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Evening Update 18 July

Robbery - Police are hunting a second thief, from a robbery on a jewellery store at La Valette-du-Var at 10.30 this morning. On making their escape, the thieves’ getaway car was involved in an accident on the A57, which led to the two running away on foot. One was quickly caught, while the other fled in the direction of Toulon.

Lloris - Thousands of people gathered outside the Marie in Nice to welcome home France goalkeeper and team captain Hugo Lloris. Hugo, who has come a long way from playing ball as a kid behind the old home of OGC Nice at Ray stadium, addressed the crowd from the balcony of the Hotel de Ville, after being officially greeted by Mayor Christian Estrosi.

Meanwhile, the President of Venezuela has said the World Cup was won by Africa. He’s make the claim because 15 of the French team can trace their heritage back to the continent, mainly from French colonies.

Bomb - A World War II explosive device, found in the water off Cannes’s Palm Beach, will be destroyed tomorrow morning. An exclusion zone around the explosion, will mean waterside residents will be evacuated, and water traffic will be banned until after 9am.

Meanwhile beaches along the coast, from St Laurent du Var to St Tropez are reopening after water tests show safe bacteria levels following Monday’s storm. However, around Marseilles, seven beaches will remain shut until tomorrow.

Water - A row over the closure of a public water fountain in Nice is escalating, with residents set to mount a protest at the fountain itself, located at Rue Bonepart. It’s claimed traders requested the fountain be deactivated, as it attracted the homeless, but residents object, saying water is for everyone.

BUSINESS

EasyJet are to file a legal action, over strikes by French air traffic controllers. The strikes cost the airline €28m, as 2,600 flights had to be cancelled in the past three months alone. The airline argue EU law was being breached, by failing to protect flights over France. Ryanair and IAG are launching similar actions.

Google are to appeal a record €4.34bn fine from the EU for using its Android operating system to cement its dominant position over internet search. The firm's parent company, Alphabet, has been given 90 days to change its business practices now, or face further penalties of up to 5% of its daily turnover.

SPORT

Football - New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, says he wants to keep Belgian Eden Hazard at the club, and improve the player. The forward has been linked with Real Madrid,  since saying he felt it might be time to discover something different, after six years at Stamford Bridge.

Rugby - British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has retired from rugby, at the age of 29, after winning 79 Test caps. The former Wales captain has not played since leading the 2017 Lions to a draw against New Zealand.

Golf - Rory McIlroy is determined to arrive at Royal Portrush next year as the defending champion, as he bids to break his major drought in the 147th Open at Carnoustie.  McIlroy says he will draw on fond memories of his performance in the 2007 Open, at the same venue, where he fired the only bogey-free round on the first day and went on to win the Silver Medal as leading amateur.

Tour de France - Today’s 11th stage features four big climbs from Albertville to La Rosiere. It’s a summit finish, which will suit the pure climbers, with Geraint Thomas tipped to take the Yellow Jersey. We’ll have a full round up after today’s stage, at 6.30pm, thanks to Neway Cycle in Nice.

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