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Evening Update 26 Sept

Shooting - A 50 year-old man, has been shot dead by police in Draguignan, after turning a gun on a bailiff, who was evicting him from his home in the Var. The incident happened at nine this morning. The bailiff injured in the exchange of gunfire is recovering in hospital.

Statue - French screen goddess Brigitte Bardot will be honoured on Thursday in St Tropez, where a 2.5 metre statue of her will be unveiled on her 83rd birthday. Bardot made her name by starring in the 1956 film And God Created Woman, filmed in the town, and has lived in villas surrounding the town ever since. The statue will sit opposite Le Musée de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma.

Actress - In the UK, legendary Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth for 34 years, has passed away. Her family said the 77-year-old's actress died peacefully at home with relatives around her on Monday night.

Grasse - Monaco’s Prince Albert is making news, not for his official visit to Grasse this morning, but for sporting a brand new moustache! The Prince was in Grasse to hear the story, that links the city of perfumes to the Royal Family, and to inaugurate a new rose garden in memory of his mother, Princess Grace.

Airport - Nice Cote d’Azur Airport has announced four new routes due to take off this autumn. The routes include direct connections to Romania, Faro in Portugal, Hamburg in Germany and a new twice weekly long-haul route to Doha in Qatar.

Winner - A young woman, on her first visit to Casino Rhul in Nice, has won almost €35,000 from her first fifty cent bet. The 18 year-old says she plans to spend the winnings on funding her medical studies.

BUSINESS

The price of oil has hit a two-year high thanks to rising demand and geopolitical worries, including Turkey’s threat to disrupt oil flows from Iraq's Kurdistan region, to put pressure on its independence referendum. Brent rose about 4% to just under $60 earlier today, its highest since July 2015.

France's Alstom and Germany's Siemens are poised to announce a merger of their rail assets, which would create a kind of Airbus of the railways. Siemens make the inter-city ICE trains that run in Germany, while Alstom makes the French equivalent, the TGV. Shares in both companies have been volatile in anticipation of a deal.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has revealed he now uses an Android smartphone. Although Microsoft's Windows-powered smartphones have failed to make a significant impact on the market, Mr Gates said he had installed lots of Microsoft apps. Asked if he also had an iPhone, he simply replied: "No"!

SPORT

Football - In Champions League, AS Monaco take on Porto tonight in a repeat of the final of 2004. Although Porto won that match 3-Nil, Monaco are favourites to win tonight, with star player Falcao in devastating form. Already this season, he is the top goal-scorer in any major European league, with 11 goals from seven games. Kick-off at Stade Louis II is at 8.45 … and the Monaco Tunnel, which was due to close for roadworks at 10pm tonight, will remain open until midnight to accommodate fans.

Cricket - England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been arrested, on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm, after a nightclub incident in Bristol early on Monday. He will not be available for England's fourth ‘one-day international’ against West Indies tomorrow. Team-mate Alex Hales, who was with Stokes, will also miss the match, and has returned to Bristol to help police.

American Football - Dallas Cowboy players and owner Jerry Jones ‘took a knee’ before the US national anthem was played at last night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. It’s an escalation of a protest, initially against racial violence, which has been ignited by President Trump, who said players who fail to stand during the anthem should be sacked. By taking a knee before the anthem, the team were protesting against those comments by the President. Team owner Jerry Jones was a high-profile supporter of the President and one of seven NFL owners to donate to Trumps inauguration.

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