Evening Update Monday 19 September 2022

President Macron has been attending the funeral of Her Majesty the Queen in London. The president and his wife Brigitte were amongst two thousand guests attending the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Other guests included political figures and members of overseas royal families. His Serene Highness Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene were also present at the ceremony. In a social media post in English this morning Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said that "Nice joins the hundreds of thousands of people gathered in London today, and all those around the world who have a last thought for Her Majesty the Queen".

The president of the French Energy Regulator has said that there may be limited disruption to electricity supplies this winter. Speaking on franceinfo Emmanuelle Wargon said that if it's very cold this winter and EDF "is late in reopening" its nuclear reactors then "we will go into exceptional measures". She said that there would "never be a gas cut in private homes" but interruptions to electricity supplies may occur for a few hours on a relatively small scale such as a municipality or district, with a warning being given in advance. She said that under normal circumstance this should not happen.

A French university has announced that it is closing its buildings for two additional weeks early next year because of energy costs. The University of Strasbourg said that the start of term in January would be delayed by one week and there would be one week of remote tuition in February.

A fire has broken out this afternoon in undergrowth on the col de Tende. Several water bombing aircraft have been used to tackle the blaze in a hard to reach area.

One person has been seriously injured in a fire in Marseille this morning. A blaze broke out in a student residence of the Saint Charles university campus in the third arrondissement. Several other people suffered slight injuries.

Authorities have arrested twenty six people suspected of participating in violence at a French football league match. According to reports in French media, the twenty five men and one woman are suspected of being ultra supporters of Saint-Etienne who may have participated in violence around the club's match against Auxerre on 29 May.

 

BUSINESS

Workers at another UK port are due to begin strike action. Members of the Unite union will strike for two weeks, starting this evening in a dispute over pay. The industrial action will be happening at the same time as part of strike action by hundreds of workers at Felixstowe, the UK's largest container port, which begins on 27 September.

Volkswagen has said it is aiming for a valuation of up to €75bn for Porsche when the luxury carmaker is floated on the stock market. Trading in the shares is due to start in Frankfurt on 29 September. The share sale is set to be Germany's second-largest ever initial public offering

 

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