Evening News Update Monday 22 October

In La Trinite, about 300 people have taken part in a march in memory of the young man who died after being stopped by security staff at the Auchan supermarket in La Trinité on Friday. The march this afternoon was organised by the man’s family. Twenty year old Fehmi died on Friday night at the Pasteur Hospital Deux in Nice shortly after being admitted. He was reportedly believed to suffer from severe epilepsy. Questioned by police the four security staff claimed that there was no violence involved. The investigation continues. 

There will be severe disruption to train services between Menton and Ventimiglia starting later this week. Because of engineering works, no trains will run between the two stations from this Thursday evening at 9pm until 6am next Wednesday.  On the French side of the border, all trains will begin and terminate at Menton station.

The EFS, the French blood donation organization, has issued restrictions on blood donation affecting our region.  The organization says that anyone who has stayed at least one night in the Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur region, or in Monaco, cannot give blood for 28 days. The restriction, which also affects several other areas of France, is because of the presence of the West Nile virus in certain areas, which is spread by mosquitos.  The risk of infection with the virus is very low but the steps are being taken as a precaution.

Two men are being hailed as heroes after saving the life of a drowning woman in La Ciotat on Friday night.  The two men saw the 63 year old woman in the water and dived in to save her.  The woman was unconscious when rescued and is now reportedly in a coma in hospital.


Five people were arrested yesterday afternoon in Nice Saint-Augustin after about 50 people blocked a street and let off smoke as part of a video shoot. Police intervened to unblock the road.  Local reports say that those arrested are accused of unauthorized occupation of a public road and the obstruction of traffic, amongst other offences.

50 young firefighters from the Alpes-Maritimes have taken part in the clean-up operation following the severe flooding the Aude department. The firefighters spent the weekend helping those hit by the floods which affected 70 towns in the region and claimed 14 lives.

Air France management and unions have announced that they have reached a deal aimed at ending months of strikes that set the airline back hundreds of millions of euros. While the main pilots' union, did not sign the agreement, five unions representing 76.4 percent of the personnel accepted the management offer of a four-percent pay rise to be spread over 2018 and 2019.



Budget airline Ryanair has reported a 7% fall in profits to €1.2bn for the six months to the end of September. Strikes by Ryanair pilots and cabin crew contributed to the fall. Profits were also hit by higher fuel costs and what Chief Executive Michael O'Leary called the worst summer of air traffic control disruptions on record. However, traffic rose 6% and the company’s planes were 96% full. There was also a 27% rise in ancillary revenues such as luggage fees.

The European Commission has said it will decide on its "next steps" for assessing Italy's 2019 draft budget after Rome said it planned to stick to its controversial plans. Earlier today Italy published its reasons for setting its budget which will increase the public deficit in defiance of European Union guidelines. However the Italian government promised to intervene if it failed to meet its debt and deficit goals.



Golf.. Sergio Garcia has won his third Valderrama Masters in a row after the event was reduced to 54 holes and was completed on the fifth day because of bad weather. The 2017 Masters champion finished on 12 under. Ireland's Shane Lowry was second after a round of 66 left him on eight under.

Cricket.. Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath - the most successful left-arm bowler in Test cricket - will retire after November's first Test against England. The 40-year-old has taken 430 wickets in 92 Tests.

Football.. Jose Mourinho will not be punished by the Football Association for his part in an injury-time incident at Chelsea on Saturday. Blues coach Marco Ianni celebrated Chelsea's late equaliser in front of the Manchester United bench, sparking a retaliation from Mourinho. Ianni has been charged with improper conduct.

West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko faces several months out after tearing his Achilles tendon in the match against Tottenham on Saturday. The 28-year-old is set for surgery on the injury. 

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