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Evening News Update Monday 11 June

A woman in her forties is believed to have killed her mother in Nice last night, according to local reports.  It is thought that the incident took place shortly after midnight last night in Nice Nord. An investigation has been opened.

Police are still searching the banks of the River Guercha in the Tinee valley for the victim of a motorcycle accident.  The body of the driver of the motorcycle was found about 800 metres from the accident which happened yesterday. It is thought that the passenger was ejected from the bike during the accident.  Police are warning motorcylists to be extra careful in the Tinee Valley because of the changing weather conditions and brighter sunlight.

Hospital staff at Puget-Théniers have launched a petition in support of a member of staff who has been on a hunger strike since the 1st June. The protest comes as staff aim to raise awareness amongst the public of alleged poor working conditions at the hospital.

Protesting farmers have been blockading the Total fuel refinery at Châteauneuf-les-Martigues near Marseille.  The blockade, which began last night and was lifted by the protesters early this afternoon, was one of fourteen refineries blockaded in France as part of a national protest.  Organisers say that the protest was not aimed at blockading fuel supplies, but is intended to draw attention to environmental issues and the importation of certain agricultural products.

A dozen real estate scams have been reported to the police in Frejus recently, according to reports. The owner of a villa in Frejus filed a complaint because he found out that his villa was being offered for rent on a seasonal rentals website without his permission. A 26 year old man is due to appear in court in the Haute-Garonne department in South West France in connection with the alleged offence.

 

BUSINESS

In the UK, the country’s trade deficit widened in April, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. The deficit in goods and services widened to £5.28bn from £3.22bn in March. Manufacturing output fell by 1.4% in April from the previous month, the biggest month-on-month fall since October 2012. The wider measure of industrial output also fell, dropping by 0.8% in April.

The Royal Wedding apparently led to a surge in passenger numbers at Heathrow Airport last month. There was a 5% rise in passengers from the United States.  A total of 6.7 million passengers passed through the airport in May.  MPs are due to vote on the expansion of Heathrow within the next few weeks. 

Jaguar Land Rover has said that it plans to move production of the Land Rover Discovery from Birmingham to Slovakia from next year. The Solihull factory will instead be used to build a new generation of Range Rover models. The company warned that there may be some job losses in the UK as a result.

 

 SPORT

FOOTBALL…Patrick Vieira has been confirmed as the new coach of OGC Nice at a media conference this afternoon. The former Manchester City, Inter Milan and Juventus player was in his third season as head coach of New York City. Vieira takes over from Lucien Favre, who was appointed Borussia Dortmund coach in May. Also in football news, France forward Nabil Fekir will not be joining Liverpool from Lyon.  The two clubs had been discussing a deal but Lyon have said that talks about the potential transfer "had not succeeded".  The player had been one of Jurgen Klopp's prime summer targets.

RUGBY UNION…Schalk Brits, the former Saracens hooker has been added to the South Africa squad for Saturday's second Test against England. Brits has won 10 caps with the Springbok and last played for his country at the 2015 World Cup. He was part of the Saracens squad that won the Premiership last month.

ATHLETICS…Dubai will host the 2019 World Para-athletics Championships, marking the first time the event has taken place in the United Arab Emirates. Over 230,000 people attended the  championships when they were held in London last year.

TENNIS… Italy's former world number five Sara Errani's ban has been increased from two to ten months after a cancer drug showed up in a failed test. The 30-year-old, tested positive for a banned drug. The Court of Arbitration for Sport accepted that medication taken by her mother found its way into a family meal but said that Errani was guilty of a "light degree of fault" which justified a 10-month ban.

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