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Evening Update 09 July

Beach - Beaches at St-Laurent du Var remain closed today following a deposit of contaminated soil from the Var River at the weekend. The mouth of the river is located between the town and the airport, and heavy rains last week have resulted in slime, mud and ice jams, which have increased bacteria levels beyond European standards. The city council is monitoring the situation daily, but for now, barriers remain on the beaches preventing any swimming.

Meanwhile, there was good news for a local beach, with the beach of Alman.arre, in the town of Hyères being named as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by the New York Times

Accident - A 54 year-old man is in critical condition at Pasteur Hospital Nice this afternoon after falling 15 metres while working at Roquette-sur-Var. The exact nature of the accident is unknown.

Property - A new survey from SeLoger shows the price of property in Cannes has rocketed by 6.5% in the last year. The average price for an apartment in the town is now just over €400,000.

AirCon - Incorrect use air conditioning can lead to ill-health over the summer months. To avoid getting sick, there must be no more than 7 degrees difference between inside and outside temperatures, with 24° seen as an ideal setting. The same advice applies to cars. Your also advised to change filters in air conditioning units each year to prevent the spread of microbes and allergens.

BUSINESS

Nissan has admitted, it has uncovered falsified data from car exhaust emission tests, at most of its Japanese factories. They did not disclose how many cars were involved, but said tests had ‘deviated from the prescribed testing environment’. The carmaker pledged a full and comprehensive investigation and that appropriate measures would be taken to stop any future reocurrence.

An investigation has revealed that millions of litres of Spanish rosé have been sold as French wine. It’s believed 10 million bottles of rosé were presented as French wine and a cut-price. The scam is believed to have been in place since 2016.

SPORT

Wimbledon - Defending champion Roger Federer has reached the quarter-finals without dropping a set, after he outclassed France's Adrian Mannarino 6-0 7-5 6-4. Federer may have to defeat another Frenchman Gael Monfils in the last eight on Wednesday.

Football - It’s looking increasingly likely that that Mario Balotelli is going to jump from OGC Nice to Olympic Marseilles. The Italian visited the club yesterday, accompanied by his lawyer, leading to speculation that Marseilles will have to pay a significant transfer fee of €10 million to Nice should the player move.

Formula 1 - Lewis Hamilton says he was dumb to imply that Kimi Raikkonen might have deliberately collided with him at the start of the British Grand Prix. Hamilton had referred to interesting tactics after Raikkonen hit the back of his car and spun him round on the first lap.

Tour de France - Today’s 3rd stage is a 35.5 kilometre ‘time-trial’ around Cholet where Chris Froome will be looking to make up some time on the leaders. We’ll have a full report at 5.30 with Neway Cycles.

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