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Evening Update 7 Sept 2017

A man was detained by the court in Aix-en-Provence today after crashing into pedestrians in Marseille on the 31st of August.  The man reportedly had argued that he should be placed in a psychiatric hospital instead of prison.  One person was killed in the incident and another was injured.


A 16 year old cyclist has died after being hit by a lorry in Nice. The accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters at the scene were unable to save the victim. Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.


A search is underway for an elderly gentleman who has been missing from his home in the Roya valley since Sunday. Yves Maurice Martin-Jarrand, who is 86 years old, was seen last Sunday in Breil sur Roya and in Tende but he is also accustomed to taking the train regularly to Nice and Antibes.  Anyone with information is being asked to contact the police in Breil sur Roya.


A young man has been detained in a hospital psychiatric department after threatening a motorist with a knife. The incident happened in Nice when the young Bulgarian man approached a motorist who was returning to his car on the rue Trachel and demanded the keys to the car. When the owner refused, the man allegedly attempted to attack him with a kitchen knife. 


IN FRENCH NATIONAL NEWS.. French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb has said that the raid on a flat near Paris yesterday has revealed a terror-linked bomb plot to target banks
Police found 100g of explosives and chemicals in the apartment yesterday. Three men have been arrested. Monsieur Collomb said that the men wanted to blow up banks with the explosives, but they were apparently also linked to terrorists. Investigations are continuing.

 

BUSINESS

The European Central Bank has raised its forecast for GDP growth this year from 1.9% to 2.2%. New figures show that that the eurozone's economy grew by 0.6% in the three months to June, following growth of 0.5% in the first quarter. The ECB left interest rates unchanged, as expected. Meanwhile, The UK and Portugal had the joint slowest GDP growth rate in the second quarter in the European Union, at about 0.3%

Amazon is planning to spend 5 billion dollars on a new building to complement its existing Seattle headquarters. What Amazon is calling “HQ2” will be built somewhere in North America and is expected to eventually house 50,000 staff. Amazon has 380,000 employees worldwide.

 

SPORT

CRICKET… Australia's two-match Test series in Bangladesh ended in a 1-1 draw as Australia claimed a seven-wicket victory in Chittagong
Meanwhile England are taking on the West Indies at Lords

FOOTBALL… According to reports, South Africa may appeal against Fifa's decision to order a replay of the World Cup qualifier against Senegal because of "match manipulation" by the referee in the match last November
South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 at home but match referee Joseph Lamptey has since been banned for life. Neither South Africa nor Senegal are accused of any wrongdoing.

 

 

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