Evening Update Friday 30 June 2023

It's been announced that the funeral of 17 year old Nahel who was fatally shot by police in Paris will be held in Nanterre tomorrow. Amongst measures announced by the government in response to anticipated unrest this weekend, there will be no buses or trams throughout the whole of France after 9pm this evening. Several concerts have been cancelled in the Paris area, including at the Stade de France. President Macron has announced that additional resources will be deployed by the Interior Ministry in response to unrest. Speaking after a meeting of the inter-ministerial crisis unit, he said that measures would soon be taken to ensure the removal of "the most sensitive content" from social networks. He also said that the cancellation of festive events and gatherings is being considered in departments which are "the most sensitive". Speaking during a visit to a police station this morning, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said that all options are being considered, including the possible introduction of a state of emergency. The interior ministry said that 875 people were arrested last night across France. 249 police and gendarmes were injured. 56 people were arrested last night in Marseille. Authorities in the city have introduced various measures to deal with any continuation of unrest over the weekend. All metro, bus and tram services in Marseille will stop after 7pm this evening, demonstrations will be prevented in the city centre and the carrying of fireworks has been banned. In the Var, until Tuesday, July 4 at 9 a.m. the use and transport of fireworks and pyrotechnic articles is prohibited as is carrying and transporting arms and ammunition. The sale of fuel in a can is also prohibited. Various measures have also been introduced in the Alpes-Maritimes. A prefectoral decree has been made authorising video surveillance from aircraft in certain areas of Nice until 2 July.

French government statistics office INSEE has said that inflation in France fell to 4.5% in June. It's the second month in a row that inflation has fallen. INSEE said that food prices are slowing down for the third month in a row, in particular non-fresh foods. Energy prices have also fallen.

French roads monitor Bison Fute have classified traffic conditions today as yellow or "difficult conditions" for the whole of France in the direction of departures. The exception is the Paris area which is classified as red. However, conditions are green in the direction of returns for the whole of France today and are green in both directions for tomorrow, except for the Paris area which is yellow for departures.

The first four articulated electric buses have arrived in Nice for the Lignes d'Azur network. The vehicles, which are made by Heuliez, will run on line 12.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has inaugurated a care home for senior citizens. Casa Barbara, located on boulevard St Roch, is composed of 105 apartments, a tea room, a gourmet restaurant and a green roof terrace with vegetable garden.

 

BUSINESS

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 5.5% in June down from 6.1% in May according to an initial estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. The fall was largely down to a reduction in energy prices.

Meanwhile, Eurostat said that the unemployment rate in the Eurozone was 6.5% in May, which was unchanged from April.

The Netherlands has announced new rules restricting the export of certain semiconductor manufacturing equipment. The Dutch government said it had taken the step on national security grounds. The Chinese government responded saying the decision was "not in the interests of any party" and would impact chip production and supply chains.

A new CEO has been appointed at Heathrow airport. Thomas Woldbye will replace John Holland-Kaye when he steps down later this year after nearly 10 years in the role. Mr. Woldbye is currently the head of Copenhagen Airport.

 

SPORT

Tennis.... Andy Murray will face fellow Briton Ryan Peniston in his Wimbledon first-round match. Murray  missed out on a seeding for the tournament. Peniston is currently ranked 267th in the world. Novak Djokovic faces Argentina's Pedro Cachin. World number one Carlos Alcaraz plays French veteran Jeremy Chardy.

Cricket... Australia's Nathan Lyon is a doubt for rest of the Test series with a 'significant calf strain'. Cricket Australia said he will "require a period of rehabilitation after this match is concluded".

 

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