Evening News Update Wednesday 6 June

A small commercial plane has crashed this afternoon near La Mole Airport in the Var. The plane was apparently attempting to land when it came down in undergrowth on approach to the airport.  The flight had originated in Figari in Corsica. Initially three people were reported to have been seriously injured in the crash, which occurred at 1.15 this afternoon. It’s now been established that only two people, the pilot and co-pilot, were injured. The pilot is reportedly being treated at Gassin Health Centre and the co-pilot, who was more seriously injured, was transported by helicopter to Sainte-Anne Hospital in Toulon.  
Beaches in Frejus have been closed to the public today.  The commune of Frejus issued a statement saying that following poor bathing water test results and as a precautionary measure pending further studies, the municipality is closing the bathing places on the sector of Fréjus-beach – the beach of Sablettes and the Republic beach for today.  Reports say that closure tomorrow is also possible.

It looks like a base of Canadair water bombing planes will be stationed at Cannes Madelieu airport for the first time this summer.  Eric Ciotti, MP for the Alpes Maritimes in the French National Assembly had requested that the government station planes at the airport and this has now been confirmed by the Department of the Interior. The Canadair planes are used to collect water from the sea or lakes and drop it on outbreaks of fire in forests or undergrowth.

Police in Italy have seized a large quantity of narcotics that were destined for the Cote d’Azur market. Officers in Ventimiglia have made 6 arrests with two of those apprehended French nationals. During raids in the town 18.5 kilos of heroin and 645 grams of cocaine were seized along with a quantity of cannabis resin and 25,000 euros in cash.

Traffic was disrupted in Beausoleil this morning after a gas leak.  The leak was apparently caused by the breach of a gas pipe during construction work on the Avenue General de Gaulle. The leak was repaired and traffic was flowing again by about 11.30.



The European Commission has said retaliatory tariffs on US exports, including jeans, whiskey and motorbikes, will be ready for implementation in July. The Commission said it had approved a list of American exports that will attract additional tariffs in response to US moves to impose a 25% surcharge on imports of rolled steel and 10% on aluminium.

Credit Suisse has agreed to pay a penalty of $47m to resolve an investigation by the US Department of Justice over corruption allegations. The investigation concerned the bank's hiring policies in Asia between 2007 and 2013 and looked into whether Credit Suisse was hiring staff suggested by government agencies, in return for business. Other banks have made payments to resolve similar investigations in recent years. 

The Australian economy grew by 3.1% in the first quarter of 2018 compared to a year earlier. International demand for Australia's commodity exports together with a hike in government spending on public infrastructure were largely responsible for the rise. 



Football… Manchester United have signed Porto defender Diogo Dalot for 19 million pounds.  Jose Mourinho called Dalot the "best young full-back in Europe". The 19-year-old has signed a five-year deal at United.

Tennis… Garbine Muguruza has beaten Maria Sharapova in her French Open quarter-final match today. The Spanish player defeated Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 in just 70 minutes. She will play world number one Simona Halep who beat Angelique Kerber 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the semi-finals.

Rugby Union… Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies has denied that only Wayne Pivac and Dave Rennie are in the running to succeed Warren Gatland as Wales coach. In an interview with BBC Sport he suggested others could be in the frame to take the role and he wasn’t going to speculate on how many might be under consideration. He said they were still on track to name Gatland’s successor later in the summer.

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