Evening News Update Monday 25 June

Residents of the Var are assessing the damage after a violent storm last night. Hail the size of ping-pong balls was reported in parts of the department.  The severe storm caused damage to vineyards and buildings, including to the greenhouses of local horticulturalists. Frozen hailstones were reported to be still on the ground this morning. According to Météo France, the Plan-d'Aups received one month of rain in just two hours and high winds were experienced in the short but intense storm.

The A8 motorway has been completely blocked late this afternoon at the Cannes exit, Junction 41, in the direction of Nice by a demonstration by travellers. Earlier today a large number of travellers’ caravans tried to get into Mandelieu.  About 60 caravans travelling from the A8 motorway were blocked by the police at the La Canardière roundabout this morning. According to local reports, the travellers are aiming to occupy the grounds of Saint-Cassien on the avenue Gaston Defontmichel.

A homeless man has died of his injuries after being found in a supermarket car park in Hyeres. He was taken to the Emergency Department at Hyeres Hospital where he died on Saturday morning. An autopsy is being carried out to establish the cause of death.

The municipality of Cannes has introduced a law banning the use of shisha pipes in certain public areas until the end of September.  The pipes will be banned near schools and public parks, on beaches and pedestrian walks and on the town’s main streets such as the Croisette. The Mayor of Cannes said that the pipes posed a "serious health risk for both the active smoker and other people exposed to smoke".  Similar bans have recently been introduced in Carros and Vence.

The body of a missing person has been found near Fayence. Daniel Leroy had been missing since June 18th.  Authorities said that his motorcycle had been discovered in an area of dense vegetation in the Esterel and his body was found a few hundred metres away.

A gas leak in the La Trinité area of Nice led to the evacuation of a school this morning. The leak was caused by an accidental rupture of a gas pipe during construction work. A security cordon was put in place and local residents were advised to stay indoors. It took about an hour to repair the leak and the security cordon was lifted at about 11.00 this morning.

The body of a 38 year old woman has been found in a stream between Isola 2000 and Isola village.  The woman had been the passenger on a motorbike which crashed into a ravine on the RM97 two weeks ago.  The body of the driver was found soon after the accident but the search for the passenger had to be postponed due to adverse weather conditions.



Uber has told a court in London that it accepted its operating licence should not have been renewed last year over safety concerns, but says there has been "wholesale change" since that time. Last September, Transport for London refused to renew Uber's licence on grounds of public safety and security. Westminster Magistrates' Court is considering if Uber is "fit and proper" to hold a licence in the capital. The hearing is expected to last several days.

Harley-Davidson has said that it plans to shift some motorcycle production away from the US to avoid European Union tariffs on its products. Last week the EU introduced retaliatory tariffs on various US goods, including motorcycles. Wisconsin-based Harley-Davidson has assembly plants in Australia, Brazil, India and Thailand.

German business confidence deteriorated in June, according to a new survey. The influential Ifo survey said that its business climate index fell to 101.8 this month, down from 102.3 in May. Ifo said that uncertainty among German companies was growing and export expectations had fallen further.


WORLD CUP… This afternoon Saudia Arabia are playing Eqypt and it’s Uraguay against hosts Russia. There are two more matches today, both kicking off at 8.00pm our time, Iran v Portugal and Spain v Morocco.

TENNIS… Britain's Dan Evans won his first-round match at the Queens Club Wimbledon qualifying event, beating Ilya Ivashka. Evans won 6-4  6-4 in one hour and 32 minutes. Evans needs two more wins to qualify for the main draw after failing to be awarded a Wimbledon wildcard last week.

RUGBY… Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane will switch codes and join Scottish Rugby as high performance coach later this year. He will leave the rugby league side at the end of the Super League season. Wane has won five trophies during his six years in charge at Wigan.



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