Evening Update Tuesday 09 May 2023

More details are emerging on the deaths of two pensioners, whose bodies were discovered at their home in Grasse at the weekend.  They were discovered by their nurse on Saturday morning, with fatal injuries on the upper part of their bodies, the house completely ransacked, and their car stolen. Yesterday afternoon, police arrested a 32-year-old man in the stolen vehicle in Le Cannet. The man, who is known to police from 18 previous convictions, is to undergo psychiatric evaluation, while autopsies are carried out on the bodies of the 76 and 84-year-old victims.

Good news for schools today as France announced a €1 billion euro investment into vocational schools. The plan includes smaller class sizes, a wider range of courses, better training for teachers, and an increase in apprenticeship opportunities. It’s hoped the investment will reduce drop-out rates and enable better professional integration for students with interests outside of high school or university education.

Two people died and one is seriously injured, in a head-on collision between two vehicles in Bormes-les-Mimosas. The victims include an 83-year-old driver in one car, and a 30-year-old woman in the other. Both were declared dead at the scene. Another 30-year-old woman with serious injuries is being treated in hospital. The cause of the accident is unknown.

Two violent incidents have been reported in Nice last night. The first involved a 25-year-old man who was stabbed in front of the Negressco Hotel around 1am. Also, more gunshots were fired for the second consecutive night in the Moulins district of the city. The deputy Mayor of Nice Anthony Borré, said the gun shots are in response to massive police operations in the area. He is calling for measures, including sending in the army, to calm matters, while Eric Ciotti said we must use all means necessary to reclaim the area of lawlessness.

Business

The French government is to introduce new plans to track down tax evaders, with a focus on the most serious cases. The crackdown aims to target the ultra-rich and multinational companies that defraud the most. It’s estimated France loses up to €100 billion euros each year to tax evasion.

Authorities in Monaco have completed training with the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering this week. Monaco’s Minister of Finance and Economy, who attended the training, said the principality reaffirms its commitment to comply with the best international standards in the fight against money laundering, the financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and corruption.

Ryanair is to buy 150 more jets from Boeing to expand its service across Europe. With each 737 costing $131m, the deal could be worth over $20 billion to Boeing.

Sport

Champions League - Manchester City and Real Madrid face off for a place in the final tonight. The game will be a rematch of last year’s semi-final when Madrid mounted a stunning comeback to get the better of City and went on to win a record-extending 14th title. However, Manchester City are looking unstoppable at the top of the UK Premier League and are hoping to become the second English side to win the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup treble, after their rivals Manchester United achieved the feat almost 25 years ago. The game kicks off in Madrid at 9pm.

In French football, it’s rumoured Paris Saint-Germain have expressed some early interest in taking on Jose Mourinho as their next manager. Mourinho, is currently with Roma, but his future is uncertain heading into the summer and it’s thought he may consider a change of club.

Rugby - Scotland have announced Head Coach Gregor Townsend is to say with the team after signing a contract extension until April 2026. Townsend has taken the team to fifth place in world rankings and third place in the Six Nations.

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