Evening Update Monday 18 October 2021

President Macron is in Poitiers in the Vienne department today to launch a major meeting aimed at ovehauling the French justice system. The Estates General of Justice will last several weeks and will feature meetings involving judges, lawyers, prosecutors and representatives of many areas of the justice system. The event was announced by the Elysees in June after criticism of the French legal system by two of the country's most senior judges.

Monaco Minister of State Pierre Dartout and Interministerial Delegate responsible for Digital Transition Frédéric Genta have received French parliamentarians at the Ministry of State in Monaco today. The Monegasque policies implemented in the digital area as well as the various infrastructure projects deployed in the Principality were presented at the meeting. The meeting took place as part of the Assises de la Sécurité, the annual meeting in Monaco for experts in cybersecurity.

More than 2 kilos of cannabis resin has been seized in an operation by authorities in La Trinite. The operation was supported by the municipal police and 3 dog teams specializing in the search for weapons and narcotics.

Local police have launched a call for witnesses after a man lost his life in a road traffic accident in Villeneuve-Loubet yesterday morning. Police said that a cyclist died after being struck by a light vehicle on the avenue des Plans near the Roseraie. If you have any information that can help the gendarmes identify the vehicle, you are asked to call 17.

A rescue training excercise took place in an underground cave in the Sainte-Baume regional park over the weekend. 60 rescuers from several departments including the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var took turns to work on the simulated rescue in the grotte de La Castelette in the area between Aubangne and Saint-Maximin.

The Town Hall in Cannes is asking everyone to vote for the town in the World Travel Awards. There are twelve other finalists for what is considered the "Oscars of Tourism" including London, Durban, Singapore and Sydney. You can find out how to vote for Cannes by going to the municipality's website www.cannes.com

Maintainance work is being carried out on several junctions of the A8 motorway until Friday this week. The junctions concerned are Mandelieu Est (No.41), Mougins (No.42), Cagnes-sur-Mer (No.48), Nice East ( n ° 55) and Menton (n ° 59) as well as the Carros interchange. In order to limit traffic disruption, operations are taking place at night, between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. until this Friday 22 October.


Facebook has announced plans to hire 10,000 people in the EU over the next five years. The company said that the new employees would be working to develop a so-called "metaverse" online world where people can communicate in a virtual environment.

The Chinese economy grew by a worse than expected 4.9% in the July to September quarter from a year earlier. The figure compares with growth of almost 8%, in the previous quarter. China's businesses have faced problems recently including power shortages, outbreaks of Covid-19 and increased regulation.

Ford is to invest £230m in its Halewood plant on Merseyside to make electric car parts. There had been speculation about the future of the factory recently but Stuart Rowley, president of Ford of Europe said that the plant would be a "very important" part of Ford's electrification plans in Europe. Part of the investment will come from the UK government's Automotive Transformation Fund.



Rugby Union... Several uncapped players have been named in the England squad for the autumn internationals. They are Raffi Quirke, Tommy Freeman, Mark Atkinson and Nic Dolly. Mako and Billy Vunipola, George Ford and Jamie George have been left out of the squad.  

Tributes have been paid to New Zealand  player Sean Wainui who has died in a car crash. Wainui played 10 times for the Maori All Blacks and made 44 Super Rugby appearances for the Waikato Chiefs.

Football... Uefa have said that England must play one match behind closed doors as punishment for the unrest at Wembley during the Euro 2020 final. It also imposed a ban for a second game, which is suspended for two years.

Olympics... The flame for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics has been lit in a ceremony in Greece today. Human rights activists staged a protest nearby. Speaking at the ceremony International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said the event could be an "important moment to bring the world together in a spirit of peace, friendship and solidarity". The winter Olymics are scheduled to take place in Beijing in February.

Cricket...Ireland bowler Curtis Campher has taken four wickets in just four balls in Ireland's T20 World Cup game against the Netherlands. Campher reduced the Netherlands from 51-2 to 51-6 in the match in Abu Dhabi.

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