Evening News Update Thursday 8 November

The mayor of Marseille, Jean-Claude Gaudin, has announced that the body of a seventh victim of the building collapse was discovered in the rubble late this afternoon. The operation of searching the rubble of the collapsed building had been suspended until 10.00 this evening. The Prefect of the Bouches-du-Rhone explained that this was because the safety of firefighters could no longer be assured.  However, the decision was made about 1.00 this afternoon to resume the search.

The French Minister of The Armies, Florence Parly, is visiting the aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle today.  The vessel is currently anchored off Toulon.  The visit is to mark the completion of the ship’s 18 month renovation project. President Emmanuel Macron is also expected to visit the ship next week.

Firefighters extinguished a vehicle which had caught fire on the A8 access road at Nice St Augustin this afternoon. Smoke for the fire could be seen from many parts of Nice.  The access road was closed until the vehicle was eventually removed but is now open again.


Unions have reacted angrily following the confirmation by management of the prison of Draguignan, that they intend to purchase a PS4 game console for inmates, with the intention of “creating a new activity within the prison”. Unions argue that not only is the cost of such equipment to be taken into account, but also the access it gives to communications, through the internet, outside of the institution.


Seven people have appeared before the criminal court in Gap accused of "assistance to the entry of foreigners in an irregular situation on the national territory". The charges arise from their alleged participation in a march of solidarity with migrants between Italy and France, near Briançon in the Hautes-Alpes in April this year. 850 supporters were outside the courthouse today, according to police estimates.

The oldest resident of the Alpes Maritimes has celebrated her 111th birthday. Maryse Lancioni, who lives in Eze, celebrated with friends and local dignitaries in a nearby restaurant. She ranks as the 18th oldest person in France, the oldest individual lives in the Var.




Tesla has named a new chairman after Elon Musk was forced to give up the role. Robyn Denholm, the finance chief of Australian telecoms firm Telstra, takes over from the company's founder, who remains chief executive. Mr Musk agreed to step down as chair last month to resolve claims of fraud brought by US financial regulators.

In the UK, National Grid has seen a 6% fall in half-yearly underlying operating profit to £1.3bn, from £1.4bn a year earlier. The firm took a hit from its US operations, which suffered higher costs from a series of storms. A cost-savings and a restructuring programme in its UK business also weighed on its performance.

Sainsbury's has reported a 20% rise in underlying profits to £302m for the first six months of its financial year which was lifted by its Argos business. Total sales rose by 3.6% to £16.8bn.



Cricket… England have moved into a good position on day three of the first Test against Sri Lanka. Keaton Jennings scored 146 not out to allow England to declare late in the day on 322-6. Sri Lanka closed on 15-0 and must bat the final two days for a draw, or score a record 462 to win.


Rugby Union… Eddie Jones has made three changes from the side that beat South Africa for Saturday's match against New Zealand at Twickenham. Chris Ashton will make his first England start in more than four years. Ben Moon replaces Alec Hepburn in the front row and Sam Underhill replaces Tom Curry.

Football.. Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has received his first senior international call-up for England's games against the United States and Croatia. Wayne Rooney has also been included for the US friendly only. Everton centre-back Michael Keane is recalled to the squad for the first time in a year. England play the US next Thursday before hosting Croatia in the Nations League the following Sunday.

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