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Evening Update Wed 09 Aug

Paris - After a dramatic car chase in Paris, police have shot, wounded and arrested a man, they believe carried out the attack against patrolling soldiers this morning. Witnesses described scenes of a bullet-ridden BMW at the location of the arrest. Just after 8am today, six soldiers were wounded, when a car drove directly into them as they were leaving their barracks. Two of the soldiers were seriously injured, though none is in a life-threatening condition.

Migrants - Residents in Ventimellia are protesting the expansion of facilities for migrants in the town. Such are the numbers of people crossing the Mediterranean, and arriving in Ventimellia on their way to France, that authorities in the town are working with the Red Cross to establish a second facility, as the first has reached capacity.

Monaco - Monaco’s Trade Union organisation has expressed outrage at the letting go of employee’s at a local restaurant without any notice. The 17 staff were issued hand-written notices of dismissal after management said they could not meet payroll cost that week. The restaurant, on Port Hercule, closed the following day. In Monaco, employees are entitled to a redundancy payment of 10 weeks wages for every year worked at the company.  

BUSINESS

US payment processing giant Vantiv, has agreed to merge with Worldpay, in a deal which values the UK company £9.3bn. Vantiv shareholders will own a majority 57% of the combined group, while Worldpay hold the balance. Worldpay processes millions of payments a day in stores, online and on mobile phones worldwide, with its strongest markets being the UK and the USA.

Japanese carmaker Mazda has developed a more efficient petrol engine, at a time when the industry is working toward electric vehicles. Mazda say the new engine is up to 30% more fuel-efficient will fit it to cars from 2019. Last week, Mazda also said they were working with Toyota to develop ‘electric vehicle technology’ and build a $1.6bn plant in the US.

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Football - OGC Nice say they expect Mario Balotelli to be unavailable for Fridays matach against Troyes, and potentially for the key Champions League match in Naples next Wednesday. Balotelli is suffering from a hamstring injury.

Neymar's Paris St-Germain debut could be delayed again, as French football authorities have still not received clearance, following his world record €222m move from Barcelona. The Spanish Football Federation has until tomorrow night to send the necessary papers, but if they miss that deadline, Neymar won't be able to play for PSG on Sunday.

Athletics - The Botswanan athlete, who was barred from running at the World Championships, as organisers tried to halt a norovirus outbreak, says the same would not have happened to Mo Farah or Usain Bolt. Isaac Makwala,  who was withdrawn by organisers due to the virus outbreak at his hotel, questioned how officials could know he was ill, without tests.

Golf - Rory McIlroy says he has nothing to prove, as he chases his first major in three years at the US PGA Championship. The world number four, who is among the favourites to win, said he’s proven himself enough over the last nine years.

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