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Evening Update Friday 28th April 2017

Rape -A high profile psychoanalyst from the University of Nice has been indicted for the rape of a minor between 2011 and 2013. He’s also been accused of practicing medicine without a licence. Patrick A.moy.el, is known as the ‘jihadist shrink’, because of his help and training for people battling radicalization in their family. The charges are not related to his work.

Ban - The Interior Ministry is proposing a ban on Waze, Coyote and even Tom-Tom ‘in-car devices’ that allow drivers to identify the location of nearby police cars or radar checks. The Ministry say reporting of police positions is an additional difficulty for law enforcement and the proposed measure is a counter-terrorism move.

Election - People who need to travel a distance to vote in next weeks presidential election are being offered a free return trip to do so by Flixbus. It’s part of their campaign to encourage everyone to use their vote. For more, search Flixbus Je Vote.

BUSINESS

Inflation in the eurozone accelerated in April with initial estimates from Eurostat showoing inflation at 1.9%. That’s up from 1.5% in March and perfectly on target for the ECB aim of below, but close to, 2%. Yesterday, ECB head Mario Draghi said the eurozone's economic recovery was "increasingly solid" but inflation was not high enough to lift interest rates. Accordingly, the ECB has kept its main interest rate on hold at zero and left its bond-buying stimulus scheme unchanged.

The United States economy has slowed dramatically in the first three months of the year. GDP expanded at 0.7%, which was a sharp slowdown from the 2.1% growth rate in the final three months of last year. The US Bureau of Economic Analysis says lower levels of government spending and private investment are behind the drop.

Google and Facebook have been scammed to the tune of US$100m by a Lithuanian man who sent fake emails to employees of the tech giants.  Using fake emails and invoices, he convinced the workers, who regularly conducted multimillion-dollar transactions, to transfer large sums of money to an Asian company, which was in fact his own personal bank account. Google and Facebook both say they have recovered funds, but declined to say exactly how much was recovered.

SPORT

Rugby - Toulon play Bordeaux tomorrow in a game they must win to stay in the top four. However, they have not won an away match in over six months so the stakes are high. François Trinh-Duc is expected to lead the game, with  Drew Mitchell playing on the left wing in place of injured Brian Habana. James O'Connor will also be replaced.

Formula 1 - Sebastian Vettel led a ‘Ferrari One-Two’ in second practice at the Russian Grand Prix as the title rivals Mercedes appeared to struggle for pace. The four-time champion was 0.263 seconds clear of team-mate Kimi Raik.konen while Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas was 0.670 secs off the pace. Lewis Hamilton, seven points behind Vettel, was fourth quickest.

Football - A top FIFA official involved in multiple schemes to accept and pay bribes to soccer officials has admitted taking almost a million dollars in bribes. Richard Lai sits on FIFA's audit and compliance committee as well as the ethics committee of the Asian Football Confederation. He has been suspended.

2,000 security officers will be on duty for Tuesdays Madrid Derby as Real Madrid play their first semi-final leg against neighbours Atletico. City officials have classified the game as high risk, especially in light of the recent attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus.

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