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Evening Update Mon 26 June

Defamation - The Criminal Court in Nice has acquitted the National Front Senator David Rachline of charges of defamation against the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrossi. However, the court did say they considered Mr Rachline had defamed Estrossi, but had to acquit, as Mr Rachline made the comments while under parliamentary immunity.

Caravan - Police have prevented a convoy of up to 200 caravans, from entering Stade de Coubertin at Cannes La Bocca. Perfecture authorities have denounced the convoys arrival as an illegal occupation. However, the travellers have hit back, saying the law requires the city to provide reception areas for caravans and that they did warn of their arrival. Authorities have tried to move them to another site which been rejected by the convoy as there is no running water.

Bus - The #100 bus route from Nice to Menton via Monaco, is to receive an upgrade, with conversion to a double-deck bus service. The new busses will be decked out in the joint colours of Monaco and the Alpes-Maritimes department, and will enter service during the summer.

Swimming - Red flags are flying on the beaches of St-Laurent-du-Var today due to a technical problem with a nearby treatment plant. Swimming has banned from the Promenade Landsberg to the Promenade des Flots Bleus.

BUSINESS

In Shanghai, three Australian employees of the Crown Resorts casino group have been jailed for illegally promoting gambling in China. Jason O'Connor, a senior executive in charge of attracting Chinese high-rollers to Crown Casino’s in Australia, was sentenced to 10 months, while two others received nine-month terms each. All are likely to be freed shortly after time spent on remand. Casino gambling, and promoting gambling abroad, are illegal in mainland China.

The UK's biggest health food retailer, Holland & Barrett, is being bought by a Russian billionaire for £1.8bn. L1 Retail, a fund controlled by Mikhail Fridman, is buying the chain from US private equity firm Carlyle. The chain, which has more than 1,300 stores worldwide, is expected to change hands in September.

SPORT

Football - Crystal Palace have named former Ajax and Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer as their new boss on a three-year contract. He succeeds Sam Allardyce, who left after helping Palace avoid relegation last season. The club say their aim is to be a solid Premier League team and not to struggle with relegation.

OGC Nice has announced that Italian Mario Balotelli, has extended his contract with the club. It’s believed he has signed for another two seasons. Balotelli was be back in training this morning ahead of the third qualifying round in the UEFA Champions League next month.

Formula 1 - Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has said Sebastian Vettel needs to calm down after being punished for dangerous driving in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix yesterday. Vettel was given a 10-second ‘stop-and-go’ penalty for deliberately swerving into Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes during the race. Vettel was also given three licence penalty points, taking him to nine in total. If he receives another three in Austria, it will trigger an automatic ban for the British Grand Prix.

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