Evening Update Wednesday 16 September 2020

Public transport will be disrupted tomorrow because of a national day of industrial action by unions. Tram services in Nice won't be operating tomorrow and many Lignes d'Azur bus lines will be disrupted. You can get more information at www.lignesdazur.com SNCF have said that they expect "almost normal" train services tomorrow but you can find details about specific services on the sncf website www.sncf.com   A demonstration will take place from 10 am tomorrow on the Place Massena in Nice. As is usually the case on days of strike action affecting the transport network, on-street parking will be free of charge in Nice all day tomorrow.

Education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has said that 81 schools are closed because of the coronavirus. He also said that just over 2,100 classes in French schools are closed. Speaking in an interview with French television today the Minister said that the closures concern only about 0.13% of French schools. He added that there had been 1,200 new student cases of Covid-19 compared to the previous week.

A new poll published today suggest that almost half of French people think the government isn't taking enough precautions to limit the spread of the coronavirus. However, 20% of respondents to the survey thought that the government is taking too many precautions. The poll also suggested that 62% of people don't trust the executive to fight the virus outbreak.

One person has died in a serious fire at a travellers camp in Marseille last night. About 50 firefighters were involved in fighting the blaze in the 12th arrondissement which took six hours to extinguish.

According to data published by Meteo France, temperatures in Paris since the beginning of this year have been the highest in almost 150 years. The average maximum temperature at the Paris Montsouris recording station from the 1 January to 15 September was 20 degrees, a level last seen in 1873.

 

BUSINESS

Inflation in the UK has fallen to its lowest level in five years. The CPI measure of inflation stood at 0.2% in August, down from 1% in July. The Office for National Statistics said that the government's Eat Out to Help Out restaurant subsidy scheme had pushed down prices and a reduction of the rate of VAT for the hospitality sector was also a factor.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Develpoment has said that global economic contraction this year may be less severe than anticipated. In June the organization forecast a contraction of 6% this year but now expects the figure to be 4.5%. The OECD said that the world economy is expected to grow by 5% next year but warned that the outlook is exceptionally uncertain.

Shares in e-commerce company Hut Group have begun trading on the London Stock Exchange today in the biggest listing on the exchange since 2013. The company, which owns online brands such as Zavvi and Coggles, raised 1.88 billion pounds in the float.

 

SPORT

Tour de France...   Miguel Angel Lopez won stage 17 of the Tour de France today. However, Primoz Roglic is still in the lead. Defending champion Egan Bernal withdrew from the Tour before the start of today's stage. After yesterday's stage he was just over 19 minutes off the lead and placed 16th in the general classification.

Tennis... Novak Djokovic is through to the next round of the Italian Open after beating wildcard Salvatore Caruso 6-3 6-2. It was Djokovic's first match since being disqualified from the US Open.

Cricket.. England are playing Australia in the One Day International Series. At the end of their fifty overs this evening England were 302 for 7 with Australia yet to bat.

Football... Aston Villa have signed Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez for £17m. He spent a total of 10 years at the Gunners and has signed with Villa on a four year deal.

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