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Evening Update 06 July

World Cup - The country was relatively quiet for a Friday afternoon, as all eyes were on France and their continued march to the World Cup Final! In the quarter-final with Uruguay today Raphael Varane whipped a beautiful header into the far corner making it 1-0 to France just before half time. Then 62 minutes a strike from Antoine Griezmann literally slipped through the fingers of the Uruguyan goalie to make it 2 nil to France. France will play the winner of Brazil v Belgium at 8pm this evening.

Strike - Today’s train strike is proving to be less disruptive than the strikes of the last three months. Just two unions are taking part in the strike, as up to a million people across France take trains to their holidays this weekend. The advice, if you intend taking any train this weekend, is to consult the SNCF app or website.

Drivers are also warned to be extra vigilant with speed this weekend, as road safety authorities revealed 22 brand new speed cameras between Cannes and Cap d’Ail. Bison Futé have also warned that road traffic is particularly heavy this weekend, as the first big wave of holiday makers from Paris and the north head south. The busiest days are today and tomorrow.

Court - In Monaco, the conviction of John Olsen the director of JP Construction for fraudulent bankruptcy, has been overturned on appeal. His legal team argued before the Monaco Appeal Court, on the delay in informing Mr Olsen of the nature of the criminal complaint levied against him, and the wrongful assertion that Mr Olsen could not be contacted after he left the Principality.

Accident - Two people are recovering at Pasteur Hospital in Nice after a violent collision between a car and a motorcycle this afternoon. The accident happened on the Basse-Corniche near the Maeterlinck Palace just after 2 O’Clock.

Fake - A campaign against buying fake brand name products is being launched in Cannes, with more than 100,000 bilingual leaflets being distributed, warning holiday-makers about fake goods. Last year, French Customs seized 250,000 counterfeits in the Alpes-Maritimes area alone, and to launch the campaign, over a thousand of them were destroyed today.

Results - It’s a huge day for students with the publication of the Baccalaureate results. They were published at 10am by the Ministry of Education, with many students celebrating, and some commiserating.

BUSINESS

The trade war between the US and China began today, when $34bn worth of new tariffs on Chinese goods came into effect at midnight. China has retaliated by imposing a similar 25% tariff on 545 US products, and called it the start of the largest trade war in economic history. Meanwhile the US has posted higher than expected job growth in the last month with 213,000 new jobs extending the economies long running growth streak.

The CEO of Airbus has taken another shot at the UK government saying it has no clue on how to leave the European Union. Last month, Airbus warned that it could be forced to stop making aircraft wings in Britain, if Brexit disrupts its supply chain. The comments were rebuked by senior British lawmakers, who claimed that Airbus, as well as other businesses, shouldn’t venture into political debate.

SPORT

Tennis - Alexander Zverev recovered from a losing position to creep past Taylor Fritz, after their match was suspended yesterday. Fourth seed Zverev was behind when darkness called a halt to the game but he won the fourth and fifth sets today 6-1 and 6-2. 

Frenchman Gael Monfils was another big winner on centre-court this afternoon beating American Sam Querrey three sets to one.

Formula 1 - Max Verstappen has lost precious track time at the British Grand Prix after crashing into a wall during the second practice session this afternoon. Red Bull boss Christian Horner confirmed Verstappen had another spare gearbox fitted after his earlier failure in first practice, so the team should not face penalties.

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