Evening Update 28 Feb

Weather - The Alpes-Maritimes and the Var remain under a Meteó France Orange weather alert, for at least another 12 hours, until daybreak tomorrow. Last night was the coldest night of winter, with lows of -10 in Lyon and -12 in Metz, with the cold snap taking the lives of four people, all homeless. More snow is forecast for inland areas while conditions on the coast are turning into a mix of rain and snow showers. The large anticyclone that’s caused the conditions, should move away resulting in warmer temperatures, and rain.

Attack - A police officer from Nice is recovering after being attacked by four people in the Moulins area west of the city last night. It happened as the police officer was handcuffing an individual for a separate crime, when the four appeared from a building and proceeded to beat the officer. One of the attackers was arrested with the others are still being sought by police.

Health - Some health centres in the region are to introduce online appointments using the DoctorLib or Department 06 websites. The first three centres to do so are the Maternal Centre in Cannes, plus the CSJ and the Centre for STD’s in Nice.

Death - The film director Lewis Gilbert has died in Monaco at the age of 97. He was responsible for a host of hits including Alfie, Educating Rita and three James Bond movies; ‘You only live twice’, ‘The Spy who Loved Me’ and ‘Moonraker’. Mr Gilbert’s son said that his father died peacefully in his sleep.

Names - One man has won his fight with authorities to name his son Marseilles. In France the registry office in Paris, may refuse a name if it is deemed detrimental to the child's interest. There have been recent spats over names such as Zebulon and Mégane Renault. After arguing that first names such as Orlando, Dakota and Paris are known worldwide, the man won the right to use the name Marseilles.


The UK's biggest toy retailer Toys R Us has gone into administration, after facing a 15 million pound tax bill it cannot pay. Administrators say that while the process is likely to affect many Toys R Us staff, whether some or all of the stores will close remains to be decided.

China's equivalent of Netflix has filed to be listed on the US stock market. Owned by online giant Baidu, it plans to raise $1.5bn through an initial public offering on the NASDAQ. However, despite having 50 million subscribers and rising revenues, the service  has yet to post a profit.

Meanwhile, the United States says it will slap tougher tariffs on Chinese aluminium alloy after an investigation into the trade. The US Commerce Department said the metal was being sold below cost, or with government subsidies, making it impossible for US producers to compete. Beijing has expressed strong dissatisfaction saying they would pursue their legal rights.


Formula 1 - Pre-season testing has been seriously hampered today after heavy snow hit the Circuit de Catalunya this morning. By mid-afternoon, just four cars had been able to test, with calls from some teams to move pre-season testing to Bahrain, not only because of more consistent winter weather, but its also half way to Australia where the teams head for the first race of the season.

Rugby - Neither Scotland nor England will face disciplinary action after their players allegedly clashed in the tunnel before Saturday's Six Nations match at Murrayfield. Organisers said there was some evidence of pushing and shoving in the tunnel, but no clear evidence of violent conduct or similar against any individual player.

Football - Arsene Wenger says keeping his job as Arsenal boss is his last worry after losing six of their twelve games so far this year. There are increasing calls for Wenger to go, with the team running 27 points behind in the Premiere League, which could get worse tonight, after they face leaders Manchester City.

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