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Evening Update 28 Sept

Body - The body of a man in his forties has been discovered floating in a river at Frejus. The body was found by workmen installing a floating bridge in the area this morning. Police are investigating.

Minister - The French Minister of the Interior, Gérard Collomb, is to visit Nice tomorrow as part of the ‘Euro-Mediterranean Conference’ on the prevention of radicalization. Monsieur Collomb will also lay a wreath in front of the monument commemorating the Nice attack of July 14th.

Pensioners - Pensioners have taken to the streets of Nice and Toulon today to protest the rise of in general social contribution tax, CSG, which was announced in the budget yesterday. They’re protesting as the CSG contribution, which covers unemployment benefit, is of no value to them, yet they have to pay a tax increase. In the Alpes-Maritimes and in the Var, over 65 year olds account for almost a quarter of the population.

Playboy - Riviera resident Pamela Anderson has led worldwide tributes to Hugh Hefner who died today. Over the years, Hefner brought his millionaire playboy lifestyle to the Cote d’Azur, including a famed visit of the Playboy bunnies to the palace in Monaco, and from the early days, a legendary party in Cannes for Cary Grant, Brigitte Bardot and Kim Novak, that is still talked about today. In her tearful tribute, Anderson described Hefner as a gentleman, charming, elegant, chivalrous and so much fun. Mr Hefner will be buried in Los Angles, next to the plot of his first Playboy magazine cover girl, Marilyn Monroe.

BUSINESS

The US economy grew even faster in the second quarter than previously thought. New figures from the US Commerce Department show growth of 3.1% over the three months to June, up from a previous estimate of 3%. Higher consumer spending, and state expenditure, helped boost the figure. The US economy is now growing at its fastest rate in two years.

In France, small businesses are driving an increase in employment across the Riviera. New figures today show companies here, with under 20 employees, were the most active taking on new CDI staff, with an increase of 13% on new hires over July figures.

A software issue has caused delays at several airports including Gatwick, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Melbourne. The stoppage is blamed on a passenger management system called Amadeus, who have a product development centre in Sophia Antipolis. Amadeus said they have identified a network issue causing the problem and that services are being restored.

SPORT

Cricket - England all-rounder Ben Stokes, has been suspended after his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. Video footage has emerged showing the 26-year-old in a fight near a Bristol nightclub, which led to the arrest. The English Cricket Board said that Alex Hales, who was with Stokes on the night, will also not be considered for selection for England matches until further notice.

Football - After their 3-Nil defeat by Paris St-Germain, Bayern Munich have sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti. Munich’s CEO said the performance of the team, since the start of the season, has not met the expectations put on them. Bayern’s assistant manager will take temporary charge.

Formula 1 - Lewis Hamilton says he expects title rival Sebastian Vettel to come back fighting, after crashing out of the last race in Singapore. He said the greats generally bounce back, so he has to anticipate Vittel will bounce back even stronger. After winning the race in Singapore, Hamilton moved 28 points clear, with six races to go, and 150 points available.

Tennis - Former world number one Karolina Pliskova, is out of the Wuhan Open in China, after a shock quarter-final defeat by Australia's Ashleigh Barty. The Czech third seed lost 4-6 7-6 7-6

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