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Evening Update 22 Aug 2017

Accident - A teenager has died after a car accident in Cannes last night.  The 19 year-old was skateboarding across traffic at Louis Blanc junction, when he was hit by a car coming through the lights. He died of his injuries at Louis Pasteur Hospital.

Marseilles - Following yesterdays incident, where a mentally ill man went on a rampage in a stolen van in Marseille, the French Interior Minister has said nearly a third of the 17,000 people on the French terror watchlist, are believed to have psychiatric disorders. Terrorism experts have long warned that intense media coverage of jihadist violence could spur copycat attacks by mentally unstable individuals. The Minister said he is enlisting the help of psychiatric hospitals in identifying patients who represented a threat.

Marineland - Actress Pamela Anderson has been protesting outside ‘Marineland’ in Antibes this afternoon. She is a long time campaigner against animal captivity, and was seen outside the park holding a sign saying “Captivity Kills. Close Marineland”. She said now she lives in France, she wants to be more active in the area.

Monaco - Luxury properties in Monaco are third on the latest Knight Frank Residential Index, which ranks luxury property prices in 100 countries. The top 5 locations also include Shanghai and Sydney at #1 and #2 with Singapore and Dubai at #4 and #5. Monaco made the Top Five for its desirability for investment purposes. The general view is that the Principality’s top-end properties will rise by five percent this year after rising 1 per cent last year.

Yacht - The worlds largest yacht, The Dilbar, is once more on the Riviera this week, and can be seen just off the coast at St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. At 156 metres, the yacht boasts 20 cabins, and carries 40 guests with a full crew of 80. It belongs to a Russian billionaire and is valued at €600m.

BUSINESS

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay €355m to a woman who says she developed ovarian cancer after using products such as baby powder. The California jury's decision marks the largest award yet in a string of lawsuits that claim the firm did not adequately warn about cancer risks from talc-based products. A spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson defended the products' safety, saying they plan to appeal, as the evidence around any link between the use of talcum powder and cancer is inconclusive.

The UK has recorded a budget surplus for the first time since 2002, as more money came in from self-employed tax receipts. July saw a surplus of £0.2bn, compared with last year's deficit of £0.3bn. However, for the four months so far this year, public sector net borrowing, was £1.9bn higher than last year at £22.8bn.

The UK Pensions Regulator is to prosecute the former boss of retail chain BHS, Dominic Chappell. He’s charged with failing to provide information and documents the regulator requested during its investigation into the sale of BHS, which he bought for £1 from billionaire Sir Philip Green. The collapse of BHS led to the loss of 11,000 jobs and a pension deficit of £571m.

SPORT

Football - OGC Nice face an uphill, but not an impossible, battle to qualify for the Champions League with their second leg playoff against Napoli tonight. They have three things in their favour, their two star players Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder are both available for the game, and it will be played before a capacity home crowd at the Allianz Riviera. Kick-off is at 8.45pm.

Paris Saint-Germain are in talks with AS Monaco concerning a one season loan deal for Kylian Mbappé, with an agreement to buy the striker next summer. The deal will also see PSG’s Lucas Moura swop over to Monaco. After PSG’s record deal to sign Brazilian Neymar, it’s thought the loan arrangement will help the Paris club remain within UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

Tennis - Former world number one Victoria Azarenka will miss the US Open because of an ongoing family situation, after seperating from the father of her infant child.

Britain's Kyle Edmund is through to the second round of the Winston-Salem Open with a straight-set win over Italy's Thomas Fabbiano in North Carolina. The 22-year-old British player won 6-2 6-3.

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