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Evening Update 30 July

Police - There were violent scenes last night as police attempted to arrest a youth on a stolen motorbike near Moulins, west of Nice. Following a chase, the youth crashed into a tree but as emergency services went to assist, another gang of youths pelted the police with projectiles. The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has condemned the attack and called for plans to deal with delinquency in the area.

Fireworks - For the first time since the attack of July 14th, fireworks are to be seen once more on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The display will take place in just over two weeks on the August 15th holiday, however unlike previous fireworks, they will be based closer to Plage Beau Rivage, and not the Rhul Plage. The display has got the go-ahead from families of victims of the July 14th attack, who have given consent for Bastille Day fireworks to start again next year, albeit on the 13th or 15th July.

Canicule - The Cote d’Azur is under an official heatwave alert from Meteó France, as temperatures are due to hit highs not seen for twelve years. The weather agency is predicting temperatures of 35 to 38 degrees during the week. It follows official data showing that last month, all of France enjoyed its third hottest July in over a century.

Winners - Casino’s along the coast continue to create new winners with the latest one coming from Antibes. Last night, at the JOA, one lucky winner walked away with just under €44,000.

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Marineland Antibes are watching a decision by the Thomas Cook holiday group to cancel trips to animal parks which keep killer whales.  The UK giant has stopped selling tickets to SeaWorld in Florida and Loro Parque in Tenerife, saying 90% of their customers were concerned about animal welfare.

China has offered formal talks about a post-Brexit free trade deal with the UK, as Beijing remains stuck in a bitter trade war with Washington. China has been looking for allies in its fight with the United States, which says China's high-tech industries have stolen intellectual property from American firms.

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Football - Thomas Lemar says he is very happy with the decision he made to join Atletico Madrid from AS Monaco, after passing a medical to complete the move. The 22-year-old France international was presented by Atletico today, and joins fellow Frenchmen Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez at the club.

Formula 1 - Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has apologised for an expletive-laden outburst during yesterday's Hungarian Grand Prix. The Dutchman swore repeatedly after his car broke down due to an engine failure, completely unaware his shouting was being broadcast over radio transmission. Verstappen was forced to retire from fifth place in the early stages.

Tennis - Andy Murray says that he feels he will be starting from scratch again when he faces MacKenzie McDonald in the Washington Open first round later today. The tournament will be the players third, since having surgery in January, and his first on a hard court.

Athletics - Leon Reid has been provisionally selected to represent Ireland at next month's European Championships. Athletics Ireland has included the sprinter, who previously represented Britain, pending the outcome of the IAAF transfer process.

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