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Evening News Update Wednesday 14 November

Authorities in Marseille have appealed for the donation of products to be handed out to those affected by the recent building collapse. 582 victims are currently supported by the town hall, including 33 people who were evacuated from their homes yesterday. Most of those are being accommodated in local hotels. The municipality says it needs baby bottles, strollers, hygiene products, furniture, appliances and clothes for urgent distribution to those in need.

 

The Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has announced the arrest of several people involved in the filming of a rap video in Nice. The video, which was apparently filmed in the Le Rouret and Las Planas neighbourhoods, shows participants brandishing weapons, including Kalashnikovs. Several of those involved were arrested at the scene after authorities saw the filming on local video surveillance cameras. 


A 42 year old woman is in hospital after setting fire to herself on a beach in St Tropez.  The woman apparently doused herself in flammable liquid which she then ignited on the Plage de la Fontanette before running into the sea.  She was airlifted to Sainte-Anne hospital in Toulon with forty per cent burns to her body.


Several arrests have reportedly been made across our region in connection with the trafficking of vehicles with false registration documents. Reports say that the arrests were centred in Le Muy, but about a dozen other people were arrested in other areas including Frejus and Draguignan. 


The Mayor of Ascros, a village near Puget-Theniers, has offered communal housing at a reduced rate in the hope of attracting families and avoiding the closure of the local school. The Mayor was informed in April that due to the lack of pupils the school faced closure. Created in 2004 the establishment currently caters for 21 children but according to the inspector of the Academy there need to be at least 24 children enrolled.


Jewels once belonging to ill-fated French Queen Marie Antoinette are being auctioned in what is being called one of the most important royal jewellery auctions in history. They haven’t been seen in public for 200 years and include a pearl and diamond pendant, earrings and necklace. The auction will take place in Geneva tomorrow.

 

BUSINESS


The German economy shrank by 0.2% between July and September. It was the economy's first quarter-on-quarter fall since 2015. Meanwhile, the eurozone economy as a whole grew at its slowest rate for four years in the third quarter, according to figures from the European statistics agency.


The UK inflation rate remained steady at 2.4% in October. The Consumer Prices Index figure included falls in food and clothing costs, but rising utility bills and petrol prices. Core inflation which strips out  energy, food, alcohol and tobacco prices, also held steady at 1.9% in October.


The Italian government has defied the European Commission by sticking to its big-spending budget plan. Finance Minister Giovanni Tria said it would keep to a deficit target of 2.4% and a growth forecast of 1.5%. The Commission is concerned at the impact of high spending on Italy's high levels of debt and had told Rome to revise the budget or face possible fines.

 

SPORT

Cricket…It’s been the first day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and England. England won the toss and decided to bat. They were 285 all out. Sri Lanka reached 26-1 at the close.


Tennis.. World number one Novak Djokovic has emerged victorious against   Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals this afternoon. The score was 6-4  6-1. Djokovic will reach the last four if John Isner beats Marin Cilic in their match this evening.


Football…. Fulham have appointed Claudio Ranieri as manager.  Ranieri guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016. Currently Fulham are bottom of the Premier League table with five points from 12 matches. Reports say Ranieri has been given a "multi-year" contract.

 

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