Evening Update 27 Feb

Cold - The cold spell has claimed the lives of three people across France, all of them homeless, as charities and local authorities across the country try to get the most vulernable into sheltered environments. In Antibes and Nice, extra beds have been made available and accommodation centres have extended their opening hours.

Today is set to be the coldest day in France, for the big freeze which is sweeping across Europe. However, more snow is forecast for the Var and the Alpes Maritimes tomorrow, with Meteó France placing both departments under a new Orange Alert from 9am tomorrow morning.

Toxic - A couple and their two children are recovering in Pasteur Hospital, after being poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from a defective stove which was left on during the cold night last night. Carbon monoxide poisoning affects 4,000 a year in the area, resulting in a hundred deaths annually.

Visit - President Macron is to become the first foreign leader to make an official state visit to the USA since the election of President Trump. He will visit late in April, where its expected he will inspect a full military parade and travel to New Orleans to celebrate the cities 300th anniversary of being founded by the French.

Property - The price property in Nice is on the increase with apartments in the old town increasing in value by 2% over the last year, to €4,193 per square metre. That’s €600 a metre higher than the national average. The exclusive Mont Boron area is twice the national average at just over €7,000 a square metre.


Consumer confidence in France has taken a tumble. New figures from INSEE show that household morale has returned to levels last experienced in 2015, after a bump in numbers following the election of President Macron.

Two German cities are to ban older diesel vehicles from some areas following a landmark court ruling. Stuttgart and Duesseldorf are both considering a ban on diesel cars from zones worst affected by pollution. The decision could lead to similar action across Europe.

US cable TV giant Comcast has made a £22bn counter-bid against Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox for Sky Television in the UK. Comcast is the biggest US cable company, and also owns NBC and Universal Pictures.


Football - UEFA has suspended France international Samir Nasri, originally from Marseilles, for six months for anti-doping rule violations. Nasri had claimed the multi-vitamin intra-venous booster, he received at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016, was a ‘therapeutic use exemption’. The method is on the World Anti-doping Agency’s prohibited list and carries a maximum ban of four years.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the best option to replace Giamp.iero Ven.tura as the next Italy manager, according to the Italian Football Federation's Aless.andro Costa.curta. Conte coached the team from 2014-2016, before moving to Stamford Bridge where he won the Premier League in his first season in charge.

Paris St-Germain forward Neymar has a small chance of playing in next Tuesday's Champions League ‘last-16’ second-leg tie against Real Madrid. The Brazilian is recovering from a foot injury suffered in Sunday's Ligue 1 win over Marseille. The PSG coach has denied that the world's most expensive player will need surgery.

Golf - Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn will partner his Solheim Cup counterpart Catriona Matthew when the European Tour includes women in a team golf event for the first time later this year. They will play in a 'Captain's Team' in the second running of the GolfSixes tournament to be held near St Albans in the UK in May.

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