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Evening Update 29 Jan

Murder - The husband of 29 year-old jogger Alexia Daval, whose burnt-out body was found in a forest last October, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Police believe Jonathann Daval strangled his wife during a domestic dispute, then disposed of the body during the night, before calling police to report her missing the following morning.   

Cannes - A former Mayor of Cannes, who was due to appear in court today on charges of tax evasion, has had his case postponed until a later date. Bernard Brochand, who was Mayor from 2001 to 2014, is accused of not declaring a Swiss bank account containing over a million euro. M Brochand has insisted it was an administrative oversight.

Schools - The Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has been criticised for putting unarmed municipal police into schools across the city. Teachers and members of the police force, are concerned that their presence would be a privileged target and actually increase the security risk. Since the attack of July 14th, Nice has introduced CCTV cameras into schools in addition to intruder alarms, alerts and access badges.

Dolphins - Marineland in Antibes has welcomed the overturning of a rule, preventing the reproduction of dolphins and orcas, held in captivity in France. The Council of State said the decree, which was adopted by the previous government, did not comply with the procedural requirements and limitations prescribed by law. Marineland said the decision will allow them to continue their mission to inform and educate the public about the conservation of the species.

Canon - Residents in Nice were surprised to hear the traditional midday cannon being fired at 11.15 this morning. The early firing of the canon was due to a memorial ceremony, marking the 90th anniversary at the Monument to the Dead at the port in Nice. The 32 metre high monument, was first installed in 1928, and contains the names of over 4,000 men and women from Nice, who gave their lives in wars over the centuries.

BUSINESS

A financial windfall is due to boost the coffers of the PACA region, as AirBnB announce they have paid 13.5 million euro, in taxe de séjour, for rentals in France throughout 2017. The payment includes €860,000 for rentals in the city of Nice, €342,000 to Cannes, and €242,000 for Antibes, in addition to €550,000 for several ski resorts in the Alps. AirBnB say that this year, their automated taxe de séjour collections, will cover 15,000 rental locations across France.

The new CEO at EasyJet, Mr Johan Lundgren, has reduced his salary by £34,000 to match that of his predecessor Ms Carolyn McCall. He said the move was to demonstrate his personal, and Easyjet’s, commitment equal pay for women and men.

SPORT

Football - At AS Monaco, Italian league player Pietro Pellegri has arrived from Genoa for a medical and to complete is transfer to the principality side for a reported €25 million. Although only 16-years-old, Pellegri already has eight Serie A appearances and three goals under his belt. He had also been in negotiations with Juventus. Meanwhile, Monaco has reportedly agreed to sell Guido Carrillo, the 26-year-old Argentinean to English side Southampton for €21.6 million. Carillo scored five goals in 22 appearances for Monaco this season.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the club will help I.bra.himovic leave if he wants. He said that if the Swedish striker really wanted to move to LA Galaxy he is there to help.

Frenchman and Athletic Bilbao defender, Aymeric Laporte, is travelling to England today to complete his £57m move to Manchester City. Laporte has played 19 times for France at Under-21 level, but is yet to win a full cap.

Formula 1 - Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso said he was a little scared, when he suffered two brake failures at close to 200mph, on his debut at the Daytona 24 Hours, but that his first taste of endurance racing was a great experience. Alonso is tipped to compete in the classic Le Mans 24 Hour race with Toyota this year, in addition to his Formula 1 commitments with McLaren.

Winter Olympics - The ban on Russia atheletes competing has been upheld by the International Paralympic Committee. However, para-athletes, who can prove they are clean, will be allowed to compete as neutrals. Russia was banned from all Olympic and Paralympic competition after details were confirmed of state-sponsored doping.

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