Evening Update Thursday 3 October

Four staff at police headquarters in central Paris have died after being stabbed. The attacker, who has not been named but is also reported to be an employee there, was later shot dead by police. The area in the île de la Cité - in the centre of Paris - has been sealed off. The incident took place at about 1.00 this afternoon. President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner have all gone to the site.

Two men from Carros have appeared in court in connection with the fatal shooting of a 20 year old man in Gattières earlier this week. The prosecution has opened an investigation for premeditated murder and has requested the provisional detention of the two men.

One person is in hospital in a serious condition after a motorcycle accident on the coast road in Villeneuve-Loubet. The accident happened at about 5.30 this morning near the Marina Baie des Anges.

A man is being questioned by police after the owner of a supermarket in Saint-Cyr was held up at gunpoint this morning. An armed individual burst into the Spa supermarket at 10.00 this morning and demanded money from the till. Police arrested a suspect shortly afterwards.

Pompiers have rescued a kite-surfer in Cannes after his sail got caught around the top of a lamp post. The incident happened at Palm beach this afternoon. The kite-surfer was lowered to the ground without injury.

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has announced that the Etape du Tour cycling event will begin from Nice on Sunday the 5th of July. The Etape du Tour allows cyclists to ride part of the Tour de France route in similar conditions to the cyclists who are competing in the main race. Roads are closed by police, with refreshment stops and medical assistance being provided. About 15,000 cyclists usually take part. The main competition, the Tour de France 2020 will leave Nice on June 27 for two stages and a third stage will start from the Allianz Riviera stadium.

 

BUSINESS

 Shares in fashion retailer Ted Baker have fallen after it posted a loss and said trading remained tough. It reported a £23m loss for the six months to 10 August, down from a £24.5m profit last year. The firm blamed fierce competition and unseasonable weather. Company founder Ray Kelvin resigned in March.

The owner of the Habitat furnishing stores has decided to put the business up for sale. The decision by the board of Cafom Group was announced today. Habitat was founded in England in 1964 by Sir Terence Conran. There are now 36 company owned stores, including 27 in mainland France and one in Monaco, and 39 franchised stores around the world.

Uber has announced that it's launching an app to put casual workers in touch with employers. Uber Works will allow cooks, cleaners, bar staff and warehouse workers to compare and sign up for shifts. The app, which launches on Friday, will initially only be available in Chicago. Uber said that it believes the process of connecting workers with employers can be made more transparent and faster for both employees and firms.

The chief executive of British tobacco maker Imperial Brands, Alison Cooper, is to step down after nine years in the job and 20 years with the company. In late September, Imperial Brands issued a profits warning, saying that a US backlash against vaping would impact sales.

 

 SPORT

Football... Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard have been left out of the England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. There is a first call-up for defender Fikayo Tomori, fellow Chelsea player Tammy Abraham, has also been included.

Manchester City have been charged by Uefa for the "throwing of objects" by their fans in their match against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday. Zagreb have also been charged for the same offence as well as "acts of damages" at Etihad Stadium.

Tennis... Dan Evans has lost in straight sets to John Isner in the second round of the China Open. The final score was 7-6 (7-3) 7-5.

 

MA NOLAN’S RUGBY WORLD CUP REPORT

Ireland have beaten Russia 35-Nil in Kobe this afternoon. Rob Kearney, Peter O'Mahony and Rhys Ruddock scored first-half tries before Andrew Conway secured the bonus point in the 62nd minute and Garry Ringrose also scored. Ireland now have nine days before their final Pool A match against Samoa.

Earlier today Fiji claimed their first win of this World Cup as they defeated Georgia. Final score was 45-10. Their second biggest win at a World Cup means Fiji are likely to finish at least third in the pool - and with that gain qualification for the 2023 World Cup. The Islanders face Wales in their final pool game on Wednesday, 9 October, while Georgia conclude their campaign against Australia on Friday, 11 October.

 

 

 

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