Two people were stabbed in separate incidents in Nice last night. A 25 year old man was stabbed in a bar on the Boulevard Jean-Jaurès, near Place Garibaldi. A 15-year-old suffered knife injuries apparently sustained in a fight on the route de Turin in the Bon-Voyage district. Both victims were taken to the Pasteur 2 hospital.
A diver is being treated at the Pasteur hospital in Nice after a diving accident today. Firefighters were called to Port Gallice in Antibes and decided to take the victim directly to the hospital which is equipped with a hyperbaric pressurization chamber.
A motorcyclist is in a critical condition after coming off his bike near Le Castellet this afternoon. A special spinal helicopter was sent to the scene of the incident on the DN8, along with several firefighters and emergency vehicles.
Customers at a Chinese restaurant were evacuated after a fire broke out on Thursday evening. The restaurant located on rue Alsace Lorraine in Nice alerted firefighters after smoke was seen coming from the back of the restaurant. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the blaze.
Five people have been injured during a shooting in a bar in Marseille. Shots were fired around 8.30pm on Thursday. One person was seriously injured. The five victims were taken to hospital. The shooter fled the scene and police believe it to be a settling of accounts. Since the beginning of the year, ten people have been killed in the Bouches-du-Rhone, including seven in Marseille.
There’s another storm on the way for much of France over the weekend, although it seems we’ll be spared the worst of the weather here on the Riviera. Meteo France say that storm Amélie will approach the French west coast in the second part of the night from Saturday to Sunday. Stormy winds are expected over the southwest of the country, with gusts at many places on the west coast reaching 110-120km per hour, locally 130km per hour. On the Riviera, it’s still expected to be windy for the whole of Sunday, with gusts of up to about 75.
The French government is aiming to deploy a new type of traffic radar which can record a wider range of motoring offences and is less susceptible to vandalism. 1,200 turret radars, which stand on a pole 4 metres high, are to be deployed by the end of next year. The radars will apparently be able to record offences such as the use of a mobile phone while driving. A large number of traffic radars were vandalized during the Yellow Vest protests.
A survey published on Thursday has shown that 57 % of French people believe that the strike action planned by SNCF workers from the 5th December is unjustified. The survey also looked at the French people's view of the status of railway workers. About two-thirds of respondents said that "the status must be removed, as it’s an out of date privilege".
US employment was more resilient than expected in October despite the impact of strike action at General Motors. Businesses added 128,000 new jobs last month, ahead of a forecast 55,000 rise. General Motors workers staged a month-long strike that ended a week ago after reaching a pay deal with management.
Fitness device maker Fitbit is being bought by Google for $2.1bn. Fitbit was one of the first sellers of tech-enabled fitness trackers and was valued at more than $4bn at the time of its flotation in 2015.
Football… In the English Premier League this weekend. On Saturday Bournemouth play Manchester United. Arsenal face Wolves. Aston Villa play Liverpool. Brighton host Norwich. Manchester City play Southampton.Sheffield United face Burnley. West Ham play Newcastle and Watford play Chelsea. On Sunday Crystal Palace play Leicester and Everton host Spurs.
Formula 1…First practice for Sunday’s US Grand Prix takes place at 5pm this afternoon with Lewis Hamilton looking to wrap up his 6th world title. Hamilton will seal his 6th drivers’ championship as long as he doesn’t lose 22 points to Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Second practice is at 9pm with qualifying at 10pm tomorrow and the race at 8.10 on Sunday night.
MA NOLAN’S RUGBY WORLD CUP REPORT
Wales have been beaten 40-17 by New Zealand in the World Cup bronze match in Tokyo. Wing Ben Smith scored two tries and Joe Moody, Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty and Richie Mo'unga also scored. Hallam Amos and Josh Adams scored tries for Wales.
Attention’s now shifting to the World Cup Final between England and South Africa tomorrow morning. England coach Eddie Jones has warned South Africa that Saturday's final is the game he has been planning for since he took control of the team in January 2016. England are at full strength and are expecting a bruising encounter against the Springboks who’ll most likely be relying on the power of their pack, control of the lineout and their defensive qualities if they’re to win their first Webb Ellis Cup since 2007. England haven’t won the World Cup since 2003 and lost to South Africa in the 2007 final. Kick off is at 10am our time tomorrow morning.