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Evening Update Thur 29 June 2017

Attack - President Emmanuel Macron will be in Nice on July 14th for a number of ceremonies to mark last years attack. They include a private religious service and a meeting with victims families. He will also turn on 86 powerful beams of light pointing skyward, lined along the front of the promenade, near the bandstand. The city will be under the highest security level and no traffic will be allowed on the promenade from the 13th to the 15th of July. Traditional fireworks along the coast will be postponed until the following night, July 15th. Meanwhile, the mother and brother of Nice attacker, Mohamed Bouhlel, have said that they still cannot believe that he carried out the attack. Interviewed in Tunisia, for a French television documentary, his mother she simply could not understand or believe how  her son could do such a thing.

House - The Criminal Court of Grasse has ordered the demolition of the three thousand square metre house known as Diter Castle near Mouans Sartoux. Local residents objected to the massive building, whose original planning permission was for a much smaller two hundred square metre house. The owner, Patrick Diter, who was also fined €1.2m, is to appeal the decision.

Population - New figures from INSEE, show births have fallen while deaths have increased, in the PACA region. While there were 900 fewer births in 2015, the death rate is at its highest in 40 years, thanks to heatwaves and the flu epidemic. INSEE estimate the population of the area at five million and say, despite the drop in births, it is still the most fertile department in France with an average 2 births per woman.

BUSINESS

The UK Culture Secretary is to refer Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox takeover of Sky to the competition watchdog. The decision is a blow to the media mogul's hopes of having the almost £12bn deal waved through. The Secretary told the House of Commons that Ofcom's report into the deal found it risked the Murdoch family having increased influence over the UK's news agenda and the political process.

The US economy grew at a faster pace than previously thought in the first three months of the year. The US Commerce Department said the economy grew at an annualised pace of 1.4% in quarter one, up from the expected rate of 1.2%.

SPORT

Rugby - Former Wales fly-half Jonathan Davies says British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has made his last roll of the dice in picking both Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell for Saturday's second Test against New Zealand. Sexton and Farrell have played only 74 minutes together, as a 10-12 axis, in the eight previous matches on the tour. Gatland said the pairing of Ireland playmaker Sexton alongside Farrell would make the Lions more creative and clinical. Meanwhile, Wales wing George North and Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw have been ruled out of the remainder of the tour due to injuries during Tuesday's draw with Hurricanes.

Football - Everton are closing in on a £25m deal for England defender Michael Keane, from Premier Legaue rivals Burnley. Keane has been a top target for Everton and they hope to secure a deal before pre-season training on Monday.

Formula 1 - Jenson Button believes Sebastian Vettel should not be punished further for his collision with Lewis Hamilton in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver, who was already been given a 10-second stop-and-go penalty in the race on Sunday, faces a disciplinary hearing next week.

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