Evening News Update Thursday 14 June

A man has been airlifted to hospital after a serious car accident this afternoon near Le Luc in the Var. The man was apparently driving on the RN7 towards Brignoles when he lost control of his car and struck a concrete post.  He was thrown from the car by the force of the impact.

Police are looking for two children aged 2 and 4 who were taken by their relatives this morning at the Palais Rusca district court in Nice. The two children had been placed in foster care by the court. All those involved in the case were appearing before a judge at the court this morning when relatives of the family managed to take the children and flee on foot.

Police in Avignon have placed nine people in police custody in connection with an “organized gang scam”. Police carried out the arrests related to car trafficking in the area of Avignon and Villeneuve les Avignon. Eight men and one woman, all between 29 and 55 years old, were placed in custody and investigators are now determining the exact role of each individual.

Police have used DNA evidence to arrest a couple 31 years after their daughter was found dead in an unsolved case. The body of the girl, who was unidentified, was found by the side of the A10 motorway in the Loir-et-Cher department in central France in 1987. According to reports, the parents were traced after the DNA of their son, tested in an unrelated case, was matched with that of the girl.

Former French President Francois Hollande is in Nice today for a book signing at a shop in Nice. He has recently written a book, “The Lessons of Power”, in which he describes his time at the Elysee and as the leader of France from 2012 – 2017.


The European Central Bank has said it will stop its bond-buying scheme at the end of this year. The move is a major step towards dismantling the policies brought in to stabilise the eurozone in the wake of the financial crisis. However, the ECB said it was keeping interest rates on hold for now. 

Engineering firm Rolls-Royce is to cut 4,600 jobs over the next two years as part of a major reorganisation. The company is refocusing its business on civil aerospace, defence and power systems. About a third of the job cuts are expected to happen by the end of this year and the programme is expected to continue throughout 2019, with full implementation by mid-2020. Rolls-Royce said that the programme would cost £500m to carry out, including redundancies, but would save it £400m a year by the end of 2020.

In the UK, the hot weather and royal wedding celebrations contributed to another strong rise in retail sales last month. Retail sales volumes rose 1.3% in May from the month before, following April's increase of 1.8%. Sales in May were up 3.9% from the same month a year earlier.

FOOTBALL… The 2018 World Cup is getting underway today.  Hosts Russia are playing Saudi Arabia in the first match this afternoon. France’s first match is on Saturday against Australia. England start by playing Tunisia on Monday.
The Premier League fixtures for the 2018-19 season have been released. Manchester City will play Arsenal on the weekend of 11-12 August for their opening match. Tottenham visit Newcastle first, then play Fulham at Wembley while their new £850m stadium is being completed. Manchester United host Leicester City, Liverpool play West Ham, and Wolves take on Everton. Fulham host Crystal Palace, while Cardiff visit Bournemouth. The three other fixtures on the opening weekend see Chelsea travel to Huddersfield, Southampton host Burnley, and Watford take on Brighton.

MOTORSPORTS…Toyota have denied they have a plan to ensure Fernando Alonso wins the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend ahead of his team mates. Toyota have never won Le Mans and it’s been suggested that Alonso's fame means that if his car wins the race it will get wider coverage than their other car. But a spokesman said: "Our cars will race for victory with the target of achieving a Toyota one-two. Both cars start the race with an equal and fair chance of winning."

CRICKET… Afghanistan took five wickets in the final session after India dominated much of the opening day of the First Test in Bangalore. Afghanistan were only awarded Test status in June 2017. At the close of play on the first day India were 347 for 6 after 78 overs.

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