Evening Update Tues 08 Aug

Herrou - Local human rights activist, Cederic Herrou, has had his suspended sentence extended by the Appeals Court in Aix-en-Provence. Monsieur Herrou was charged with helping migrants cross the border from Italy into France. The judge described this as a warning sentence, and if convicted again, a jail sentence would be imposed.

However, Monsieur Herrou was unrepentant, saying he would appeal the ruling, and continue to help migrants cross the border. Last month he was arrested as he accompanied 156 migrants to Marseille.

Since the beginning of the year, over 117,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe from north Africa, with the vast majority arriving in Italy.

Bike Death - There has been another motorbike death on the roads today, after a bike collided with a car driving on the wrong side of the road near Toulon. The rider died on the scene after suffering a massive heart attack. The driver of the car is being questioned by police, but it’s believed alcohol was not involved.

First Lady - President Macron has withdrawn his plan to create an official First Lady position, after an online petition gathered almost 300,000 signatures. The President said he will clarify Brigitte Macron's position in the coming days, but that there would be no change to the constitution, to create a new First Lady position, like the partners of the American or British Prime Minister’s. A government spokesman said Monsieur Macron wanted transparency and to make clear the resources at Madame Macron’s disposal.


There are an estimated 150,000 British citizens living in France, according to special report today from the UK Office for National Statistics. About half them, are under 50 years of age and working, while those over 50 tend to be retired. The report also found Spain is twice as popular with British ex-pats, with 300,000 thought to be living there.

With increased investment in ‘driverless’ car projects, Boeing is planning to test pilotless aeroplanes as early as next year. Today, a new survey from financial services firm UBS suggests 44% of people would be likely to fly an aircraft with no pilot. However, this is more likely to be an aircraft with a small number of passengers, such as a two person drone-like helicopter, rather than a full-size passenger jet.


Athletics - At the World Championships in London, athletes at one of the team hotels, have fallen victim to a suspected outbreak of norovirus. Officials say 30 athletes, and support staff, have been affected, with two confirmed cases. The outbreak is affecting Botswana's leading 400m contender Isaac Mak.wala, who’s waiting to see if he’ll be allowed run in tonight’s final, after being withdrawn from the 200m heats after vomiting.

Football - Barcelona and Arsenal are both understood to be bidding for AS Monaco forward Thomas Lemar. The Gunners have been in talks to sign the attacking midfielder, despite an initial £30m offer being rejected. AS Monaco maintain Lemar is not for sale.

This afternoon, Watford have confirmed the signing of Brazil Under-20 international Richar.lison, after he was granted a work permit. The 20-year-old forward has joined, on a five-year contract, for around £11m.

Tennis - At the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Britain's Heather Watson was forced to retire, with a shoulder injury in her first round game. It was also a bad day for British number two Kyle Edmund, who lost his first-round match to world number 33 David Ferrer.

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