Evening Update Monday 4 June

Several people were arrested in Grasse this morning in a dawn raid by gendarmes and special forces. The operation was thought to be in connection with suspected drugs offences. One man was reportedly injured by gunfire.  The public prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation.

Two workmen have been taken to hospital after an accident at the Don Bosco High School in Nice this morning.  It’s believed that scaffolding collapsed while they were working on the façade of a building.

SNCF have relaunched rolling strikes. Strike action started again yesterday and continues today, two days after the government offered to forgive most of the company’s debt if it accepts reforms to make it more competitive. It is the 13th series of two-day rolling strikes launched by SNCF since early April. Today’s action sees two out of three TGV’s running and one out of two regional trains operating. For real-time updates on the rail service, please visit the SNCF’s website,

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.1 has been recorded on the Côte d’Azur. According to reports the tremor was recorded at 3.47 on Sunday morning located 20kms from the coast between Nice and Monaco.

A search is underway for a hiker who has been missing since Saturday.  The man was last seen in the area of the Col de la Rousse on the border between the Hautes-Alpes and Alpes de Hautes Provence.  The man is reported to be a homeless person of German origin, well known in the local villages. Aerial searches were conducted over the weekend without success and a search is now being made on foot.



British Prime Minister Teresa May is planning further talks with President Donald Trump about steel and aluminium tariffs. Mrs. May's spokesman said that the two leaders would discuss the issue again this week.  The Trump administration's move to impose tariffs of 10% on aluminium and 25% on steel from the European Union, Canada and Mexico has been widely condemned.

In Australia, Commonwealth Bank has said it will pay 700m Australian Dollars to settle a civil law action involving the breach of anti-money laundering and counter-terror financing laws.  The penalty relates to 53,000 suspect transactions that the bank did not immediately report to authorities. If approved by a court, it will be the largest civil penalty in Australian corporate history.

Microsoft has announced that it’s acquiring the code-sharing site Github for 7.5 billion dollars in stock. Github is an online platform that allows coders to collaborate with each other.



TENNIS.. Serena Williams has pulled out of the French Open before her fourth-round match with Maria Sharapova.  Williams said that her departure from the tournament is because of an injury with her right pectoral muscle which affects her serve. Williams said she wouldn’t know about her participation in Wimbledon until she gets the results of a scan. In other tennis news, Andy Murray is still aiming to be fit for the grass-court season and will make a statement this week, according to his mother Judy. She says that he’s been doing rehabilitation and has been back on the court in the last couple of days.  Murray hasn’t played in a tournament since Wimbledon last year because of a hip injury.

FOOTBALL.. Liverpool player Mohamed Salah has been named in Egypt's World Cup squad despite being injured in the Champions League final. Egypt said that Salah will not meet up with his team-mates until 9 June as he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury. Egypt's opening World Cup fixture is against Uruguay on 15 June. In other World Cup news, Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has been left out of Germany's final 23-man World Cup squad.

CRICKET.. England bowler Chris Woakes has been ruled out of Sunday's one-day international against Scotland because of injury. The 29-year-old will be replaced by Surrey's Tom Curran. Woakes will be assessed this week to see if he’ll be fit for the Australia ODI series which starts next week.


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