Evening News Update Wednesday 27 June

According to a new survey, Nice has the second highest rents of all cities in France. The rankings for the first quarter of 2018 were published by the national federation of real estate agents, the Fnaim. The survey was based on the 250,000 offers published on the Fnaim website by more than 4,000 agencies.

The last days of unified SNCF rail union strikes are taking place today and tomorrow with 4 out of 5 TGV’s operating and 3 out of 5 regional trains running.  Further strikes are planned by some unions starting on the 6 of July as schools break up for the summer.

There are traffic diversion as of today in Nice due to the opening of part of the new tramline. The first part of Line 2 will be in circulation as of 1pm on Saturday, ahead of which festivities marking the opening start today, with some streets closed. From 9pm to 11pm today access to the Promenade des Anglais will be closed from the Magnan junction with traffic closed intermittently at the junction on Thursday and Friday from 9pm to 2am.

Three men are on trial in Nice regarding the burglary of an apartment on the Promenade des Anglais in 2015 during which the elderly owners were threatened.  It’s alleged that they took 750,000 euros worth of jewellery and 2,500 euros in cash.  The three defendants deny any involvement.

A woman has been seriously injured after being hit by a car on the avenue Maréchal-Juin in Mandelieu. The accident happened earlier today as the woman crossed the road in the area between the Géant Casino and Cannes Marina. She has been transported to hospital in Nice.

A 25 year old man has died of measles in intensive care at a Marseille hospital. He had suffered from an immune system disorder since birth and had previously been treated at the Pasteur and Archet hospitals in Nice.


Business and union leaders from across the UK and Europe have joined together to plead for "pace and urgency" in Brexit negotiations. The CBI and the TUC along with their European counterparts are calling on the UK government and the European Union to make "measureable progress". The groups say the UK and the EU must "put economic interests and people's jobs, rights and livelihoods first". 

The Bank of England has issued its latest Financial Stability Report.  The report says the UK has made positive "progress" on handling financial services risks around the UK's departure from the European Union. But it says there has been a lack of similar action from the EU and that what it calls "material risks" remain to trillions of pounds worth of financial contracts.

In the UK, retailer the John Lewis Partnership has warned that profits in the first half of the year will be "close to zero". Last year the group made £26.6m in the first half, and blamed heavy investment for this year's expected fall. John Lewis Partnership chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield said that the retail sector is currently going through "a period of generational change".



WORLD CUP… Germany are out of the World Cup after losing 2-0 to South Korea, with both goals being scored in extra time. Sweden are through to the last 16 after beating Mexico 3-0.  At 8pm this evening it’s Switzerland against Costa Rica and Serbia against Brazil.

TENNIS… It’s been announced that Serena Williams is seeded number 25 in this year's Wimbledon tournament despite being ranked 183rd in the world. Williams, who is 36 years old, is continuing her return to action after giving birth to her first child in September. So far in her career, she has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, including winning Wimbledon 7 times.

RUGBY UNION…. Dave Attwood will return to Bath for the 2018-19 season following his loan to Toulon. Attwood has made 136 appearances for Bath over six seasons.

CYCLING… Double Olympic champion Kristina Vogel has suffered a serious spinal injury in a training accident. The German Cycling Federation said Vogel collided at full speed with another racer while training on a track in Cottbus and is now being treated in a Berlin hospital.

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