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Evening Update 25 July

Crash - One man is dead, and another in intensive care, after a serious road accident on the A8 near Luc this morning. It happened when two heavy goods lorries collided, throwing one driver from his vehicle, killing him. The other driver is being cared for at hospital in Toulon.

Court - A 73 year-old human rights activist from Nice, Martine Landry, is to have her release by the Nice court appealed by the public prosecutor. The court had found that Madame Landry was not guilty of evading the law when she brought two Guinean minors across the border. However, the prosecutor is to appeal to a higher court seeking 5 years imprisonment and a fine of €30,000.

Art - The Monaco Government is considering a change to auction rules, that could see the Principality become centre of excellence for modern art auctions. Currently, descendants of an artist are entitled to 3% of any sale made at auction. The government is considering putting a limit of €12,500 on this right, bringing auction laws in line with France.

Dancer - Tribute will be paid tonight to dancer Ophélie Longuet who died tragically in a motor accident on the A7 last week. Local artists who knew her, will perform a dance this evening at 8pm, outside the TNN on the Promenade des Arts.

Death - The prosecutor of the High Court in Draguignan has died while on holiday in the Netherlands. M. Ivan Auriel’s unexpected death was due to a heart problem. He was 61 years-old.

BUSINESS

Tributes have been paid to Fiat Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, who died in Zurich following complications from surgery on his shoulder. The 66 year-old, who was also Ferrari’s chairman, had planned to step down next year.

European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, is set to meet Donald Trump at the White House today, in an attempt to quell differences over tariffs. The EU have said, if Trump increases tariffs on EU goods, they will respond with $20bn of tariffs on US goods. However, Mr Trump has said, what he really wants, is an end to all tariffs but he does not think the EU will agree.

The European Court of Justice has thrown out an appeal by Nestlé who were looking to trademark the four-fingered format of their KitKat bar. Nestlé are trying to protect themselves against competition from Cadburys, Norways Quick Lunch bar and supermarket own brand imitations.

SPORT

Football - Brazilian winger Malcom has passed a medical at Barcelona before his €41m move from Bordeaux. The deal was announced yesterday after the Spanish champions beat Roma to signing a deal with the 21-year-old player.

Tennis - Serena Williams says she is a victim of discrimination as she is the most drug tested American tennis player. So far this year alone, she has been tested on five separate occasions.

Tour de France - Today we have a short but sharp stage between Bagneres-de Luchon and St Lary Soulan in the Pyrenees. The stage is only 65 km but features three punishing climbs. We’ll have a full report after the stage, at 6.30, thanks to Neway Cycle in Nice.

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