Evening Update Tuesday 25th of June 2024

NEWS
Six times More votes than Last Year - A great number of votes have been registered for the upcoming legislative elections on June 30. Less than a week before the first round of early legislative elections more than 1.3 million proxy votes have been established according to the Ministry of the Interior. This is nearly six times more than the number for last year’s legislative elections.

End of the Refuse Cleaning Strike in Marseille - The refuse cleaning strike at the Saint-Charles train station and Marseille metros has ended. Laser Propreté workers began the strike on June 19, demanding full payment of their salaries. Most payments have now been made, and the workers will operate on a part-time basis until all payments are completed, after which they will resume their normal schedules. Last year, a similar strike lasted several weeks.

End of Security Perimeter in Rue Tivoli in Marseille - The security perimeter on rue Tivoli in Marseille is set to be lifted. This follows a gas explosion over a year ago that killed eight people and damaged nearby buildings. While the lifting of the security measures starting at the end of this week doesn't signify a complete return to normality, it will allow residents to gradually return to their homes.

Fire in Le Cannet - A fire erupted early this morning in a three-story apartment building in Le Cannet, Alpes-Maritimes. Twenty firefighters responded to extinguish the flames. Unfortunately, one unidentified person has died, and a 73-year-old woman suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to Cannes Hospital.

Firefighter Ran Over in Nice - A firefighter tragically died during his midnight shift last night on the Promenades des Anglais, in Nice. The 41-year-old was struck by a high-speeding vehicle that ran a red light and hit his motorbike. The car's driver and three passengers have been arrested. Tests are being conducted to check for alcohol and drug use.

Parents Sentenced for Negligence - Parents have been given a two-month suspended prison sentence for neglecting to treat their child's head lice. After four weeks of untreated infestation, the child's symptoms spread across her entire body, resulting in infection and scabies. She developed a fever, lesions, and superinfections, ultimately requiring a three-week hospitalization. Doctors reported the parents for negligence, leading to the suspended sentence. The parents have decided to appeal the verdict.

 

BUSINESS
Far-right radio show host Alex Jones might have to sell his conspiracy theory website Infowars. A court-appointed bankruptcy trustee plans to sell off Alex Jones' Infowars media empire to help pay the $1.5 billion he owes to Sandy Hook shooting victims' families. The trustee, Christopher Murray, intends to close Infowars' owner Free Speech Systems and liquidate its inventory. Jones and his company filed for bankruptcy in 2022 after being ordered to pay in defamation cases. The trustee requested a pause on the families' payment collection efforts to allow an orderly liquidation process. Jones previously claimed Infowars might only continue broadcasting for a few months.

Germany has introduced the Chancenkarte, or "Opportunity Card," a new work visa for non-EU nationals. Launched on June 1, it uses a points-based system assessing academic qualifications, language skills, and professional experience. Successful applicants can live in Germany for up to a year while job hunting and may work part-time. This initiative aims to address labor shortages in fields like medicine, education, and engineering. Applicants need at least six points and must prove they can cover living expenses (€1,027 per month). More information is available on the Make It In Germany website.

US prosecutors have recommended the Department of Justice (DoJ) bring criminal charges against Boeing for violating a settlement related to two fatal crashes. The DoJ has until July 7 to decide. Boeing denies breaching the agreement and declined to comment. The crashes killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019. Last month, the DoJ claimed Boeing failed to maintain a compliance program. Relatives of victims seek a $25bn fine and criminal prosecution. Boeing's CEO, Dave Calhoun, is stepping down in 2024 amid ongoing production issues and criticism of the company's leadership.

 

SPORTS
Cricket - Afghanistan qualified for the semi-finals of a World Cup for the first time in their history by beating Bangladesh in a low-scoring classic in St Vincent. The victory sees them progress as runners-up from Super 8s Group 1, while putting their opponents and heavyweights Australia out of the tournament.

Rugby Union - Toulon have confirmed the signing of England flanker Lewis Ludlam from Northampton Saints. Ludlam, 28, has signed a three-year contract with the three-time Champions Cup winners. The move was agreed earlier this year and was officially announced by Toulon on Monday.

Athletics - British sprinter Zharnel Hughes has been granted a medical exemption from taking part in the UK Athletics Championships in Manchester later this month. The 28-year-old, Britain's fastest man ever over both 100m and 200m, is still expected to receive a discretionary place to represent Team GB at the Olympics in Paris this summer.

 

WEATHER
Cloudy with chances of rain and thunderstorms inland. Highs of 23 degrees in Nice, 24 in Cannes and Toulon, and 26 degrees in Marseille and Saint-Tropez.
Tonight, cloudy with lows 19 degrees.
Outlook for tomorrow, cloudy with sunny intervals and risks of thunderstorms in the afternoon near Cannes. Highs of 24 degrees.

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