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Evening Update 11 Aug 2017

Fires - A man has been arrested and charged, with starting sixteen fires in May and June, throughout the Bouches-du-Rhône. The man, from Fos-sur-Mer is believed to have admitted causing the fires, which burned 120 hectares and destroyed ten cars.

Drugs - Former AS Monaco player Rafael Marquez, has had his assets and property frozen in the United States, after being suspected of involvement in a drug trafficking ring. US authorities believe 22 Mexican citizens and 42 other entities are involved. Rafael Marquez, who has categorically denied the charges, played for AS Monaco from 1999 to 2003, before joining FC Barcelona, where he still plays.

Water - Gravette beach in Antibes has been closed to swimmers, following tests carried out on the quality of the sea water. Bathers were asked to leave the area yesterday afternoon, until the ban expires on Saturday, while authorities carry out further tests.

Parking - One of the highest courts in France, has ruled that it is forbidden to park in front of your own garage. A motorist, whose vehicle was parked in front of the entrance to his garage, had been reported to police, who at first agreed no offence had been committed. However, the case went to court, where the judge concluded that technically, he had broken the law.

BUSINESS

Prices in the US rose by less than expected last month, as inflation in the economy remains tame. The Consumer Price Index inched up one percentage point last month, only a slight improvement on a stagnant June figure. The dollar fell on the inflation data, as markets felt it made the prospects of further rate rises, less likely.

Travis Kal.anick, the former Uber chief executive who was ousted in June, is being sued by one of the company's biggest investors. Benchmark Capital, which owns 13% of the ride-sharing firm, has accused Mr Kal.anick of fraudulently attempting to fill board seats with loyal allies as he paved the way for his potential return as CEO. A spokesman for Mr Kal.anick called the lawsuit "completely without merit".

SPORT

Football - Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has submitted a transfer request, hours after the Premier League club released a statement saying he is ‘not for sale’. Coutinho’s request to leave, has been rejected by the club. On Wednesday, Liverpool also rejected a 100 million euros bid from Barcelona for the 25-year-old.

Tennis - Rafael Nadal fell to a shock defeat by an 18-year-old Canadian at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. Denis Shapovalov, who is a wildcard entry, came from a set down to beat top seed Nadal 3-6 6-4 7-6, and also become the youngest player to reach a Masters quarter-final. Nadal's loss means Andy Murray remains world number one, but only until next week's Cincinnati Masters, where Nadal or Roger Federer will replace him.

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