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Evening Update 19 July

Block - A 10,000 ton, 25 metre deep, concrete block has departed the port of Marseilles bound for Monaco. The block is the first of 18, which will form the foundations of the new six hectare, land reclamation project, to extend the Principality. The last of the foundation blocks will arrive in February and the project itself is expected to be completed in the next seven years.

Appeal - A woman, who appealed against her guilty verdict, for transporting eight migrants across the border from Italy, has had her original fine of €1,000, increased to a six month prison sentence. The 31 yr-old Italian says she will appeal to a higher court.  

Bodyguard - Prosecutors are investigating one of President Macron's main security officers, after he was filmed grabbing a young man by the throat, knocking him to the ground and hitting him, during this year's May Day demonstrations. It’s believed the Elysée was aware of the incident, but failed to notify prosecutors or fire the bodyguard.

Court - A Romanian man has been sentenced for breaking into a boat on Port Hercule in Monaco. He told the court he did it because he was hungry and wanted to sleep in a real bed. The man, who was also charged with breaking into a Lotus car, and stealing the drivers Louis Vuitton bag, holding the drivers licence, wallet and laptop, appealed to the court saying his billionaire victims would not be unduly inconvenienced by his actions.

BUSINESS

Burberry has destroyed €30m worth of unsold clothes and accessories, to protect its brand, by preventing them from being stolen or sold cheaply. The firm said the energy generated from burning its products was captured, making it environmentally friendly.

The new Airbus BelugaXL made its first flight over Toulouse today. The super-transporter carried a paint job which makes the aircraft look like its name sake, the Beluga Whale. One of the largest aircraft in existence, it will be used by Airbus to fly the wings for the equally massive A380, from factories across Europe to its assembly line in Toulouse.

SPORT

Golf - At the Open in Scotland, defending champion Jordan Spieth dropped four shots in the final four holes of his opening round, leaving him six shots behind early leader Kevin Kisner. Spieth was three under after 11, but finished with a one-over 72 in dry and fast conditions at Carnoustie.

Football - Italian club Roma have defended their decision to sell their Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool. They said that when a substantial offer comes, you have to consider it. The sale to Liverpool for €70m, overtakes the current record for a goal-keeper, which was the €53m euros paid to Juventus for their goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon 2001.

Formula 1 - World champion Lewis Hamilton will race for Mercedes, for at least another two seasons, after signing a new £30m contract which takes him to the year 2020. Hamilton is eight points behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in this year's championship, as we go into this weekend's German Grand Prix, which marks the halfway point of the season.

Tour de France - Geraint Thomas has won a dramatic five-man sprint finish, to secure back-to-back stage wins and retain the yellow jersey. The Welshman put in a late surge to beat rivals including Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin after a gruelling climb up Alpe d'Huez.

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