Evening Update 17 Aug 2017

Yacht - 11 passengers and four crew have been rescued from a yacht which caught fire off the coast near Nice Cote d’Azur airport this afternoon. The yacht, the 39 metre ‘If Only’ had just arrived from Italy, when the fire started five miles off the coast, putting out a plume of smoke which could be seen from the beach.

Prison - There has been more unrest in the prison in Grasse when fifteen inmates refused to return to their cells late yesterday afternoon. Security forces were called in, and calm was quickly restored.

Scam - People are warned of an internet scam offering a new Carte Vitale and refunds within 24 hours. Internet users receiving an email with the offer, are linked to a website where you enter personal details, including your bank account. The advice is to ignore and delete the email.  


France's unemployment rate is at its lowest level since 2012, after a one percentage point drop in quarter two, brought the overall rate down to 9.2%. Insee based their calculations on the number of people who were actively searching for employment, not just those who were signed up at employment centres.

Korean carmaker Hyundai is promising an electric car that can go 500km on a single charge. Hyundai already has an electric model on the market and is planning 31 eco-friendly models by 2020.

Apple’ Chief Executive Officer, Tim Cook, has become the latest high profile business leader to criticise President Trump’s response to the white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville. Mr Cook said he did not agree that there was a moral equivalence between white supremacists and those who oppose them. Mr Trump has disbanded two business councils after a series of top business leaders resigned in protest over the Presidents response to the events.


Football - AS Monaco’s Kilian Mbappe, has been named as one of the Top 10 best footballers in Europe. The poll by UEFA, of Champions League and Europa League managers, along with 55 journalists, put the Monaco striker at No.8. The order of the Top 3 will be revealed next Thursday when the Champions League group stage draw takes place here in Monaco.

OGC Nice have a huge task ahead if they have any hope of staying in the Champions League. The team lost 2–Nil to Napoli last night, meaning they need a convincing win next Tuesday, to keep the Italians from going further.

Tennis - Rafael Nadal extended his unbeaten run over Frenchman Richard Gasquet to 15 matches, to reach the third round of the Cincinnati Open. The Spaniard hasn’t lost a set to Gasquet since 2008, and won the latest match 6-3 6-4. Meanwhile, Roger Federer's withdrawal from the tournament, means that on Monday, Nadal will return to world number one for the first time since July 2014, taking over from Andy Murray.

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