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Evening Update Thurs 13 July

There is outrage in Nice, and across the country today, as Paris Match magazine published video surveillance images from July 14th last year showing the moment the truck ploughed into the crowd. French prosecutors are in court this afternoon demanding the publication be withdrawn from sale immediately and ban publication in all formats, notably digital. Some local retailers are refusing to stock the magazine. 

Meanwhile, the city of Nice is preparing to lock-down for a day of commemoration tomorrow July 14th. Extensive traffic restrictions start tonight from 10pm all along the promenade, from Phoenix Park to Quai des Etats Unis, and also streets north of the promenade. The Mangan, Paillon and Congress tunnels will be closed, and the Cours Saleya market will close from mid-day tomorrow. The city’s tram service will be also be further restricted with no service between Jean-Medicin & Garibaldi. There are restrictions with on-street parking, and car-parks in the area close to ceremonies on Place Massena and the Promenade will be closed. To encourage motorists to avoid Nice, there will be no payage in operation at the St Izadore toll.

The day itself will feature four highlights, all open to the public. The first is the laying of red, white on blue stones, from 9am, on the Quay des Etats Unis which will form a giant message over 170 metres long. The July 14th parade is due to take place on Place Massena at 4.30pm, which will include an address from President Macron, a fly over by the French air force and a municipal tribute to victims, their families and emergency workers. In the evening, a tribute concert featuring the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra and the Choir of the Opera will be performed on the Promenade du Paillon. Then at 10:34 pm, a minute of silence will precede a lighting ceremony on the Promenade des Anglais.

People are asked to come at least three hours before each event, in order to pass all the security checks. If possible, do not take bags, but bottles of water are allowed.

BUSINESS

The French government is to appeal a court ruling saying Google is not liable to pay 1.12 billion euros in French taxes. The court ruled today that France could not claim tax on revenues generated by Google in France, that were transferred to its Irish subsidiary, a legal loophole prized by many multinationals in Europe.

French power giant EDF announced today that it has acquired 11 wind farm projects in Britain as part of its drive to double renewable energy capacity by 2030. The wind farms in Scotland have a potential capacity of 600 megawatts. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

SPORT

Tour de France
Britain's Chris Froome has lost the leader's yellow jersey to Fabio Aru as France's Romain Bardet won stage 12 of the Tour de France today. The Team Sky rider cracked on the brutal uphill finish, finishing seventh, and Italy's Aru pounced to take the race lead by just six seconds. Bardet climbed to victory on the 214km stage to move third overall. British champion Steve Cummings made a long solo break on the 50th anniversary of the death of compatriot Tom Simpson but was caught inside the final 10km on the penultimate climb.

Tennis - It was Ladies Semi-Finals Day at Wimbledon and Spain's Garbine Muguruza thrashed Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova while Venus Williams beat Johanna Konta in straight sets to set up a Muguruza v Williams ladies final on Saturday.

Football - Manchester City are close to signing Tottenham and England right-back Kyle Walker. The 27-year-old is expected to have a medical and complete the transfer tomorrow, after the clubs agreed a deal worth up to £50m. Walker, who joined Tottenham from Sheffield United in 2009, will not join up with Spurs for the start of their pre-season training on Friday. Instead, he will travel with City on Monday to start their tour of the USA.

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