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Evening News Update Thursday 21 June

An air pollution alert has been issued by the Prefect of the Alpes Maritimes. Poor air quality is expected across the region today and tomorrow with the public being advised to take necessary measures and report any symptoms of unusual discomfort to their pharmacist or doctor.

Employees of the Prefecture of the Alpes Maritimes have today dismantled much of La Paloma beach restaurant at Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, according to local reports.  The establishment has been an iconic landmark since it was built in 1949 but is now occupying public land without authorization according to the authorities. Today’s operation follows similar action a month ago against restaurants at Plage Mala in Cap d’Ail.

In Toulon, three people have been placed in custody after an assault in the town centre in the early hours of Tuesday morning. A 28 year old man was thrown to the ground and hit with an iron bar.  Two local residents alerted the police and the victim was taken to Sainte-Musse Hospital.

A teenager has been seriously injured while intervening in an argument between his parents.  According to reports, a 60 year old man wounded his wife with a knife at a residence in the port area of Nice last night. The wife and son were taken to hospital and the husband was taken into custody.

The SNCF has been ordered to pay those taking strike action on their rest days. The Tribunal de Grande Instance of Bobigny ordered the SNCF to pay the days of rest of the strikers from whom it had withheld payment.  The SNCF has said that it will appeal the decision.

Today France celebrates “La Fete de la Musique” with events being held across the region. In Nice at Place Massena concerts from Mc Solar, Maitre  Gims and Christine and the Queens are part of the lineup of artists performing tonight. Concerts will also be taking place throughout Antibes, Cannes, Menton and here in Monaco.

 

BUSINESS

Germany's Daimler has warned of lower earnings this year because of US-China trade tensions. Daimler said that it expects lower sales of Mercedes-Benz vehicles due to a tax on the importation of US vehicles into China. Daimler operates factories in the United States that export to China. Shares in other big European carmakers fell after the Daimler announcement.

The Bank of England has left interest rates unchanged.  However, Andrew Haldane, the Bank's chief economist, joined two other Monetary Policy Committee members in voting to raise rates to 0.75%. The nine-member MPC was split 6-3, with Bank governor Mark Carney leading the group who voted to hold rates at 0.5%.  Meanwhile, public sector borrowing fell more than expected to £5bn in May, down £2bn from a year earlier.

T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom is planning to cut 10,000 jobs in the next three years according to reports. Six thousand of those job losses will be in Germany.

BP has decided against buying up Woolworths' petrol and convenience store network in Australia. The deal would have seen BP become the nation's leading retailer across that sector. BP already has 350 company run service stations in Australia, while Woolworths has 543 and  Australia's competition watchdog had voiced its concerns about the acquisition.

 

SPORT

WORLD CUP…Denmark and Australia have drawn 1 – all.  The result means that Denmark go to the top of Group B. France are taking on Peru at 5.00 our time and its Argentina against Croatia at 8pm.

RUGBY UNION… Its been confirmed that Danny Cipriani will make his first England start in 10 years after being named at fly-half for the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. Cipriani replaces George Ford who isn’t included in the squad.

TENNIS… At the Queens Club in London this afternoon, Nick Kyrgios of Australia has beaten Kyle Edmund from the UK in a closely fought match, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3. Later, it’s Djokovic against Dimitrov and Benneteau against Mannarino.

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