Evening Update Friday 5 July

Three people have been injured after a balcony collapsed at a construction site in Carros this morning. Reports say that 25 pompiers and three ambulances attended the incident. The three victims were still conscious and were taken to the Pasteur Hospital 2 in Nice.

A young man has been shot dead in Marseille. The incident happened this morning. Police have opened an investigation to determine the exact circumstances behind the shooting. The 18-year-old was declared dead at the scene.

About 20 firefighters were still engaged earlier today in fighting a fire near Lucéram.  The fire broke out in undergrowth yesterday and water bombing aircraft were used to bring the fire under control.

A 17 year old motorcyclist is in hospital after being involved in a road traffic accident in Grasse yesterday  evening. The rider was taken to the Pasteur Hospital 2 in Nice after the incident on the Avenue Georges Pompidou.

It’s been announced that the Hotel Martinez in Cannes will have a new General Manager from the 15th of July. Yann Gillet replaces the current manager, Alessandro Cresta, who will be going to run the Hotel du Palais in Biarritz. Both hotels are part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt.

The French government had promised financial aid to those farmers who have been adversely affected by the recent heatwave. The Minister of Agriculture, Didier Guillaume, announced the measures while visiting a vineyard near Nimes which had been affected by the record temperatures in the area.

If you’re heading off on holiday today Bison Futé has warned of heavy traffic from today and over the weekend on most major roads to the south and coastal areas of France, advising motorists to take extra care and avoid the busiest times by leaving after 8pm.

 

BUSINESS

Many more jobs were created in the US in June than expected. The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that 224,000 jobs were created in June, many more than the 160,000 that economists had forecast.

Jaguar Land Rover has announced that it’s going to build a range of electric vehicles at its Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham. Initially the plant will produce an electric version of the Jaguar XJ. The company said that the move will help secure the jobs of 2,700 workers at the plant.

In other automotive sector news, Ford and General Motors have both reported a drop in second quarter sales in China, though at a slower pace than the first three months of the year. Ford's Chinese sales declined 21.7% between April and June. GM sales were down by 12.2% in the same period.

German factory orders fell 2.2% in May - that compares with previous estimates of a 0.1% fall. 

Samsung says that its operating profit for the period between April and June is likely to have fallen by about 56%. The information was in a regulatory filing made ahead of the official publication of the figures later this month. It’s thought that at least part of the fall may be due to the impact of the trade war between China and the US.

 

SPORT

Cricket…. New Zealand have been confirmed as World Cup semi-finalists after Pakistan failed to beat Bangladesh by at least 308 runs in their final group game today. Batting first, Pakistan made 315-9 but weren’t able to reach the semi-finals once Bangladesh reached 8-0 in the second over of their innings. New Zealand are therefore confirmed in the last four with Australia, India and England.

Tennis...Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki is out of Wimbledon after being beaten by China's Zhang Shuai. The final score was 6-4  6-2. Meanwhile, last year's runner-up Kevin Anderson is out of the tournament after a straight-set defeat by Guido Pella. The final score was 6-4  6-3  7-6.

Football… Derby County have acted quickly to fill their vacant manager’s position after Frank Lampard was appointed the new Chelsea manager yesterday. They’ve announced that former PSV Eindhoven coach Phillip Cocu will be joining the club on a four-year deal.

Horse Racing ...Tributes are being paid to legendary racing pundit John McCririck who died at a London hospital today aged 79. He was famous for being the face of Channel 4's racing coverage and for his loud, eccentric style and his signature deerstalker hat. He also appeared on several reality TV shows in recent years.  

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