Evening Update Friday 3 May

A 47 year old farmer and father of four has been killed after the tractor he was driving fell several meters landing on top of him leaving him trapped underneath. The accident occurred in Blausasc situated between Peillon and Berre Les Alpes in the hills behind Nice. Emergency services were unable to save the victim and the mayor of the village confirmed the death and paid respect to the victim calling it “a terrible accident” claiming the life “of a charming man”.

Another Yellow Vest protest is planned in Nice tomorrow but, according to reports, will take a different route from the usual one.  Protestors are gathering in front of the main train station at about 1.30pm and will then apparently head for the St Isadore roundabout at the junction of the A8 motorway.

A local council building in Toulon was evacuated this morning after staff received a suspicious package. A specialist team of firefighters attended the incident and reportedly found crystals inside the package which were neither radioactive nor chemical. Analysis of the crystals is continuing.

A 31 year old man was stabbed to death in Marseille yesterday evening, apparently in a dispute over a damaged car. According to reports, a motorist attempting to park his car collided with another vehicle.  The man tried to intervene in an argument between the owners of the two cars but was stabbed and died a few hours later in hospital.

According to reports this morning there will be no new speed cameras installed in the Alpes Maritimes until the end of 2020 as authorities are focusing on the repairing those which have been damaged as part of the “yellow vest” movement. While the news may be good for some motorists, figures have shown an increase in the number of speeding offences in the region with 2% of offences committed exceeding 50km an hour over the speed limit.

French Minister of the Interior Chrisophe Castaner has been visiting Toulon today. He announced police reinforcements to fight drugs trafficking in the area.

 

BUSINESS

The US unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level for more than 49 years in April. The jobless rate fell from 3.8% to 3.6%, the lowest rate since December 1969. However, about 490,000 left the US labour force during April.

HSBC has reported a 31% increase in pre-tax profits for the first quarter as it cut costs and incomes from Asia grew. The bank made $6.2bn  before tax in the three months to March, up from $4.8bn in the same period a year earlier. 

Thomas Cook has confirmed media reports that it's looking for a loan from its lenders. Reports suggested the company is looking for £400m but a company spokesman declined to confirm or deny that figure. The travel firm said in March that it was closing 21 stores across the country and cutting more than 300 jobs.

 

SPORT

Cricket...Ireland are playing England in the One Day International Series. Ireland went in to bat first and were 198 all out.

Football... Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has been banned for three games after being sent off in the French Cup final, while disciplinary proceedings have been opened against team-mate Neymar. France international Mbappe was sent-off for a bad foul in extra time. Neymar appeared to lash out at a fan as he walked up to collect his medal.

Arsenal say they "utterly condemn" the behaviour of a group of Valencia fans who appeared to make Nazi salutes and monkey gestures at yesterday's Europa League semi-final at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal won the first-leg tie 3-1. There have not been any arrests for the incident, but the Metropolitan Police said they "are aware" of the video and although no reports have been made, the footage is being reviewed.

In the English Premier League this weekend,there’s one game tonight with Everton against Burnley. On Saturday Bournemouth play Spurs.West Ham host Southampton.Wolves play Fulham.Cardiff have a must win game against Crystal Palace and Newcastle play Liverpool. On Sunday Chelsea play Watford.Huddersfield play Manchester United and Arsenal play Brighton. Manchester City play Leicester on Monday.

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