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Evening Update Fri 04 Aug

Heatwave - The heatwave covering the region is leading to electricity cuts in parts of the Var, as use of air-conditioning has rocketed. The electricity company ask that people economise by regulating thermostats, or unplug electric devices not in use.

The area hit record temperatures yesterday, with the hottest being 40.5d in Puget-Theniers, an hour north of Nice. It will slightly cooler, but still very hot today, with Meteó France’s heatwave alert in place until Saturday evening.

The hot weather this week has been good news for the launch of a new website, where you can rent private swimming pools, the same way you would an AirBnB. The website has just a handful of pools available on the Cote d’Azur, but if you wish to advertise yours, visit swimmy.fr

Terror - French intelligence services will not be able to use technology to monitor relatives close to a suspicious person. The Constitutional Council today stopped a move on electronic monitoring of people around a suspected terrorist, as it violates a right to privacy under the Constitution.

Fire - The town of Villeneuve-Loubet, is to take court action against the owners of the rubbish dump facility which caught fire on July 18th. Sixty-five firefighters and a water bomber helicopter fought the blaze at the facility which had been warned of the fire hazard a number of weeks earlier.

Property - A new survey of property in Nice has revealed the Port area is the most valuable in the city with an average price of 382,000 for an apartment. Saint-Roch comes second, followed by Cimiez where the average price is 345,000. Areas were valued by multiplying the average property price by the number of properties available.

Traffic - Tourism numbers across the region have recovered well since last year’s terrorist attack in Nice. Last month, hotel occupancy was at 90% in Nice, but there were less visitors to Cannes particularly in the high end of the market. Accordingly, we’re expecting another busy weekend of holiday traffic on the motorways. Bison Fute are advising motorists to avoid driving if possible during the main daytime hours, today, tomorrow and Sunday.

BUSINESS

Japanese car giants Toyota and Mazda have joined up to invest $1.6bn in a new car plant in the USA. The new factory aims to produce 300,000 vehicles a year and expects to employ about 4,000 people. They’ve also agreed to join forces to develop electric car technology.

US markets have risen today on news that 209,000 jobs were created in the USA in July, which was more than expected. The unemployment rate edged lower to 4.3%, matching May's figure which was the lowest since 2001. Employment in food & drink services rose 53,000 while health care and professional & business services also saw strong growth.

Educational publisher Pearson plans to cut 3,000 jobs following a record loss last year. The company has been hit as American students have been switching from text books, which have high profit margins, to cheaper online alternatives.

SPORT

Football - Brazil forward Neymar said it’s sad that people think his €222m move from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain was motivated by money. He said he is moving to Paris as he’s achieved all he can with Barcelona, and needs a new challenge. Despite the record breaking transfer fee and €45m a year the player will make, PSG chairman said the player could have earned more at other clubs. Neymar is expected to play his first game for Paris St-Germain tomorrow.

OGC Nice are to face Naples in the Champions League playoff. The first game will be away on the 15th or 16th of August, with the return played in Nice the following week.

Tennis - US Open champion Stan Wawrinka will not defend his title in New York later this month because of a knee injury. Last month, the Swiss struggled and needed ice on his knee as he was knocked out in the first round of Wimbledon. Today, he announced he has had surgery on the problem and will return to action in 2018.

Athletics - The World Championships start in London today with Usain Bolt making his final appearances before retiring. Bolt will run in the men’s 100 meters and the 4x100 meters relay. Mo Farah is also making his final appearances before he gives up track running to concentrate on marathons.

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