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Evening Update 26 July

Aide - President Macron's former top security aide, has  admitted he made a mistake, after he was filmed roughing up demonstrators. He said he was reacting impulsively ‘in anger’ to the sight of protesters throwing bottles and projectiles at police. Monsieur Benalla also said that if he wasn't a presidential aide, he would do it again. The scandal has led to the opposition Republican party filing a motion of ‘no confidence’ in the government.

Clamps - Motorists in Nice are warned that police have introduced a new clamping system to disable cars illegally or badly parked. A minimum of €178 will be required to release the car.

Airport - A social media storm has erupted after TunisAir refused boarding, to a man and his infant, at Nice airport yesterday evening. At the time, the man was told it was because the plane already had ten infants on board, and that was the maximum allowed. However, comments on social media point toward an overbooked flight.

Taxi - A new taxi service to rival Uber, is being launched tomorrow called “Heetch”. The main difference between the two services, is that Heetchs fees will not increase during busy periods, unlike Uber where fares can double or even triple in busy times. More details can be found at heetch.com

Beach - Jellyfish have been spotted once again on the beaches of Cannes, Antibes and Nice. The advice, if you’re stung, is to rinse the wound with sea water, not fresh water. Then cover it with sand, let it dry, and remove with stiff cardboard, to take off any stinging cells still left.

BUSINESS

Profits at Airbus have more than doubled in the second quarter of the year, after bottlenecks of undelivered planes began to ease, while costs relating to the new A350 were down. The results sent Airbus shares to new record highs of €111 in Paris.

Facebook's lower profit margin guidance, has resulted in a number of Wall Street firms lowering their ratings on the social media giant's shares and slashing their price targets. Facebook expects its operating profit margin percentage will fall to the mid-30s, compared with second-quarter operating margin of 44%. Facebook shares plunged more than 20% in after-hours trading after the guidance.

SPORT

Football - Olympic Marseilles have been told, they could be kicked out of European competition, if their fans continue to wreak havoc. Governing body UEFA laid the heavy penalty on the club, after numerous violent incidents last season, where fans caused damage, set off fireworks and threw objects. UEFA said that if there is one more single incident in the coming two years, Marseilles will be excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition, for which it would otherwise qualify. In addition, the club were fined €100,000 and their next game is to be played behind doors in an empty stadium.

Formula 1 - James Key is to join McLaren as technical director in the latest move to return the team to its glory days. Key will move to McLaren once a period of gardening leave from his former team Toro Rosso has ended.

Tour de France - Mark Cavindish, who was not allowed to continue after finishing more than 30 minutes outside the cut-off time on Stage 11, has announced he will race in this weekend's London to Surrey Classic.  Meanwhile, today’s 18th stage of the Tour, is 171km, mainly on the flat, between Trie-sur-Baise and Pau. The sprinters should benefit, but it’s also a chance for Geraint Thomas to get his breath back, ahead of the last mountain stage tomorrow. We’ll have a full report after today’s stage, at 6.30pm, thanks to Neway Cycle in Nice.

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