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Evening Update 26 Oct

Brexit - The UK Ambassador to France is to visit the Riviera next month, to speak with British ex-pats about their concerns over Brexit. The meetings will be held in Nice on November 7th, and St Raphael on November 23rd. To reserve a place, search Facebook for British Embassy Paris.

Football - Trouble is expected at tomorrow’s OGC Nice v Paris St Germain match in Paris. The Chief of Police there has written to PSG, expressing concerns of extensive use of pyrotechnics by hard-line PSG supporters, representing a danger to those at or near the game.

Beach - Due to new building regulations, the famous Marco Polo beach restaurant at Théoule-sur-mer has been demolished. However the restaurant, which has been at the centre of the town since 1949, has received permission to construct a new removable structure which could be completed by next spring.

Canon - The famous cannon in Nice, which has sounded at noon every day for the past 125 years, is to be silenced for one day a year. City councillors have voted to remove the cannon each July 14th, as a mark of respect to victims of last years attack. They’re also making plans for a permanent memorial to victims on the promenade.

BUSINESS

The European Central Bank is to halve its bond-buying programme. From January, they will reduce the amount of assets they buy every month, from €60bn to 30bn, and say the scheme could finish entirely, by the end of next year.

Twitter announced it may turn a profit this quarter, as they narrow losses and add more users. The company, which has not posted a profit since going public four years ago, said its losses narrowed from $103m to $21m in the last quarter, while revenue reached $590m.

US gaming giant Las Vegas Sands has unveiled plans for a ‘London-themed’ resort in Macau, China. The resort is part of plans to spend $1.1bn, on renovating the firm's five properties there, which will include a facade resembling something with the ‘iconic architectural look and feel’ of Big Ben.

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Football - AS Monaco will be without star striker Falcao for Saturdays away match at Bordeaux. He has been side-lined due to muscle injury.

Yet another high profile UK manager has got the sack today, when Rangers threw out Pedro Cax.inha. The Portuguese manager only joined the club last March. Under his management, the team won 14 out of 26 games, but lost the Scottish League Cup semi-final to Motherwell.

Meanwhile, former Everton manager Ronald Koeman, who was also sacked this week, says his failure to sign France international Oliver Giroud, contributed to his dismissal from the club.

Rugby - Exeter back-row Sam Simmonds has received his first England call-up, but experienced flanker James Haskell has been left out of Eddie Jones' international squad next month.  England will face Argentina on November 11th, before hosting Australia at Twickenham and a final game against Samoa.

Tennis - Caroline Wozniacki has thrashed world number one Simona Halep to reach the last four at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Wozniacki, broke Halep's serve five times in a 6-0 6-2 victory, making her one of five players, who could finish the year as world number one, by winning the tournament.

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