefour have denied approaching Casino with a tentative offer for a merger. In a statement Casino said it had been contacted by Carrefour over the last few days, but when its board met to discuss the proposal, it rejected the bid outright. Carrefour responded by issuing a counter-statement, which denied having solicited Casino, and added that they were considering legal action.

The co-founders of Instagram are to leave the company saying they need to explore their curiosity and creativity again. Instagram, purchased by Facebook in 2012 for $1bn in cash and stock, has more than a billion users. There have been reports of tension between the Instagram founders and Facebook, and the departures only add to what has been a troubling year for the parent company.

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Football - OGC Nice will be without Mario Balotelli at Nantes tonight after the Italian was injured during the recent match with Montpellier. It’s hoped the striker will be fit for weekend home games against league leaders Paris St Germain.

Real Madrid forward Isco has been diagnosed with acute appendicitis which will require an immediate operation. The Spain international will not be available for upcoming games, including the La Liga clash with Sevilla tomorrow.

Formula 1 - Sauber have signed Italian Antonio Gio.vinazzi to partner Kimi Raikkonen next season. The 24-year-old has been placed at the Swiss team by Ferrari, as he is a member of their young driver programme.

Golf - The Ryder Cup Celebrity Match is taking place today ahead of the actual Ryder Cup which tees off in Paris on Friday. Some of the biggest celebrities from both sides of the Atlantic are taking part, including Samuel L Jackson, John McEnroe, Kurt Russell and Olympic legend Michael Phelps for the USA … … while Europe is headed by a fleet of Irishmen including One Direction singer Niall Horan, alongside Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan, and rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll.

Robbery - Forensic police are investigating the premises of renowned jeweller Louis Julian in Cannes after a robbery on the premises this morning. Shortly after 11am, a man entered the famous store posing as a customer, but as he was shown jewellery, he produced a gun and threatened staff. There was no further violence and the man escaped on motorbike with an accomplice. Both are being hunted by police.

Road Close - The old town in Nice is to be further pedestrianised, as the road between the Opera and the Quai des Etats Unis is set to close from next Monday Oct 1st. The city are closing the access road for six months to measure its effectiveness.

Train - Train services are recovering after a fallen tree at Cros-de-Cagnes and a fire at Menton, being fanned by strong winds, brought services to a near standstill for much of the day. The two incidents forced SNCF to cut power at both ends of the line, while crews of up to sixty workers attended the two scenes.

Snow - Although we’ve just slipped into autumn, the ski resort of Valberg is already thinking snow. This season they are hoping to open early after the purchase of 70 snow canons at a cost of €2m. Half have already been installed, with the work expected to be completed by the first week of November.

BUSINESS

Shares in Michael Kor are going down after the announcement they’ve acquired the Gianni Versace brand for $2.1 billion. They also say they will change their company name, from Michael Kors to Capri Holdlings, inspired by the iconic, glamorous and luxury Italian island.

Carrefour have denied approaching Casino with a tentative offer for a merger. In a statement Casino said it had been contacted by Carrefour over the last few days, but when its board met to discuss the proposal, it rejected the bid outright. Carrefour responded by issuing a counter-statement, which denied having solicited Casino, and added that they were considering legal action.

The co-founders of Instagram are to leave the company saying they need to explore their curiosity and creativity again. Instagram, purchased by Facebook in 2012 for $1bn in cash and stock, has more than a billion users. There have been reports of tension between the Instagram founders and Facebook, and the departures only add to what has been a troubling year for the parent company.

SPORT

Football - OGC Nice will be without Mario Balotelli at Nantes tonight after the Italian was injured during the recent match with Montpellier. It’s hoped the striker will be fit for weekend home games against league leaders Paris St Germain.

Real Madrid forward Isco has been diagnosed with acute appendicitis which will require an immediate operation. The Spain international will not be available for upcoming games, including the La Liga clash with Sevilla tomorrow.

Formula 1 - Sauber have signed Italian Antonio Gio.vinazzi to partner Kimi Raikkonen next season. The 24-year-old has been placed at the Swiss team by Ferrari, as he is a member of their young driver programme.

Golf - The Ryder Cup Celebrity Match is taking place today ahead of the actual Ryder Cup which tees off in Paris on Friday. Some of the biggest celebrities from both sides of the Atlantic are taking part, including Samuel L Jackson, John McEnroe, Kurt Russell and Olympic legend Michael Phelps for the USA … … while Europe is headed by a fleet of Irishmen including One Direction singer Niall Horan, alongside Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan, and rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll.

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