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Evening Update 30 Jan

Drugs - Police have made another large drugs find, in the La Turbie area, when 20kg of herbal cannabis and 25kg of resin, worth €85,000, were found in a motorhome stopped on the A8. Three Spanish nationals, who were travelling from Granada to Italy, were arrested at the scene.

Property - The price of property is on the increase on the Cote d’Azur, with new figures from the National Federation of Realtors today, showing property values are up 4% in Nice, and 2.9% in Antibes. That equates to a value of around €4,400 per square metre.

Climb - 86 pebbles from Nice are to be brought to the top of the Himilayan Mountains, in a new expedition announced today. It will see 20 climbers, including three with disabilities, climb the highest mountains in the world, to pay tribute to those who died in the July 14th attacks.

CSI - Police on the Cote d’Azur have being displaying a new crime scene laser scanner, like those seen in the TV show CSI. There are only three of them, in all of France, and each can take 960,000 measurements a second, greatly enhancing police investigations and evidence for court.

Baywatch - Actress Pamela Anderson is making the South of France her permanent home by moving to Marseilles. The former playmate and Baywatch star, turned animal rights campaigner, is moving in with her partner Adil Rami, a former French international footballer, who now plays for Olympique de Marseille.

Nutella 2 - Intermarche has caused another stir in the supermarket aisles. Last week, there were international headlines after near riots, when the supermarket offered jars of Nutella at 70% off. This week, there are similar scenes, with customers battling to secure discounted nappies, down from €23 to €7 a pack.

BUSINESS

The French economy has notched up its fastest growth in 10 years, by expanding by 1.9% last year. The national statistics agency, INSEE, said today that the figures represented a marked pick-up from 2016, when gross domestic product grew by 1.1%. The French economy performed particularly strongly, in the fourth quarter of last year, when GDP expanded by 0.6%. Similar results have been seen across the Eurozone, where the overall economy of the 19 nation block, grew by 2.5%.

The US Department of Justice has made eight charges of spoofing the ‘futures markets’. UBS, HSBC and Deutsche Bank are to pay a total of $46.6m to settle the charges. Spoofing refers to submitting, then cancelling, orders on futures contracts, to manipulate the quoted price.

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Football - The UK Premiere League has broken its January transfer record, with the confirmation that of a £57m for Manchester City to buy French player Aymeric Laporte. The centre-back has played 19 times for France at Under-21 level but has yet to win a full cap. His signing means transfer spending in January has now topped £252m.

UEFA have announced that England's first away game in the Nations League against Croatia is to be played behind closed doors. The ban on fans is part of Croatia's punishment, after a swastika was marked on their pitch before a Euro 2016 home qualifier, against Italy.

Rugby - Worcester wing Josh Adams will make his Wales debut in Saturday's Six Nations opener against Scotland. Adams, who has scored 13 tries for the Warriors this season, will join six Scarlets players in the backline at the Principality Stadium clash.

France's teen sensation Matthieu Jalibert, has hailed England's Owen Farrell, as the greatest influence on his playing style. The Bordeaux Begles fly-half has been catapulted into the France squad, and could make his debut in France’s Six Nations match against Ireland at Stade de France on Saturday.

Winter Olympics - We’re seeing a repeat of the movie Cool Runnings, where Jamaica are to enter female bobsleigh team for the first time. They’ll be competing against another unusual bobsleigh team, this time from Nigeria.  

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