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Evening Update 15 September

Medical - Doctors fee’s are to increase again in France for certain types of consultations. They include visits from children considered at risk of obesity, teenage girls seeking advice on contraception or a preventative consultation about STDs. The visits will cost €46. An additional surcharge will be added to  appointments for asthma, severe eye disease, and infertility. However, a basic visit to the doctor remains at €25.

Cannes - A 68 year old man was seriously injured this morning on the Croissette in Cannes. He was using a pedestrian crossing, and although traffic had stopped, a teenager on a scooter kept going, running over the man. The man was treated in hospital before returning home.

Court - A man, accused of attempting to murder his mother, could be facing lengthy prison sentence at the Assizes Court today. The court heard the man attacked the woman in her eighties with a mallet, at a retirement home in Juan-les-Pins in an attempt to collect his inheritance. The prosecutor has requested a sentence of eight to ten years.

Cannes - MP and former Mayor of Cannes, Bernard Brochand, is to face court for failing to declare one million euro in a Swiss bank account. The MP says the non-disclosure was an administrative oversight and has since rectified the situation. His lawyer said his  client had no desire to hide money in Switzerland, and if he had wanted to be dishonest, he would have repatriated all the money in a suitcase, and no one would have never known.

BUSINESS

The value of Sterling has hit its highest level against the US dollar since the Brexit vote, after a senior Bank of England official fuelled speculation it could raise rates in the coming months. The Bank kept rates at 0.25% this week, but hinted at a rise in the future. Sterling rose more than 1% against both the dollar and the euro.

KPMG has removed the management team from its South African arm, after an internal investigation into work the firm did for the Gupta family. The CEO, COO and Chairman are among the senior partners who have left. KPMG said that, although no evidence of corruption or illegal action by staff was found, the work done for the Guptas, who have close links to President Zuma, fell short of their standards.

SPORT

Formula 1 - At the Singapore Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo set an impressive pace as he led a Red Bull ‘one-two’ in second practice with Lewis Hamilton third. Ricciardo led team-mate Max Verstappen by 0.556 seconds with Hamilton 0.147secs behind.

McLaren are to split with engine partner Honda at the end of the season, just three years into their troubled partnership. It follows consistently poor performance and reliability from Honda's engines. McLaren are to switch to Renault, who yesterday announced they no longer wanted to supply engines to the Red Bull team.

Football - Cologne and Arsenal have both been charged by UEFA following incidents during last nights Europa League match. The German club face four charges, including crowd disturbances and setting off fireworks, while the Gunners face a charge over blocked stairways. The game was delayed by more than an hour as almost 20,000 Cologne fans arrived at Emirates Stadium without tickets.

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