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Evening Update 28 Mar

Funeral - The funeral has taken place in Paris of the police officer, who died in Fridays supermarket shootings near Carcassonne. His eulogy was given by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, who described him as a symbol of the French spirit of resistance. The President also said, that while the name of his murderer is already being forgotten, the name of Arnaud Beltrame will always represent French heroism. Before the state funeral, police stations across the country, paused for a minutes silence at eight this morning.

Parking - Brand new parking meters are being installed across Nice over the next three months, as the city upgrades all of its 700 parking meters. The new system will accept coin and contactless card payments. In addition drivers will have to enter their registration number, as part of the payment process, making it difficult to avoid the two hour fifteen minute restriction on parking in any one place.

School - Teachers at the Maurice-Jaubert College in Ariane have staged a walk-out today, after security teams failed to operate at the schools entrance this morning. The teachers are concerned, after a pupil pulled a gun during Spanish class yesterday. The pupil is being dealt with by police.

Film - Swiss film director Ursula Meier has been announced as the chair of the Camera d’Or jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The jury is responsible for choosing the best film in each category of the Festivals movies.

BUSINESS

Amazon has lost nearly $40 billion in value, after reports President Donald Trump wants to tackle the company's tax treatment. Trump has blasted Amazon on social media, saying the e-commerce company is hurting the retail industry and causing U.S. job losses. Insiders say Trump has become obsessed with Amazon and is determined to clip the wings of founder and billionaire, Jeff Bezos.

Japan's largest drugs firm, has said it’s considering a possible offer for the Shire company in the UK, sending shares in the pharmaceutical company up as much as 25% in morning trading. Shire was incorporated in Jersey in 1986, by a small group of entrepreneurs. The company is headquartered in Dublin but most of its 24,000 employees are in the States.

Google has announced it will pay £50 million in tax in the UK this year. Although it is Google’s highest ever UK tax bill, it’s based on a turnover over of almost six billion pounds, with a large percentage of its profits being repatriated to the United States or its European headquarters in Dublin.

SPORTS

Football - The Minister for Sport, has asked for an investigation to be called, into alleged racist abuse, directed at French players during last night’s 3-1 win over Russia. Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Barcelona's Ousmane Dem.bele are said to be among the players subject to taunts from the crowd. The fans were reported by news photographers, who said they heard the chants, when players went to take corners. In the game itself Kylian Mbappe, on loan from AS Monaco, to PSG and the national team, scored twice in a game where the French visitors dominated the Russian team.

Rugby - Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been cleared of rape. The jury of eight men and three women, at the court case in Northern Ireland, deliberated for three hours and 45 minutes before delivering their unanimous verdicts.

Golf - Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will compete at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, his first appearance on European soil in 2018. The world No 7, won the event four years ago, but missed last year's tournament due to the rib-joint injury that hampered him throughout the season.

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