Evening News Update Friday 15 June

Firefighters were called to a fire in the centre of Nice this morning.  Initial findings reportedly show that the fire, on rue Paul Déroulède, was located in the roof of a four storey building. Smoke from the fire could be seen throughout the city.

It’s been announced that Line 2 of the Nice Tramway will be free of charge for users from the line’s inauguration on the 1st July to the 2nd September.  After that, the prices will be the same as on Line 1 – 1 euro 50 cents for a single trip or 10 euros for 10 trips.

Police have called for any witnesses to come forward concerning the worrying disappearance of Régis Caubel. Caubel left his home on Rue Auguste Gal in Nice on October 10th 2017 and has not been seen since. The 66 year old lived on his own and has no immediate family. Described as being of slim build with thinning grey hair he is thought to at the time have been wearing a blue jacket and had just popped out leaving his money and phone at home. Anyone with any information is invited to contact the police in Nice on

A 22 year old man has been given a prison sentence by the court in Grasse for insulting the court.  The man’s father was on trial on Tuesday for an unconnected offence.  When the father was sentenced to two years in prison his son shouted insults at the prosecutor and other court staff.  As a result, he was today sentenced to four months in prison with another eight months suspended.

A 60 year old man has drowned while swimming 100 meters from the coastline in Marseille. The incident occurred yesterday morning shortly after 11am south of the city emergency services at the scene were unable to save the victim.

French President Emmanuel Macron has had discussions over lunch today with Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.  Discussions are believed to have centred on the dispute between the French and Italian governments over Italy's handling of migrants rescued off Libya.


President Donald Trump has announced the imposition of tariffs on 50 billion dollars worth of goods from China. China has already vowed to strike back, raising fears of a trade war. Mr Trump said the tariffs were "essential to preventing further unfair transfers of American technology and intellectual property to China, which will protect American jobs."

Tesco says its growth plans are on track after it reported a 10th consecutive quarter of rising sales. UK like-for-like sales, which strip out the impact of new stores, rose 2.1% in the 13 weeks to 26 May. The company said sales had recovered after being affected by bad weather conditions in March. 


FOOTBALL… In the World Cup, Uruguay are through to the next round after beating Egypt 1-0 this afternoon. Morocco against Iran kicked off at 5.00 .Portugal against Spain starts at 8.00. Also in football news, ex-Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa says a club with Leeds United's history was "impossible to turn down" after being named manager of the Championship club. Leeds began talks with Bielsa after sacking Paul Heckingbottom on 1 June and he has agreed a two-year deal with an option for a third. Bielsa has previously managed clubs in his native Argentina, Spain and France.

TENNIS… Roger Federer is one match away from regaining the world number one ranking following his quarter-final victory over Guido Pella at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.  Federer beat world number 75 Pella 6-4 6-4 in 67 minutes. 


CRICKET… Afghanistan lost 20 wickets in a day as their Test debut ended in a two-day defeat by India in Bangalore. Replying to India's first-innings score of 474, Afghanistan were bowled out for 109 and 103 on day two to lose by an innings and 262 runs.

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