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Evening News Update Thursday 13 September

Latest figures show that the number of road deaths in France during August decreased, while the number in the Alpes Maritimes has remained the same. There were about 15 per cent fewer deaths on the nation’s roads compared to the same month last year, while a total of 6 people lost their lives on the roads of the Alpes Maritimes, the same number as last year. 


There is disruption to part of the bus network in Nice today due to strike action. Passengers are advised to check the ligne d'azur website for full details of services which services are affected.


A police anti-drugs operation has been carried out in the region with spot checks being carried out at the peage at Nice Saint-Isidore on the A8 motorway. Several arrests were made on Wednesday which led to further searches being carried out by the police in the Ariane neighbourhood in Nice. Police had been tracking a suspected drug trafficking network for several months.


It’s been confirmed that the fish market will return to the Place Saint-Francois in Nice.  The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi said that the market would reopen on 1st October. The square has recently been renovated.


A teenager has been arrested in La Seyne with 700g of cannabis resin, 15g of cocaine and almost 1,500 euros in cash.  The 16 year old, who was arrested in the Berthe district, is currently in custody while police investigations continue.


The Marquet stadium in Cap d’Ail is to be renamed the Didier Deschamps stadium in honour of the French football coach. The mayor of Cap d’Ail, Xavier Beck, announced the name change in the presence of Didier Deschamps at an event at the stadium yesterday evening. 


President Emmanuel Macron has today announced that the government plans to spend four billion euros over a four year period to fight poverty. President Macron said that there were two main parts to the initiative – the prevention of financial insecurity, especially amongst young people, and the provision of assistance in getting back into employment. About 8.8 million people in France are regarded as being affected by poverty.

 

BUSINESS


In the UK, profits at the John Lewis Partnership have fallen 99% from last year to £1.2m. Chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield said the retail sector was facing "challenging times". The retailer also warned that full-year profits would be "substantially lower".


The Bank of England has left interest rates on hold at 0.75%. The Bank's Monetary Policy Committee voted nine to zero to leave rates unchanged. The MPC said there had been indications of "greater uncertainty" in the process of withdrawing from the EU since its last meeting.


Ryanair cabin crew unions in five countries have announced plans for a 24-hour strike on 28 September. The union in Belgium said the strike would affect crews in Italy, Portugal, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands. The announcement follows a 24-hour strike yesterday by unions representing Ryanair pilots and cabin crew in Germany.


In the United States, the Trump administration has invited China to restart trade talks.  China welcomed the invitation but there is no indication as yet when talks may begin.

 

SPORT


CRICKET… Former England captain Paul Collingwood has announced that he’ll retire at the end of the season. The 42-year-old played in 68 Tests and was part of was part of three Ashes-winning teams. He also played in 197 one-day internationals and 36 Twenty20s.


RUGBY UNION… Former Toulon player and All Blacks legend Ma'a Nonu has re-joined Super Rugby side the Blues. The 36-year-old left Toulon in May after three seasons and said he was "taking a step back" to assess his future. He’s signed a one-year deal with the Blues, the third time he’s played with the Auckland club.


FOOTBALL…Tottenham and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is expected to be out of action for several weeks with a thigh injury which is more serious than expected. He won’t be in the team to face Liverpool in Tottenham’s first match of the Premiership season this weekend.

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