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Evening Update 08 Aug

A8 - The proposed speed reduction on the A8 motorway, to 90km/h between Antibes and St Izadore, is turning into a public spat between local authorities and the motorway operator Vinci. Authorities say they had requested lit panels, which would enable a variable speed system to operate, depending on conditions, but the operator Vinci said they would require an increase in tolls to cover the cost. The Alpes-Maritimes Council rejected that, and have instead opted for a blanket speed reduction, and a demand that no toll at all should apply to that stretch of the motorway.  

Drowning - A new study shows four people die by drowning every single day in France. The latest victim was a two year-old girl who perished in the swimming pool of the holiday home her family were renting near Avignon. The survey shows family swimming pools, which are often unsupervised, are the most fatal with 103 deaths in the past two months alone.

Storms - Meteó France has finally lifted its heatwave status on the South of France, only to replace it with a yellow warning for storms. Thunder and rain is expected, across the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var tomorrow afternoon.

Water - Residents around Rue Bonepart in the port area of Nice are claiming victory, after a new water fountain was installed on Place du Pin this morning. The original fountain was shut a month ago, after some shopkeepers claimed it attracted homeless people. Local residents have protested ever since, saying water is for everyone.

St Raph - Members of the public are ignoring warnings not to swim at Plage Camp Long at St Raphael.  The beach has been closed due to the presence of fecal bacteria in the water, and will remain closed until tomorrow, pending further tests.

BUSINESS

Sterling has slumped to fresh lows, with traders citing increased concerns, that the UK could leave the EU without a formal trade deal. Today the pound hit a nine-month low against the euro, and was down against the dollar, yen and Swiss franc. The Bank of England governor has said the chances of a no-deal Brexit were uncomfortably high, while the UK’s international trade secretary put the odds at 60-40.

The US has said it will impose further tariffs of 25% on Chinese goods starting on August 23rd, as the  trade war between the two continues. China has responded with their own 25% tariff on $16 billion worth of U.S. goods including vehicles, various fuels and fibre optical cables.

SPORT

Swimming - Niçoise Charlotte Bonnet almost made it three gold medals in-a-row at the Europeans Championships in Glasgow this afternoon. She was pipped into third place, just a half second behind the winner of the 100 metre Freestyle Womens Final. However, Charlotte does bring home to Nice, Gold for the 200m Womens Freestyle and the Gold for the 4x100m Womens Relay.

Formula 1 - Force India have agreed a deal to come out of administration, saving all 405 jobs at their Silverstone base. The team's management started the administration proceedings in order to fend off a winding-up petition from another creditor, but now have put in place a consortium of investors led by Lawrence Stroll, to secure the future of the team.

Tennis - British number one Johanna Konta came from behind to beat 11th seed Jelena Ostapenko in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal. She will next face Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Novak Djokovic began his bid, for a fifth Rogers Cup crown, with a straight-sets victory over Bosnia's Mirza Basic. The Wimbledon champion won 6-3 7-6.

Golf - Davis Love III joins an elite club this week at the PGA Championship, as he makes his 100th major appearance. The two-time Ryder Cup captain is only the 15th player in history to reach the milestone.

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