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Evening Update 31 October

Deaths - The bodies of five people, believed to be a couple and their three children, were found on a pig farm in north-eastern France this morning. All five were killed by gun shots. Investigators say they believe this may be a family tragedy, but so far, no suicide note has been found.

Hospital - Parents of a 20-month-old baby, being treated for a brain tumour, have filed a complaint with the Timone Hospital in Marseille. They say the child was given more than six times the prescribed dose of De.pa.kene last Friday, when the infant was admitted to the hospital.

Theft - A man has been arrested for falsely reporting the theft of his own car. The man, who had been driving without a license or insurance, decided to burn the vehicle himself, before reporting it stolen to the police in Digne-les-Bains.

Marathon - SNCF has announced a special rail pass for this Sunday’s Nice to Cannes Marathon. The pass, costing €6, will allow family and friends following runners, to hop on and off train services to follow the race. The pass is also available to runners for getting to and from the course. Full details are available online at; ter.sncf.com

Book - Nicoise author Véronique Olmi has been nominated for the prestigious Prix Goncourt.  Her book called ‘Bakhita’, which has sold almost 50,000 copies, is the story of a small Sudanese slave from the nineteenth century who was proclaimed a saint in the year 2000.

BUSINESS

The French economy has clocked up solid growth during the third quarter. INSEE say that GDP expanded by 0.5% in the three months to September, making this the fifth quarter in a row, that the French economy has grown. Business surveys have shown there is a new sense of optimism in the economy, since the election of Emmanuel Macron, and the labour reforms his government have been pushing through.

Growth also continues across the entire Eurozone, with Eurostat reporting today a 0.6% increase in the last quarter, and for the past twelve months, a 2.5% increase, the fastest in ten years. Unemployment numbers are also falling as the economy improves, with 8.9% of people out of work across the EU, the lowest rate in nearly nine years.

The Bank of England has asked banks, and financial institutions, to provide it with contingency plans in the event of Britain trading under World Trade Organization rules, better known as ‘hard Brexit’. The bank believes up to 75,000 jobs could be lost in financial services, following Britain's departure from the European Union.

SPORT

Tennis - British number three Kyle Edmund saved a match point, to defeat his Russian opponent 5-7 7-6 6-3 this afternoon, to reach the second round of the Paris Masters.

Meanwhile, fans who want to see the world’s best, play at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, can snap up some bargain tickets and passes, which have gone on sale today. The contest in Monaco is the first major tournament of the European season, and attracts over 135,000 spectators each April.

Football - Tottenham are confident striker Harry Kane will be fit to face Real Madrid in tomorrow’s Champions League match at Wembley. So far this season, Kane has scored 13 goals in 12 games for Spurs, but missed Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Manchester United due to a hamstring problem.  

Formula 1 - Despite already winning the Drivers Championship in Mexico, Lewis Hamilton says he wants to be even better next year. He said there is always someone waiting to take his title, and Max Verstappen is just sitting there waiting. That’s his motivation to raise his game and stay ahead.

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