Evening Update 5 January

An aircraft had to return to Nice Cote d’Azur airport shortly after take-off earlier today when it developed technical problems. The Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt had only been airborne for a few minutes after take off at 7.30 this morning when, according to a witness speaking to local media, a noise was heard and a flame was seen from the engine.  The aircraft returned to the airport and all 136 passengers disembarked safely. 

A body has been discovered behind the Azur Arena in Antibes. A group of hunters made the discovery yesterday.  Reports say that initial investigations are centred around the theory that it could be a homeless person who committed suicide several months ago.

Local media has confirmed that the family which died following a collision with a tanker truck on the A21 in the north of Italy on Tuesday were from Saint-Vallier de Thiey in the Alpes Maritimes. The couple, their two children and uncle were on holiday in the region at the time on the accident.  

An attempted robbery has taken place at Nice-Etoile shopping center. A man reportedly entered a jewelry store located on the ground floor shortly after 3pm yesterday revealing a handgun hidden underneath his jumper. He was stopped by security staff.


In Paris, a member of the river police is missing after an exercise on the river Seine this morning. The officer apparently failed to re-group with his colleagues during the exercise. A helicopter and a drone were deployed by authorities to search for the police officer but so far without success. 



US job growth slowed down more than expected in December. Non-farm payrolls rose by 148,000, far lower than the revised figure of 252,000 in November. The US retail sector lost 20,300 jobs. The December unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1%.

The EU statistics body, Eurostat, has released preliminary inflation data for the Eurozone. The inflation rate fell slightly to 1.4% from 1.5% in November.  The European Central Bank's target rate for inflation is close to, but below, 2%.




FOOTBALL… Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been given a three-match touchline ban and fined £40,000 for his behaviour in the referee's changing room after Arsenal’s match against West Brom at the weekend.
A Football Association statement said that he admitted "his language and behaviour was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee". And in local football news, reports say that Wesley Sneijder is leaving OGC Nice to go to a club in Quatar.  He’s been with Nice since last summer and formerly played for Dutch club Ajax.

CRICKET…At the end of the second day of the fifth test in Sydney, Australia were on 193 for the loss of two wickets, after 67 overs.  That puts the hosts within 153 runs of England's 346 all out with eight first-innings wickets still remaining for Australia.

GOLF…  Marc Leishman leads by one shot after the opening round of the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.   He finished on six under. Dustin Johnson was on a four-under 69 - two shots back. World number two Jordan Spieth is eight shots back after a 75.

RUGBY UNION… Glasgow prop Zander Fagerson is set to miss the opening rounds of Scotland's Six Nations Championship after being ruled out for around eight weeks.  He injured a foot in training yesterday. Hooker Fraser Brown will see a specialist after suffering a series of head injuries this season.


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