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Evening Update 13 Sept

Beach - Some of the most well known beach establishments in Golfe Juan including Tetou and Chez Nounou appeared in front of the Administrative Court today. They were  appealing an order to demolish the private beaches, despite the fact some have existed for over a hundred years. The court will deliver its decision later this month.

Accident - There was a violent car accident in St-Laurent-du-Var this morning, when a car cutting across traffic at the Avenue Jeanne d’Arc roundabout, hit a bollard, lost control and hit a pedestrian, before ending upside down on its roof. The elderly driver, car passenger and the pedestrian are recovering in Pasteur Hospital.

Herrou - Local human rights activist, Cedric Herrou, who is known for smuggling migrants from Italy into France, is once again in police custody. He’s facing a charge of ‘aggravated violence and kidnapping’, which has been made by a man currently in prison for professional smuggling. Police are inspecting M Herrou’s home while he is in detention.

Trains - A new study has found TER train services along the coast are improving, with 90% of trains now running on time. The improvement follows a refusal by regional authorities late last year, to sign a new agreement with SNCF until train services improved.

Phones - France is considering a ban on mobile phones in schools. The Education Minister said today he intends to implement the plan which was included in President Macron’s election manifesto.

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Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, has said the wind is back in Europe's sails, in his annual state of the union address. He told the European Parliament there was a window of opportunity to build a stronger, more united union, but it wouldn't stay open forever. Mr Juncker said Europe's economy was bouncing back and the EU had to move beyond Brexit, the migrant crisis and the rise of populism.

EasyJet is to allow customers book connecting long-haul flights with other carriers on its website. The budget airline is teaming up with Norwegian and WestJet to offer flights to North and South America, as well as Singapore, from Gatwick. Around 200,000 passengers a year connect from one EasyJet flight to another at Gatwick but they have previously needed to book each flight separately.

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Football - Celtic have been charged by UEFA after a fan ran on to the pitch and aimed a kick at Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe. The incident during last nights Champions League match at Celtic Park, shortly after the French teams third goal in a 5-Nil win. Speaking after thrashing, Celtic manager Brendan Rogers said own his side played like a bunch of under-12 year olds.

Formula 1 - Valtteri Bottas has signed a new contract with Mercedes to race for the Formula 1 champions in 2018. The Finnish driver joined Mercedes on a one-year deal in January, as a replacement for Nico Rosberg. Currently he’s third in this year's drivers' championship, with two wins from 13 races. The next Formula 1 race, is the night race in Singapore this weekend.

Rugby - England are to play world champions New Zealand for the first time since 2014, as part of next year's autumn internationals at Twickenham. Eddie Jones' side host the All Blacks match in November as well as games against South Africa, Japan and Australia.

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