Inquiries are continuing after the body of a woman was found in Mougins on Christmas Day. The identity of the woman has now been established with "99.99 per cent" certainty, according to the public prosecutor in Grasse. An apartment in Cannes has been searched by police and investigations are reportedly centred on those involved in prostitution in Cannes.
The Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region has been placed in the "pre-epedemic" category for influenza. Three other regions, namely the Pays de la Loire, Occitaine and Ile-de-France, have also been placed in the same category. According to figures from the French public health agency, the number of consultations in hospitals for flu has increased by about 50 per cent in one week - from 1,200 cases to 1,800. Information about vaccination against influenza is available from local pharmacies.
A mountain bike rider has been seriously injured this afternoon near Roquebrune-sur-Argens. The man was riding his bike in a nearby forest when the accident happened. He was airlifted to hospital by a Dragon 06 helicopter.
Train services continue to be disrupted again today because of industrial action. The SNCF says that tomorrow 3 TER trains out of 10 will run and 4 out of 10 on Sunday. About 6 TGVs out of 10 are expected to run over the weekend. As regards the first few days of next week, they are saying that almost half of TGVs will run on December 30 and 31, but only about 35 per cent on New Year’s Day. The SNCF recommends that passengers postpone any travel plans, adding that those with a ticket can make, before their departure, an exchange or refund without an additional charge. SNCF have established a website where you can find information in English and several other languages about timetables, ticket changes, refunds and alternative methods of travel. The address is https://en.oui.sncf/en/
Local businesses in Nice have said they are satisfied with this year’s tourist attendance and the business generated over the Christmas period despite the strikes. Despite severe disruption to the regions transport network over the festive season and a bout of bad weather ahead of the holiday’s, business has reportedly been good and the return of mild temperatures and sunshine on Christmas Day helped to attract shoppers.
Cricket...It’s been day 2 out of 5 in the England against South Africa test. England were 181 all out in reply to South Africa’s Fist Innings of 284 all out. At the close of play today South Africa were 72-4 after 20 overs and lead by 175 runs with 6 wickets remaining.
Football... The busy festive programme continues over the weekend. Manchester City can move into second place in the Premier League if they beat Wolves tonight. On Saturday Brighton play Bournemouth. Newcastle play Everton. Southampton face Crystal Palace. Watford play Aston Villa. Norwich face Spurs. West Ham play Leicester and Burnley play Manchester United. On Sunday Arsenal play Chelsea. Liverpool face Wolves and Manchester City play Sheffield United.