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Evening Update 28 Aug

War - A number of ceremonies are being held in Nice today to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the cities liberation after World War II. Vintage military vehicles have been on display and there will be an official ceremony on Place Massena at 6pm. The liberation of Monaco will also be commemorated, next Monday September 3rd, with ceremonies in the cemetery to be led by Prince Albert.

Rape - Accusations of rape against Moroccan super-star Saad Lamjarred has been described as a complex affair by the public prosecutor. They said both sides have diametrically opposing versions of what happened in St Tropez on Saturday night. The star, who regularly gets over 100m views for his YouTube videos, was released from custody this morning, but the prosecutor's office at Draguignan say they expect to press charges in court shortly.   

Hit Run - A drunken motorist, whose failure to stop, resulted in Monaco police firing shots at the tyres of his Mercedes, has been released on bail in Nice. The 46 year-old French national, had been involved in a dispute in front of a Monaco hotel, before the police intervened. Two shots were fired at the wheels of his car, but despite having a flat tyre, the driver succeeded in making his way as far as Nice Riquier, where French police stopped and charged him with ‘hit and run’ and ‘refusal to obey police orders’.

Hunt - President Macron has received sharp criticism from Brigitte Bardot over his decision today to lower the cost of a hunting licence to €200. Ms Bardot, who recently met with Macron to discuss animal rights, said she feels scandalised by the Presidents submission to hunters, who play by murder, sadism and perversity.

Court - The new President of the Monaco Court of First Instance has been announced as Françoise Barbier-Chassaing. She is currently practicing law at the Paris Court of Appeal, and will take up the new post in Monaco next week.

BUSINESS

US stocks have opened higher today after the US and Mexico agreed a revamped NAFTA trade deal yesterday. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Index’s opened at record levels, in hopes the trade deal will help avert a global trade war. The other member of NAFTA, Canada, restart their official talks with the United States today, and are expected to agree a new deal in the coming days.

Boeing has forecast that economic growth in Asia will mean the region will need 240,000 new airline pilots, with 317,000 cabin crew, across the next 20 years. Boeing's outlook is used to create projections for new aircraft deliveries.

SPORT

Football - Some eyes were raised when Hugo Lloris captained Tottenham last night, despite the France player being arrested for drink-driving last Friday night. The former OGC Nice player, led the team to a three nil wipe-out of Manchester United, after which United boss Jose Mourinho stormed out of the post-match conference, demanding more respect.

Tennis - Gilles Simon from Nice is through to the second round of the US Open after a “dominating” straight sets win over South African Lloyd Harris. Simon will next take on former world number three Milos Raonic.

Britain’s Johanna Konta says she has learned from her experience of ‘burning out’ as she begins her US Open challenge against France’s Caroline Garcia around 9pm this evening.

Five-time champion Roger Federer and two-time winner Novak Djokovic will also open their campaigns later today.

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