Evening Update Monday 26 August

Two motorcyclists are recovering in the Pasteur Hospital in Nice after falling 10 metres into a ravine. Their motorcycle left the D21 on a bend in the road between Peille and L'Escarène and fell into the ravine early yesterday evening. Mountain pompiers and a Dragon 06 helicopter assisted in the rescue. The couple were conscious when rescuers arrived and it’s thought that the dense vegetation in the area broke their fall.

Two swimmers have been rescued from drowning in separate incidents in the Alpes Maritimes. A woman in her eighties was taken to La Fontonne hospital in Antibes after being rescued yesterday evening at Saint-Laurent-du-Var. A 70 year old woman from the UK was taken to hospital after apparently suffering a heart attack in the sea off Cannes this morning. Meanwhile, in the Var, authorities rescued a woman and her daughter who had fallen from the coastal path at La Seyne-sur-Mer this morning. Reports say they suffered slight injuries.

The trial of a man accused of assaulting a caregiver at the Pasteur 2 Hospital in Nice has been adjourned until September the 11th. He is accused of assaulting the nurse on the night of the 5th of August while receiving treatment at the hospital’s emergency department. Staff have been staging demonstrations over the last few weeks, to draw attention to what they say is the need for extra security for staff.

The office of the mayor of Grasse, Jerome Viaud, was vandalised over the weekend.  Several shots appear to have been fired at the window and glass front door of the premises. In a statement, the mayor denounced what he called “this unacceptable act of  rare violence”. An investigation is underway.

A fire in undergrowth in Nice was quickly brought under control yesterday afternoon. Local residents raised the alert around lunchtime and water bombing helicopters were used to extinguish the blaze in Falicon. Reports say an area of about 500 to 1,000 square metres was consumed by the fire.

Police are searching for an individual in Marseille in connection with the vandalisation of about 120 cars.  The vehicles, which were in a parking garage in the 5th arrondissement, were apparently all vandalised within the space of a few days.

A man has been arrested in the Puy-de-Dôme department in central France, accused of making threats against the police. Authorities found the names and home addresses of a large number of police officers when they searched the suspect’s home, along with Nazi literature. The 46 year old had apparently told an acquaintance that he hated the police and wanted to kill them, which the acquaintance then reported to the authorities.

A scientific vessel which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic waste has docked in Toulon. The schooner Tara is in the port until this Thursday. You can see details of the work of the Tara Ocean Foundation and you can also have a guided tour of part of the vessel, but you’ll need to register online for the tour first at their website https://oceans.taraexpeditions.org/m/agenda/tara-toulon/



President Donald Trump has said the US and China will resume trade talks "very shortly". On Friday, Trump sharply hiked tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports in retaliation against new duties announced by China. Asian stock markets tumbled on Monday after the announcement. The Hang Seng index slid 3.2% while the Shanghai Composite fell 1.3%.

Business confidence in Germany has fallen again according to a new survey. The ifo Institute business confidence index, compiled from a survey of almost 10,000 German businesses, fell to 94.3 points in August from 95.8 last month.



Cricket…. England have continued to receive plaudits after their performance in yesterday’s Ashes match at Headlingley. Many commentators have said that the team’s performance, especially Ben Stokes' batting, surpassed that in the legendary Edgbaston Ashes Test in 2005 and Ian Botham’s batting in the Headingley Test of 1981.

Football...Bolton Wanderers are on the brink of liquidation after the latest deal to buy the club collapsed. The side has until 5pm UK time tomorrow to complete the sale or offer reasons for an extension, or face expulsion from the English Football League. But administrators reportedly say that the club is not in a position to carry on trading and "the process of closing down" could start on Wednesday. Bolton was one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888.

Barcelona have apologised for mocking Real Betis following a 5-2 win against the team yesterday. Following the match, Barcelona tweeted a photo of defender Junior Firpo holding up five fingers with the caption 'Junior knows'. The La Liga champions signed Firpo from Real Betis earlier this month. Barcelona have apologised to Real Betis for any offence caused.




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