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Evening Update Fri 30 June 2017

Le Pen - It’s been announced this afternoon, that French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is to be formally charged over the European parliament funding scandal. She’s accused of paying aides as parliamentary assistants but who were actually working for the National Front party.

Nice - A police operation is underway in the western districts of Nice, as they deal with an armed man at an apartment near Avenue Henri Matisse. Locals say the apartment belongs to the man’s mother, and there are reports of shots being fired into the air. The immediate neighbourhood has been evacuated and a perimeter set up, adding to already congested traffic, after a truck overturned at a bridge near St Augustine train station at lunchtime.

Laws - New laws kick in tomorrow to crackdown on dangerous driving. They include a fine for drivers caught eating, looking in the glove box, or putting on make-up, whether the car is moving or not. Also, watching a screen, a mobile telephone or a DVD will attract a substantial fine of €1,500 and three license points, but looking at GPS system or a rear-view guiding camera, will still be legal! Young drivers found over the alcohol limit will be hit with a €4,500 fine and a loss of six points on their license.

A380 - Nice Cote d’Azur airport is preparing for the arrival of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380 double decker. The plane, which can carry up to 500 passengers, is taking over daily service between Nice and Dubai for Emirates airlines. You can expect to see it over the skies of the Riviera around 1.30pm each day starting tomorrow.

Monaco - In Monaco, Father Walter Raymond, the chaplain at St Paul’s Anglican Church, will celebrate his last service this Sunday. Over the past ten years Father Walter has worked hard to support many different charities and been a keen supporter of many local associations, such as the Canadian Club and British Association of Monaco. On Monday, he returns to Canada, where he will retire from full-time ministry as an Anglican priest.

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Social media companies face fines of up to fifty million euro in Germany, if they fail to remove obviously illegal content in time. From October, Facebook, YouTube, and other sites with more than two million users in Germany, must take down posts containing hate speech or other criminal material within 24 hours. Content that is obviously not lawful must be assessed within seven days. The new law is one of the toughest of its kind in the world.

Victims of a one billion pound fraud at HBOS have criticised Lloyds Banking Group for failing to meet its own deadline for paying compensation. In the wake of guilty verdicts, in a fraud trial that ended in February, Lloyds said it would offer compensation to victims by the end of June. However only a small fraction of the £100m it set aside has been paid out. Lloyds, which bought HBOS in 2009, said many of the victims themselves had asked for more time to prepare.

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Football - Bournemouth have signed defender Nathan Ake for a club record fee of £20m from Premier League champions Chelsea. The £20m fee breaks Bournemouth's previous record of £15m paid for Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe.

Lionel Messi is to marry his childhood sweetheart in in Argentina later today. The Barcelona player is returning to the city of Rosario to wed Antonella, who he met there before he moved to Spain aged 13. Argentine newspapers are calling it the wedding of the century which will be attended by teammates including Luis Suárez.

Formula 1 - Ron Dennis has formally ended his role at McLaren, the company he made into one of the most successful Formula 1 teams of all time. Dennis, who was ousted as CEO last November in a boardroom coup, has sold his 25% shareholding and resigned from his position on the board.

Tennis - In the Wimbledon draw today, Andy Murray will begin the defence of his title against Alexander Bublik on Monday at 2pm French time. Murray, who pulled out of his final warm-up match before Wimbledon because of a sore hip, was in training at the All England Club today. British number one Johanna Konta, is not 100% certain if she will be fit enough to play at Wimbledon next week after suffering a back injury. Konta had to withdraw from her Eastbourne semi-final today after a heavy fall in her win against Angelique Kerber yesterday.

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