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Evening Update Tuesday 9th May 2017

Estrosi - Following Christian Estrosi’s surprise resignation this morning, the vice-president of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region, Renaud Muselier, has been announced as his successor. M Muselier from Marseilles, is an MEP with a long track record in local politics and at a national level where he served as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs under Jacques ChiracChristian Estrosi announced his resignation this morning, saying he would like to return to being the Mayor of Nice, a role he served in from March 2008 to June 2016. Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Manuel Valls says he wants to run in the coming parliamentary elections as a candidate for Emmanuel Macron’s new party En Marche. A spokesman for the party said, as far as he was aware, Valls hadn't formally lodged an application to be a candidate, but if he did, he would have to lodge an application like everyone else.

Explosive - The Maritime Prefecture has announced that the World War II bomb, which was found in the sea last Thursday 50 meters from the beach in Nice, will be destroyed tomorrow morning. The promenade, in front of the Old Town will be closed from 6.30 tomorrow morning, boating in the area is prohibited, and promenade restaurants will be closed until the device has been moved further out to sea and destroyed.

BUSINESS

A website, which claims to have the world’s most accurate online grammar checker, has just raised US$110m in capital funding from venture firms including General Catalyst, IVP and Spark CapitalGrammarly, based in San Francisco, was established eight years ago and offers its services to 7 million users. Its software uses spell-checking, proof-reading and plagiarism detection tools, to scan text for the correct use of more than 250 advanced grammar rules.

UK mobile phone operator, O2 is the latest to say that it’s users will be able to use their UK phone plans abroad at no extra cost. It follows a scrapping of roaming charges by the European Union which come into effect on 15 June. O2 said customers would also be able to use their UK plan in some non-EU countries, including Switzerland and Monaco.

SPORT

Football - AS Monaco play one of their biggest and most difficult games tonight, as they take on Juventus for a place in the Champions League final. However, they need to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg of the game in Monaco last week. Tonight’s second leg kicks off at 8.45 in Turin and the winners will face either Real Madrid or Athletico Madrid in the final to be played in Cardiff.

OGC Nice may be guaranteed to finish 3rd in the French Ligue 1 but a number of key players are set to leave at the end of the season. They include Italian Mario Balotelli, who is getting approaches from a number of Spanish teams, and Nice captain Paul Baysse, who announced Sunday his contract would not be extended.

Cycling - Triple winner of the Tour de France, Chris Froome has been hit by a driver in Beausoleil. The champion was training this morning when he collided with a passing car.  In a tweet that’s gone viral, Chris said he was rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed him onto the pavement and then kept going! Thankfully he was OK but bike was totalled.