Evening News Update Tuesday 11 September

A man has been arrested by police following an incident at a school in Tourette-Levens yesterday morning.  Reports say that a man appeared at the school gates and threatened the headmistress of the school with a crossbow. The man is now in police custody while authorities carry out further investigations. 


A woman has survived a fall of 10 metres in her car in Menton.  The driver was apparently attempting to reverse her car to allow another motorist to pass on the Mont Gros.  However, the car fell backwards over a precipice.  Emergency services were quickly on the scene and the woman is reported to have suffered chest injuries but her life is not in danger. 

A security report presented to the French Prime Minister has proposed several new measures to improve the coordination between police, the municipal police and private security agents in France. According to French media one of the measures would include making the arming of municipal police officers mandatory. The municipal police would be armed with semi-automatic pistols, as are the national police and gendarmes. The report also recommends numerous measures concerning the 167,800 private agents in France, such as the possibility of arming them with a Taser.

It’s been announced that as of December the low-cost TGV Ouigo will leave from the Gare de Lyon in Paris to Marseille and the Côte d'Azur.  Initially launched in 2013, Ouigo has been serving Paris directly for the past few months. The SNCF will offer three return trips a day from Paris to Marseille via Lyon, Valence, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. Two more services will go until Nice, including stops in Toulon, Cannes and Antibes.

According to a poll published today the popularity ratings of French President Emmanuel Macron and French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe are down sharply in September, reaching their lowest level since May 2017. Figures show 29% of French people have a favourable opinion of the Head of State, down by 12% compared to figures published in June. Édouard Philippe’s popularity rating is down by 5% with 35% of French people thinking he’s a good Prime Minister.
Figures published today have shown that eating a healthy diet is becoming increasingly difficult for some of the poorest households in France. Of those who earn between 1,200 and 2,000 euros a month, 39% are not able to eat fruit and vegetables daily and when income is less than 1,200 euros a month it affects 53%. The figures have been released by the Secours Populaire two days ahead of the French government presenting its poverty plan.



It’s been announced that Mark Carney will remain governor of the Bank of England until the end of January 2020.  Mr. Carney had been due to step down from the role at the end of June 2019 - two years short of the usual eight-year term.

Unemployment in the UK fell by 55,000 to 1.36 million in the three months to July according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics. The ONS also said the jobless rate held steady at 4%, its joint-lowest level since 1975. Salaries, excluding bonuses grew by 2.9% between May and July, compared to 2.7% in the three months to June.



CRICKET…..It’s the final day of the Test Match at the Oval, England against India.  India are in their second innings.

FORMULA 1…Monaco driver Charles Leclerc will replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari in 2019. Raikkonen has signed a two-year contract with Sauber, where he made his Formula 1 debut in 2001.

FOOTBALL.. A third European club competition could be introduced alongside the Champions League and Europa League from 2021.  Andrea Agnelli, the chairman of the European Club Association, who is also on Uefa's executive committee, said that the "the green light has been given".  However, he didn’t give any more details on how the tournament would be organised.

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