Trial - The brother of a jihadist, who shot three school-children, a teacher and three paratroopers, in Toulouse in 2012, is about to hear the result of a trial accusing him of being implicit in the killings. Abdelkader Merah has denied the charges, but the Paris prosecutor maintains he was the intelligence behind the operation, and has demanded the maximum life sentence. After a trial, which lasted a month, the court will hand down its verdict later today.
Roads - The Director of the Alpes-Maritimes Prefect, has described this year’s death-toll on roads, as catastrophic. Since January, 51 people have died on the regions roads, half of them being motor-cyclists. That’s on top of almost 1,500 people who were injured in accidents throughout the year. To combat the deaths, the Director has vowed to intensify police road checks.
Beauty Contest - A last call is being made for a beauty contest celebrating the larger lady. The first Miss Curvy PACA contest, to be held in St Maxime on November 19th, is calling for entrants over 18, with a dress size of 42 or higher, to register at misscurvy.fr
Traffic - Motorists are reminded that parking restrictions and diversions will be in place between Nice and Cannes for this Sunday’s Marathon. The Marathon starts on the Promenade des Anglais at 8am Sunday, with 13,000 runners, including a large team of 160 ex-pats running in yellow tee-shirts for the Mimosa Matters charity.
The Bank of England has raised interest rates for the first time in ten years, doubling them by 2.5 percentage points to 0.5%. The rise will affect almost four million mortgages with higher interest payments. The pound fell about 1% against the dollar and euro, as some investors had hoped to see hints of more rate rises.
In the United States, Republicans have unveiled details of a tax plan, aimed at slashing rates for business and eliminating inheritance taxes. The proposal would lower the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%, while retaining the top individual tax rate for the wealthiest at 39.5%.
Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier are reporting a European airline intends to buy at least 31 of their C-Series planes. The unnamed airline has signed a letter of intent for 31 orders, with options for 30 more. The deal is expected to be agreed by the end of the year.
Football - AS Monaco’s draw with Besiktas, in last nights Champions League game, wasn’t the only bad news for the team. Player Thomas Lemar also sustained an injury during the match, putting him out of action for all their French league matches in November. He’s also lost a place on the French team to play the friendlies with Wales in two weeks time. Didier Deschamps, who announced the team today, included Christophe Jallet from OGC Nice to play.
Rugby - Fixtures for the 2019 World Cup, which takes place in Japan, were announced today with champions New Zealand beginning their quest for a third successive title against South Africa in Yokohama. Other key first games include England v Tonga, France against Argentina and Ireland in a face-off against Scotland.
Tennis - Rafael Nadal will end the year as World Number One after making Round 3 of the Paris Masters, means that he can’t be caught in the ATP rankings. He started the year as world number 9, but has had a magnificent season, where he’s won both the French and US Opens.
Marseille strike action on the cities bus, tram and metro services - According to local reports there will be severe disruptions on the bus, tram and ... Read More