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Evening Update Weds 19 July

Promenade - The Nice Court announced today the trial of the former Secretary-General of the Association of Promenade des Anges will take place on September 1st. He is accused of embezzlement and fraud regarding almost €8,000 in funds raised during the Nice-Cannes marathon in addition to bogus expense claims.

Resignation - The Chief of France's armed forces has resigned today after a public spat with President Macron. When Macron recently announced a cut to the military's budget of €850 million, the Armed Forces’ chief said publicly that he wouldn’t let Marcon screw him like that. Marcon responded reminding him that he was his boss. The Chiefs resignation today has led to criticism of Macron from politicians from all sides and created a major problem for the new President. In the meantime, General François Lecointre, has been announced as the new Chief of the French Armed Forces.

Housing - Almost 200 people are to be re-housed in Monaco as structural work is required to fix water-pipe problems at the Les Jardins d’Apolline complex. It’s hoped that the installation of filters will make the water safe to drink. During the work, expected to last eight to ten months, residents will be rehoused in furnished apartments.

BUSINESS

Increased sales of the F-35 fighter jet have helped Lockheed Martin, the biggest supplier of defence equipment to the US military, to report better-than-expected profits. Lockheed Martin reported a 5% rise in second-quarter profits to $942m and also raised its sales and profit forecasts for 2017.

Car makers Audi have been criticised for an advert in China, which compares buying a car to finding a wife. The ad shows a woman dressed as a bride, having her nose, ears and teeth inspected by her mother-in-law on her wedding day, as the ad says "an important decision must be made carefully". A spokesman for Audi distanced themselves from the campaign saying marketing in China was the responsibility of its local joint venture partner.

SPORT

Athletics - Usain Bolt has confirmed he will run the 100m and 4x100m relay at the World Championships in London in August, his final event before retiring. He said his aim is to win and retire on a winning note. Bolt will be warming up for that by racing at the HERCULIS meeting at Stade Louis II in Monaco this Friday.

Football - Former England boss Sam Allardyce says he’s open to a return to international management. Allardyce's five-month tenure at Crystal Palace ended in May with him saying the demands of club coaching was too much. While he says he has no appetite for another club job, he has not retired, and he would consider an international position as it’s less demanding than the more regular Premiere League.

Tennis - Johanna Konta says she can significantly improve her game even after reaching the Wimbledon semi-final and moving up to fourth in the world rankings. The British number one is taking a short break before preparing for the US Open in August.

Tour de France - Britain's Chris Froome extended his lead today as  Slovenian Primoz Roglic won Stage 17. With four stages remaining, Froome leads the race by 27 seconds from both Colombia's Rigoberto Uran and Frenchman Romain Bardet. Earlier, Germany's Marcel Kittel crashed out of the Tour, after injuring his right shoulder in a crash on a flat section of road just 20km into the stage. Kittel had won five stages of this year's race to lead the ‘green points’ jersey classification. Now it will be Australia's Michael Matthews, who will take over the lead and hold a virtually unassailable 160-point advantage over Andre Greipel.

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