Evening Update Wednesday 13 June

The streets of Marseille are to welcome a “live car run” on June 22nd as part of celebrations to mark the return of the French Grand Prix to La Castellet four days later.   The free festival, which expects to attract over 100,000 visitors, will see former Formula One drivers participating for Renault Sport and Red Bull Racing.

Trains were disrupted in Nice this morning after a heavy goods vehicle hit a railway bridge between Nice-Ville and Nice Riquier stations.  The bridge had to be inspected for safety by SNCF staff before services could begin to pass on the line again. Strike action by the SNCF continues today and passengers have been warned of possible delays and cancellations on the regions rail network with one out of 2 regional trains running and two out of five TGV’s operating. Today marks the 30th day of strike action since the beginning of April. The reforms planned by the government are expected to be introduced tomorrow Thursday 14th June.

The criminal court in Grasse has sentenced a man from Le Cannet to a 6 month suspended prison sentence and a 2,000 euro fine for a tweet about the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. The magazine had reportedly filed a complaint against the 34 year old law graduate.

The union Samu-Urgences de France has said that there aren’t enough hospital beds available in France.  It says that at least 100,000 patients have spent the night on a stretcher in an emergency department since early January.

The historic square of Saint François in Old Nice has reopened to the public after being completely renovated. The square was home to the city’s town hall from 1584 to 1868. Today with regulated access for cars it remains to be seen if the famous fish market will resume its activity on the square.


In the UK, inflation remained at 2.4% in May, the same rate as April.  Inflation has been falling since November last year but the Office for National Statistics said that fuel prices increased in May by the biggest monthly amount since January 2011, rising by 3.8%.

Ryanair will open a base at Southend Airport next April, operating 13 routes.  There’ll be 55 flights a week carrying an estimated one million passengers each year on three aircraft based at the airport. The airport will be Ryanair's 14th UK base.

Shareholders in the advertising giant WPP have challenged the firm's directors over the way it handled the departure of company founder, Sir Martin Sorrell.  Almost a third of shareholders did not back the company's pay and bonus scheme and almost 17% did not support the re-election of chairman Roberto Quarta. Shareholders have demanded more clarity over the departure of Sir Martin who resigned in April amid allegations of misconduct.


FOOTBALL… The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico after their joint bid beat Morocco's proposal to host it. The 'United 2026' bid was selected by Fifa member nations, winning 134 votes compared to 65 for Morocco. In other football news, Spain have sacked head coach Julen Lopetegui two days before their opening World Cup match with Portugal.  Real Madrid announced that he would succeed Zinedine Zidane at the club on a three-year deal. The Spanish football federation, the RFEF said it had dismissed the 51-year-old because the negotiation occurred "without any information to the RFEF". Spain sporting director Fernando Hierro will take charge for the World Cup.

CRICKET…The one day international series between England and Australia got underway at the Oval this afternoon. Australia were all out for 214. Moeen and Plunkett took three wickets each for England

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