Evening Update Monday 27 November 2023

Offices occupied by energy company Enedis in Aix-en-Provence were evacuated after a bomb threat today. The threat was sent by e-mail and a suspicious package was discovered. About 400 people were evacuated and firefighters attended the scene.

Two people have received sentences from a court in Marseille for the illegal trafficking of horse meat. The brothers each received sentences of 30 months, 24 months of which were suspended. The remaining six months will be spent at home under electronic surveillance. They also received fines of 10,000 euros. The son of one of the men received a sentence and a fine for his part in the operation. The defendants had told horse owners that their elderly horses would be put out to pasture but they were in fact were slaughtered and their meat sold for human consumption.

Over forty firefighters attended a fire in an 11 storey block in the 15th arrondissement in Marseille last night. About a dozen residents were evacuated while the fire was brought under control and extinguished.

The French State has restored a natural beach in the Alpes-Maritimes to residents and visitors in a state as it existed at the beginning of the 20th century. The beach is on a site formerly occupied by a restaurant in Antibes-Juan-les-Pins. Several phases of work, including the demolition of the former restaurant, were carried out by the Departmental Directorate of Territories and the Sea of ​​the Alpes-Maritimes between 2020 and this year at a cost of almost 700,000 euros.

A delegation from Monaco is in Nairobi in Kenya to begin preparations for the 6th United Nations Environment Assembly. The theme of the assembly will be “Effective, inclusive and sustainable multilateral actions to combat climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution”. It brings  together delegations from around a hundred UN Member States.

Cannes Mayor David Lisnard has inaugurated the completed urban renovation operation on Boulevard Alexandre III in the city. The section located between the Vautrin/Croisette crossroads and the Alexandre III/Maréchal Juin roundabout has been renovated. The works carried out have allowed the creation of a single traffic lane to calm traffic, the integration of a two-way cycle path and the creation of aesthetic pavements accessible to people with disabilities. Additional trees have also been planted.

 

BUSINESS

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been hosting a group of leading business figures today aimed at highlighting foreign firms' plans to invest in the UK. The Prime Minister said £29.5bn of new investment had been promised, which he described as a "huge vote of confidence" in the UK economy. Last week, Nissan announced that it would build three electric car models at its Sunderland factory as part of a £2bn investment plan.

Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey has once again challenged assumptions that the Bank will be cutting interest rates soon. He said that he was "pushing back" against assumptions that it "will be cutting interest in anything like the foreseeable future because it's too soon to have that discussion." He was speaking to local media outlet Newcastle Chronicle Live whilst on a visit to factories in Tyneside this morning.

 

SPORT

Football... Brighton captain Lewis Dunk is serving a two-match ban following his red card in the team's match against Nottingham Forest. The red card was shown to Dunk after he made comments to match referee Anthony Taylor.

Rugby Union...Wales player Taine Plumtree will be out for "months" because of injury, according to Scarlets coach Dwayne Peel who said that he is likely to need surgery. Plumtree suffered a shoulder issue in their United Rugby Championship game against Lions earlier this month.

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