Evening News Update Wednesday 20 June

Police in Avignon have arrested two men in connection with a shooting in front of a mosque almost a year ago. Eight people were injured in the incident which took place in Avignon on 2nd July last year. 


City of Cannes ordered to reimburse fine - The Administrative Court in Nice has ordered the City of Cannes to reimburse a mother who was illegally fined 11 euros on one of the city’s beaches for wearing a burkini. The incident which took place on July 28th 2016 saw police issue the fine in what has been considered by the court as “incorrect” behaviour from the police.  Like many other towns of the Côte d'Azur, Cannes adopted the ban following the attack in Nice on July 14th 2016  however the State Council, had suspended the ban calling for mayors to respect fundamental freedoms.

The judicial police in Marseille have opened a murder inquiry following traces of blood found in an apartment in Gap in the Haut-Alpes. The apartment was rented to two men who were due to appear in court on narcotics charges last Thursday but haven’t been seen for several weeks. The two men were tried in their absence last Thursday and it was their absence from court that prompted the search.

Speed limit on French roads - Fifteen French deputies have filed a complaint to the French State Council against the implementation of new speed limits on French roads. The decree limiting the speed to 80 km/h on 400,000 km of secondary roads, is to come into force on July 1st. Those opposing the new measure argue that it is not based on any credible evidence and does not take into account accident zones. Despite months of protests by motorcyclists 'and motorists' and political debates, the decree was published on Sunday. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said he is  "ready to assume the unpopularity" of the new measure that will, according to him, save 300 to 400 lives per year.

The last patients have left the Center for Cardio-respiratory Rehabilitation in Gorbio, which is due to close tomorrow. Over the past 3three days, patients have been transferred to the Care and Rehabilitation Care Facility at Menton Hospital, which is a more modern facility with better equipment.

Marine Le Pen ordered to repay 300,000 euros - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been ordered to repay nearly 300,000 euros to the European Parliament for funds paid incorrectly to an assistant.  The General Court of the European Union, rejected a bid by Le Pen on Tuesday to overturn a ruling that she had wrongly used parliamentary funds to pay an aide who was based at her party's headquarters in Paris. Following the decision Le Pen swiftly announced her intention to take the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union, the bloc's highest court.



The European Union has announced that it will launch a raft of retaliatory tariffs against US exports on Friday. The move comes after US President Donald Trump imposed steep duties on steel and aluminium earlier this month. EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said that American exports such as blue jeans, motorbikes and bourbon whiskey will be targeted. She said that "the unilateral and unjustified decision” of the US to impose steel and aluminium tariffs on the EU meant that the bloc was left with no other choice.

Disney has reportedly increased its offer for 21st Century Fox to $71.3bn in cash and shares, up from an earlier $52bn offer. Disney is locked in a battle with US media group Comcast, which has offered $65bn in cash for Fox.

Telstra, the Australian telecoms company has announced plans to cut 8,000 jobs - a quarter of its workforce. It is the latest in a string of job cuts made by Telstra in recent years. The company also plans to sell assets worth two billion Australian Dollars.


WORLD CUP… Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his fourth goal in two games to put Portugal top of Group B and put Morocco out of the World Cup. Final score was 1-0. It’s Uraguay against Saudi Arabia at 5.00 our time and Iran against Spain at 8pm.

MOTORSPORTS… Formula 1 has extended its contract with the Belgian Grand Prix until 2021. The Spa track first hosted a grand prix in 1925 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest challenges for drivers. Formula 1's new owner Liberty Media said when it bought the sport in January 2017 that it was determined to protect the major historical races.

TENNIS… Simona Halep has withdrawn from next week's tournament in Eastbourne because of injury. Halep said she had "yet to recover" from pain and inflammation in her Achilles tendon, which began during the French Open.  Meanwhile, eight British players have been given wild cards for this year’s Wimbledon.  However, Britain's Dan Evans hasn’t been awarded a wildcard after he served a ban for taking cocaine. All England Club sources are reported as saying the decision was based on a matter of "principle". It means the 28-year-old must play in this week's pre-qualifying tournament.

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