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Evening Update 23 Aug

Paris - A 28 year-old has been shot dead by police just metres from St Charles station in Marseilles. The man was well known to police and it’s thought the incident is related to drug crime in the city. Meanwhile, in Paris, another man was been shot dead by police after fatally stabbing his mother and sister in a Paris suburb.  The man was known to police for psychological problems but not seen as a threat. Police are treating the scene as a domestic incident.

Smoke - Mayor’s across the Cote d’Azur will be carefully watching the beaches of Sanary next summer, all of which, have just been declared smoke-free zones. In an unusual move, the local Mayor has banned cigarettes on all beaches to prevent hundreds of butts having to be picked up each morning by seasonal workers. If the total ban proves successful, it has the potential to spread rapidly to other resorts on the Riviera.

Death - An elderly woman has died after taking a morning swim at St Raphael today. The 82 year-old had an attack while in the water at an unsupervised part of the beach and drowned. Emergency services were on the scene almost immediately but were unable to save the woman’s life.

BUSINESS

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei says the Australian government has banned it from providing 5G technology for the country's wireless networks. It said fellow communications firm ZTE had also been banned, both reportedly because of national security concerns. Both companies have faced similar issues in the United States.

The value of sterling continues to slide today, as the UK government issued advice on what do to in the case of a no-deal Brexit. British business has been warned to prepare for new customs checks, while consumers are told, there will most likely be an increase in UK/EU payments, especially with credit cards.

US President Donald Trump has said if he were impeached, the market would crash and everybody would be very poor. He was speaking after his ex-lawyer pleaded guilty to violating election laws on the instruction of Mr Trump.

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Football - Former France forward Thierry Henry has signed on as coach for Bordeaux. The team has won the French league title six times, the last time being 2009, under the leadership of another 1998 World Cup winner Laurent Blanc.

David Beckham will be in Monaco next week to receive the UEFA President’s Award for 2018. The award recognizes the player as a true football icon, not just a player, but for his outstanding humanitarian work also.

Rugby - Gloucester’s head coach has said Danny Cipriani should be judged on his performances on the field, and move on from the incident in Jersey where he pleaded guilty to common assault and resisting arrest. After a five-hour hearing, the Rugby Football Union has opted not to sanction the fly-half beyond the £2,000 fines, imposed on him by Jersey magistrates. Cipriani will now face Dragons at home in tonight’s pre-season friendly.

Tennis
Liam Broady beat fellow Briton Jay Clarke 6-3 6-1 to reach the second round of US Open qualifying. Heather Watson also won in her first round of qualifier.

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