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Evening Update 10 Aug

Flood - Two Germans, who brought a group of teenagers to the campsite near Avignon which was swept away in yesterday’s floods, have been held for questioning by police, after it emerged that the site was off-limits for camping. 119 children were removed, after a local river burst its banks, swamping the region. Rescue workers are also continuing to search for the man missing, since his caravan was swept away by the waters.

Migrants - Local human rights campaigner Cedric Herrou, has won his case at the Court of Appeal in Aix-en-Provence. He had been appealing against a year-long probation, after he was arrested for helping asylum seekers cross the border into France. The decision of the court, returns M Herrou’s passport and allows him to cross the border into Italy once again, although he will still have to sign on with local police every two weeks.

Air - Ryanair flights tonight between Nice Cote d’Azur airport and ‘Dublin & London’, are not affected by the Europe-wide pilot’s strike which is taking place today. The dispute has escalated to a level where workers in five Ryanair countries, have coordinated strike action, creating the airlines worst strike ever. Ryanair say they have re-accommodated the majority of passengers, but will not be issuing refunds, saying the strikes qualify as "extraordinary circumstances" and are exempt from EU compensation rules.

Speed - The number of deaths has already fallen, since the lowering of the speed limit on secondary roads to 80km/h.  New stats show road deaths are down 5.5% year-on-year, or in other words, 19 more people are alive today thanks to the new restriction.

Fireworks - The Var has placed a ban on fireworks being used by general members of the public, on or near roads, throughout the department next week. The ban is in place for the Asumption August Holiday but will not affect any planned professional displays.

BUSINESS

The Turkish LIRA is down 20% against the dollar after US President Donald Trump announced, on Twitter, that he  had just authorized the doubling of metal tariffs on the country. The tariffs are in response to Turkey’s refusal to release a US pastor, charged with supporting an attempted coup, two years ago.

The increased tariffs are also affecting the Euro, which dropped against the dollar today, after reports the ECB is concerned about the impact of a weak LIRA on European banks.

SPORT

Tennis - Niçoise Alizé Cornet has been eliminated from the Rogers Cup in Montreal in a straight set defeat by Australian Ashleigh Barty. 

Alizé is good company though, as Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic also fell, with shock defeat by a Greek teenager! 19 year-old Stefanos beat the 13-time Grand Slam champion 6-3 6-7 6-3 in two hours 18 minutes.

British number one Johanna Konta also says goodbye to Canada after a 6-3 6-4 defeat against defending champion Elina Svit.olina

Formula 1 - Frenchman Pierre Gasly says he is not thinking about joining Red Bull to replace Daniel Ricciardo who is leaving at the end of the season.

Gasly has been heavily linked with the seat despite 2018 being only his first full season in F1.

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