Evening Update Tue 27 June 2017

Attack - Parisian judges, investigating the July 14th attack, are in Nice today to present their findings so far to families of victims. The meeting, to be held on Valrose campus, is not open to the public or the media.

Tourism - A new tourism survey shows half of the Top 10 holiday destinations for French people, are in the PACA region. 4.5 million French people are planning to holiday in Cannes, St. Tropez, Nice, Marseille and Aix-en-Provence between now and the end of August. The region is also expecting tourist numbers from elsewhere in Europe to be up almost 10% on last year, with the four most popular visitors coming from Germany, Britian, Belgium and Italy. Tourism in the PACA region generates €18bn annually in holiday revenues.

Shop - The launch of the massive Open Sky shopping centre in Valbonne has been postponed for two to three years. The Council of Sophia Antipolis has decided unanimously to suspend the works at the proposed location to allow for integration of a future train station.

The Voice - TF1 have announced that the planned concert tour to support The Voice TV talent show has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. It comes as a blow to the winner Lisandro, who is from Cannes, and was looking forward to performing in her home town.


Google has been fined €2.42bn by the European Commission for ‘abuse of power’ by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results. The ruling also orders Google to end its anti-competitive practices within 90 days or face a further penalty of €14m a day. The US firm said it may appeal.

The Bank of England has forced banks to find a further £11.4bn in the next 18 months, to beef up their finances against the risk of bad loans. The Bank's Financial Policy Committee has suggested lenders had become complacent about their lending.


Football - Manchester United are prepared to offer up to £40m to sign Roma and Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan.

Lyon's president has confirmed that Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette still wants to leave the club, but insisted the 26-year-old France forward will not be sold until a suitable replacement is found.

Burnley have made a £3m bid for Stoke and Republic of Ireland forward Jon Walters, who is thought to be frustrated by his lack of playing time.

Formula 1 - Monaco’s Eddie Jordan has said that Sebastian Vettel's swerve into Lewis Hamilton at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was like an instant red card offence in football. However, the former Formula 1 team owner said, he is unsure whether the Ferrari driver should face more action.

Rugby - In New Zealand, Iain Henderson's yellow card proved costly as the Hurricanes clawed back a 14-point deficit to draw 31-31 with the British and Irish Lions in Wellington. The lock was sin-binned after 65 minutes for a dangerous clear-out on Jordie Barrett. The Lions will be back at the Westpac Stadium on Saturday morning, for their second Test against New Zealand.

Tennis - As rain suspended play at the Wimbledon Qualifiers, elsewhere, world number one Andy Murray has pulled out of his first exhibition match against France's Lucas Pouille at Hurlingham Club with a sore hip. Murray is still expected to play on Friday before he begins defending his Wimbledon title on July 3rd.

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