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Evening Update 27 Nov

Fire - Fifty firefighters have been battling a forest blaze just north of Menton this afternoon. The fire, which has destroyed over fifteen hectares, broke out before midday and led to the closure of the exit ramps on the A8 at Roquebrune & Menton for a time. Both have since re-opened.

Attack - Two families, of students who died in the July 14th attack in Nice, have had an application to view security video footage of the deaths rejected. The families, from Estonia and the Ukraine, had hoped viewing the footage would help their grieving process.

Body - The body of an 84 year old pensioner, reported missing on Saturday, has been found in Vésubie. Police launched a search for the man after he disappeared from his retirement home on Saturday.  Officers have launched an investigation into the cause of death.

Dive - In Nice, a dangerous diving spot, popular with teenagers between the Castel Plage and the I Love Nice sign, is being destroyed this week. Excavators have moved onto the beach area to remove the existing bathing shelter and restore the area to its natural condition. It’s estimated the work will cost the city €200,000

Flu - Winter stomach flu or "gastro" as they call it in French has already been reported in certain parts of France. The rise in the number of reported cases has been particularly seen in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, le Grand Est, Pays de la Loire and Hauts-de-France to be the worst affected with doctors warning that the number of cases will only rise in the coming weeks.  Health officials say the best way to avoid getting sick is to avoid contact with dirty hands.

BUSINESS

The virtual currency Bitcoin is trading at a record high of US $9,700 a coin, up 4.5% on its Friday price. Virtual currencies are still largely unregulated and bypass traditional banking systems, so their growth is of increasing concern to international regulators.

American magazine publisher Time Inc is to be bought by rival media company Meredith Corporation in a US$2.8bn cash deal. The deal is backed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch and follows two previously unsuccessful bids for the publisher. Time also publishes People, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly and Fortune magazines.

Investment firm, NEO Investment Partners, is putting £30m into Victoria Beckham Limited, the fashion brand founded by the former Spice Girl. The cash injection will allow the firm, which employs 180 people globally, to move into new headquarters in London next year. After struggling initially to be taken seriously by the fashion industry, Beckham's collections now show in New York, have earned critical acclaim, and some of her items sell for as much as £2,000.

SPORT

Football - OGC Nice are receiving a backlash from local fans, after a humiliating five nil defeat to Lyon on Sunday. Many fans have been on the clubs Facebook page calling for a change of manager amid fears Nice could be facing relegation at the end of the season.

AC Milan have sacked Vincenzo Montella as manager as the club continued its losing streak, winning just two matches out of their last nine. They’re currently seventh place in the Italian Serie A, 18 points behind leaders Napoli. The new manager has been announced as former club mid-fielder Gennaro Gatt.uso

In the UK, no action is to be taken against Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku for allegedly kicking a Brighton defender during Saturdays game. The Belgium international moved to United in the summer, from Everton, where he scored 10 goals in his first nine outings for the Old Trafford club. However, Lukaku has scored just once in his last 10 games for the United.

Rugby - England's Eddie Jones has been named World Rugby's ‘Coach of the Year’ after England won a second successive Six Nations title in 2017, before an unbeaten summer tour of Argentina and three wins out of three this autumn. He is the first England coach to win the award since Sir Clive Woodward in 2003.

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