Evening Update 10 Nov

A driver has ploughed into a group of students near Toulouse. Three students were injured and two of those are reported to be in a serious condition. The incident happened outside a college and all of the injured are thought to be of Chinese origin.The driver has been arrested.

Eight of the suspects arrested in the anti-terrorist operation earlier this week have appeared at a court hearing before the investigating judge in Paris this afternoon.  Five suspects who were arrested in Menton on Tuesday were flown to Paris by the authorities yesterday. 

Local authorities have been carrying out a training exercise at Nice prison today. The exercise apparently took local residents by surprise.  The training was reportedly centred around a hypothetical hostage taking situation at the prison.

The mayor of Ventimiglia, Enrico Loculano has received several death threats in recent months according to local reports. Loculano has decided to publicly denounce the threats to the Italian media saying he is “worried and sorry for his family”. The threats are believed to be in connection with the complex migratory situation in the town.

According to an eye witness a motorist has narrowly escaped running over two pedestrians near the Mayol stadium in Toulon. The incident happened on Thursday evening when the driver lost control of his vehicle and ended up on the roundabout in front of the stadium where employees were installing Christmas decorations at the time. The driver was arrested and police have opened an investigation. 

Local media has reported that a request from the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region to reconsider the government’s decision to close the border crossing points of the Castellet and La Môle Saint-Tropez aiports has been refused. Renaud Muselier and Christian Estrosi and other elected officials of the Var, had been fighting for many months to preserve the border crossing points for these two strategic airports for Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur meaning that for the time being Castellet and La Môle airports will remain closed to flights outside Schengen.


In the UK, Uber has lost an appeal against a tribunal decision that its drivers should be treated as employed workers rather than self-employed contractors.
Uber had appealed the tribunal ruling, saying that it’s app was merely connecting self employed drivers with customer and that the drivers were under no obligation to use its app.
Uber said it would appeal against today’s court decision.

Easyjet has appointed a new Chief Executive. Johan Lundgren was group deputy chief executive at TUI , replaces Carolyn McCall who is leaving to run broadcaster ITV.  Mr Lundgren will take over on 1 December.



FOOTBALL.. Marseille player Patrice Evra has been banned from Uefa competitions for seven months for kicking a supporter. He was also fined 10,000 euros and has left the club. Evra aimed a kick at a fan before a Europa League match on 2 November.

CRICKET…England had a good day on the third day of their warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI.   Chris Woakes took four wickets and Jonny Bairstow and Mark Stoneman both made half-centuries. England were on 207 runs after 67 overs in their second innings. The Australians finished the day on 70 for 7, needing 268 to win

MOTORSPORTS…Lewis Hamilton took the lead in first practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix this afternoon, with Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas in second place.  Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen were in third and fourth.

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