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Evening News Update Friday 8 June

According to local media, several arrests were made yesterday evening in the Alpes Maritimes in connection with the death of a 21 year old man in Nimes about two weeks ago.  The arrests, including that of the man alleged to have carried out the attack, were made in the Roquebrune-Cap-Martin area.

The latest two day strike by SNCF railway workers is continuing today and is due to last until 8am tomorrow. A 50 percent service for both regional TER and intercity TGV trains is in operation with Eurostar services mainly unaffected.

One person has died and two people have been injured in a road accident in Rousillon in the Tinee Valley.  The accident, which occurred this morning, involved a truck and two motorbikes. The RM2205 in Rousillon was closed while authorities investigated the accident but is now open again in both directions. One person has also been killed in another accident on the region’s roads today, this time on the RD 98 in La Môle.  The accident involved a heavy good vehicle and a Harley Davidson motorbike. It’s believed that the rider was attending the gathering of Harley Davidson enthusiasts this weekend in Grimaud.

Nice is getting ready for the return of the Port Festival tomorrow, Saturday, from 4pm until midnight.  The festival will feature the first fireworks display to take place in Nice since the attack of the 14th of July 2016.  The fireworks are scheduled to take place from 10.45 to 11.00 tomorrow night.

The strike by employees of the Carrefour supermarket in Monaco is apparently over.  Reports say that an agreement has been reached with management.  The union council will meet next Tuesday to formally accept or reject the new contractual arrangements.

In Toulon, a man has been given a 6 month suspended sentence for fraud and breach of trust relating to the raising of funds for charities.  In 2012 he had organized an event which claimed it was raising funds for Amgore, a children’s charity.  A raffle apparently raised about 3,000 euros but the charity said it had not received the money. The court ordered him to pay the charity the amount raised by the raffle.


BUSINESS


Gavin Patterson, the Chief Executive of BT, is to step down from his post after the company said a change of leadership was needed. BT said a poor reaction to its latest results, in which BT announced plans to cut 13,000 jobs, had prompted the move.


The International Monetary Fund has agreed to lend Argentina up to $50bn as the country seeks to bolster its struggling economy. Argentina asked for assistance from the IMF on 8 May after its currency hit an all-time low. The country has committed to tackle its double digit inflation and public spending levels as part of the deal. The three-year agreement must still be approved by the IMF board.


Another batch of weak economic data has been announced in Germany. Industrial output fell by 1% in April. Separate figures showed exports fell 0.3% in the month. This comes after data was released yesterday which showed industrial orders had fallen by 2.5%.

 

SPORT


Football… Harry Kane has signed a new six-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur. Kane scored 30 Premier League goals for Spurs last season and is about to lead England at the World Cup. He recently became Tottenham's leading scorer in the Premier League era.


Tennis…Top seed Rafael Nadal is through to the French Open final after beating fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals. Nadal won 6-4 6-1 6-2 to set up a meeting with seventh seed Dominic Thiem in Sunday's final. Thiem beat unseeded Italian Marco Cecchinato in three sets at Roland Garros this afternoon 7-5, 7-6,  6-1.  


Golf… Phil Mickelson and US Open champion Brooks Koepka trail Irish leader Seamus Power by one shot after the first round of the St. Jude Classic in Tennessee. Mickelson and Koepka are among a group of 11 players on four under par after rounds of 66

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