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Evening Update 30 Aug

Fire - Emergency services are monitoring a brush fire just above Roquebrune-Cap-Martin which broke out at lunchtime today. Around 50 firefighters, assisted by three water bombing helicopters, brought the fire under control around 3pm. It’s believed around 5,000 square metres of brush have been damaged.

Court - A man from Menton who recognised a police officer, instrumental in sending him to prison, has appeared in court charged with making a verbal threat to kill the officer. The public prosecutor said such threats are taken with the upmost seriousness, while his defence team portrayed him as a caring father. The court eventually gave the man a six-month suspended sentence and a fine of €200.

Asterix - President Macron has come under fire for using an Asterix comic-book analogy to describe resistance in France to his labour and welfare reforms. Speaking on his state trip to Demark, he complimented the Danish people, who have been open to the changes of the last century, as opposed to unyielding Gauls who resist all change.

School - Next week, as students return to school, they’ll be hitting a new law introduced by government; the banning of mobile phones in school buildings. The ban aims to protect children from distractions, cyberbullying and making it easier for teachers to confiscate phones if necessary. It’s not the only major change to schools in September, as many primary schools around the country, will return to a four day week.

BUSINESS

Argentina's government has asked the IMF for the early release of a $50bn loan to help restore confidence in the economy. The peso has dipped even further on the news and the Argentine Central Bank has increased the amount of reserves that commercial banks have to hold, by 15 percentage points to 60%. The Turkish lira also saw heavy selling today, after a report of a possible resignation at the country's central bank. Both countries have seen the value of their currency drop by over 40% since the beginning of the year.

Dating app Grindr is to list its shares on international stock exchanges, under a plan submitted by its Chinese parent company. They say going public will strengthen Grindr's competitiveness and help the business to develop. The Chinese tech firm bought a 61% stake two years ago, from the company's US founders, before taking full control in January.

SPORT

Tennis - Huge local interest in the US Open this evening as Gilles Simon from Nice is takes on Milos Raonic after six this evening. Despite the Canadian being the favourite to win, Simon says he is giving it all he’s got in the second round game.

Meanwhile Niçoise Alizé Cornet, who has been at the centre of US Open attention after being penalised for fixing her top on-court, has dismissed the controversy saying the referee was simply overtaken by the situation. She said the decision from the President of French Tennis to ban Serena Williams from wearing a catsuit at future French Opens was "10,000 times worse" than her on-court reprimand.

Football - FIFA has launched a call for volunteers to assist in the Women’s World Cup, where six games will be held in Nice next summer. If you’re over 18 and want to be part of this world class event, just follow this link to the correct page on FIFA.com . Full training will be given during May next year.

Authorities in Lyon have confirmed a ban is in place on OGC Nice fans attending the Ligue 1 match against Lyon on Friday. They said it’s due to strong rivalry between both sets of supporters which poses a real risk of confrontation and damage to property.

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