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Evening Update Weds 28 June 2017

Terror - Galeries Lafayette in Nice was closed for a time this morning, after a suspicious package was left on the ground floor of the department store. The package was neutralised and the store re-opened by lunchtime.

Shark - Fake news has hit the Riviera with reports of a shark attack in Cannes being widely shared on social media. The report came from a foreign fake news website which quoted Nice Matin as its source. The local newspaper strongly denied the story, which it says is totally false.

Trump - US President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation from President Emmanuel Macron to attend the Bastille Day parade in Paris next month. The visit will mark the 100th anniversary of the US joining French troops in World War I.

Airline - A new private air connection between the Riviera and London has been started. Surf Air are offering a unique subscription based way of flying, where from €2,000 a month, customers can take as many flights as they like, on their eight-seat private business jet.  The company are starting with a twice weekly route from Cannes-Mandelieu to London-Luton, but expect that to increase to daily flights with a new helicopter connection to Monaco as demand increases.

BUSINESS

Four people have been arrested in the UK following an investigation into scams involving calls from people pretending to be Microsoft IT support staff. Many of the calls originated in India, but two men and two women in England have been accused of involvement. Last year, over 34,000 ’software service’ fraud reports were made in the UK.

Meanwhile, a vaccine has been discovered for the cyber-attack that hit organisations across the world yesterday. Although the solution can stop the attack from infecting a single machine, it won’t prevent the ransomware from spreading to other vulnerable computers.  Experts are still unsure about the attack's origins or real purpose, but speculation is  that the attack may be a front for causing wider disruption or making a political statement.

SPORT

Football - Arsenal are looking to buy AS Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar as Arsene Wenger looks to boost his attacking options this summer. Lemar is valued at £30m by the Champions League semi-finalists, who made make 55 appearances for Monaco, netting 14 goals, while adding 17 assists.

Cycling - The Portugese cyclist Andre Cardoso has been suspended by his team just 3 days before the start of the Tour de France after failing a drugs test. The 32 year old tested positive for EPO and will now miss the big race.

Tennis - Andy Murray has been named top seed in the men's tennis for Wimbledon, with Novak Djokovic second, Roger Federer third and Rafael Nadal fourth seed. It means all four players will be kept apart until the semi-finals. German Angelique Kerber is the top women's seed with Britain's Johanna Konta sixth.

John McEnroe has proposed a men versus women contest to prove his claim that Serena Williams would be ranked 700th in the world on the men's circuit. McEnroe said Williams may be the best female player ever, but against men, it would be an entirely different story. Miss Williams responded on Twitter saying "Dear John, I adore and respect you but please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based. Respect me and my privacy as I'm trying to have a baby. Good day sir."

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