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Evening Update Monday 05 June 2017

Murder - The man accused of murdering his 29 year old partner at La Trinité on Thursday, has surrendered himself to police at Nice Airport. After the murder, he fled to Tunisia via Italy, but phoned police to announce his return on Saturday night. He has been arrested and charged with strangling his partner in front of her children aged five and six.

Fire - Police are investigating the cause of a fire at a penthouse apartment in Juan-les-Pins last night. The apartment on Boulevard Raymond-Poincaré was totally destroyed in the blaze which led to 14 people being evacuated and two elderly people being taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Defamation - The policewoman who claimed she was pressured into reporting a police presence on Nice Promenade, on the night of the July 14th attack, is to go on trial this week for defamation. The case was filed by Bernard Cazeneuve, who was the Minister of the Interior at the time and the National Police Administration. The accused, Sandra Bertin, says the attackers truck mounted on the footpath with no police presence, while the national police report insists he did so to avoid a barrage of national police. Madame Bertin says she refused to be pressured into reporting something she did not see and that this case is an abuse of authority.

BUSINESS

Eurozone growth remains at its fastest pace for six years, according to a survey of the PMI Purchasing Managers Index. The Index says growth is being driven by the Eurozone’s two big nations, Germany and France, with manufacturing the main driver behind German growth, while services supported France. The report also says last month’s figures add to evidence that single currency-nations are enjoying a strong second quarter.

Eurozone growth remains at its fastest pace for six years, according to a survey of the PMI Purchasing Managers Index. The Index says growth is being driven by the Eurozone’s two big nations, Germany and France, with manufacturing the main driver behind German growth, while services supported France. The report also says last month’s figures add to evidence that single currency-nations are enjoying a strong second quarter.

SPORT

Tennis
Britain's Andy Murray is through to the quarter finals of the French Open in his bid to become the first British person to win the Open since Fred Perry in 1935. In the ladies tournament, third seed Simona Halep has also reached the quarter-finals and is set to face fifth seed Elina Svit.olina for a place in the semis. This afternoons big game was between third seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland and France's Gael Monfis with the Swiss taking the game in straight sets.

Water Bike - The first Riviera Water Bike Challenge has been won by Mrs Mora’s team, led by Olympic Gold Medalist Rake Neethling and South Africa’s most capped rugby star Percy Montgomery. The race, organised in aid of the Princess Charlène Foundation, started in Nice yesterday with up to 50 participants cycling 21km on water to Monaco.

Rugby - Despite putting everything into it, Toulon have lost the Top 14 final to Clermont, 22-16, leaving Toulon once again the bridesmaid but not the bride.