Evening Update Weds 10th May 2017

Abuse - A man is facing 5 years in prison after dragging an 80 year woman in front of Cannes train station by her nose and hitting her twice. Today the court in Grasse heard the story of how the woman, who is weak, diabetic and incontinent, was treated like an animal by the man who befriended her six years ago. The woman, who is believed to have €400,000 in her bank account, is now being cared for properly, as the man awaits sentencing next month.

Le Pen - Marine Le Pen has said she deeply regrets, but understands, why her niece Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, is to quit politics. Ms Maréchal-Le Pen, is president of the local PACA region National Front, and an MP for the party. She announced this morning she will not run for office again so she can spend more time with her family.

Drugs - A man in his sixties, caught growing 200 cannabis plants at his St Raphael home, has been sentenced to three years in prison. He claimed the cannabis was for personal use to help his bronchitis.

Award - Actress Helen Mirren is to receive the Crystal Nymph Award at this years Monte-Carlo Television Festival. The award recognises a stellar body of work by a major international actor or actress, and will be presented by Prince Albert, Honorary President of the Festival, as part of the closing ceremony next month.

Suicide - Police believe the almost 90 year-old woman, who fell from an apartment in Nice this morning, was committing suicide. She died instantly after falling from the fifth floor of a building on Boulevard Auguste Raynaud just after 7am.


Toyota has seen profits fall for the first time in half a decade. Although they sold more cars in the year to March 2017, than in the previous 12 months, higher costs and currency fluctuations have hit results. The €15m profit was down 21% and Toyota has warned, next year's profits will be even lower, due to the weakening Japanese currency.

The Australian Treasurer has announced his new budget which includes a surprise rise in taxation for the country's five biggest banks. The move will raise AU$6.2bn over the next four years from ANZ Bank, Westpac, National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank and Macquarie.


Cycling - Chris Froome is back training today after his bike was rammed off the road yesterday by a driver in Beausoleil. Britain's three-time Tour de France winner praised French police for their response, saying he had given them all the details of yesterdays incident.

Football - Paul Pogba's record breaking transfer to Manchester United last year is to be investigated by FIFA. The enquiry will centre on who was involved in the €105m transfer and how much money was paid to them. The France midfielder first joined United from French side Le Havre in acrimonious circumstances in 2009.

AS Monaco’s Champions League dreams ended last night at the semi-finals, when they lost by one just goal to Juventus in Turin. Juventus now go ahead to the finals to play the winner of tonights Madrid derby,  when Athletico and Real Madrid play for their place at the Champions League final in Cardiff next month.

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