Evening Update Thursday 27th April 2017

Migrants - A 28 year-old French man, in front of the Italian Court for aiding migrants, has been acquitted this afternoon. Félix Croft was arrested in Ventimiglia last July with a family of Sudanese migrants including two children and pregnant mother. The dismissal of his charge of ‘assisting illegal immigration’ was greeted by applause from dozens of activists came to support him.

Suicide - Police believe suicide is behind the discovery the bodies of a father and his 10 year-old son found in the village of Mornas, near Orange in Vaulcuse. The 46 year-old father had been going through a bitter divorce battle with the mother of the child.

Prison - A man accused of raping a 14 year-old girl, who had run away from home, has been sentenced to 8 years in prison by the Assize Court. As the 25 year-old man has no papers, and has refused to give his identity, he will also be permanently excluded from France after his sentence.

McDonalds - Police have yet to comment on an explosion at McDonalds in Grenoble this morning. It’s reported a large device was spotted in a toilet and exploded causing serious damage to the first floor. Nobody was injured and the French bomb squad are conducting an enquiry.


The European Central Bank has said the Eurozone's economic recovery is increasingly solid, but inflation in the 19-nation bloc is still not high enough to raise interest rates. As a result the ECB has kept its main interest rate on hold at zero for another month, and decided not to change its bond-buying stimulus scheme, which is already being trimmed to 60bn euros a month.

Unemployment in the Alpes Maritimes has increased by three percentage points. The number of non-active job seekers known as ‘Category A’ also increased by three percentage points in March 2017, and by 2.4% over a full year.

Airbus has posted quarterly figures showing a 52% fall in net profits to 240m euros. However, total revenues for the three-month period rose 7% to 13bn, with Airbus predicting it was on track to deliver more than 700 commercial aircraft during 2017 with a strong order book of over 6,700 commercial aircraft.


Football - Former Newcastle winger Sylvain Marveaux is one of four people arrested in a tax fraud investigation by the UK Revenue. French authorities say secret payments made to players and agents during deals between French and Premier League clubs are the focus of the probe. Marveaux joined Newcastle in 2011 but returned to France to join Lorient last year.

After a disastrous 5-0 loss to Paris St Germain in the Coupe de la League semi-final last night, AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has news to soften the blow today;  he’s been shortlisted as one of four for the ‘Best Coach in League 1 Award’. However, among the other names, is arch-rival OGC Nice coach Lucien Favré.

Tennis - Maria Sharapova returned to tennis playing in the Stuttgart Open yesterday. However, her return has not been welcomed by the 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard, who said Sharapova is a cheater and she doesn’t think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play again, as it sends out the wrong message.

Rugby - New Zealand flanker Jerome is likely to be fit for the British and Irish Lions tour in June despite a knee injury. The 34-year-old will have surgery on a tear he sustained for Auckland Blues two weeks ago.

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