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Evening Update 01 Aug

Heatwave - The heatwave is set to continue across the Var and Alpes-Maritimes for at least another 48 hours, making working conditions for construction, laundry and boulangerie workers very difficult. 

The hottest part of the Var this afternoon was Le Cannet-des-Maures, north of St Tropez, with 38.8d at 3pm. In the Alpes-Maritimes, the hottest was Carros with 34.4d and coast at Nice hitting 32.6d.

The advice from authorities is to stay well hydrated, close shutters during the daytime, and if you don’t have air conditioning, visit a shopping centre, library or cinema to cool off.

Drowning - A four year-old boy, almost became the latest drowning victim today, after getting into difficultly at Garavan near Menton at lunchtime. He’s currently recovering in Lenval Hospital. Similarly, a man in his seventies swam out of his depth and nearly drowned near St Tropez. With the hot weather, authorities are appealing to people to be extra vigilant near water, as the rate of drownings explodes this week.

Property - Nice is the second most expensive city in France for buying a house, and third most expensive, for an apartment. The latest Se Loger survey shows prices have risen 6% to over €5,000 per square metre for a house in the capital of the Cote d’Azur.

1D - Former One Direction singer Liam Payne is recovering from his breakup with Cheryl Cole by spending summer on the Cote d’Azur. So far he’s been spotted at the Cap-Eden-Roc d’Antibes Hotel, Medusa restaurant in Cannes and Twiga nightclub in Monaco.

BUSINESS

BNP Paribas have reported ‘net income growth’ of 53% from the previous quarter at €2.39 billion. The bank said its business increased in the context of higher economic growth in Europe, but it also pointed out, that a challenging market environment for corporate and investment banking, prevented it from achieving even better results.

While Apple have reported strong results, the iPhone-maker lost its position as the world's number-two smartphone, with Chinese brand Huawei taking their place. Samsung remained the market leader with a 21% market share.

Mining giant Rio Tinto have reported a rise in first-half profits of 12% year-on-year, with underlying profit for the first six months up to $4.42 billion. However, those figures missed estimates, sending shares lower during morning trading today.

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Football - Everton have announced the signing of left-back Lucas Digne from Barcelona for €20m. The Frenchman originally joined Barca from Paris St-Germain in 2016, has 21 international caps for France and was on standby for the World Cup winners earlier this summer.

Business analysts Deloitte say they expect UK Premier League clubs to spend significant amounts in the remaining days of the summer transfer window. So far, clubs have spent just over one billion euro, with Liverpool paying the most for a single player, new goalkeeper Alisson.

Formula 1 - Daniel Ricciardo says his new Red Bull contract will be signed by the time the Formula One season gets back underway in Belgium. For the first time Ricciardo is a free agent for next year, but with limited options elsewhere, he is set to stay at Red Bull in 2019.

Tennis - Johanna Konta inflicted the worst defeat of Serena Williams' career, with a thumping first-round victory over the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, at the Silicon Valley Classic. The British number one took less than an hour to win 6-1 6-Luv in San Jose. Before that, Williams had never lost a match without winning at least two games, since turning professional in 1995.

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