Evening Update Friday 3 June

A man suspected of killing his partner in Nice on Wednesday is appearing before an investigating judge today. The Nice Prosecutor, Xavier Bonhomme, said today that the man says that he acted in self defence. The prosecutor added that an autopsy will be carried out shortly and that the victim was possibly pregnant.

Storms are expected to affect the south-west of France. Ten departments in the south-west have been placed on a Meteo France orange alert, which is the third highest of the alert levels. Gusts of about 100km are expected in places with localised hailstorms.

It's a holiday weekend again and heavy traffic is expected on the roads. Roads monitor Bison Fute is saying that today, Friday, is red in the direction of departures for the whole of France, which means "very difficult" traffic conditions. It's also yellow in the direction of returns in our region. Things are a little better tomorow, with yellow in the direction of departures, green for returns. Monday is yellow in the direction of returns except for the Paris area which is red.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has sent his greetings to Sir Elton John on the eve of Sir Elton's participation in the Platinum Jubilee concert in honour of Her Majesty the Queen. In a Twitter post this afternoon, the mayor said that Nice is the singer's "city of his heart" and said that he had told him "of all the friendship we have for the British and the royal family, who are always welcome in Nice". The Platinum Party at The Palace concert takes place tomorrow at Buckingham Palace and features other artists including Rod Stewart, George Ezra, Craig David and Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

The 26th edition of the Nice Book Festival has opened today. Christian Estrosi was present at the opening ceremony this morning. 50,000 visitors are expected over the three days of the festival on the Jardin Albert 1er.

 

BUSINESS

The latest US non-farm payroll numbers have been released this afternoon. The data from the Labor Department showed that the US economy had added 390,000 jobs in May. The jobless rate was 3.6%, which is only slightly below the level recorded in February 2020 before the pandemic began in the United States.

Inflation in Turkey has risen to its highest level since 1998. The consumer prices index rose to an annual rate of 73.5% in May. President Erdogan has been against raising interest rates and has instead argued that a devalued lira would lead to a large increase in exports.

 

SPORT

Football... Arenal player Alexandre Lacazette is to leave Arsenal at end of his contract on 30 June. The French player joined from Lyon almost five years ago.

Cricket..... England were all out for 141 in their first innings in the first test against New Zealand. England lost their final eight wickets for only 49 runs.

Tennis....The first men's semi-final is taking place at the French Open featuring Raphael Nadal against Alexander Zverev. Later this evening it’s Casper Ruud against Marin Cilic.

American Coco Gauff has reached the women's doubles final as well as the singles final. Gauff is through to the final with Jessica Pegula after they defeated fellow Americans Madison Keys and Taylor Townsend 6-4  7-6.

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