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Evening Update 07 Sep

Marseilles - There were protests in Marseilles today as President Macron hosted a meeting in the city with Angela Merkel. Leading the protest, Bouches-du-Rhone MP and leader of the France Insoumise party Jean-Luc Mélenchon, said Monsieur Macron should show the German Chancellor the local neighbourhoods, so she could see the decline of public administration, abandonment and poverty, which are the result of policies both politicians support.

Tram - There was a major incident this morning in Nice when a heavy goods lorry collided with a moving tram, rubbing the side of the tram for 15 metres, smashing windows and injuring passengers. The incident happened just at the end of the morning rush-hour on Avenue de la Republique.

Tax - Some tax cuts are on the way as the Department of the Alpes Maritimes announced a lowering of property taxes. It comes the same day as Christian Estrosi announced similar property cuts for Nice in addition to a lower charge for refuse collection.

Nationally, the government has confirmed it will move the simpler PAYE ‘pay as you earn’ tax system from January. The move is one of President Macron's campaign promises.

BUSINESS

A delegation of Monegasque companies are in Beijing China to build business links at all levels. The visit is being led by Prince Albert as the principality promotes itself, as a gateway to a European market of 510 million consumers, or a Mediterranean market of 272 million.

Shares in electric car maker Tesla have plunged more than 9% today after CEO Elon Musk was seen smoking marijuana on a live web-stream with comedian Joe Rogan. It follows a tumultuous week for the company which saw a number of key executives resignations.

Four major US tech companies have written to the US Trade Representative asking for protection from the proposed third round of Trump tariffs. Dell, Cisco, Juniper Networks and Hewlett Packard warn the new taxes could result in US job losses, as many of their components come from China.

SPORT

Tennnis - Tonight’s big games at the US Open are the men’s semi-finals with; Rafael Nadal up against Juan Martin del Potro; and Novak Djokovic facing Kei Nishikori.

Tomorrow, it’s the Women’s Final where Naomi Osaka will face her idol Serena Williams in a battle between a legend and contestant looking to win her first grand slam. When Serena won her first Grand Slam in 1999, Osaka was only one year old.

Formula 1 - It looks like Monagasque Charles Leclerc is moving to Ferrari. Earlier today a Facebook post from the team said they were “proud to have believed in Leclerc since day one and will soon be happy to see him at the wheel of the red”. The Facebook post was almost immediately withdrawn.

Football - After winning the Golden Boot for being the top goal-scorer at the World Cup, England’s Harry Kane has promised to wear an actual pair of golden boots in England’s game against Spain tomorrow. Will he or won’t he? We’ll find out when the game kicks off in Wembley at 8.45 tomorrow.

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