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Evening Update 16 May

Swimming - St Laurent-du-Var has prohibited swimming at three of its four beaches, until tests can conclude showing the water is safe. The ban is because of the proximity of the River Var, where after bad weather, silt and bacteria in the water can exceed European standards.

Post - Postal deliveries in Monaco are to be affected when the sorting office at Nice Airport is moved to Toulon. The further distance means mail trucks will arrive up to an hour later than usual in the Principality, with knock-on delays to mail sorting. Mail pickup times will also change from June 11th, with mail from Post Offices leaving at 3:45 pm instead of 4:30 pm.

Sunshine - The month of May has been one of the worst since weather records began on the Cote d’Azur. So far, May has been the least sunny month in over 70 years, with eight days more rain than usual. Today we had thunderstorms inland from Cannes through to San Remo, and the storm warning issued this morning by Meteó France, remains in place until 11 this evening. It’s the fourth consecutive day the region has been placed on a weather alert.

Prison - A man from Villenuve-Loubet has received six months in prison, after a row with a neighbour, in which he screamed racist comments, and led to police having to apprehend him using a taser gun. The man apologied to the court saying he was under the influence of alcohol on the afternoon of the incident.

BUSINESS

Over one million households across France were the victim of at least one bank fraud in 2016. A new study today, shows bank scams are exploding in France, with the majority being low-level crime, taking under €300 from unsuspecting victims.

The Italian right-wing Lega party has denied reports it will seek a €250 billion euro debt write-off, if it becomes part of a power-sharing deal with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement. The two parties have been locked in negotiations for over two months, trying to find a deal that would allow them to jointly govern Italy.

Authorities in Venezuela have seized a plant owned by Kelloggs, after the American cereal manufacturer announced, they were pulling out of the country due to the worsening economic situation. The factory has been handed to workers who will continue production.

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Football - Tonight Marseilles head into one of their important matches ever, as they take on Atletico Madrid in the final of the Europa League. Captain Dimitri Payet says he wants the team to write their names in the history books with a win tonight, which will not only give them the Europa League cup, but also get them automatic qualification for next year’s Champions League.

The Mayor of Marseilles has already organised celebrations, with a ceremony on the old port tomorrow, regardless of the result. Tonight’s Europa League Final takes place in Lyon and kick off is at 8.45pm.

In the lead up to the World Cup, England manager Gareth Southgate has named his squad for Russia, which includes uncapped 19-year-old Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold while goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielder Jack Wilshere have been left out. Southgate said the lineup is a young group, but with some really important senior players, so he feels the balance of the squad is good in terms of experience, character and balance.

Meanwhile, a member of England's 1966 winning World Cup-winning squad, Ray Wilson, has died aged 83. At the time, the left-back was the oldest player in England’s starting eleven which overcame West Germany in final at Wembley.

Former England manager Sam Allardyce has just been sacked as Everton manager after six months. He had signed a contract until June next year, but Everton say the dismissal is part of their longer term plan.

Formula 1 - Former driver Felipe Massa has signed a three-year deal to race in Formula E from next season. He will join the Monaco-based Venturi, which is co-owned by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, from the 2018-19 season. Massa, who has won 11 Grand Prix, quit F1 last season after 15 years in the sport with Sauber, Ferrari and Williams.

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