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Evening Update 1 Sept 2017

Eric Ciotti will be resigning as prefect of the Alpes Maritimes after chairing his last meeting as head of the conseil départemental of the Alpes-Maritimes.  Monsieur Ciotti has chosen to remain as a deputy and resign as prefect as a result of the law limiting the number of official post which can be held by one individual.


The Riviera continues to be at high risk of forest fires.  Pedestrian and vehicular access to certain forest areas is prohibited as is smoking or lighting a fire in areas close to mountains. You can find information and the regulations which are in force on the website www.alpes-maritimes.gouv.fr


The end of an important part in the construction the 2nd tramline in Nice has been celebrated in the presence of the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi. After eighteen  months of underground work on the Rue de France elected officials and locals gathered in Nice to mark the occasion last night.


IN NATIONAL NEWS…
A large number of celebrities have attended the funeral today of actress Mireille Darc who passed away earlier this week at the age of 79.  The church service in Paris was attended by almost two thousand people, including Johnny Hallyday and Carla Bruni.

BUSINESS

The US jobless rate has risen slightly to 4.4% from 4.3% in July. The US Department of Labor noted that Hurricane Harvey had what it called "no discernible effect" on the figures because the data had been collected beforehand.
Samsung has been given authorization to test self-driving cars in California. The company joins over 30 firms who are now permitted to test self-driving cars in the state, including Apple, Tesla and Waymo, 
The latest results from a regular survey of the UK's manufacturing sector have been released. The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index for manufacturing rose to 56.9 in August from 55.3 in July. Output, orders and employment all increased.

SPORT

Football…Wayne Rooney has been charged with drink driving after being stopped while driving in Cheshire in the early hours of this morning. The Everton player is due to appear at Stockport Magistrates Court later this month.

Formula 1…Valterri Bottas has finished top of the rankings after second practice at the Italian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton was second and Sebastian Vettel took third place.

MOTO GP…Valentino Rossi has undergone surgery after suffering a double leg fracture as the result of an incident during training in Italy.  The surgery has apparently been successful and Rossi has tweeted that he wants to be back on his bike again as soon as possible.

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