Evening News Update Friday 14 September

A security cordon was set up on the port of La Lavandou this morning as bailiffs and police attempted to evict a restaurant owner from his premises. According to reports, the man threatened to set off an explosion with a gas cylinder and blowtorch. The man refused all contact with police for two hours. The restaurant owner became ill during the incident and was eventually taken to the Sainte-Musse Hospital after losing consciousness. 

A school in St Paul de Vence was evacuated as a precaution this afternoon when an anti-intrusion alarm sounded and a suspicious bag was found. Reports say that 310 students were kept inside a nearby auditorium while police investigated. An anti-intrusion alarm, which was installed by local authorities earlier this year, had sounded this morning for an as yet unknown reason.  A bag was discovered but was found to be safe. Pupils later returned to the school.

Two people have been injured in Nimes after a car crashed into a crowd outside a bar in the early hours of this morning. The vehicle was stopped by anti-attack barriers and the driver was detained by members of the crowd before the police arrived and arrested the driver, according to reports.  The prefect of the Gard department, Didier Lauga, emphasized the effectiveness of the anti-attack barriers.  An investigation has opened for "attempted murder". 

A minute’s silence was observed this morning in the city of Genoa to mark one month since the collapse of the Morandi bridge.  Much of the city came to a halt at 11.36 this morning, the exact time of the disaster.  The cause of the collapse, in which 43 people lost their lives, still remains unknown.

The French minister for European affairs Natalie Loiseau has warned that Eurostar trains may stop running in the event of a chaotic no-deal Brexit.  Loiseau sounded the warning as she made clear France was against a “blindfold Brexit”, in which key negotiating issues were deferred until the UK had left the EU. Speaking in London, she said there was a real possibility that, in the absence of any contingency plans, Eurostar trains could be stopped on reaching French territory, and planes from Britain could be prevented from entering French airspace.



France's central bank has lowered its growth forecast for this year to 1.6%, down from the 1.8% it forecast in July. The Bank said that a boost from strong exports is likely to fade.

Luxury goods company Chanel has decided to set up its global office in the UK.  The brand is gathering the majority of its global business functions under one roof. A company representative told the BBC that it wanted to simplify the structure of the business and that London is the most appropriate place to do that for an international company.

Ryanair has reportedly agreed to provide employment contracts under Italian law for Italian flight crew. At the moment contracts are drawn up under Irish law. The new contract apparently also includes a salary increase and a pension scheme. It's not clear at the moment if Italian air crew will now join Ryanair staff from several other European nations in a strike planned for 28 September.

British Steel has announced that it will cut 400 jobs across its UK, Ireland, France and the Netherlands operations.  The company said that the job losses, in the managerial, professional and administrative areas, were part of the company’s “ongoing transformation."



MOTORSPORTS…Red Bull took the first two places in first practice at the Singapore Grand Prix this morning. Daniel Ricciardo was quickest, followed by team mate Max Verstappen. Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari was in third.  Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari replacement Charles Leclerc crashed his Sauber into a wall at the end of the session. Lewis Hamilton finished in sixth place.  And Formula 1 has revealed a new car design to be introduced in 2021. Ross Brawn said the main purpose was "to produce cars that are more raceable".  He said changes to the aerodynamics would mean cars were able to follow each other much more closely than now.

FOOTBALL..The English Premier League is back in action this weekend following the international break with Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford all looking to preserve their 100 percent records with 4 wins out of 4 so far. On Saturday Spurs play Liverpool in the lunchtime game and then later on its Bournemouth against Leicester, Chelsea against Cardiff, Huddersfield against Crystal Palace, Manchester City play Fulham, Newcastle face Arsenal and Watford host Manchester United. On Sunday Wolves play Burnley and Everton face West Ham. Southampton play Brighton on Monday.


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