Evening Update Wednesday 10th of July 2024

NEWS
Assembly - Jordan Bardella urged far-right  Rassemblement National (RN) deputies to be "perfectly irreproachable" and promised a "self-examination" after disappointing election results. He stressed the need to enhance their project's credibility and maintain a flawless public image. Marine Le Pen blamed a "republican front" for RN's failure to secure an absolute majority and warned the fight isn't over. She has been re-elected as RN's group president in the Assembly, leading at least 126 deputies, with the exact number yet to be finalized.

NFP Ready? - Xavier Bertrand and Olivier Marleix, from right-wing party Les Républicains (LR), emphasized that a Republican should lead the government to counter LFI's influence, advocating for a leadership change under President Macron. Meanwhile, the New Popular Front expressed readiness to govern "from tomorrow," urging the President to let them form a government and promising to implement their program without unnatural coalitions.

New Japanese Restaurant in Monaco - Renowned chef Yannick Alléno is opening his second restaurant in Monaco, "L’Abysse Monte-Carlo," at the Hermitage Hotel. This new Japanese dining experience features a collaboration with Japanese chef Yasunari Okazaki. The intimate venue seats 30 and is decorated with marine-themed designs by Alléno's wife, Laurence Bonnel. The restaurant aims to blend high culinary artistry with local Mediterranean products. This follows the success of Alléno's first Monaco venture, Pavyllon. The chef hopes the new restaurant will earn prestigious accolades and offer a unique gastronomic journey.

Steaks Infected with E.coli - Steaks from the brand Puigrenier and ‘Cheveux d’ange’ by Charolais, sold in Netto, Intermarché, and Leclerc supermarkets, may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. These steaks, available since Tuesday, come in packs of two or four steaks of 125g, with a use-by date of 15/07/24. Rappel Conso has issued a recall for these products.

Samuel Patty Case - The sister of Samuel Paty, the teacher who was murdered in a terrorist attack in 2020 in the Yvelines, has taken the case to the administrative court in Nice. She aims to hold the State accountable for failing to support and protect Samuel Paty, which led to his assassination despite death threats against him. Through this action, she hopes to ensure better support for teaching staff and improved prevention of violence against them.

Wolf Attacks in Vaucluse - Senator Lucien Stanzione of the Vaucluse department has met with the local agricultural group to support farmers affected by wolf attacks, which have increased since June, resulting in significant sheep losses. A group member criticized the insufficient measures taken to address the issue. The senator has promised to bring the matter to the Minister of Agriculture to seek swift action.

 

BUSINESS
US officials have disrupted a Russian AI-powered operation involving nearly 1,000 fake accounts on social media X spreading pro-Russia stories. The US Justice Department identified a Kremlin-owned RT deputy editor as the mastermind. The FBI seized two websites and demanded X turn over data on these bot accounts, which spread misinformation about the Ukraine war. This operation aimed to use AI for spreading disinformation and influencing geopolitical narratives. The Justice Department's investigation continues, with no criminal charges yet filed.

And - Ticketmaster has warned North American customers to protect against identity theft after a May hack exposed personal details of 560 million users. The company sent emails urging vigilance and offering identity monitoring services. Hackers stole encrypted credit card details and personal information, which they attempted to sell online. The breach was carried out by the group ShinyHunters, who also targeted 160 other companies. Ticketmaster’s owner, Live Nation, confirmed the breach but claimed it wouldn't significantly impact business. The company has not responded to further inquiries about the delay in notifying customers.

 

SPORTS
Football - Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to the Copa America final with a 2-0 win over Canada. The 37-year-old scored six minutes into the second half to double Argentina's lead when he deflected an effort from Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernandez past Canada goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau.

Cricket - England beat New Zealand by 23 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in a rain-curtailed second T20 at Hove to take a 2-0 series lead. After the game was reduced to nine overs a side because of a two-hour rain delay, Alice Capsey hit 28 from just 15 balls to help England reach 89-6.

Cycling - Belgium's Jasper Philipsen powered to victory in a sprint finish on stage 10 of the Tour de France as Tadej Pogacar retained the leader's yellow jersey.

Tennis - Defending Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz recovered from a slow start to beat Tommy Paul 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-2 in a match that lasted three hours 11 minutes, setting up another semi-final against Daniil Medvedev - a repeat of their meeting from last year.

 

WEATHER
Bright and clear throughout the day. Highs of 28 degrees in Marseille, 29 in Nice, 30 in Cannes and Toulon, and 36 degrees in Saint-Tropez.
Tonight, clear skies with lows of 24 degrees.
Outlook for tomorrow, much the same with highs of 28 degrees.

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