Evening News Update Tuesday 12 June

The former head of the Nice judicial police, Michel Neyret, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for corruption.  The sentence was delivered by the appeals court in Paris. After a 32 year career including 20 years at the head of the anti-gang brigade of Lyon, Neyret was a legend at the time of his fall. He was accused of having provided confidential information to members of the Lyon community in exchange for benefits, gifts and cash. He was sentenced to four years imprisonment, including 18 months suspended, as well as a permanent ban from the police force. The prosecutor general may still decide to appeal the sentence.

About 12,000 electricity customers in Valbonne experienced cuts to their power supplies this morning.  The disruptions to the supply were the result of a demonstration being staged by employees of energy company Enedis at an electricity sub-station. The protest was against changes in salary levels, terms of employment and proposed redundancies.

Latest figures show that 19 people have been killed on the roads of the Alpes Maritimes since the beginning of the year.  Of those, eleven were riding a motorbike or scooter.

Strike action by France’s rail network the SNCF is continuing today with 1 out of 2 regional trains operating and 3 out of 5 TGV’s running. Unions have called for a “massive” participation ahead of the government’s plans to implement the reforms on Thursday.

Eric Ciotti, MP for the Alpes Maritimes, has said that France should not take in the 629 migrants who are currently adrift in the Mediterranean on the boat Aquarius. Speaking on French television this morning, M. Ciotti said that no French port should accept the boat and that it should return to the Libyan coast.  The Spanish government announced yesterday that it would accept the boat to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe, a decision M. Ciotti described as a mistake. Meanwhile, President Emmanuel Macron has today accused the Italian government of "cynicism and irresponsibility" for refusing to let the ship dock in Italy.

A doctor from Menton has been appointed head of the non-governmental organization Médecins du Monde. Philippe de Botton has been involved with the organization since 1989.


In the UK, there’s been a larger than expected rise in the number of people in work. There were 32.39 million people in work in the February-to-April period. That was an increase of 146,000 over the previous quarter, and 440,000 more than in the same period last year.

In the United States, inflation rose slightly in May.  The US Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index increased 0.2%.  In the 12 months through May, the CPI increased 2.8%, the biggest advance since February 2012.

The head of Citigroup's investment bank has suggested that the bank could dispense with up to half of its 20,000 technology and operations staff in the next five years due to automation. In an interview with the Financial Times, James Forese said that the 20,000 posts at Citi were "most fertile for machine processing". 



FOOTBALL…Real Madrid have appointed Spain manager Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach on a three-year deal. He previously managed Porto for two years, before taking over at the Spanish national team in July 2016.

Former England boss Sam Allardyce says he is "jealous" of Gareth Southgate and believes it should be him leading the national team at the World Cup. Allardyce left his post as England coach in September 2016 after only one match in charge. His exit followed claims by a newspaper that he gave advice on how to "get around" player transfer rules.

BASKETBALL… fans are gathering in Monaco for the league final playoffs against Le Mans.  If the AS Monaco Basket team emerge victorious, it will be the first time in the history of the team that they will have ended the season at the top of the league.  The first match in the final takes place tomorrow.

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