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Evening Update 16 July

World Cup - Hugo Lloris, the captain of the France football team, will be officially welcomed to Nice, his home town tomorrow or Wednesday. That’s according to Mayor Christian Estrosi who said the World Cup hero will get the enormous welcome he deserves from Nice.

Right now, the French football team are enjoying a hero’s welcome in Paris, with hundreds and thousands of people back on the Champs-Elysées for the bus parade and an official greeting from President Macron, who also announced today that the entire team will receive France’s highest accolade, the Légion d'Honneur.

Some Metro stations in Paris have been renamed for the day including, the Victor Hugo station which was renamed Victor Hugo Lloris. Similar occurred in England where London’s Southgate tube station was renamed Gareth Southgate.

Meanwhile, two people died last night, as millions of people all across France, celebrated the World Cup win. On the Cote d’Azur there were some isolated pockets of violence, including some youths injuring police officers in Menton, a stabbing in Mandelieu, and reports of cars being set alight in Nice and Vallauris.

Weather - The Var is under a Meteó France ‘Orange Weather Alert’ as heavy rains and thunder-storms move up the coast from Marseilles this afternoon. The particularly strong storm is bringing strong winds and very heavy rain of 40 and 60mm is expected to fall in under 2 hours. The storm should have passed by 8pm this evening.

Airport - The renovation of Terminal Two at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport has officially been completed, and passengers can now enjoy a taste of Provence before leaving the French Riviera, at a new restaurant by double Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco. The restaurant, Estivale, offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu and was recently ranked third in the world, according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

The airport also announced a trial of automated passport checks for passengers travelling outside of the Schengen area. It’s hoped the automated system will reduce waiting times for checks, without compromising on border security.

BUSINESS

The price of Bitcoin surged today, after a report said BlackRock have set up a working group to explore ways of taking advantage of the cryptocurrency market. Bitcoin, the world’s most valuable virtual currency, jumped more than 4% according to industry website CoinDesk.

AirBnb could be facing stiff fines as the EU warned its terms and conditions fall foul of EU consumer rules. The EU has told the company, to tell consumers earlier in the booking process, about service or cleaning costs, which would affect the overall price of renting. It’s among a list of items, which also include denying consumers the basic legal right to sue a host in case of personal harm or other damages.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has called on China to make its economy more open to foreign firms. He also warned, that worsening trade tensions could lead to conflict. Meanwhile, China has filed an official complaint, against new US trade tariffs of $200 billion dollars on additional products.

SPORT

Football - Croatia defender Dejan Lovren says, his side played much better technical football than France, in yesterday’s World Cup Final, and criticised France for sticking to one tactic; waiting for their chance and scoring. However, the player did admit he respected them for the tactic.

Meanwhile France coach Didier Deschamps said the  World Cup win was the supreme consolation, after the hurt of losing in the last European Championship final to Portugal two years ago. Team captain, Hugo Lloris also spoke admirably about winning the greatest prize of all saying; it is with great privilege and great pride, that the team try to savour the moment of winning a trophy so steeped in history. He said the feeling of being on top of the world was hard to describe.

Tennis - Serena Williams has returned to the world's top 30 after reaching the Wimbledon final. The 36 year-old  has risen 153 places to 28th, despite losing to Angelique Kerber, in only her fourth tournament since giving birth 10 months ago.

Tour de France - Today is a rest day but tomorrow the riders tackle the 158.5 km stage from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand, which features steep climbs and will definitely see the sprinters lose valuable time. We have a full report on the days Tour de France for you, each evening at 6.30, thanks to Neway Cycles in Nice.

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