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Evening Update 24 July

Fire - One of the worse forest fires in 15 years, may have been caused by a badly extinguished barbeque. Experts investigating the blaze at Castagniers, which destroyed 120 hectares last summer, say a local couple will appear in court this September to answer charges in relation to the fire.

Drones - The use of drones has been completely barred in the Mercantour for reasons of noise and privacy. The ban is effective on recreational and professional use of drones. Across France, the flying of drones is highly regulated.

Noise - A couple who bought a house beside an amusement park, just outside Hyéres, have been awarded €24,000 in damages for noise nuisance. The local town council argued that the amusement park existed when the couple acquired the property, so they were aware of, and accepted the problem. However, the court of Toulon disagreed, saying the town council should have dealt with the problem at the time, instead of ignoring the couple.  

Dechamps - French football coach Didier Deschamps is holidaying in St Tropez where was pictured enjoying lunch on one of the private beaches in the area. He’s one of the many French and international celebrities visiting the resort this year. Last week, Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone gave an unexpected lift to an Italian restaurant by having dinner there.

BUSINESS

Four European airlines are claiming France is breaking EU law, because air traffic controller strikes are restricting freedom of movement. Ryanair, Easyjet, Wizz Air and IAG say passengers flying between member states, not affected by the action, are being denied their freedom to travel. The airlines are submitting a claim to the EU, to cover the cost of cancellations and re-routing of aircraft.

Harley-Davidson says profit margins will be half of what they were a year ago, as trade tariffs begin to bite. The company was singled out by the EU for tariffs, in response to actions by President Donald Trump against certain European exports to the US. Harley-Davidson say they may move some production out of the US to get around the tariff restrictions.

SPORT

Tour de France - The race had to be stopped temporarily today, when the peloton was sprayed during a protest by French farmers, with several riders needing medical treatment. Hay bales were also thrown across the road, 29km into the 218km stage, from Carcassonne. However, the race got back underway after a 15 minute stop and we’ll have the results around 6.30pm thanks to Neway Cycle in Nice.

Formula 1 - Red Bull say Daniel Ricciardo will avoid grid penalties at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix despite his retirement in Germany on Sunday. The Australian was given a penalty in Hockenheim for using excessive replacement engine parts.

Football - England coach Gareth Southgate has been shortlisted for FIFA’s ‘Best Men's Coach 2018’. French boss Didier Deschamps, Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool, and Belgium's Roberto Martinez are also included.

Kylian Mbappé revealed in an interview today, that just after the world cup win, President Macron told him he should play for Marseilles.  Despite knowing the President is a huge OM fan, Mbappé said ‘it’ll never happen’!

Tennis - Roger Federer has withdrawn from next month's Rogers Cup in Toronto as part of a strategy to prolong his career. The world number two has played seven singles events so far this year, where he started by winning the Australian Open, and most recently was beaten in a dramatic Wimbledon quarter-final by Kevin Anderson.

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