Evening News Update Tuesday 6 November

A total of three bodies have now been recovered from the buildings which collapsed in Marseille. The bodies, of two men and one woman, were found in the rubble earlier today. Authorities believe five to eight people in total could have been buried in the collapse.


A man has been arrested after elite forces stormed a residential building in Nice in the early hours of this morning. According to reports, the National Gendarmerie Intervention Group and the Gendarmerie Watch and Response Platoon entered the building on boulevard Gambetta at 6:00 this morning. The man detained was apparently wanted for violent theft committed in July.

 

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of planning to carry out a violent attack on President Emmanuel Macron. The individuals, reported to be five men and a woman, were picked up by the French security services in Moselle and Isere and the northern region of Ile-et-Vilaine.  An investigation is now taking place into a "criminal terrorist association"


Fishing for sea urchins has been postponed in the Var due to the oil pollution affecting the coast. The prefecture of the department has decided to postpone it for fifteen days and it will now start on November 16th.


Several ceremonies are taking place this week to mark the signing of the Armistice of the First World War. 7,000 soldiers from the region lost their lives and as part of the commemorations an olive tree will be planted in Cannes this Thursday. In Berre-Les-Alpes there will be a reconstruction of a real trench with soldiers in uniform on November 11th and the city of Draguignan will commemorate the armistice with a number of conferences, exhibitions and ceremonies.  

 

BUSINESS


In the UK, the latest Barclaycard data has shown that consumer spending grew 4.4% in total year-on-year in October, but the underlying figures show that department store spending slumped 5.9% while clothing spending fell 2.4%. Meanwhile, consumer confidence fell to 28%, its lowest level since the survey was started in 2014.


Michelin has announced the closure of its tyre factory in Dundee. The company confirmed that it would leave the city by 2020, meaning the loss of about 850 jobs.


Brazil’s most valuable company Petrobras has reported a 25-fold increase in profits in the third quarter of this year compared to the same period last year.  A combination of weak Brazilian currency and high oil prices helped the results.
Danish toy company Lego has won a legal case in China after a court ruled that local companies had copied the firm's distinctive building blocks and miniature figures. The court ruled that four defendants should stop the production, sale and promotion of certain branded toys and pay damages.

 

SPORT

 

Football…The Champions League is back in action tonight with 8 games in the Group phase. Monaco are at home to Club Brugge in Group A with Athletico Madrid hosting Borussia Dortmund. In Group B Inter Milan play Barcelona and Spurs host PSV. Group C pairs Red Star Belgrade against Liverpool and Napoli against PSG while in Group D Porto play Lokomotiv Moscow  and Schalke  against Galatasaray.

 

Cricket…It’s been day 1 of the first Test between Sri Lanka and England in Galle. At the close of play England were 321 for 8 after 91 overs with Sri Lanka yet to bat.


Horse Racing…Cross Counter has made history by becoming the first British-trained racehorse to win the Melbourne Cup. The horse was ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, in the 158th running of Australia's famous race.

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