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Evening Update 30 May

Jeweller - The trial continues of the jeweller from Nice accused of killing a 19 year-old during a violent robbery of his store on Rue d’Angleterre five years ago. Experts today confirmed the youth died from one of three gunshots to the back as he made his escape. The case has caused controversy with over 1.5 million people expressing support for the jeweller via a special Facebook page. The case continues until Friday.

Also in court today, a man has received eight months detention for being caught with an arsenal of weapons, including chain bolts, a telescopic baton, an American fist and a tear gas bomb. The man, who is well known to police, was arrested with the items while out of a walk with his mother on the Promenade des Anglais.

Shooting - Police continue to search for the killers who shot a man dead in Menton last night. The victim, a man in his thirties, was approached by two men at the entrance to his apartment shortly after 8.30pm. Police believe the shooting is part of a drug trafficking dispute.

Antibes - People in Antibes are surprised and curious about a massive ‘near ten metre tall’ column of colored stones, concrete and metal which appeared on the city walls today. The column is in fact a work of art called ‘Colonne a la Mer’ and was designed to commemorate the bicentennial of the French Revolution. It has lent by the City of Paris to the Picasso Museum in Antibes.

Monaco - Digital advertising has arrived at Monaco train station with the installation of 40 screens in the stations pedestrian access tunnels. It follows a call for tenders by the town hall, which awarded the five year contract to a small local family company.

Weather - Unusual weather conditions continue across France with 39 regions nationwide under an orange weather alert from Météo France for thunderstorms today. So far this month, there have been 157,000 lightning strikes nationwide, Toulouse had a cooler month in May than Oslo, and on the Cote d’Azur, we’ve had more rain so far this year, than we had in all of last year.

BUSINESS

Italy has offered its highest returns in four years to sell government debt. Amid political uncertainty in the country, investors are demanding a higher return to take on Italian debt and the yield on 10-year government bonds rose to 3%, the highest level since 2014. However, there was healthy demand for the bonds and the Italian government raised €5.57bn.

The Airbus A350 has been chosen to serve Singapore Airlines new super long haul service to New York, which is the longest non-stop commercial flight in the world at 19 hours duration. Unusually, the  aircraft will not have any economy or first class sections, the airline instead opting for 67 business and 94 premium economy seats.

SPORT

Tennis
At the French Open, Novak Djokovic has secured his place in the third round with a hard-fought 7-6 6-4 6-4 win over young Spanish qualifier Jaume Munar. Djokovic has struggled to rediscover his best form following a return to the court in January, where so far this year, he has twice lost to players ranked outside the world's top 100.

The women’s world number one Simona Halep began her bid for her first Grand Slam title with a rain-delayed first-round match against American Alison Riske where she won 2-6 6-1 6-1.

Meanwhile, Serena Williams who raised eyebrows by playing tennis in a black catsuit against Kristyna Pliskova said the suit made her feel like a superhero. The player, who is returning after giving birth last September, admitted to being a little distracted as she wanted to get home to see her daughter Olympia.

Football
Lionel Messi said Argentina will "go to Russia with hope" after he scored a hat-trick in their 4-0 World Cup warm-up win over Haiti. Argentina now fly to Barcelona to prepare for World Cup group matches against Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

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