Evening Update Thursday 7 November

A firefighter in Nice has been injured after being attacked by the man he was trying to rescue. The 40 year old verbally and physically attacked the fire crew in the Moulins district late last night. One of them is now off work for a week with a shoulder injury. Alpes Maritimes Deputy Eric Ciotti has said that complaints in the department for violence and incivility have doubled in the last three years.

A man carrying a knife and scissors has been arrested in the centre of Marseille this afternoon. According to reports, the 23 year old was also shouting "Allah Akbar" or “God is Great” in Arabic and was about to smash the window of a shop when he was arrested. Nobody was injured in the incident.

A motorcyclist is in a serious condition in hospital after colliding with a car in Sanary in the Var. Initial reports say that a motorist had been reversing on the road and didn’t see the biker. The 25 year old was taken to La Timone Hospital in Marseille and an investigation has been opened.

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward after a 77-year-old woman drowned in Saint Raphael in the Var. The woman’s body was discovered floating in the water off the Péguière Boulouris beach at 3.30pm on Tuesday. Emergency services were alerted by a passerby. Anyone who may have been in the area at the time and may be able to help police with the investigation is invited to call 04.94.51.90.00.

Yellow Vest protestors in Antibes are calling for a meeting to mark the first anniversary of the movement. A banner has gone up on the Provence roundabout, which was a major focal point of the protests, calling for people to meet there on the 17th of November at 11am.

Nice city council has announced plans to make rue Delille in Nice pedestrian during weekends, as of January. The news comes as part of plans to turn Marshall square and Hotel des Postes into a pedestrian area.

The public sirens were sounded in Toulon this morning, but it was just a special test of the system. Similar tests took place in Bormes-les-Mimosas and Hyères yesterday afternoon. The normal purpose of the alert and information system is to inform the local population of a serious event or immediate danger.

Police have evacuated about 1,600 migrants from two camps in northern Paris. About 600 police officers escorted the migrants to coaches to take them to reception centres in the Paris area. The operation began at around 06:00 this morning.

Monegasque Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc has launched his own karting brand. The driver has teamed up with Italian firm Birel ART, well known in the world of karting, to create his own chassis brand. Leclerc said that he owes everything to karting, which how he started his motorsports career, and felt that now is the right time to do something for the sport.

 

BUSINESS

The Bank of England is keeping rates on hold at 0.75% but two members of the monetary policy committee have voted to cut rates. The Bank said that the government's proposed Brexit deal will drag down growth over the next three years as extra trade barriers raise costs. It also said weaker global growth and ongoing uncertainty over Brexit would continue to weigh on the UK economy.

Lufthansa has cancelled a large number of flights today and tomorrow because of strike action by cabin crew. The airline has cancelled 700 flights today and 600 tomorrow, amounting to about one-fifth of its planned flights over the 48-hour period.

Aston Martin has said that "tough trading conditions" are behind its third-quarter pre-tax loss of £13.5m. In the same period last year, it made a profit of £3.1m. However, the company said that it was still on track to meet expectations for the full year's results and was taking action to control costs through an efficiency programme.

First half profits at Sainsbury’s have fallen to just £9m after taking one-off charges of £229m, in part from reviewing its store real estate. Underlying profits are down 15% at £238m. Like-for-like sales, excluding fuel, are down 1.0%.

Toyota has posted a rise in operating profit for the second quarter, boosted by higher sales and strength in North America. The company reported operating profit of 662.3bn yen for the three months to September, up from 579.1bn yen a year ago.

 

SPORT

Football… England have named their Euro 2020 qualifiers squad. It includes James Maddison, John Stones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Callum Hudson-Odoi. Manager Gareth Southgate said the "squad is a little larger than normal" because there were a "couple of injury doubts". England host Montenegro on 14 November and play in Kosovo on 17 November. England are top of Group A and need one more point to secure their place at Euro 2020.

Stoke City have made an official approach for Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill. The club, who are bottom of the table, are seeking a successor to Nathan Jones who was sacked on 1 November after just nine months in charge. Former international player O'Neill has been Northern Ireland boss for eight years.

Rugby Union… Scottish Rugby have been fined £70,000 and ordered to apologise to World Rugby for criticism of the threatened cancellation of their World Cup game against Japan. The match was in doubt because of an approaching typhoon and SRU chief executive Mark Dodson criticised World Rugby's "rigidity". He hinted at legal action if the match had not gone ahead. An independent disputes committee has now said that he "brought the game into disrepute".

Northampton and England player Dylan Hartley has retired from professional rugby because of a long-standing knee injury. The former England captain, who is 33 years old, hasn’t played since December.

 

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