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Evening News Update Thursday 28 June

Proposals for a new prison on the Cote d’Azur has been put forward by the French government. Nicole Belloubet, a government minister visiting Nice this morning, announced that a new prison was being considered in La Trinite, close to Drap.  The prison would apparently be in addition to another new prison, on the banks of the Var river straddling La Gaude and St Laurent du Var, which was announced in January.

Regional trains are subject to delays and cancellation as the last day of scheduled strike action from the SNCF was announced today. 4 out of 5 TGV’s are operating and 3 out of 5 regional trains running. Meanwhle France’s biggest rail union CGT-Cheminots announced on Wednesday that they will continue striking  until the month of September. This comes a day after two other rail unions, UNSA and CFDT Cheminots, broke ranks with the CGT by deciding not to extend the strike beyond the original end date of today June 28.

It’s been a rather bad start to the season for the regions private beaches following bad weather and restrictions from authorities as local reports today suggest that further restrictions are to come into force for several beaches in Nice. The measure could see 80 fewer sunbeds per establishment resulting in a thousand less along the sea front in Nice. Businesses have already seen their maximum occupancy rate of 30% de dropped to 20% for natural beaches and 50% instead of 75% for artificial beaches.

A pharmaceutical company based in Grasse has won an award for one of its products at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris. The nuclear decontamination cream produced by Cevidra is being hailed as a breakthrough product which is designed to protect nuclear personnel from radioactive skin contamination.


Two Italian nationals in their sixties have had a lucky escape after their light aircraft crashed at the end of the runway Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban aerodrome near Digne des Bains. The four seater aircraft dropped 150 meters at the end of the runway shortly before midday on Wednesday with the two passengers managing to escape unscathed.

 

 

BUSINESS

 

The Chinese government has criticised a US move to expand the powers of its foreign investment watchdog. China is worried that the move means the US will use national security concerns unfairly in order to restrict Chinese investments. New investment rules will target Chinese companies investing in technology industries in the United States.

Cement giant LafargeHolcim says its French subsidiary is under formal investigation in France over claims it funded a terrorist group in Syria. The subsidiary is also accused of complicity in crimes against humanity and endangering lives in Syria. Last year, Lafarge admitted paying groups in the country in order to keep a factory operating in Northern Syria as violence mounted after 2011. However, Lafarge says it will appeal against some of the charges.

Amazon has said it is buying online pharmacy PillPack.  The announcement confirmed earlier speculation that Amazon was interested in expanding into healthcare. Amazon did not say how much it was paying for PillPack but it reportedly expects to complete the deal in the second half of the year.

 

SPORT


WORLD CUP….This afternoon Poland beat Japan 1-0 and Colombia beat Senegal 1-0.  At 8.00 this evening England meet Belgium and its Panama against Tunisia.


TENNIS… Britain's James Ward has missed out on a place in the Wimbledon main draw, losing 6-4  6-2  1-6  6-0 to Benjamin Bonzi of France at the Queens Club. It is the first time in three years that no British players have made it through qualifying. In the women's draw, 2014 finalist Eugenie Bouchard qualified with a 6-3 6-2 win over Mariana Duque-Marino. Meanwhile, Andy Murray says he will play at Wimbledon providing he can be competitive. Murray is trying to regain his fitness after hip surgery forced him to be out of action for 11 months.


CRICKET….Ireland captain Gary Wilson is confident his side will get closer to India in the second Twenty20 international in Dublin tomorrow. India were victorious by 76-runs in the first of the two-match series at Malahide yesterday. Wilson says Ireland will still have a positive mindset for tomorrow’s match.

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