Evening News Update Friday 29 June

A man has been arrested on suspicion of starting a number of fires in Antibes over the last two days.  Thirteen fires were extinguished by pompiers over the past 48 hours. Reports say that the 50 year old was arrested earlier today whilst in the act of attempting to start another fire.

A 27 year old man has been killed in a road accident in Entrevaux.  The man was driving alone on the RD4202 between Entrevaux and Puget-Théniers in the early hours of this morning when his car left the road and collided with a tree.

Authorities are searching for a 42 year old woman who is missing from her home in Tende. Marie-Ange Metqal left her home on Wednesday without her phone or money and has not been heard from since. She is described as 1m60 tall, has black hair, is dressed in black and was carrying a black backpack. Police in Breil-sur-Roya have been searching in Tende and elsewhere in the Roya valley but so far without success.

The Aquarius, the boat used by SOS Mediterranee to rescue migrants, docked in the port of Marseille this morning. The ship is staying for four days for refuelling and a change of crew.


In Corsica, an explosive charge has been detonated at a newly opened hypermarket.  The device was left at the front of the Leclerc hypermarket in Ajaccio.  Authorities said that the device didn’t explode but was loaded with 300g of explosive.

A sixty year old from Cannes has managed to retrieve part of his savings after accidently selling a piece of furniture on Le Bon Coin containing 180,000 euros. Police are investigating after reports that the dresser which was sold on the website mistakenly included a briefcase forgotten by the sixty year old. 138,000 euros has so far been found.



The UK's economic growth has been revised up for the first quarter of the year after construction data was found to be stronger than earlier estimates. Growth for the three months to March was 0.2 per cent, an upgrade from the earlier estimate of 0.1%.

Unemployment in Japan has dropped to 2.2% in the three months to May from 2.5% - the lowest level since October 1992. But the jobs-to-applicants ratio hit its highest rate in 44 years, which analysts said was a worrying sign of the country's shrinking work force and rapidly aging population.

Dame Inga Beale, one of the most senior women in the UK's financial sector, is stepping down as chief executive of Lloyd's of London, a job she has held since 2014. It is the second senior management departure from Lloyd's recently. In May, finance chief John Parry announced he was leaving after 17 years.



WORLD CUP NEWS…There are no matches today but the knockout phase starts tomorrow with France against Argentina and Uruguay against Portugal.

MOTORSPORTS… Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in both practice sessions for the Austrian Grand Prix. Hamilton headed team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 0.176 seconds in the second session, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was 0.236secs back in third place. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was fourth.

TENNIS… Andy Murray will play Frenchman Benoit Paire in the first round at Wimbledon next week if he decides he is fit enough to compete. Murray still hasn’t confirmed he will play following long-term injury. Defending men's champion Roger Federer faces Serbia's Dusan Lajovic, while world number one Rafael Nadal will take on Dudi Sela of Israel. In the women's singles, Serena Williams, who has been seeded 25th following her return from maternity leave, plays Arantxa Rus while 2017 Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza will face Britain's Naomi Broady. Wimbledon begins on Monday.

CRICKET… England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been included in the squad for the three-match one-day international series against India, which begins on 12 July. Also in cricket news, former Australia captain Steve Smith hit 61 off 41 balls in his first competitive appearance since he was banned for ball-tampering in March. Smith is playing for the Toronto Nationals in the inaugural Global T20 Canada league.



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