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Evening Update Tues 18 July

Fire - Firefighters are on the highest alert this afternoon with reports of a new fire at a rubbish dump near Villeneuve-Loubet this afternoon. At the moment, 65 firefighters and a water bomber helicopter are fighting the blaze as a huge plume of smoke covers the area. It follows the biggest forest fire to affect the Alpes-Maritimes since 2003 at Castagniers, which was brought under control just this afternoon, after it destroyed 120 hectares of forest land.

Fireworks - A truck returning from a fireworks show at Cannes, has exploded after two rockets, unused during the show, exploded in the truck. The explosion happened as the truck was travelling through Cannet-Rocheville, when the rockets hurtled debris into the drivers compartment, seriously wounding the passenger and driver. The vehicle was completely destroyed.

Accident - A driver is recovering at Pasteur Hospital this afternoon after a serious accident on the Grand Corniche near La Turbie. It happened when the 31 year-old mans car collided with a dump truck seriously injuring him in the lower limbs. The road has since reopened.

No.1 - France has been named the Number One country in the world and it’s official! International PR firm Portland Communications, rank countries on their ability to influence other countries, through appeal and attraction, rather than military or economic power. Their latest poll sees France rise from fifth position last year, to knock the United States off the top to third place, with the UK in second. The firm say the new presidents in each country have a lot to do with the placings. While President Trumps ‘America First’ policy has played poorly internationally, President Macrons defeat of the National Front, and his election as France’s youngest president, has played well for the country.

BUSINESS

Bond trading revenues at Goldman Sachs slid 40% in the second quarter, following similar declines at other US banks. However, overall net revenues for the banks first half rose 12% and Goldman posted profits of $1.83bn, slightly higher than the $1.82bn in the same quarter last year.

Netflix shares surged today after the video streaming firm said it now has 104 million subscribers worldwide. The company said the better-than-expected number was a sign that investment in new shows and movies, such as House of Cards and The Crown, was paying off. Netflix shares rose more than 10% in after-hours trading in New York.

SPORT

Tour de France - Michael Matthews has won todays Stage 16 in a photo finish, as Britain's Chris Froome retained the leader's yellow jersey. The 165km stage came alive just at the end, as crosswinds split the peloton, before Matthews beat Edvald Boasson HagenFroome leads by 18-seconds over Italy's Fabio Aru and 23secs over France's Romain Bardet with five stages to go.

Football - Romelu Lukaku has scored his first Manchester United goal as Jose Mourinho's side overcame Real Salt Lake 2-1 in a friendly in Utah. The Belgian, who signed from Everton for £75m, got the winner seven minutes before half-time.

Despite having several offers turned down, Arsenal are still keen to sign AS Monaco's Thomas Lemar. Sources say Arsene Wenger still hopes to strike a deal to bring him to the Emirates Stadium. Lemar helped Monaco to the Ligue 1 title last season, scoring nine goals and claiming 10 assists.

Tennis - Despite being knocked out in the Wimbledon quarter finals, Andy Murray has retained his world number one ranking. Rafael Nadal is the new world number two and Roger Federer moves up to three with the Wimbledon winner saying that he’s got his eyes on the top spot again. In the women’s game Karolina Pliskova replaces Angelique Kerber at number one, while Kerber slips to number three with Simona Halep taking the second spot. Great Britain’s Johanna Konta becomes world number 4 following her success at Wimbledon where she reached the semi-finals for the first time.

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