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Evening Update 26 April

Multinational travel company Amadeus is planning to expand its local operations. The company reportedly expects to hire 500 new employees and to expand operations at its Villeneuve-Loubet site with the construction of a new building. The company is the largest private employer in the Alpes Maritimes.

The producer of the film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” has applied to a court in Paris to stop it being shown at the Cannes Film Festival.  The film has been the subject of a protracted dispute over ownership rights. The Festival announced last week that the film will be shown at the close of this year’s festival.  The hearing regarding a possible injunction is due to take place on 7th May, the day before the festival opens.

A 57 year old painter and decorator has been killed after falling 5 meters onto rocks at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. The man was killed after sustaining a severe head injury when he fell while painting a gate on the boulevard Dominique-Durandy. Emergency services rushed the victim to hospital but he died a few hours later.

Two employees of the public housing agency Cote d’Azur Habitat have been attacked by a gang while carrying out their duties. Various objects were thrown at the employees and the window of their van was broken during the incident at Liserons in Nice-Est.  They were apparently emptying waste bins when they were attacked by about 12 youths.

The CAF child benefit agency has reported a rise in detected fraudulent claims. The agency detected just over 45,000 cases of benefit fraud in 2017, an increase of about 5 per cent on the previous year.  The agency pays 70 billion euros of benefits per year to 12.5 million recipients.


Firefighters have once again been in attendance at the scene of a blaze which broke out in undergrowth last weekend near Luceram.  About 30 firefighters tackled the fire and it was thought that it had been fully extinguished. The undergrowth re-ignited this morning but the resulting outbreak wasn’t serious and has now been brought under control.

In French national news, President Emmanuel Macron has said he may have failed to persuade President  Trump to back the international nuclear deal with Iran. He said that he thought President Trump would “get rid of this deal on his own, for domestic reasons".

BUSINESS

Deutsche Bank has announced what it called "significant" job cuts. The job losses will mainly fall in US and Asia.  The bank’s chief executive Christian Sewing said the job losses were "painful but regrettably unavoidable". The announcement came as Deutsche Bank reported a sharp drop in first-quarter corporate and investment bank revenues.


Book chain Waterstones has been bought Elliott Advisors for an undisclosed amount.  Lynwood Investments, which has been a major shareholder in Waterstones, will reportedly keep a minority stake. Waterstones has 283 bookshops in the UK, Ireland, Holland and Belgium.


A European court has ruled that footballer Lionel Messi can trademark his own name. The Barcelona and Argentina striker wanted to be able to use his name on sports goods but the Spanish cycling brand Massi challenged his original application. The EU's General Court ruled that the footballer was too well known for confusion to arise.


SPORT


FOOTBALL.. Two Italian men have been charged over violence before Liverpool's Champions League semi-final against Roma in which a man was left seriously injured. 53 year old Sean Cox, a Liverpool fan from Ireland, remains in a critical condition.


CRICKET..  Injured England bowler Toby Roland-Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a back injury. The 30-year-old suffered a stress fracture which ruled him out of the winter's Ashes tour of Australia. Scans have now revealed another stress fracture and he is expected to undergo an extended period of rehabilitation.

GOLF..    Jin Daring, who is ranked number 1,426th in the world is currently in the lead after the first round of the China Open. The 25-year-old holds a one-stroke lead over England's Matt Wallace and Nino Bertasio of Italy.

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