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Evening Update 09 Aug

Storm - The Maritime Prefecture has warned people stay out of the water for the remainder of the day due to the storms sweeping up the coast from Marseilles. Already the city of Marseilles has closed 15 beaches due to the weather. Meteó France have upgraded their storm alert to Orange, saying the storm will bring strong winds and hail, in addition to thunder and potentially heavy rain. They say the worst of the storm should have passed by 9 or 10pm tonight.

Herrou - Local human rights activist Cédric Herrou has gone to the Appeal Court in Aix-en-Provence, requesting an end to his nearly year-long probation. He said nearly 40 police officers have been stationed beside his property since he was arrested for helping asylum seekers cross the border into France. The court will announce their decision tomorrow.  

Break-In - Police are searching for a gang who broke into a villa in the Gairault area, north of Nice, yesterday morning. Unknown to the gang, the wife of a businessman was in the house at the time. The woman, who was alone, scared off the gang, who escaped  towards the Var in a car stolen from the Antibes area.

Tram - A 33 year-old man is recovering in hospital after being struck by the tram in Nice this morning.  The incident happened in the St Roch area around 9.30am.

BUSINESS

The Russian rouble has slumped to its lowest level since November 2016, hours after the US announced new sanctions, because of the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in the UK. The share values of major Russian firms, including Aeroflot, Rusal and Sberbank, also fell several percentage points.

Adidas has reported a stronger-than-anticipated ‘second-quarter net profit’, saying it remains firmly on track to hit its full-year targets, despite taking an impairment charge on its struggling Reebok brand. Net profit over the second quarter rose 20% to €418m.

Airbus have set a new world record, when its solar-powered Zephyr aircraft completed a maiden flight lasting 26 days. The unmanned aircraft offers what Airbus describes as local satellite-type services and runs on solar power. It operates in the stratosphere, at an average altitude of 70,000 feet, with a wingspan of 25 meters.   

SPORT

Football - As the transfer window closes today Chelsea have signed Kepa Arriza.balaga from Athletic Bilbao for £71m, the highest fee ever paid for a goalkeeper. The player replaces Theebo Courtois, who signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid, ending his seven-year spell at Chelsea.

Tennis - France's Alize Cornet has completely wiped out Angelique Kerber in her first match since she won Wimbledon. The French player knocked Kerber out with a convincing 6-4 6-1 defeat. Meanwhile, Maria Shara.pova thrashed fellow Russian Daria Kasat.kina 6-Luv 6-2.

British number one Johanna Konta was leading two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka 6-3 3-Luv when her Rogers Cup second-round match was halted by rain in Montreal. Play will resume later today.

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