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Evening Update Mon 07 Aug

Fire - A wildfire near Cannes was quickly brought under control today at the Croix des Gardes. By 2pm, over 50 firefighters, aided by three helicopter water bombers, had extinguished the fire which destroyed one hectare of land.

Air - An Air Algeria plane is in trouble today for flying just 1,000 feet over the city of Nice on approach to the airport. The plane came too far inland, flying it’s approach over Mont Boron and Rue Jean Médecin before turning for the airport. Turkish Airlines received a heavy fine for a similar manoeuvre last summer.

Death - Another motorcyclist has died on the roads, when a 67 year-old man lost control and crashed his bike, on the road to Gréolières near Vence. The incident, which happened late last night, brings to five the number of people who’ve died on Riviera roads in the last week alone.

First Lady - Opposition is building to President Macron’s wife Brigitte from being given an official role as France's first lady. A new petition, demanding no public money is set aside for the First Lady role, has attracted 210,000 signatures so far today. The petition also notes that employment of family members is now illegal in France.

BUSINESS

French carmaker Renault have signed a joint venture deal with Iran worth 660 million euros. The new deal sees Renault hold a 60% stake in the venture which is partnered by Iran'sIndustrial Development and Renovation Organisation’. The new plant will build up to 300,000 cars a year with the first expected to roll off the assembly line in around 18 months.

The value of the Bitcoin digital currency has jumped to a record high of €2,927 per coin in trading today. The market value of all bitcoins in existence has now surpassed €47bn. The surge follows the creation of a bigger faster version of the currency called, Bitcoin Cash, last week.

US electric car manufacturer Tesla plans to raise $1.5bn to fund production of its new Model 3 car. Tesla will raise the money by selling bonds to professional investors, despite the company already having $3bn in cash. Tesla has 518,000 orders for its new car, whose price starts at $35,000.

SPORT

Football - Dutch international Wesley Sneijder is officially a player at OGC Nice after passing his medical today. The midfielder was part of the Inter Milan team, with Mario Balotelli, who won the Champions League in 2010, and also played for Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam. He will wear his family #10 shirt.

Tennis - Italy's former world number five Sara Errani has been banned for two months after failing a drugs test. The player, who reached the French Open final in 2012, tested positive for the cancer drug let-ro-zole which her mother had been using the drug as part of her treatment for breast cancer. She’d left pills on a kitchen worktop where food was prepared and the tribunal panel accepted the player probably ingested the substance through accidental food contamination. However they ruled Errani could have done more to protect herself.

Rugby - England players Manu Tui.lagi and Denny Solo.mona have been sent home from a training camp over team culture issues thought to be alcohol-related. The pair, who trained on Saturday and Sunday, are understood to have gone out on Sunday evening and contravened the team's cultural standards. Tui.lagi has a history of disciplinary issues, including being left out of England's 2015 World Cup squad, after being fined for assaulting two female police officers.

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