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Evening Update 31 May

Court - At the controversial ‘Jeweller from Nice’ court case, the Advocat General has requested a five year suspended sentence for 72 year-old Stephan Turk. Monsieur Turk is accused of the ‘wilful homicide’ of a 19 year-old youth, during a violent robbery of his store in Nice five years ago, by shooting the young man as he made his escape with over 100,000 euro worth of jewels. Today, the Advocat General said it was plain this was not a cold-blooded murder but she hoped a symbolic sentence would bring peace to the case. The court is expected to pass judgement tomorrow.

Court - An Amnesty observer on the border with Italy, 73 year-old Martine Landry, has slammed attempts to convict her for helping migrants cross into France. She denies walking them across the border but does admit to offering assistance once they arrived. Madame Landry claims there is a policy to intimidate anyone who assists migrants in any way and has called for the abolition of ‘solidarity’ as an offence. The court will pronounce its judgement in July.

Doggy - A new law in France will soon require restaurants to provide ‘doggy bags’ for customers who wish to take the remains of a meal home with them. Passed by the National Assembly this week, the law comes into effect in 2021.

BUSINESS

Google and Orange have announced a partnership to invest in start-ups in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Orange said its 350 million euro venture capital fund, was seeking opportunities in industries like cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and financial technology. This is the first time that Google has signed such an agreement, not only with a corporate, but a venture fund.

In Monaco, Thomas Brezzo has been appointed to work on draft laws to strengthen the fight against money laundering, the financing of terrorism and corruption. The purpose of the bill is to bring Monaco law in line with international law, while leaving flexibility for those working in Monaco’s financial sector.

SPORT

Tennis
Niçoise Fiona Ferro has been knocked out of the French Open by third seed Garbine Mug.ur.uza. However, Fiona did not go down easily, with the Spaniard taking a full 90 minutes to beat her 6-4 6-3. Despite the defeat, it was still a great moment for the 21 year-old Azureenne who is just starting on her Grand Slam career.

France’s Lucas Pouille has beaten Britain’s number three Cameron Norrie when their match resumed this morning. It was also a bad day for British number two Heather Watson who was also knocked out in round two. However, British number one Kyle Edmund has moved into the third round, to face Italy's Fabio Fognini, a clay-court specialist who has beaten 16-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal twice on his favoured surface.

 

Football
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has quit! He told a press conference today the team needs a change, a different voice, and another methodology. His departure comes as a shock, just five days after leading Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League triumph over Liverpool. During his time with the club, Zidane won 70% of their games and nine major trophies.

Didier Deschamps and the French team have arrived in Nice for the last of their pre World Cup friendlies against Italy. The team, staying at the Radisson Blu, take their first practice session at Allianz Riviera stadium at six this evening. The match itself kicks off tomorrow night at nine.

Chelsea's Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has put building the club's new stadium on hold because of delays in issuing him a new UK visa. The redeveloped Stamford Bridge will be Europe's most expensive stadium at £1bn. However Abramovich says he is unwilling to invest in a major project, in a country where he is not allowed to work.

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