Evening News Update Friday 22 June

Judicial police and prosecutors in Marseille have said that they have dismantled the largest drugs trafficking network in the city.  The authorities said today that eight people have been held in prison as the result of an operation earlier this week involving 250 police officers during which 20 people were initially detained. The police also seized 200 kilograms of cannabis resin as well various weapons, a grenade and a substantial amount of cash.

Three people have been convicted by a court in Grasse after a burglary in St Laurent du Var. In April 2015 three attackers wearing hoods tied up a 71 year old woman at her home and forced her to open her safe.  They got away with jewellery worth 200,000 euros and 20,000 euros in cash.

A migrant has been found in the engine compartment of a bus which had travelled across France.  It is thought that the 15 year old had stowed away on the bus when it left Cannes, two days before he was discovered when the bus stopped for a break in Paris.  It’s thought that the migrant may have been trying to enter the UK, which was the ultimate destination of the bus.

Police in Mandelieu La Napoule have appealed for witnesses to come forward following the disappearance of 60 year old Daniel Leroy. Leroy left his home on Monday June 18th and hasn’t been seen since. Anyone with any information is invited to contact police on

A fire has caused considerable damage to an apartment in Menton. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the blaze which broke out shortly after 8.30pm yesterday. Fire services from Menton and Monaco were at the scene. No injuries have been reported.



Eurozone countries have agreed a long-awaited debt relief deal for Greece. The deal gives Athens more time to repay loans of €96.9bn and extends a grace period during which Greece will pay little or no interest. Under the deal, eurozone governments are also giving Greece a final cash loan of €15bn. Greece's current bailout programme is due to end in August.

Opec has agreed in principle to raise oil supply by 1 million barrels per day. Meetings in Vienna will continue tomorrow.

In the UK, creditors have agreed to a plan that will see dozens of House of Fraser department stores close. Up to 6,000 jobs are at risk as a result of the company voluntary arrangement proceedings being approved


WORLD CUP…Brazil have beaten Costa Rica 2-0 this afternoon after two goals in injury time. Nigeria against Iceland at 5pm and Serbia against Switzerland at 8pm our time.

FRENCH GRAND PRIX..  Mercedes have taken the first two places in first practice at the French Grand Prix.     Lewis Hamilton was first, followed by Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was third, ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. Sauber's Marcus Ericsson had a heavy crash at the end of the session, leading to the session being brought to an end 4 minutes sooner than planned. Qualifying is at 4pm on Saturday with the race at 4.10 on Sunday.

RUGBY UNION…There are 6 international games tomorrow as sides from the northern hemisphere continue their summer tours. Japan play Georgia. New Zealand host France. Australia play Ireland in the decider of their 3 Test series. South Africa play England in Cape Town. Canada play the United States and Argentina play Scotland.

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