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Evening Update 31 Aug

Court - The court in Aix-en-Provence has been hearing the case of a Turkish man who threatened to cut the feet off one of his two wives. In the case of domestic violence, the court heard how the man married the woman at just thirteen, and when no children were produced, married a second time. The man was sentenced to 18 months and prohibited from contacting the victim.

Changes - The first of September tomorrow will, as always, bring more changes to life in France, including a new ban on halogen light bulbs. The bulbs will remain in stores until stocks are cleared and will be replaced by more expensive, but better value much longer lasting, LED lights. 

Also from tomorrow, social charges will be deducted from salaried workers, solely under the label CSG. It’s part a change by the government simplify the tax system. The CSG is also set to fall next month by just under 1%.

Daylight - The practice of putting clocks forward and back, in spring and autumn, could soon be a thing of the past. The EU is proposing to end the practice after a public consultation with 4.6 million Europeans, which showed 84% were in favour of ending the system.

BUSINESS

Coca-Cola has paid €4.3 billion for UK coffee chain Costa Coffee. Costa’s CEO said the sale will help take the brand global with ready to drink ‘cold brew’ coffees.

Prince Albert is preparing for an official visit to China next week to strengthen business ties between the two countries. The Prince will be accompanied by a delegation from the Monaco Economic Board and will also officially open the Princes and Princesses of Monaco exhibition at the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Lenovo have launched a laptop which uses an e-ink display as a keyboard. The Yoga Book C930 is a €999 euro dual screen Windows device, where the digital keyboard screen can also be used as an e-reader. The device will be available from the end of September.

SPORT

Formula 1 - Force India's Sergio Perez set the pace in an inconclusive wet first practice at the Italian Grand Prix. The Mexican set the fastest time by 0.550 seconds from Kimi Raikkonen with the last lap of the session. McLaren reserve driver Lando Norris, a contender for a race seat in 2019, was slowest but ran only in wetter conditions earlier in the session.

The 2019 Formula 1 calendar has been announced … and will run all the way to a December finish in Abu Dhabi. The calendar includes a German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, the French and Monaco Grand Prix’s as this year, while a new contract has been signed for the Japanese Grand Prix to continue at Suzuka until 2021. The record-equalling 21-race calendar has the same order as this year, with the first race in Australia on March 17th next.

Football - The draw for the Europa League sees Marseille in Group H against Lazio Italy, Limassol Cyprus and Eintracht Frankfurt. Of the UK clubs, Arsenal are in Group E with Sporting Lisbon.

In the Champions League draw, Manchester United will face a reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo after drawing Serie A champions Juventus. Tottenham have been drawn in a tough group to face Barcelona, while last season's runners-up Liverpool face Paris St-Germain and Napoli.

Tennis - Tonight’s big game at the US Open is between sisters Venus and Serena Williams, who face each other for a place in the last 16. The game is expected to start around midnight French time.

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