Heatwave - The unseasonably hot weather has sparked more forest fires today, with fire-fighters battling blazes at Spér.acèdes near Grasse and La Croix des Gardes in Cannes. Over 300 fire-fighters, supported by water-bombing helicopters and aircraft are keeping both fires under control.
Meanwhile, Meteó France has put the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var under ‘yellow heatwave alert’, as daytime temperatures are expected to hit up to 40d along parts of the Riviera. Conversely, western parts of France have been seeing heavy thunderstorms, accompanied by hail and strong winds in places. The unseasonable weather across the country is being caused by a mass of warm air, from the Sahara, meeting with a colder Atlantic front.
Jail - A man who stole a Ferrari, and ended a high-speed police chase through the streets of Nice, by crashing it into parked cars, has received a three year prison sentence today. The incident happened in July when he stole the car, after drinking heavily, on the night of his brothers wedding. One policeman was injured in the chase. The man, who has already had his licence revoked for dangerous driving, was also ordered to pay €25,000 in compenstation.
Strike - The second-largest pilots’ union at Air France, has called for a strike between September 9th & 12th. The union said that it is protesting against the loss of days off and insufficient salaries. The strike will coincide with the first days back at school in France.
The eurozone notched up growth of 0.6% in the second quarter of the year, according to the latest official Eurostat report. The figure puts annual growth in the 19-country bloc at 2.1% since a year ago. Other figures released on Monday showed unemployment in the zone was at its lowest since 2009, building on the picture of improving economic health across the area.
British American Tobacco says it is under official investigation by the UK Serious Fraud Office over allegations it paid bribes in East Africa. An employee who worked for BAT in Kenya for 13 years, told a BBC Panorama programme, that he had begun paying bribes after being told it was the cost of doing business in Africa. The payments were aimed at influencing laws surrounding the use of tobacco in the region. BAT said that it had been investigating the claims through external legal advisers and it had been co-operating with the Fraud Office.
Football - Spain winger Jesus Navas has rejoined Sevilla on a free transfer, after he was released by Manchester City. The player made 173 appearances for City, scoring eight goals, but played just 24 league games last season.
Manchester United have completed the signing of the Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic for 40 million pounds. The 28 year old Serbia international, is reunited with Jose Mourinho, who he played for at Stamford Bridge.
Rugby - It’s been officially confirmed today that the Pro12 will be expanded to include South African sides Southern Kings and Cheetahs from September. The expanded tournament will be called the Pro14 and see the teams split into two conferences of seven, made up of two Welsh, two Irish and one team each from Scotland, Italy and South Africa. Cheetahs and Kings will play their home games in South Africa, on Saturdays, with five travel-free days before matches. The first round of matches is due to be played the first weekend in September.
Tennis - Maria Sharapova has returned from injury to Stanford's’Bank of the West Classic’ beating Jennifer Brady 6-1 4-6 6-0. Sharapova, who first returned in April after a 15-month doping ban, was denied a wildcard for the French Open, and was unable to take part in qualifying for Wimbledon because of injury.