Second World War Explosive - An explosive dating from the Second World War which was discovered last week on a private property in Cavalaire sur mer in the Var is to be neutralised this morning. Residents in the town are to be evacuated as part of a security measure during the operation.
Road Accidents in the Vaucluse - A report published by authorities in the Vaucluse region has shown that the number of road accidents is on the rise. 31 people have died on the regions roads so far this year and as a result police in Avignon have announced plans to carry out increased road checks.
Fire - The Castillon nursery school in Saint-Laurent-du-Var has been evacuated after smoke was seen coming from the roof of the building on Wednesday morning. Firemen responding at the scene discovered the cause was a cigarette butt which had been thrown into the sewer of the rainwater system where it had set fire to dried debris.
Melenchon calls for nationwide strike action - French far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon has called on for a nationwide day of protest next week against government plans for spending cuts and pro-business tax and labour reforms. Melenchon, was speaking a day after a parliamentary vote of confidence in the plans of President Emmanuel Macron, whom he said was getting drunk on power and was trying to undo decades of progress on crucial workers' rights.
Terror raids - Police in France and Belgium have carried out a series of counter-terror raids which has led to four people being arrested. The operation was linked to the so-called "Kamikaze Riders" a group that has been implicated in terror offences. Four people were arrested on Wednesday and an arms cache was found after overnight terror raids in Brussels.
Court ruling - France’s highest court has ruled that a child born to a surrogate mother abroad can be adopted by the partner of his or her biological father, thus being legally recognised by two parents in France. The ruling was a key victory for gay couples in France who have used foreign surrogates to have their children.
Minutes from the last policy meeting of the US Federal Reserve show that members are increasingly split on the outlook for inflation and how it might affect the future pace of interest rate rises. Details from the meeting,at which the Fed raised interest rates also show that several officials want to announce a start to the process of reducing the central bank’s large portfolio of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities by the end of August while others want to wait until the end of the year. Questions were asked as to why financial conditions had not tightened despite recent rate rises with some members considering that equity prices are too elevated. Last month’s 8-1 vote by the Fed to raise interest rates signalled the central bank’s growing confidence in the US economy and the eventual inflationary effects of low unemployment.
Volvo has announced that all its new vehicles will have an electric motor from 2019. The Chinese-owned carmaker is the first traditional manufacturer to signal the end of the internal combustion engine. Volvo plans to launch five fully electric vehicles between 2019 and 2021 as well as a range of hybrid models. The firm’s Chinese owner has been pushing ahead with electric car development for more than a decade and plans to sell a million electric vehicles by 2025.
And-British Airways cabin crew are to stage a further two weeks of strikes in long running dispute over pay and benefits. The Unite union says that “mixed-fleet” cabin crew who are paid less than longer running staff will walk out for 14 days starting on the 19th of July. The strike will start just 3 days after the end of the current 16 day strike. British Airways says that instead of striking,Unite should allow its members to vote on the pay deal reached two months ago. The Union says that its members are continuing to campaign for a better pay deal.
Neway Tour de France Report.
Chris Froome has taken hold of the leader’s yellow jersey after finishing third in yesterday’s 5th stage from Vittel to La Planche des Belles Filles. Fabio Aru of Italy won the first mountain stage after attacking with 2.3 kilometres to go on the final 6 kilometre climb to the finish. Dan Martin of Ireland finished second. Froome now holds a 12 second advantage over Geraint Thomas in the general classification heading into today’s 6th stage which is 216 kilometres between Vesoul and Troyes with a sprint finish expected at the end of an undulating course with two or three moderate climbs.
Tennis-Andy Murray didn’t waste any time making it to round three of Wimbledon on Wednesday as he dispatched Dustin Brown of the United States in straight sets. The world number one was in top form as he came through 6-3 6-3 6-2. The 4th seed Rafael Nadal is also through.He beat Donald Young 6-4 6-2 7-5. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic play their second round matches today. In the women’s event the 6th seed Johanna Konta of Great Britain reached round 3 with a three set win over Donna Vecic with the final set going to 10-8 but two time champion Petra Kvitova is out.She lost in the second round to Madison Brengle of the United States. Venus Williams came from a set down to beat Wang Qiang 4-6 6-4 6-1 and the former world number one Victoria Azarenka beat Elena Vesina 6-3 6-3 to set up a third round clash with Heather Watson of Great Britain.
Rugby Union-Warren Gatland has named an unchanged side for the 3rd and decisive Test between the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday. It’s the first time that the Lions have named an unchanged side in consecutive tests since 1993.Sam Warburton retains the captaincy and Liam Williams has come through a fitness test. The All Blacks have named Jordie Barrett at full-back with his brother Beauden at fly-half and another brother Scott on the bench.
Cricket-The first Test between England and South Africa starts at Lord’s today. Joe Root captains England for the first time and all-rounder Liam Dawson retains his place in the side. South Africa are without skipper Faf du Plessis with Dean Elgar captaining the side. Play at Lord’s starts at noon French time.
Golf-The winner of this month’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale will be paid in US dollars and not in Sterling. The organisers have made the change as a result of the falling value of the pound. The Open starts on the 20th of July with the winner picking up 1.85 million dollars.
Clear skies with light to moderate south easterly winds.
Top temperatures 28 degrees on the coast and 33 degrees inland.
Overnight lows of 21 degrees on the coast and 19 degrees inland with clear skies.
Friday and the start of the weekend-Fine and sunny with highs of 28-35 degrees.