Evening News Update Wednesday 21 November

President Emanuel Macron has warned that the government will take action against those involved in any further violence around the yellow vest protests. A government spokesman said that the implementation of "visible solutions" will be put in place by the government in the coming weeks. The government said that there was legitimate suffering which must be heard but there had also been unacceptable behaviour and public order must be upheld.  A motorcyclist died from his injuries yesterday, the second fatality in connection with the protests.  The 37 year old was seriously injured on Monday on the sidelines of protests in the Drôme department. Locally, the mayor of Grasse has issued a statement today condemning the effects of the blocking and filtering of traffic on local economic activity. Sporadic protests are still continuing in our region today, some protestors are gathered next to roads and not attempting to block or filter traffic, but some filtering operations do remain this afternoon. Filtering operations are reportedly still in progress at Le Muy and Les Adret, amongst other places. At Frejus, the toll barriers have been left open by protestors.  Demonstrations have been held today on motorway access roads at Brignoles and Le Cannet des Maures, Puget-sur-Argens and Toulon.

Two weeks after the fatal collapse of buildings in Marseilles, it’s been announced that the municipal council in Nice will discuss the risk of dangerous buildings in the city at its meeting on Friday. Currently, there are twelve buildings which are subject to a dangerous buildings order in Nice.


A 27 year old man has been sentenced to eighteen months in prison, including 6 months suspended, for assaulting a homeless person. The attack happened on the 4th of September in the old town area of Nice. Two other men also involved in the attack were given prison terms.

An apartment building was evacuated in Cagnes sur Mer this morning after a gas leak.  Reports say that about 40 residents were evacuated from the building on rue de la Foux after a construction machine fractured a gas pipe.



Figures published by INSEE have shown that the unemployment rate in France has remained stable at 9.1% for the third quarter, with 2.73 million unemployed. Meanwhile, another study published on Tuesday has shown that disposable income for French households has dropped by 500 euros between 2008 and 2016. The study shows a drop in income for a large majority of middle class people mainly due to tax and social reforms introduced by the government.


The European Commission has taken the first step towards sanctioning Italy over its national budget. In October, it rejected Italy's draft budget and told the Italian government to make changes. The  Commission said today that formal proceedings which could bring financial sanctions were "warranted".  The Commission’s Vice-President said that the EU's disciplinary measure known as "excessive deficit procedure" was now appropriate. Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said any EU sanctions would be "disrespectful" towards Italians.
 Japanese authorities have extended the detention of Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn by 10 days, according to local media reports. It follows his arrest on Monday after Nissan made allegations of financial misconduct.
Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier is to cut a further 490 jobs from its Belfast facility. It announced earlier this month that it was cutting 5,000 jobs across its global operations.
The UK had a much larger budget deficit than expected in October, according to the Office for National Statistics. The deficit in October rose to £8.82bn from £7.235bn a year earlier.


FOOTBALL…Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane have parted company with the Republic of Ireland. The pair took over management of the national side in 2013 and guided them to the last 16 of the 2016 European Championship. They haven’t won a competitive game this year and were relegated from Uefa Nations League Group B4.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been warned by the Football Association after he spoke about referee Anthony Taylor before the Manchester derby. Although Guardiola backed Taylor and dismissed accusations of potential bias, managers are not permitted to talk about refereeing appointments.
CRICKET…Australia held on for victory over India in the first Twenty20 international in Brisbane. Chasing 174 from 17 overs, India needed 13 from the final over but Marcus Stoinis took two wickets in consecutive balls to seal victory by just four runs.
James Anderson has been rested for England's third Test against Sri Lanka and replaced by Stuart Broad. Jonny Bairstow returns in place of injured Sam Curran with Ben Foakes remaining as wicketkeeper.

BASKETBALL.. ASM Monaco are through to the last 16 of the Eurocup after beating German side Ulm last night.  The final score was 84-81.

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