Evening Update 13 Aug

Weather - This morning’s storm caused an electricity blackout for about an hour in Monaco, Cap d’Ail and Beausoleil, when a direct lightning hit took out a key transformer. The only place to escape was the Café de Paris where gaming continued as normal.

Across the region, Meteó France reported 12,000 lightning strikes in the Bouche-du-Rhones, 6,000 in the Var and 276 in the Alpes-Maritimes.

The storm has led to the closure of several beaches in the Var, including Sanary, Six-Fours and Bandol, due to contamination of the water from storm run-off.

Accident - Two Austrians, a man in his fifties and a teenager, have died after their glider crashed to the ground in the southern French Alps. The exact circumstances of the accident were not yet known.

A thirty-three year old man has been killed while practicing the water-sport of tubing at Port Cros in the Var. He was fatally hit by the boat’s propeller.

A 65 year-old man was found dead last night, on his boat anchored between the islands of St-Honorat and Sainte-Marguerite. It’s believed he died of a heart attack.

Bikes - Despite a growing campaign to begin charging for motorcycle parking in Nice, the city council has said parking will remain free for the time being. The city has just installed 500 additional bike spaces, bringing the current total to 10,000. With so much free parking available, the city has said they will crack down on parked bikes which obstruct the passage of pedestrians or wheelchairs, with fines of up to €135.  

Strike - Air France's pilots union has warned, that if the next CEO does not resume discussions over pay, the company will face 15 more days of strikes. Unions representing other Air France workers have threatened the same. The strikes have prompted the government's Economy Minister to warn that the future of the airline is at stake.


The UK tax collector is to hold a public meeting in Monaco to raise awareness of important changes to UK tax legislation. As part of the British Government’s “Requirement to Correct” legislation, UK taxpayers must make sure that all their foreign income and assets have been declared to Revenue, before September 30th this year. The roadshow will be held on September 6th at a venue to be announced.

Moves to ease Turkey's economic troubles, have failed to stop market turmoil, as the country's row with the United States deepens. Turkey's President Erdogan said the US act on one side as a strategic partner to Turkey, but on the other, they fire bullets into the foot of their strategic partner.

Ticketmaster are to close their secondary ticketing websites Seatwave and Get Me In, in a bid to combat ticket touts. In their place, you will be allowed to sell tickets directly on Ticketmaster, where a simple click will release tickets back into the market.


Rugby - Ulster winger Jacob Stockdale has been ruled out for six to eight weeks, with a grade two hamstring injury sustained in training last week. The player was unlikely to feature in the first couple of Pro14 games, after playing a significant part in Ireland's summer tour of Australia. The Ireland back will now be absent until at least late September.

Cycling - British twin brothers Adam and Simon Yates will race together at the Vuelta a Espana for Australian team Mitchelton-Scott. Simon will be the team's leader, while Adam has decided to ride, to add to his experience of competing in multiple big races, after a modest Tour de France.

Tennis - British number one Kyle Edmund is through to the second round of the Cincinnati Masters after beating American wildcard Mackenzie McDonald. Meanwhile, world number one Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the tournament, after winning the Rogers Cup in Toronto yesterday. He said there was no other reason than taking care of himself ahead of the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the year, which starts in two weeks.

Football - AS Monaco had a very encouraging start to the Ligue 1 season with a 3-1 victory away against Nantes on Saturday. The Monegasques scored all three goals in just 15 minutes during the second half.

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