There’s been a fatality at Nice St Augustin station this afternoon. Reports say that a woman threw herself from a bridge at the station as a TGV train was passing. The incident occurred at about 4.30 this afternoon.
The latest two day strike by SNCF railway workers is underway and is due to last until 8am on Saturday. A 50 percent service for both regional TER and intercity TGV trains with Eurostar services mainly unaffected.
A busy road in Mandelieu had to be closed during this morning’s rush hour because of a vehicle fire. A motorist who’s car was overheating pulled to the side of the road on the Avenue des Anciens Combattants. The car burst into flames shortly afterwards, with the fire causing damage to two other cars and spreading to a nearby hedge. Firefighters were quickly in attendance.
Police in Frejus have warned the public about two new scams which are being perpetrated against motorists in the Eastern part of the Var. In the first scenario, often carried out in a supermarket car park, the scammer accuses the motorist of having damaged his door mirror and says his insurers would be prepared to accept a cash settlement to resolve the issue. In the other scenario, which is also carried out in a parking lot, the scammer approaches the motorist at a ticket machine and offers to change the time stamp on the ticket, but takes the credit card of the victim by sleight of hand.
Employees at the Carrefour supermarket in Monaco are reportedly staging a strike tomorrow, Friday. The employees say they have a lower salary and less benefits than their colleagues at Carrefour stores in France. The strike is due to last for 24 hours.
The forecourt of the Palais Nikaia is being re-named in honour of Johnny Hallyday. It was originally suggested, by Christian Estrosi, that the whole venue be re-named to include the singer’s name. However, it’s now been announced that the venue will retain it’s name but the area at the front will from now on be known as the “Parvis Johnny Hallyday”.
Trading in shares on the London Stock Exchange was delayed by an hour this morning. The Exchange said the opening auction had been held up because of an issue with pricing data. Trading normally begins at 08:00am London time each weekday, but today’s opening session didn’t begin until 09:00.
The United States government has reached a deal with Chinese technology business ZTE that will remove a ban on the company buying parts from US suppliers. The deal will involve ZTE paying a $1bn penalty and hiring a compliance team chosen by the US. ZTE will also be required to replace its management board within 30 days. The US had blocked ZTE's access to American suppliers, saying it had violated a sanctions settlement.
In the UK, House of Frazer has announced an insolvency plan which involves the closure of 31 of its 59 stores. If the plan is approved by creditors, 2,000 House of Frazer employees are expected to lose their jobs, along with about 4,000 brand and concession jobs.
CRICKET…Mike Hesson has announced his resignation New Zealand coach after six years in charge. In an emotional media conference Hesson said that he didn’t feel he had “the capacity to give the job what it deserves". His deal was due to run out after the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said that he regards Hesson as the best coach the Black Caps have ever had.
FOOTBALL.. Amazon will show 20 Premier League matches a season for three years from 2019, after winning one of the final two broadcast packages. The company has won the rights to show one round of midweek games and one round from a bank holiday. The other package of 20 matches was bought by BT Sport, taking their total to 52 games. Meanwhile, Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore is to stand down by the end of this year after nearly 20 years as the head of the organisation. Scudamore was appointed in November 1999 and has overseen a period of sustained growth.
TENNIS...World number one Simona Halep has beaten Garbine Muguruza in the French Open semi-finals. She won 6-1 6-4. Meanwhile, Sloane Stephens has beaten Madison Keys. Defending champion Rafael Nadal reached his 11th French Open semi-final by beating 11th seed Diego Schwartzman. Play was halted because of bad weather yesterday. After play resumed today, the final score was a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
There have been clashes between demonstrators and police in front of the town hall in Marseille. Read More