Evening Update Friday 5 May 2023

One person has been arrested after gunshots were fired in the Moulins district of Nice at about 10.00 this morning. Nice deputy mayor Anthony Borre visited the area this afternoon to attend a jobs fair and said that the incident wouldn't affect the fair.

The city council in Marseille began its proceedings this morning with a minute's since in memory of all those in the city who have lost their lives through violence. There have been seventeen deaths linked to drugs traficking so far this year. Marseille Mayor Benoit Payan said on social media that "faced with the shootings and this war against drug trafficking, Marseille as a whole must stand up, to protect and ensure the safety of all".

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the Furiani disaster, the worst incident in the history of French football. Stands at the Furiani stadium in Corsica collapsed on 5 May 1992 leading to the deaths of 19 people before the start of a match between Bastia and Marseille. Over 2,300 people were injured. Nice mayor Christian Estrosi said today that it's "a day of mourning for French football".

The Prime Minister of India will be the guest of honour at the 14th of July celebrations in Paris. The Elysee said that Narendra Modi had accepted President Macron's invitation. Indian soldiers will parade with French soldiers on the Champs Elysees. This year marks the 25th anniversary of a strategic partnership between the two countries.

Traffic will be disrupted on many roads in Monaco this Saturday, 6 May, for the E-Prix. Details can be found on the Monaco government's website

https://www.gouv.mc/A-la-Une-du-Portail/6e-Monaco-E-Prix-quelles-perturbations

 

BUSINESS

Job creation in the US remained robust last month, despite disruption in the banking sector and the impact of higher interest rates. Employment rose more than expected in April, with the widely watched Non-Farm Payroll numbers increasing by 253,000. However, the numbers for February and March were revised down. The unempolyment rate in April was 3.4%, lower than the 3.6% expected by economists.

British Airways and Iberia owner IAG has reported a first quarter profit for the first time since 2019. It said the operating profit of 9 million euros represented "ongoing strong customer demand" across all its airlines. It said that its core Latin America and North Atlantic markets are now back at pre-pandemic levels of capacity.

 

SPORT

Football....In the Premier League this weekend, tomorrow Bournemouth are at home to Chelsea, Manchester City face Leeds, Tottenham play Crystal Palace, Wolves face Aston Villa and Liverpool play Brentford. On Sunday Newcastle are at home to Arsenal and West Ham play Manchester United.

Rugby Union...Fly-half Jimmy Gopperth will leave Leicester at the end of the season. The 39-year-old New Zealander is the oldest player in the Premiership. Callum Green is also among the seven first-team players set to leave the Tigers.

 

 

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