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Evening Update 02 Aug

The heatwave continues with 38.3d being registered in Aix-en-Provence, and 33d in Menton, at 3pm this afternoon.

Meteó France have also extended the Orange Heatwave Status for the Var and Alpes-Maritimes until at least 7am Saturday morning. In the Var, the prefect has ordered ‘Level 3 Heatwave Action’ to be put in place, with local authorities carrying out checks on the most vulnerable people.

The extreme heat led to failure of a key electricity transformer in Nice this morning, knocking power to 30,000 customers from the Pasteur district to the Port, and Avenue Jean Médecin to the Musicians sector.

In Cagnes-sur-mer, the water supply was cut without warning this morning by Veolia, who say they had to take the action as part of an emergency intervention.

Meteó France are hoping the weather could be broken by thunderstorms this afternoon and tomorrow, but it will still remain hot with highs of 33d.

The summer has brought a wave of pickpockets to the Cote d’Azur, working especially on public transport and at outdoor attractions. Their favourite tactic is to steal wallets and purses, from bags and pockets, as train or tram doors close between them and their victims. The public are reminded to take sensible precautions, such as using money belts or inside zipped pockets, and making sure bags are fully closed and secure.

BUSINESS

Monaco’s Société des Bains de Mer has opened their first Asian branch, with the launch of a new Café de Paris restaurant at Macau’s Galaxy Casino Resort. The restaurant is modelled on the Café de Paris Monte-Carlo, which dates back to 1868. SBM have also indicated they may make a bid for a casino licence in Japan, where recent legislation has paved the way for a casino gaming sector.

The Bank of England have raised their interest rate, for only the second time in a decade, putting it up by a quarter of a percentage point to 0.75%. The Bank is sticking to previous guidance that there will be further interest rate rises, which they describe as limited and gradual.

Shares in Barclays Bank are up today after the release of figures for second-quarter earnings, which show pre-tax profits up to £1.9 billion, nearly triple the pre-tax profit for the same period last year.

SPORT

Basketball - AS Monaco Basket have presented their new manager to the press. Sasa Filip.ovski from Slovenia had been managing the Turkish team which beat Monaco in the 2016 Champions League quarter-finals. He will lead the team to pre-season games in Bor.mio and Ol.bia in Italy in the coming weeks.

Tennis - France's Benoit Paire has been fined $16,500 after smashing three racquets during an on-court tantrum. The world number 55 smashed his racquet on the ground several times during his game at the Washington Open yesterday, before hurling two more racquets across the court as his opponent attempted to calm him down. He then walked to his chair and kicked it before smashing another racquet into the ground. He was eventually booed off court by spectators.

Also in Washington, Andy Murray took another big step in his comeback by beating fellow Briton Kyle Edmund 7-6 1-6 6-4 in the second round. He will play Romania's Marius Copil in the third round.

Football - Italy defender Leonardo Bon.ucci is set to rejoin Juventus from AC Milan, while striker Gonzalo Hig.uain is moving the opposite way. The Argentina striker has been replaced at Juventus by Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Rugby - Sale winger Chris Ashton has been named in the England squad for the first time since 2016. The 31-year-old, has just returned to the Premiership from French team Toulon, after serving bans for biting and eye-gouging. Regular captain Dylan Hartley is also in the pre-season training squad as he continues his comeback from concussion.

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