Evening Update 12 Oct

Prime Minister Jean Castex has said that despite France enduring a strong second wave of Corona virus, statistics show the country is dealing with the crisis much better. The R number, at 3 during the first spring wave, has dropped to 1.2. The change in population behaviour, with mask wearing and washing hands with gel, has led to a ten-fold drop in daily deaths since the spring. President Macro is due to address the nation on television Wednesday evening.

A man has been arrested after throwing a projectile at emergency services dealing with a fire in Nice. The assault resulted in one police officer requiring hospital treatment. Mayor Christian Estrosi has called for the most severe justice to be served on the attacker.

Monaco’s Prince Albert has flown over Saint-Martin Vésubie and visited Roquebillière to see first-hand the devastation caused by Storm Alex and show Monaco’s solidarity and support for the victims of the recent storm. The Prince chose not to visit the hard-hit La Roya region as he didn’t want to disrupt the busy air corridor that crosses the valley to supply landlocked villages of Tende and St-Dalmas de Tende with food and materials.

Police in the Var are searching for a young girl who has disappeared from Solliès-Pont. 16 year old Julianne Philippot has not been seen since last Saturday October 5th. She is of slim build with long brown hair and was at the time of her disappearance wearing blue jeans and a white jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call the police.

BUSINESS

Global markets are climbing today as investors grow confident with the likelihood of more stimulus while fears about a contested US election start to diminish. The Europe Stoxx 600 Index gained 0.7%, Nasdaq 100 Index futures are up 1.4% and the Asia Pacific Index rallied to its highest level in 2 years.

British Airways have announced their new CEO will be former Aer Lingus boss Sean Doyle. Mr Doyle takes over as more than 40 airlines worldwide have already folded to the global collapse in air travel.

The French government has announced that a grant will be offered to encourage the purchase of second-hand electric vehicles in France. The grant totalling 1,000 euros is being offered towards the purchase of all second hand fully electric vehicles. 

SPORT

Football - Lyon winger Memphis Depay has not ruled out a move to Barcelona in January. The Netherlands forward has stayed at Lyon to see out the final year of his contract, after interest from the Catalan club in the summer, but the French side could opt to sell the 26-year-old in the next transfer window.

Paris Saint-Germain have signed Everton forward Moise Kean on a season-long loan deal. The Italy international has featured rarely in the Premier League this season but hopes to see more action with the reigning French champions.

Inter Milan are planning a summer bid for Manchester City's Argentina striker Sergio Aguero whose contract is due to expire at the end of the season.

Basketball - The Los Angeles Lakers have ended a decade-long wait for a 17th NBA title, when they beat the Miami Heat last night.

The finals' most valuable player LeBron James posted a triple double - scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists – to end the game and seal a 4-2 series victory. This ties the Lakers with the Boston Celtics for the most NBA championships.

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