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Evening Update 06 Aug

Heatwave - The heat wave is expected to peak today and tomorrow, with temperatures on the Cote d’Azur still five to ten degrees above normal. At 3.30 this afternoon, the official temperature at Carros, north of Nice, was 34.5d, while one of the hottest places in the country was Aix-en-Provence with 35.8d.

Officials have warned the heatwave is leading to an increase in ozone pollution, which has already to led to traffic restrictions in the Var.

While Meteó France have extended their Orange Heatwave status until 7am Wednesday morning, the outlook is for more normal temperatures to begin returning by the weekend.

Chef - French master-chef, and the worlds most starred chef, JOËL ROBUCHON, has passed away after a brave battle with cancer. The chef, with 32 Michelin stars, opened his first restaurant on the Riviera at the Hôtel Métropole in Monte-Carlo, which was followed by the Yoshi and Odyssey restaurants. Chef Robuchon was 73 years-old.

Tapie - Former French Minister, football team and newspaper owner, Bernard Tapie, is recovering from an operation at Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco in the last few days. The controversial businessman, who suffers from cancer of the stomach and esophagus, underwent emergency surgery, and is now convalescing at his home in Saint-Tropez.

BUSINESS

Pepsi’s chief executive In.dra Noo.yi is to step down after 12 years at the helm. She is among the world's most prominent female business leaders, consistently appearing in Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list, where last year she ranked 11th. Since she took the job in 2006, Pepsi’s shares have risen 78%.

Europe's largest bank HSBC has made a comeback by beating estimates in its financial results for the first half of 2018. The bank reported profit before tax went up by 4.58% year-on-year, while revenue also improved in the first half of the year, rising 4% year-on-year.

SPORT

Swimming - Niçoise Charlotte Bonnet is one of the star performers at the European Championships in Glasgow. Tonight, the 23 year-old is set for one of the biggest swims of her life, as she competes in the final of the 200 meter freestyle at 7pm this evening. Her chances of gold are high, and will be in addition to the gold medal she won on Friday, as part of the French 4x100m Freestyle Relay Team.

Football - Paul Pogba’s agent is in the UK, as rumours fly the French player may move to Barcelona or Juventus, before the transfer window closes on Thursday. The world cup winning midfielder is also said to have poor relationship with Manchester manager Jose Mourinho, making a move even more likely.

Rugby - Sale winger Chris Ashton says he never expected to be back in the international set-up so soon after returning to England. The 31-year-old has not played for the national side since 2014, but has just been named in a 44-man training squad, after he secured an early release from French Top 14 side Toulon to join Sale.

Tennis - World number three Alexander Zverev beat Alex De Minaur to defend his Washington Open title. Zverev beat the 19-year-old Australian 6-2 6-4 in the warm-up event for the US Open which starts at the end of August.

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