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Evening Update Tues 25 July

Fireworks - The fireworks planned for Nice on August 15th have been cancelled. The city had planned to resume regular activities on the promenade after the first anniversary of July 14th had passed, and the fireworks were part of that official plan. However today, City Hall announced they would not take place after all. The official reason given is that to hold fireworks under the same conditions as July 14th last year, could appear as a sad event. The city said they would work on something more appropriate for the Promenade du Paillon instead.

Gun - A father and son from Vallauris, who presented themselves at hospital with gunshot wounds, are being investigated by police. The 51 year-old father, who suffered a head wound, is in a serious condition in hospital, while his 28 year-old son was taken into police custody after treatment. Both men belong to a well-known Riviera crime family, known for drug trafficking, possession of weapons and aggravated robbery.

Fires - The Préfecture remains on high alert for forest fires today, particularly around Mandelieu-la-Napoule and Théoule-sur-Mer, where the risk level is rated ‘very severe’. Although temperatures have dropped today, winds remain high on the coast and at sea. The Maritime Préfecture is advising against sailing of light boats, and after a number of boats broke anchor at St Tropez, to check the quality of anchorage and mooring.

BUSINESS

BMW have announced a fully electric version of their classic Mini, is to be assembled at their plant near Oxford in the UK, with the electric motor built in Germany. The car manufacturer said ‘it had neither sought nor received’ any reassurances from the UK on post-Brexit trading arrangements.

General Motors has reported a drop in profits for the three months to June, due to lower vehicle sales and restructuring charges. The car giant saw net income fall to $2.4bn, from $2.8bn a year earlier. The results for the quarter excluded the company's European operations, which are being sold to France's PSA Group.

Luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo has been bought by Michael Kors Holdings in a deal which values the firm at £896m. Michael Kors said the acquisition was expected to deliver a number of benefits, including the opportunity to grow Jimmy Choo sales to one billion dollars, through growth in the men's luxury footwear category, as well as greater exposure to Asian markets.

SPORT

Football - AS Monaco have denied agreeing a world-record breaking €180m transfer fee for Kylian Mbappe to move to Real Madrid. They were denying reports that Real would pay an initial €150m with a further €30m in incentives. Those fees would greatly eclipse the €110m Manchester United for French player Paul Pogba last summer.

West Ham have completed the £16m signing of striker Javier Hernandez from German club Bayer Leverkusen. The former Manchester United forward has signed a three-year contract.

Chelsea have sent winger Robert Kenedy home from their pre-season tour of China, following the social media comments made by the Brazilian before a match last week. The club had "solemnly and sincerely" apologised after fans accused the player of xenophobia and racism over the comments made on Instagram. Kenedy, who was booed by fans at the game, also apologised.

Athletics - This morning, British swimmer Adam Peaty has broken the world record for the 50m breast-stroke, with a time of 26 point one zero seconds. He set the record in the heats of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest and feels he can break it again in this evenings semi-final.

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