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Evening Update 29 Sept

Declaration - Sixty mayors from major cities around Europe, gathered in Nice today, to sign the landmark Nice Declaration. Led by Christian Estrosi, as a direct response to the recent Barcelona attack, all sixty mayors have agreed to fight tooth and nail against terrorism, not only by securing urban spaces, but also through preventative political, social and educational action. Their efforts are expected to be supported by a €100 million euro fund from the EU.

The French ‘Minister of the Interior’, Gérard Collomb, also attended today, announcing an increase in the numbers of police for Nice and laying a wreath in front of the monument commemorating the Nice attack of July 14th.

Death - More details have been released about the body found floating in the river at Frejus yesterday. The victim was a local 64 year-old man suffering from mental health issues. It’s believed he committed suicide.

Roads - More trouble is expected on French roads, as truck driver unions stormed out of negotiations with the Transport Ministry last night. This week they had been organising go-slows on motorways and blocking petrol depots, in a protest against the new labour reforms. However at last night’s meeting, they found out some of the reforms were actually worse than they thought. The drivers are promising more protests in the near future.

Gala - Prince Albert of Monaco was joined by Leonardo DiCaprio in Monaco last night, for the first ever Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean. There were performances from Nelly Furtado and Robin Thicke, with many VIP’s and celebrities in attendance. Each guest had given 8,000 euros to attend the evening, and all funds raised will be dedicated to projects for the protection of the world’s oceans.

BUSINESS

Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating scandal, will cost the company an extra €2.5bn, because engines are proving more complex and time consuming to fix. Two years after the problems first emerged, Volkswagen is still struggling to put the crisis behind it, with the total bill for the scandal expected to top €25bn. Shares in the German carmaker initially fell sharply on the news.

The Governor of the Bank of England has said UK interest rates could rise in the relatively near term, in the clearest indication yet, that there could be a rate rise as early as November. The Governor suggested that it was time for the bank to ‘ease its foot off the accelerator’ at it’s next monetary policy meeting on November 2nd.

SPORTS

Football - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says midfielder Paul Pogba's hamstring injury, is going to keep him out for the ‘long term’. The France playmaker limped off at Manchester’s Champions League win over Basel, and he has missed four games at Old Trafford. It was initially thought Pogba would be out for between a month and six weeks, but this looks likely to be severely extended.

OGC Nice continued their road to success in the European Cup, after beating Dutch team Vitesse 3-0 at home last night, to keep them top of their group. They next face Lazio Rome at the end of October.

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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel set the pace in second practice at the last ever Malaysian Grand Prix today, as title rival Lewis Hamilton struggled in his Mercedes. Vettel headed team-mate Kimi Raikkonen by 0.604 seconds, with ‘Red Bulls’, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen third and fourth. Hamilton who’s 28 points ahead of Vettel, was severely behind today, a full 1.416 seconds off the pace. Qualifying is at 11am tomorrow with the race at 9am on Sunday morning.

Racing - Enable has been officially added to the field for Sunday’s Prix ‘de l’Arc de Triomphe’ race. She’ll be ridden by Frankie Dettori, as he bids to win the race for a record fifth time. The number of possible runners is now at 20, for Europe’s richest horse race, with prize money totalling five million euros.

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