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Evening Update 05 July 2017

Simone Veil - It was announced today that the remains of Simone Veil will be interred in the Pantheon in Paris with her husband. Ms Veil, who was born in Nice, became an icon for the decriminalization of abortion in 1974. President Macron said today that her final resting place is a testament to the immense thanks of the French people.

Crash - A British soldier, who crashed a car while drunk into an upmarket Chinese restaurant in Monaco, has narrowly escaped jail. His lawyer argued in court that a custodial sentence would mean automatic dismissal from the British army for the soldier who fought ISIS in Iraq. The court handed down a 12 month suspended sentence, plus a fine of €45. This afternoon, the soldier was taken back to the UK to face a military court.

Fire - The Castillon nursery school in Saint-Laurent-du-Var was evacuated this morning after smoke was seen coming from the roof of the building. Firemen responding to the scene discovered the cause was cigarette butt thrown into the sewer of the rainwater system where it had set fire to dried debris.

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Carmaker Volvo has said all new models will have an electric motor from 2019. They are the the first traditional carmaker to signal the end of the internal combustion engine with plans to launch five fully electric models between 2019 and 2021 in addition to a range of hybrid models. Volvo aim to sell one million electric cars by 2025.

US payment processing giant Vantiv have agreed to merge with its British rival Worldpay, in a preliminary deal valuing the company at nine billion pounds sterling. In a joint statement, the two companies said that both boards of directors had reached an agreement in principle on the deal. The tie-up will create a trans-Atlantic payments processing giant, with a combined market value of more than £15.5bn.

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Tennis - Britain's Heather Watson matched her best Wimbledon run with a stunning second-round win over Latvia's 18th seed Anastasija Sevas.tova winning 6-Luv 6-4 in just over an hour. She will next play former world number one Victoria Azar.enka, who is competing in her first Slam since giving birth. Johanna Konta has just finished an epic battle with Donna Vek.ich of Croatia which went on for over 3 hours. Konta eventually won 7-6 4-6 10-8.  Next today, Andy Murray faces a barrage of serve-volleying, when he takes on Germany's Dustin Brown followed by Rafael Nadal against American Donald Young.

Football - Everton are stepping up their interest in re-signing striker Wayne Rooney from Manchester United. Rooney began his career at Goodison Park before joining United for £27m in August 2004 and has said repeatedly that he would not leave Old Trafford for any Premier League team other than Everton, although it is understood that they are not the only club interested.

Cycling - Britain's Chris Froome has taken the yellow jersey from team-mate Geraint Thomas as Italy's Fabio Aru won todays fifth stage of the Tour de France. Aru attacked, with 2.3km to go, on the final 6km climb up La Planche des Belles Filles but could not be caught by the chasing Froome. Irishman Dan Martin came second as Froome finished third.

World champion Peter Sagan has left the Tour de France after being disqualified for causing the crash which ended Mark Cavendish's race. His team had protested against the decision, but race organisers will not allow an appeal. Sagan in a statement said he felt he had done nothing wrong.

 

 

 

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