Evening Update 17 Oct

French President Emmanuel Macron has welcomed the proposed deal on Brexit. At a meeting of EU leaders he said he was reasonably confident the agreement could be ratified by a vote of the British parliament. However, that vote could be complicated by Northern Irelands DUP party who say they oppose the deal. We’ll the latest on the Brexit agreement with the BBC in half an hour.

A 69 year-old man has been given a one-year jail sentence for swindling €35,000 from pensioners in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. The man had posed as a travel agent organising a trip to Russia but cancelled everything one week beforehand claiming problems with visas.

The Casino supermarket is Frejus was evacuated this morning after an alarm sparked by electrical fire. Firefighters were quickly on the scene, containing the fire, which damaged some ceilings. Management praised staff who evacuated shoppers without any panic.

In the old town of Nice, Rue de la Cité du Parc is to be renamed Cours Jacques-Chirac in memory of the former French President who died last month. Mayor Christian Estrosi confirmed the decision which was voted on this morning. The street is situated between the Cours Selaya and the Quai des Etats-Unis

Prince Albert has been awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his dedication to environmental causes. The doctorate, from Com.enius University, the largest in Slovakia, was given for the sovereign’s actions in protecting natural and cultural heritages as well as his efforts with regard to climate change.

President Macron has weighed in on the current debate about wearing the Islamic hijab in France. He said Muslims should not be stigmatised, warning against linking Islam with terrorism. The debate re-ignited recently after a mother volunteering on a school trip to a regional parliament was asked to remove her headscarf.

BUSINESS NEWS

Sterling is fluctuating wildly today, deviating by as much as two cent against the US dollar. Climbs came as a Brexit agreement was announced, then followed by a steep fall as Northern Ireland’s DUP party said they would not support the deal.  News of the agreement has lifted the stock market though, with the FTSE 100 index seven percentage points higher earlier this afternoon.

Tesla has been given the go-ahead to start manufacturing cars in China with the launch of a new $2bn factory in Shanghai.  Elon Musk said the firm plans to build at least 1,000 of its Model 3’s each week at factory, which will give Tesla access to the Chinese market without higher import tariffs that are imposed on cars made in the United States.

SPORT

Tennis - Roger Federer has confirmed he will compete in the French Open next year. The Swiss player, who has only won the Roland Garros once, said he probably won't play much before it, because he needs time away.

Soccer – France midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Manchester United’s Premier League meeting with Liverpool on Sunday. The Frenchman is suffering from a foot injury that has limited him to two appearances since the end of August.

Boxing - Patrick Day has died four days after suffering a brain injury in a fight against Charles Conwell. The American was put into a coma on Saturday after he was knocked out in the 10th round of his super welterweight bout in Chicago.

MA NOLANS RUGBY WORLD CUP REPORT

England coach Eddie Jones has sprung a surprise by naming Owen Farrell to start at fly-half in the World Cup quarter-final against Australia, and dropping George Ford and to bring in Henry Slade at midfield.

Ireland’s Rob Kearney has fended off a challenge from Jordan Larmour to start their World Cup quarter-final with the All Blacks on Saturday. Full-back Kearney missed Ireland's 47-5 win over Samoa having failed to train fully in the week leading up to the game.

Meanwhile New Zealand’s head coach has said he won’t be distracted from the game, despite the fact his horse will run in Australia's most lucrative horse race worth €8 million just a five hours before the clash.

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