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Evening Update 05 Sept

Briton - A 70-year-old retired British navy captain, and two other Britons, have been given jail sentences in France for trying to smuggle a dozen Vietnamese migrants across the Channel in a motorboat. The three men were arrested last Thursday in northern France after a tip-off from British authorities. The retired naval captain, Ronald Scott, was sentenced to 30 months and given a 10-year ban from French territory, while the other two were given sentences of one and two years respectively. Each migrant had paid €9,000 for the short trip from the French coast to Britain.

Attack - Police are investigating an attack on a wedding where three Molotov Cocktails where throw at guests. The incident happened in Fréjus around 2am on Sunday morning, when a number of unknown assailants threw the firebombs at wedding guests who were ending the night on the terrace. A number of men gave chase but the attackers escaped. No motive is known for the attack.

Fire - Black clouds over Mougins today were caused by fire but fortunately not a forest fire. They were from a small 15 square metre building which bellowed out clouds of unusually thick black smoke. Firefighters have the scene under control and nobody was hurt.

BUSINESS

Monaco Telecom has completed its purchase of the fastest growing telecoms operator in Cyprus, MTN, with more than 400,000 customers and a turnover of 123 million euro. It’s believed Monaco Telecom paid €260 million to acquire the company.

Sterling is up today by almost 1% after reports the British and German governments have abandoned key Brexit demands. Quoting people familiar with the matter, it’s said Germany is ready to accept a less-detailed agreement on future ties, while the UK will  accept a more vague ‘statement of intent’ on the future relationship between the it and the EU.

SPORT

Football - La Liga is planning to subsidise travel and accommodation for fans, affected by its plans to stage Girona's home game with Barcelona in Miami next January. Spanish football's top tier has agreed to play one game per season in the US as part of a 15-year deal with US media company Relevent. It’s believed there will be 1,500 free flights available for Girona season ticket holders, although a refundable deposit would be required.

Rugby - England will play a test match in Newcastle for the first time next year in preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The game against Italy will take place at St James' Park in September 2019.

England head coach Eddie Jones said fly-half Danny Cipriani will be judged solely on his performances on the pitch for Gloucester. Cipriani admitted common assault and avoiding arrest last month, and was reprimanded by his club and the Rugby Football Union. However Jones said the issue has been dealt with and that Cipriani is now in contention for the autumn internationals.

Tennis - Defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal had to dig  deep, to win the longest match of this year's competition, in a classic five-set quarter-final against Dominic Thiem which finished at 2am New York time. Nadal lost the opening set but eventually recovered to win in a tense fifth-set tie-break. The final score was 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7 7-6

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