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Evening Update 03 Aug

Heatwave - There appears to be no end to the current weather as Meteo France has extended the Orange Heatwave Alert until Sunday morning at 7am, making it a fifth day of heatwave across the Alpes-Maritimes and Var.

So far, 34 French departments are under alert, as savage temperature sweep across Europe, with record breaking highs today in Spain and Portugal.

On the Cote d’Azur, at 3pm today, the mercury officially hit 35.1d in Antibes and 36.4d in Menton.

During the heatwave, people are urged not to go out during the hottest part of the day, to avoid strenuous exercise and to immediately consult a doctor or pharmacist if feeling unwell.

Fire - Two buildings in Nice were evacuated in the middle of the night last night, as fire in a garage threatened the residents. The incident, on Avenue de Villermont in the Liberation district, completely destroyed the garage.

Boat - An investigation has begun, as to why an eleven metre boat caught fire and sank this morning, just off the Lérins Islands near Cannes. The two occupants were rescued by another nearby boat.

Sign - The #ILoveNice sign on the cities capeú, has been a resounding success. New stats out today, show that photos taken by tourists at the sign, have appeared in 200,000 Instagram posts and been seen by millions in the last year alone. The structure itself cost just under €10,000 to construct.

May - Theresa May is in the Var this evening for a private dinner with Emmanuel Macron. as he begins his summer holiday at Fort Brégançon. While Brexit is sure to top of the agenda President Macron has rejected suggestions, that this meeting will form any part of the negotiations.

BUSINESS 

China is officially preparing to retaliate in the escalating trade war with the United States, with new  tariffs on about $60 billion worth of US goods, which it will impose if the Americans go ahead with a threat to impose further tariffs on Chinese goods. President Trump is trying to use the duties to push China to abandon alleged unfair practices and reach a new trade deal.

Amazon has been criticized for paying less corporation tax in the UK last year, than it did the year before. The shopping giant’s corporate tax bill in Britain is around €5 million. Worldwide, the company posts a profit of four billion a year.

SPORT

Formula 1 - Daniel Ricciardo has announced he is leaving Red Bull at the end of the season to join Renault. Just on Monday, Ricciardo had said he expected to re-sign with Red Bull before the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of the month.  Red Bull boss Christian Horner said the team respected Ricciardo's decision to leave and will continue to evaluate the numerous options available to them for his replacement.

Swimming - Niçoise Charlotte Bonnet is participating in the European Swimming Championships in Glasgow, as she continues her progress towards the next Olympic Games. Charlotte is already making a name for herself by winning Bronze in the 200m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle mixed relay at the last European Championships.

Football - Chelsea forward Pedro has signed a one-year contact extension that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2020. Pedro joined the Blues from Barcelona in August 2015 for £21m and since then has helped the club win the Premier League and last season's FA Cup, by scoring 28 goals in 131 games.

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