Evening Update Tuesday 5 June

Over 70 workers and farmers have occupied a vineyard in La Croix Valmer. The vineyard is owned by industrialist Vincent Bollore.  The protesters are reportedly demonstrating against what they call land-grabbing by financiers who they say have turned land into a business.

A policeman has apparently taken his own life outside his police station in Aix en Provence.  The policeman, who was 57 years old, shot himself with his own gun in his car.  Local reports say that he had been suffering from a long-term illness.

A report into the treatment of migrants at the Italian border has been released.  The report, commissioned by the French Department of the Interior, is critical of French police forces involved in the removal of migrants to Italy.  The report was compiled from the findings of an unannounced visit by inspectors last year.  The main finding of the report was that the rights of migrants were not being respected by the police. Eric Ciotti, member of the National Assembly for the Alpes Maritimes has reportedly denounced the report as biased and defamatory of the police. 

Data from Meteo France has shown that about one month’s worth of rain fell on Sunday and Monday at Nice Cote d’Azur Airport.  31mm of rain fell in total on Sunday and Monday, the normal monthly rainfall is 34mm.  Sunday and Monday’s rainfall was over ten times the amount we received in the entire month of June last year, which was unusually dry.

The dates for the summer sales in the Alpes Maritimes have been announced with shops offering discount prices from July 4th until August 14th, while shoppers in the Var will be able to make the most of reduced prices from June 27th.



The UK government has approved Comcast’s bid for UK TV company Sky. The Culture Secretary, Matt Hancock, also said that he is minded to approve 21st Century Fox’s rival bid provided it divests Sky News.
Toshiba is selling an 80 per cent stake in its personal computer business to Sharp for 4 billion yen, that’s about 36 million dollars.  Sharp is owned by electronics production giant Foxconn.

A 14 billion pound plan for a third runway at Heathrow Airport has been approved by ministers. The UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced £2.6bn in compensation for residents and noise abatement measures.

Reports say that UK Treasury Committee chair Nicky Morgan has been in touch with payments processing company Visa regarding the service outage across the UK and Europe on Friday. She has also asked Visa Europe's chief executive Charlotte Hogg whether customers or merchants will be entitled to compensation from Visa. Visa has said that the outage was the result of a hardware failure within one of its European systems.

The UK service sector improved in May, according to a regular survey of purchasing managers. The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Services PMI Business Activity Index rose to 54.0 in May, up from 52.8 in April.  A figure above 50 indicates expansion.



TENNIS… Dominic Thiem is through to the French Open semi-finals for the third successive year with a straight-set win over an injured Alexander Zverev. Thiem won 6-4 6-2 6-1. Zverev struggled with a hamstring injury from midway through the second set.

FOOTBALL… Manchester United are signing Brazil midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for a reported £52m. The 25-year-old is set to become Jose Mourinho's first signing of the summer.  Also in football news, Roma have been fined 50,000 euros by Uefa as a result of crowd disturbances at the Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool at Anfield in April.  Roma have also been banned from selling tickets to their fans for their next European away game.

MOTO GP… Dani Pedrosa is leaving Honda at the end of the year. Pedrosa has won 31 races for Honda in his 13 seasons with the team but has not finished on the podium in six races this season. He is currently 12th in the championship standings.

CRICKET…Pace bowler Jake Ball has been included in England's squad for the one-day series against Australia. The five-match series starts on 13 June at The Oval.


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