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Evening Update 15 Aug

Bridge - A fourth French victim has been claimed by the bridge disaster on the A10 at Genona yesterday. It brings to 39 the total dead.

Prince Albert of Monaco has shared his condolences with the Italian President, mourning the loss of life, and saying, our thoughts also go to those injured, who we wish a speedy & complete recovery.

In Marseilles, which is twinned with Genoa, the Mayor said the city was filled with sorrow. In Nice, Mayor Christian Estrossi has offered equipment to help rescue efforts, while in Cannes flags are flying at half-mast at the City Hall and the Château de la Castre.

Transport - Monaco’s National Council has made proposals to the Minister of State to introduce a traffic brigade, to help congestion at peak times in the Principality. They drew attention to disruption caused by the Monaco Yacht Show, the Grand Prix, and Top Marques. In particular, they recommended that the super car show should not coincide with the Tennis Open. The council also proposed a more frequent and less expensive bus service.

Arson - A Paris St Germain football supporter has been given six months in prison for attempting to set an Olympic Marseilles poster on fire. The 37 year-old told police on Sunday night, he was doing it as a bet with Parisian friends before being tried and sentenced by the criminal court in Marseilles.

Feux d’Artifrice - For the first time since July 2016, fireworks return to the city of Nice this evening, as part of August 15th celebrations. Tight security is in with traffic diversions in place between now and tomorrow morning.

BUSINESS

Unemployment in France is down one percentage point to 9.1%. The French Labour Minister said the result was positive, in particular, figures which show the unemployment rate for 15-24 year-olds dropping by 0.7%. In total, over half a million young people in France are unemployed.

Turkey's banking regulator has curtailed investor ability to buy and short the LIRA, helping the currency to gain value in overnight trade. The new rules have reduced the amount of swap market contracts that offshore banks can undertake, reducing their access to the beleaguered currency.

UK inflation rose to 2.5% in July, as the cost of transport and computer games increased. It was the first jump in the Consumer Price Index since November and was in line with forecasts.

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Football - Reports say French coach Zinedine Zidane has designs on taking over from Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. The legendary former midfielder was offered mega-money to coach Qatar ahead of their upcoming World Cup in 2022, but he turned them down amid speculation he has sights on Old Trafford.

Juventus are replacing their traditional TV channel with a new digital channel which is available worldwide. By taking content online, the club wants to offer more opportunities for fans to keep up to date, from smartphone, tablet and desktop services. The channel costs €20 for a year’s access.

Tennis - Serena Williams says she is at the start of a long comeback, after losing 6-3 2-6 6-3 to Petra Kvitova in Cincinnati. The second-round loss comes on the back of her heaviest career defeat, by Britain's Johanna Konta, in the Silicon Valley first round. Serena says she will continue to work hard and hopefully start winning more matches.

Meanwhile British number one Kyle Edmund lost 6-4 7-5 to Canadian Denis Shapo.valov in the second round. World number 16 Edmund will continue his US Open preparations at the Winston-Salem Open, which begins on Saturday.

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