The man, hailed as a hero during the Nice July 14 attack, for jumping on the cab of the truck and punching the driver, was at the centre of a large police operation this morning. It’s reported he called police at mid-day threatening to end his life. National police immediately deployed a large force to the Corniche fleurie district of west Nice where a rescue operation was successfully implemented. It’s said the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi was also on the scence and confirmed the man’s identity as the scooter hero of the Nice attack.
The French government have launched a new website that allows British citizens, who are living in France, to begin the process of applying for residency after Brexit. British citizens will have a year to obtain a residency permit, but they must apply within six months. The government has also confirmed that for 12 months following Brexit, people’s rights in terms of residency, employment and social rights will continue. To access the website, Riviera Radio has set up a special easy-to-remember Bitly link which is; bit.ly/iwanttostay
A man in his thirties, who still lives with his parents, has been arrested by police in Beausoleil for downloading thousands of pornographic images featuring children. It’s expected he will be charged today and brought before the criminal court.
Prince Albert of Monaco has been inspecting new hi-tech nano-satellites which are due to launch into orbit next year. Manafactured by Oribtal Solutions Monaco the shoe-box sized satellites are designed to collect atmospheric climate data to study the effects of climate change. A fraction of the cost of traditional satellites, these smaller versions will also limit the problem of space junk which is littering the outer atmosphere.
French tyre manufacturer Michelin says competition from Asia and a slowing car market are behind the decision to close their plant in the west of France with a loss of 619 jobs. Michelin employs almost 20,000 people in France and more than 100,000 worldwide. The company also announced the closure of a factory with 858 employees in Germany, and a plant with 845 employees in Scotland.
The UK's economy is expected to avoid a recession after showing better-than-expected growth in the three months to the end of August. During the quarter, the economy grew by 0.3% as losses in manufacturing were offset by buoyant TV and film production.
Football - A former player for Russian teams CSKA Moscow and Barcelona has arrived at AS Monaco in a new position as ‘Head of Talent Assessment’. Igor Korneev will advise the club on recruitment issues.
Formula 1 - A decision on whether to cancel Japanese Grand Prix qualifying as a result of an approaching typhoon will be made on Friday. The storm is expected to make landfall on Saturday near the track and F1 bosses say their number one priority is the safety of fans, competitors and everyone at the circuit. Meanwhile Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc say they have put their dispute over team orders at the Russian Grand Prix behind them. Vettel ignored orders to let Leclerc by him a number of times in the early laps of the race, reneging on a pre-race agreement between the drivers and team.
Basketball - AS Monaco has come out on top during a close game in Greece. It marks the second victory from two games in the Euro Cup and confirms the strength of the Monegasque team which is billed to go far this year. Yesterday, the Roca Boys impressed with standout performances by Dylan Ennis, Eric Buckner and Anthony Clemmons.
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England’s coach Eddie Jones says the team are upset their match against France has been cancelled due to an impending typhoon in Japan but but they 100% back ‘World Rugby’s’ decision.
Scotland’s key game on Sunday with hosts Japan still hangs in the balance with a decision on that not being made until Sunday morning. Captain Gregor Townsend says he has "put faith" in World Cup organisers to ensure Scotland will not be denied a chance to play their way into the quarter-finals. He said they’ve been told Saturday is the day the typhoon comes in and it comes through quite quickly, while Sunday looks clear.
Ireland's match with Samoa is expected to go ahead as scheduled.
The typhoon, described as the biggest of the year, is set to wreak havoc in Tokyo and surrounding areas. Tournament Director Alan Gilpin said the decision to cancel matches was not taken lightly. It was made with the best interest of team, public, and volunteer safety as a priority.
Meanwhile, tomorrows pool game is due to go ahead between Australia and Georgia at 11.15. It will be shown, with a full breakfast at Ma Nolans in Nice & Cannes and also at Van Diemans on the Cours Saleya.