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Evening Update 23 July

Cars - Motorists in Nice, Marseilles and Toulon, could soon be subject to a ban on the use of cars in city areas, similar to the coloured sticker system in Paris. The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has been battling air pollution, by introducing the new tram and planning to make all buses run on electric power by 2025.

However, what makes the air in Nice one of the most polluted in France, is the amount of cars driven by residents who live in the centre of the city.  It’s expected, the French Minister for Transport will announce Nice as an official ‘low emission zone’, meaning drivers will need to pay for a coloured Crit’Air sticker in order to drive around town.

Scandal - The French Interior Minister has distanced himself from the Benalla scandal, which is rocking the French government this week, after one of President Macron’s security aides was video-taped assaulting a May Day protester. The Minister says, he informed Macron’s office the day after the incident, but that it was up to Macron to respond. The security aid, Alexandre Benalla, was fired last Friday and this week will be charged with assault and impersonating a police officer.

Fire - 30 firefighters from Bouches-du-Rhone, Var and Herault have flown to Sweden, where the country is experiencing exceptional summer weather and forest fires. A total 342 people are travelling to assist Sweden as part of a European assistance program.

BUSINESS

The G20 have said trade tensions could undermine the global economy and have called for greater dialogue to reduce the risk. The comments come as the US ramped up trade tensions, saying it was ready to slap tariffs on all $500bn of imports from China. Meanwhile, France's Finance Minister said the EU should not negotiate trade with a gun to its head.

Shares in Amazon dropped almost 2% today, when American President Donald Trump took aim a fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos, saying that his company Amazon was using the US Postal Service as a delivery boy and raising the possibility of antitrust claims against the company. Trump also went after The Washington Post, also owned by Bezos, claiming the newspaper has gone crazy against Trump since Amazon lost the Internet Tax Case in the U.S. Supreme Court.

SPORT

Motorsport - Organisers of the Monte Carlo Rally says January’s event will be significantly different, with changes including a much shorter route. Also, because the last day of the Rally conflicts with the celebrations of St Devote, the Patron Saint of Monaco, timed events will take place in the back country of the Alpes-Maritimes.

Diving - Alice Modolo, who set a French record by diving to 76 metres without air at Villfranche three weeks ago, has beaten her own record. The dentist from Nice, was competing at the World Championships in Barbados at the weekend, when she dove to a record breaking 86m, meaning she had to hold her breath for 2 minutes and 46 seconds.

Tour de France - Today is a rest day, before the riders tackle Stage 16 into the Pyrenees between Carcassone and Bagneres-de-Luchon. The stage features three difficult climbs before it ends on the summit of the Col du Portillon.

Yesterday, Magnus Cort of Denmark won Stage 15, with Geraint Thomas retaining the leader’s Yellow Jersey. We’ll have full reports for you during the week, after each days stage, at 6.30pm, thanks to Neway Cycle in Nice.

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