Evening Update Friday 3 January

A man has died after being stabbed by a passer-by in a suburb of Paris this afternoon. A man attacked several people with a knife in Villejuif to the south of Paris at about 2pm before reportedly being shot dead by police. Two other people were injured in the attack. The motive for the attack isn’t yet known.

Lignes d'Azur have announced that there will be no tramway service in Nice next Thursday the 9th of January because of industrial action against pension reforms. Many bus lines will either have a disrupted service or not run at all.

An elderly woman is in a serious condition after falling from a building in Vallauris. The 80 year old apparently fell from a second storey apartment in a sheltered accommodation block. Psychological support is being offered to six people who witnessed the fall.

A soldier has died in an avalanche in the Isère department. The man in his twenties was found at an altitude of 2,400 metres in the area of the Belledonne massif. Another soldier suffered serious injuries in the avalanche. The two men, who were based near Grenoble were skiing off-piste at the time of the incident.

Disruption on the railways is continuing again today. The SNCF says that on average 5 trains out of 10 are running in the Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur region. Some improvement is expected over the weekend.

A base jumper who disappeared after jumping from a cliff in the Gorges de Verdon yesterday afternoon has been found safe and well. Fears had been raised over the jumper’s wellbeing after a witness apparently thought his parachute had failed to open. A helicopter was deployed to search for the man but he was found in good health at his home earlier today.

The French statistics agency Insee has released provisional inflation figures for December. Retail prices rose by 1.4 per cent in the month, compared to a year earlier. The agency said that the main reason for the rise was an increase in energy prices of 2.6 per cent, compared with a fall of 0.6 per cent in November.

Heavy goods vehicles are banned from roads in Italy on Monday. It’s a public holiday and vehicles over 7.5 tonnes are prohibited from the roads from 9am to 10pm.

 

BUSINESS

Oil prices have risen sharply after the killing of a top Iranian general in Iraq. Analysts warned the action could escalate tensions in the region and affect global oil production. The price rise also pushed oil stocks such as BP and Royal Dutch Shell higher earlier today.

 

SPORT

Cricket.. The second Test between South Africa and England is underway in Cape Town today with the tourists struggling with injury and illness. England were 262-9 at the close of play with South Africa yet to bat.

Tennis… Britain's opening tie at the ATP Cup will go to a deciding match after Dan Evans was beaten by Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov. The final score was 2-6  6-4  6-1. Cameron Norrie started Britain's bid with a win over world number 423 Dimitar Kuzmanov. That means British hopes in the best-of-three tie rest on Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury in the doubles. After taking on Bulgaria, Britain face Belgium on Sunday and Moldova on Tuesday in their other round-robin ties.

Rugby Union… Scrum-half Rhys Webb is eligible to play for Wales in the 2020 Six Nations after announcing he will return to Ospreys from Toulon. The Welsh Rugby Union have confirmed Webb will be eligible for immediate selection after being given a "six-month dispensation".

Football…Tottenham have said that striker Harry Kane has suffered a torn hamstring. He limped off during the defeat at Southampton on Wednesday. No timescale has been given for his return but he’s likely to miss several weeks of action, including the FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Aston Villa will be without striker Wesley and goalkeeper Tom Heaton for the rest of the season after both suffered knee ligament injuries in the match at Burnley. Both players had scans yesterday and are expected to be out of action for six to nine months.

It’s FA Cup third round weekend in England. Among some of the interesting looking ties are Burnley of the Premier League against Peterborough United, Watford against Tranmere Rovers tomorrow and Liverpool against Everton on Sunday. Chelsea might have their work cut out as they host in form Nottingham Forest of the Championship while Sheffield United play non-league Fylde and Gillingham host West Ham.

 

 

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