Evening News Update Monday 18 June

Enquiries have been continuing after the knife attack by a young woman in a supermarket in La Seyne sur Mer yesterday.  The public prosecutor’s office in Toulon said that expert psychological analysis does not indicate any psychiatric disorder and that she is responsible for her actions. Reports say that there is nothing in particular to point to a terrorist incident but investigations are continuing.

Three men appeared before the Assises of Aix-en-Provence today charged with attempted murder almost five years ago in Marseille.  Three people were injured in a shooting in the Opera district of the city on September 1, 2013.  Twenty two Kalashnikov bullets and twelve 9mm automatic pistols were found at the scene of the shooting. 

The mayor of Antibes Jean Leonetti has been appointed as vice–president of the Republican party. The announcement was made on Sunday by the party’s president.

Team Serenity has won the 2nd edition of the « Riviera Water Bike Challenge » which took place here in Monaco yesterday. In the presence of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, 110 participants including 44 athletes formed 22 teams which competed on the occasion. Prince Albert and Princess Charlene warmly congratulated the competitors and the Sovereign awarded the prizes to the winners. 

The Finance Committee of the French Senate has today published a report which is critical of the state of France’s air traffic control system. For the 12 year period from 2004 to 2016 French air traffic controllers were on strike for a total of 254 days compared to 46 days for Greece, which had the second highest number of strike days. The report also said that, apart from strike days, France was responsible for 33 per cent of the air traffic delays in Europe, largely as the result of outdated equipment. However, the report also said that air traffic controllers have had to cope with large increases in the number of flights.



Rupert Stadler the chief executive of German carmaker Audi has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the diesel emissions scandal. Prosecutors in Munich said they had acted because of a risk that Mr Stadler might seek to suppress evidence. 

In the UK, Virgin Money has been acquired by the owner of Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank. CYBG agreed to buy Virgin Money for £1.7bn. It will be the UK's sixth-largest bank, with about six million customers. CYBG said it had agreed with Virgin Group to license the Virgin Money brand for £12m a year, rising to £15m later.



FOOTBALL… Sweden have beaten South Korea 1-0 with a penalty this afternoon.  It was the first time the two sides had met in a World Cup and it's 60 years since Sweden last won their opening game in the World Cup.  Belgium defeated Panama 3-0.

TENNIS… British number two Cameron Norrie was knocked out of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club in straight sets 6-2 6-3 by Stan Wawrinka today. Luxembourg's Gilles Muller beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov. Andy Murray makes his return to competitive action at the Queen’s Club tomorrow.

CRICKET…The Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has denied allegations of ball tampering after being charged by the International Cricket Council. Chandimal is facing a hearing after the second Test against West Indies which ends in St Lucia today. The match umpires had raised concerns about the condition of the ball towards the end of day 2. In protest,the Sri Lankan team took to the field  2 hours late on the third day.They were told that they could not continue with the existing ball and West Indies were awarded 5 penalty runs.

RUGBY UNION…The English Rugby Football Union has said that Eddie Jones retains the full confidence of the board despite his side losing a fifth consecutive match on Saturday. England were beaten 23-12 in Bloemfontein in the second Test by South Africa and lost the series in the process. Jones described the performance afterwards as a “horror show”.

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