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Evening Update 15 Nov

Two people have been jailed and another person placed under judicial control by a court in Marseille for their part in an operation which stole cars in Italy and put them on sale in France. A total of seven people were arrested after a large scale police operation last week which involved 150 gendarmes.

Strike action has been announced for tomorrow, Thursday November 16th, with disruptions to the regions transport network. Bus networks will be particularly badly affected and there will apparently be no trams in Nice. There will be some disruption to the train network although the SNCF say they are optimistic on the number of trains running with 8 or 9 out of 10 operational on main routes. For more information go to www.sncf.com

Police in the Alpes Maritimes have been carrying out a large number of roadside checks this morning. They said that the aim is to reduce excessive speeds which are in many cases responsible for fatal accidents. Gendarmes stopped vehicles at the La Turbie payage, the Antibes payage, at Saint-Isidore and in Mouans-Sartoux, including heavy-goods vehicles and motor cycles travelling at excessive speed or exhibiting dangerous behaviour.

France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.  The decision was announced by the World Rugby Council at its meeting in London this afternoon. France has staged the competition previously on two occasions - in 1991 and 2007.  South Africa and Ireland were also in the running to host the competition in 2023.

 

BUSINESS

US investment firm Indigo Partners is to buy 430 Airbus aircraft.  The order, which is for the A320neo family of aircraft is worth $49.5bn at list prices. Indigo’s interests include Europe's Wizz Air, US-based Frontier, Volaris in Mexico and JetSmart in Chile.

Data released today in the UK shows that the number of jobless people –that’s people who are unemployed but seeking a job - fell by 59,000.  Earnings, excluding bonuses, rose 2.2% in the quarter to September compared with a year ago but fell 0.5% after inflation is taken into account.

 

SPORT

FOOTBALL… Australia have qualified for the World Cup.  They defeated Honduras 3-1 at the Stadium Australia in Sydney.

The Scottish Football Association has reportedly made an official approach to its Northern Ireland counterpart for permission to discuss the vacant Scotland manager’s job with Michael O'Neill. Scotland are looking for a replacement for Gordon Strachan who left last month after Scotland failed to reach the World Cup play-offs.

A former Argentinian football official has apparently taken his own life shortly after being accused of taking bribes. Jorge Delhon was accused of taking $2 million in payments in exchange for rights for broadcasting football games.  The allegation was made during the Fifa corruption trial taking place in New York.

CRICKET… Chris Woakes has taken six wickets in the final Ashes warm-up match. Woakes took four wickets for just eight runs, but Australia eventually reached 249-9 at the close.

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