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Evening Update Fri 07 July 2017

Heatwave - Parts of the South of France are reaching 34 degrees as a heatwave spreads across the country. Meteo France say temperatures are 3 to 4 degrees above the seasonal average, with the hottest recorded temperature of 34 degrees, being in Carros yesterday afternoon. The hot weather is expected to continue into the weekend with forecast highs of 35 degrees in places inland tomorrow Saturday. Authorities warn that children and the elderly should not overexert themselves, and advise people to drink plenty of fluids but avoid alcohol.

Eviction - There were tense scenes in Carros this morning as a large number of gendarmes help forcibly evict a family from their home. The eviction follows many complaints from neighbours about loud and unsociable behaviour. The Mayor of Carros has said the family will be housed outside the town until a new apartment is found.

Monaco - A jetty on Port Hercules in Moncao has been renamed in honour of one of the Principality’s most ardent proponents of the Monegasque language. Prince Albert, the Mayor of Monaco, members of the Communal Council, attended the inauguration of the Jules Soccal Jetty yesterday in the presence of Mr Soccal’s daughter and her grandson. Jules Soccal was described by the Mayor as an ardent defender of Monaco’s language and traditions.

Traffic - As schools break and the holiday season kicks into high gear, motorists are advised to avoid motorway travel this weekend, as heavy traffic from northern France heads for the Riviera. Tomorrow Saturday will see the heaviest traffic, with authorities classing it as a ‘red’ day, the second highest level before black. The prospect of being stuck in traffic jams is made worse by the fact that much of the country is experiencing some scorching temperatures.

BUSINESS

German authorities have arrested an Audi manager in connection with the VW diesel scandal. It’s the first arrest in Germany related to Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal. On Thursday, the US Justice Department said it had charged former Audi manager, Giovanni Pamio, with directing staff to design emissions-cheating software. Audi and parent company Volkswagen have both declined to comment.

Samsung Electronics has reported a record quarterly profit thanks to surging global demand for memory chips. The South Korean tech giant reported an operating profit of twelve billion US dollars in the three months to June, up 72% on a year earlier.

SPORT

Tour de France - Today’s seventh stage is a 213km run between Troyes and Nuits-Saint-Georges. The first 135 kilometres are a gentle climb, before a big drop, followed by another climb, before the course levels out for the last 35 kilometres or so. The sprinters are expected to contest the finish again. 

Cycling - Italian cyclist Claudia Cretti is in an induced coma in hospital after crashing during the Giro Rosa. The 21-year-old collided with the barriers during stage seven of the women's Tour of Italy yesterday. She is said to be critical, but stable, with serious head and shoulder injuries.

Tennis - Britain's Wimbledon singles hopes have been reduced to two players, after Aljaz Bedene lost in straight sets to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg and Heather Watson went down 3-6 6-1 6-4 to Victória Azárenka.

 

Heatwave - Parts of the South of France are reaching 34 degrees as a heatwave spreads across the country. Meteo France say temperatures are 3 to 4 degrees above the seasonal average, with the hottest recorded temperature of 34 degrees, being in Carros yesterday afternoon. The hot weather is expected to continue into the weekend with forecast highs of 35 degrees in places inland tomorrow Saturday. Authorities warn that children and the elderly should not overexert themselves, and advise people to drink plenty of fluids but avoid alcohol.

Eviction - There were tense scenes in Carros this morning as a large number of gendarmes help forcibly evict a family from their home. The eviction follows many complaints from neighbours about loud and unsociable behaviour. The Mayor of Carros has said the family will be housed outside the town until a new apartment is found.

Monaco - A jetty on Port Hercules in Moncao has been renamed in honour of one of the Principality’s most ardent proponents of the Monegasque language. Prince Albert, the Mayor of Monaco, members of the Communal Council, attended the inauguration of the Jules Soccal Jetty yesterday in the presence of Mr Soccal’s daughter and her grandson. Jules Soccal was described by the Mayor as an ardent defender of Monaco’s language and traditions.

Traffic - As schools break and the holiday season kicks into high gear, motorists are advised to avoid motorway travel this weekend, as heavy traffic from northern France heads for the Riviera. Tomorrow Saturday will see the heaviest traffic, with authorities classing it as a ‘red’ day, the second highest level before black. The prospect of being stuck in traffic jams is made worse by the fact that much of the country is experiencing some scorching temperatures.

BUSINESS

German authorities have arrested an Audi manager in connection with the VW diesel scandal. It’s the first arrest in Germany related to Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal. On Thursday, the US Justice Department said it had charged former Audi manager, Giovanni Pamio, with directing staff to design emissions-cheating software. Audi and parent company Volkswagen have both declined to comment.

Samsung Electronics has reported a record quarterly profit thanks to surging global demand for memory chips. The South Korean tech giant reported an operating profit of twelve billion US dollars in the three months to June, up 72% on a year earlier.

SPORT

Tour de France - Today’s seventh stage is a 213km run between Troyes and Nuits-Saint-Georges. The first 135 kilometres are a gentle climb, before a big drop, followed by another climb, before the course levels out for the last 35 kilometres or so. The sprinters are expected to contest the finish again. 

Cycling - Italian cyclist Claudia Cretti is in an induced coma in hospital after crashing during the Giro Rosa. The 21-year-old collided with the barriers during stage seven of the women's Tour of Italy yesterday. She is said to be critical, but stable, with serious head and shoulder injuries.

Tennis - Britain's Wimbledon singles hopes have been reduced to two players, after Aljaz Bedene lost in straight sets to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg and Heather Watson went down 3-6 6-1 6-4 to Victória Azárenka.

 

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