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Evening Update 12 July

Safety - A row is blowing up over who should pay for police and security at major public events this summer. It comes after the organisers of a festival in Belfort were handed a bill from the State for €245,000, 85% higher than last years security bill of €30,000.

Drowning - Shocking figures from Santé Publique today, show that in the month of June alone, there were 121 fatal drownings in France, in addition to well over 500 swimming related accidents. Most of those accidents involved children, and are mainly due to adults not keeping a proper eye on them, while they are in or near the water. As for adults, most drownings are linked to people being taken ill, not taking adequate care or simply the fact they are not strong swimmers and get into difficulty.

Missing - Police in Draguignan continue to search for a 12 year old girl who went missing during France’s World Cup semi-final on Tuesday. Célia Guerdin is a 1.5m tall caucasian, with blue eyes and long brown hair. She was last seen in the city centre after telling a friend she wanted to see her aunt in Fréjus.

Meeting - President Macron is to mix football and politics this weekend when he holds talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip watch the World Cup final in Moscow. The meeting will come a day before Putin sits down with US President Donald Trump in Helsinki for the first official bilateral summit between the two leaders.

Boats - Green boats linking St Tropez with Sainte-Maxime have been cancelled this evening from 6.30pm due to a technical problem. Boats to and fron St Tropez will also be cancelled on Saturday night due to fireworks.

BUSINESS

The UK government has cleared a proposed deal for Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox to buy the 61% of Sky it does not already own. The broadcaster has been the subject of a fierce bidding war between Fox and US cable giant Comcast. Although Comcast's bid has already been cleared, today Fox got the go-ahead if it sells Sky News.

Workers at a Fiat Chrysler plant in Italy have gone on strike, after its main investor paid €112m to sign Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. The football club and the car factory are both controlled by the Agnelli family. Unions at the car plant, say it’s unacceptable that while Fiat Chrysler workers are making huge economic sacrifices, millions of euros were being spent to enrich just one football player.

SPORT

Wimbledon - Serena Williams will face Angelique Kerber in the womens final on Saturday after they both won their semi-finals in straight sets. The American former world number one, overpowered Germany's Julia Gorges 6-2 6-4, while Kerber beat Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3. The final will be a re-match of their 2016 showpiece, which Williams won.

Tour de France - Ireland's Dan Martin produced a superb late attack on the Mur de Bretagne to win todays Stage Six of the Tour. Birmingham-born Martin went, with a kilometre to go, on the final climb and held off the late challenge of Pierre Roger Latour by a second.

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas was part of a group, three seconds behind, but climbed to second overall after securing two bonus seconds during the stage. Chris Froome was eight seconds back but Tom Dumoulin lost nearly a minute as the Dutchman had to have a front wheel change just over 5km from the finish and chased desperately with the help of team-mates to try to limit the damage.

Football - OGC Nice are saying good-bye to Jean Michael Seri and Maxime Le Marchand, as the pair move in a double signing UK club Fulham for a rumoured €34m. The highly sought-after Seri is considered somewhat of a coup for Fulham, as Chelsea and Napoli were among the clubs interested in the 26-year-old who was on the verge of joining Barcelona last summer.

It looks like Antonio Conte is no longer Chelsea head coach and appears to have left Stamford Bridge after two years in charge. Conte led Chelsea to Premier League title glory in a successful first season but although his second year saw them lift the FA Cup in the spring, they could only finish fifth in the Premier League.

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