Evening Update Wednesday 2 October

A 20-year-old man has died after being shot in Gattières in the arriere pays of Nice last night. He was attacked in the car park of the old Lidl store at about 9.30pm. Two men were arrested in the early hours of this morning in connection with the shooting, which reports say may have been connected with a love rivalry.

A motorcyclist has died after a collision in La Valette-du-Var near Toulon this morning. The 18 year old rider collided at high speed with a school bus near the IKEA store. The bus was not carrying any passengers at the time.

A man has appeared before the Criminal Court in Grasse after barricading himself in an apartment at the weekend. About 17 firefighters and six vehicles including an aerial platform were reported to have attended the incident at the Aroma Parc residence in Grasse on Saturday evening. The 30 year old is scheduled to appear at a further hearing on the 4th of November.

A new social housing block in Menton has been inaugurated.  The building, which is part of a larger social housing project, contains 36 apartments and is located on the road towards Sospel.

The harbor at St Tropez has been without power this afternoon. Reports say that smoke was seen emanating from part of the port infrastructure and it’s believed an overheating circuit may be to blame. Pompier have been on the scene and are investigating the incident.

About 800 police officers from the PACA region, including 100 from the Alpes Maritimes, have travelled to Paris to take part in the “March of Anger” today. Police officers do not have the right to strike and so are taking time off to participate in the march. They are protesting over several issues including the need for increased security, wages and recognition. The rally has been launched against the backdrop of a wave of suicides within the police and pension reform. According to figures 52 French police officers have committed suicide since the beginning of this year.

The American actress and director Jodie Foster is going to be participating in the screening of a documentary which she's narrated in Monaco tomorrow. It's called “Be Natural” and is about the life of the director Alice Guy Blaché. The screening is part of International Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The team at Pink Ribbon Monaco have chosen to hold the showing at the Cinema des Beaux-Arts. The following day, a gala dinner will be held at the Hotel Métropole. The funds raised during these two events will support the CHPG and its work with patients treated for breast cancer. For more information go to www.pinkribbon.mc

 

BUSINESS

The UK government has delivered its new Brexit proposals to the EU, including plans to replace the Irish backstop. The plan would see Northern Ireland stay in the European single market for goods, but leave the customs union - resulting in new customs checks. The Northern Ireland Assembly would get to approve the arrangements first and vote every four years on keeping them. The European Commission says it will "examine [the proposals] objectively".

The United States has been given the go-ahead by the World Trade Organization to impose tariffs on $7.5bn of goods it imports from the EU. The ruling could mean tariffs on a wide range of EU goods.

Tesco's chief executive Dave Lewis is to leave the company next year. Mr Lewis said the decision was "personal". Ken Murphy, who has held senior positions at the owner of Boots, will replace him. The departure was announced as Tesco reported a 6.7% rise in first-half profits.

Former Thomas Cook workers have been staging protests in Westminster with the Unite union claiming they were "abandoned" by the government. They are handing in petitions to 10 Downing Street and the Business Department, calling for a full inquiry into the travel company’s collapse and for the directors to pay back their bonuses.

Flutter Entertainment, formerly known as Paddy Power Betfair, has announced a merger with Stars Group, the owner of Poker Stars. The company said the deal will create one of the world's largest online betting and gaming operators.

Twitter suffered from outages for several hours today, leaving many users unable to Tweet, get notifications or view Direct Messages. The company itself tweeted at about 1.30 our time that the issue was “just about fixed”.

In the UK, the founder of Metro Bank, Vernon Hill, is to leave the bank on 31 December. The bank announced in July that he would be stepping down as chairman and it was thought at the time that he may stay on in another capacity. However, the bank now says that he is leaving completely at the end of December.

 

SPORT

Tennis... Andy Murray has beaten fellow British Player Cameron Norrie to go through to the quarter finals of the China Open. The final score was 7-6  6-7  6-1.

Football... Manchester City's Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association over a tweet he sent to team-mate Benjamin Mendy. Silva compared Mendy to the character on a packet of a sweet brand available in Spain and Portugal. The FA alleges that Silva committed an "aggravated breach" of FA rules as it included a reference "expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin". He has until 9 October to respond.

Cardiff City have decided to appeal against Fifa's ruling that they must pay the first instalment of 6m euros to Nantes for the late striker Emiliano Sala. Cardiff will challenge the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

There are eight games in the European Champions League tonight in Groups E,F,G and H. Liverpool are at home to Red Bull Salzburg in Group E while Chelsea travel to Lille in Group H.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will miss Thursday's Europa League tie at AZ Alkmaar because of a foot injury.

 

MA NOLAN'S RUGBY WORLD CUP REPORT

France have beaten the United States 33-9 tjhis afternoon. France secured a bonus point and the win moves them up to second in Pool C, one point behind England.

Meanwhile, New Zealand scored nine tries to beat Canada 63-Nil this afternoon. Brothers Beauden, Jordie and Scott Barrett all scored tries as the All Blacks recorded the highest score of the World Cup so far. The All Blacks move up to second in Pool B, one point behind leaders Italy, courtesy of their two bonus point wins.

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