Evening Update Wednesday 25 September

One of the three men arrested after a knife attack in Nice has been charged with attempted murder. The victim was stabbed in broad daylight on Sunday afternoon on the Place Massena and yesterday was described as still being in a serious condition in hospital. In a separate case, three people have been charged in connection with a serious assault on a man on Sunday evening at the junction of rue Rossetti and rue Benoît-Bunico in Nice Old Town.

A warehouse has been destroyed by a fire in Cuers in the Var. The blaze broke out on Tuesday evening at around 7pm. 45 firefighters tackled the blaze to prevent it from spreading. Smoke from the fire disrupted traffic on the A57 motorway with motorists being advised to slow down. An investigation has been opened to determine the cause.

After the death of a teenager in Marseille at the weekend, reports say that a local group of men have forcibly taken an alleged perpetrator of the attack to the police. A group of four men, led by the victim’s father, reportedly assaulted the 17 year old and took him to the police station in the boot of a car. The four men were arrested by police after they handed over the teenager who was placed in police custody. Enquiries are continuing.

An investigation has been opened after the body of a newly born baby was found near Bordeaux. The body was found by a woman walking her dog near the Bordeaux ring-road.

The French Minister of Public Accounts, Gerald Darmanin, has said that the collection of tax at source has resulted in an extra 2 billion euros of tax being collected. He said that the figure was one billion euros more than had originally been estimated and was the equivalent of 0.1 per cent of French GDP.

 

BUSINESS

Britain's superyacht industry has recorded its seventh year of consecutive growth, according to figures from the association British Marine. Revenues climbed to £660m in 2018/19, an increase of 7.1% on the previous year. The number of workers employed in the industry rose by 1% to 5,155, with 45 new yachts built, one fewer than the previous year.

Aston Martin Lagonda has raised $150m from a bond issue. It has the option to raise another $100m if order targets are met.

Ikea has reported rising global sales despite an overhaul described as one of the "biggest transformations" in its history. Its global parent Ingka said retail sales climbed 5% to €36.7bn in the year to 31 August. Online sales rose 46% and now account for around 11% of total revenues.

Thomas Cook's German subsidiary has announced that it’s filing for insolvency after the collapse of the UK parent company on Monday. Almost 100,000 holidaymakers are travelling with the German affiliates. The German government has granted a €380m bridging loan to the holiday airline Condor which is 49% owned by Thomas Cook.

 

SPORT

Athletics… Lord Coe will continue as president of the IAAF after being appointed unopposed for a second term. He was first appointed in 2015 and will be in charge for another four years.

Tennis…. Simona Halep has retired from the Wuhan Open in China after sustaining a lower back injury in her third-round match. Meanwhile, Australian top seed Ashleigh Barty qualified for the quarter finals with a 6-3  7-5 win against Sofia Kenin.

Cricket…. Australia batsman Travis Head is joining Sussex for the entire 2020 season, playing in all formats of the game. He was part of Australia's Ashes campaign, playing in four Tests.

 

MA NOLAN’S RUGBY WORLD CUP REPORT

Uruguay have beaten Fiji 30-27. A crucial tie against Georgia now awaits Fiji on Thursday, 3 October. Uruguay will face Australia on Saturday 5 October.

Australian winger Reece Hodge has been banned for three games after his dangerous tackle on Peceli Yato in the Pool D victory over Fiji. An independent disciplinary committee in Tokyo decided that Hodge's no-arms challenge on the Fijian player warranted a red card. He will miss the remaining pool matches against Wales, Uruguay and Georgia.

England Head Coach Eddie Jones is confident his reshuffled England team will cope with their short turnaround as they prepare for tomorrow’s game against the USA, four days after playing Tonga. Only five of the team from Sunday's win are keeping their starting places. Jones said that the team had trialled a four-day turnaround against Japan last autumn, to make sure the players had experience of that kind of situation.

 

 

 

 

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