Evening Update Monday 3 July 2023

A rally is being held in front of the Nice town hall on rue Saint François de Paule this evening. It's being organsied by Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi and the municipal council "to defend the values of the Republic" and in support of mayors targeted by rioters. Several gatherings have already taken place across France this afternoon in support of the mayor of L'Hay-les-Roses in the Val-de-Marne whose home was vandalised by rioters over the weekend and whose wife and young children were attacked. The local prosecutor has opened an inquiry for attempted murder. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has said that 45,000 officers will be deployed throughout France tonight, the same figure as last night. The minister visited Reims in the Marne department this morning to talk to retailers who have suffered looting in the aftermath of the police shooting of 17 year old Nahel in Nanterre last week. He also spoke to elected officials. 157 arrests were made across France last night, down from over 400 on Saturday night, according to provisional figures from the Interior Ministry. French Prime Minister Elisabeth Bourne is meeting with representatives of political parties early this evening. Meanwhile, the third occupant of the car in which Nahel was travelling, who had been on the run, is appearing on a summons before the National Police Inspectorate as a witness in the shooting.

Buses and trams on the Ligne d'Azur network will be running as normal this evening. For the past two evenings, services stopped at 9pm in an effort to reduce social unrest.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has paid tribute to Léon Gautier, the last surviving French verteran of the Second World War D-Day Normandy landings, who died today at the age of 100. The mayor saluted his "spirit of sacrifice", courage and resilience. He said that more than ever, "his death reminds us of the importance of preserving the memory of those who fought for freedom".

The Council of the European Union working group on EFTA 2 have visted Monaco on a study trip as part of the follow-up to negotiations which Monaco has been leading for eight years with the European Union, aimed at the conclusion of an Association Agreement. At the end of a very intense programme, the representatives of the Member States and of the European institutions were received by the Minister of State, who indicated that the Prince's Government attaches great importance to the visit.

The Petanque world cup is taking place in Marseille until this Wednesday. The competition is a Provençal tradition which has taken place for more than 60 years. It brings together more than 14,000 players from all over the world with more than 160,000 spectators over all the grounds where the tournamnt is taking place.



A new survey has suggested that UK manufacturers  suffered further declines in output, new orders and employment in June as the sector continued to struggle in the face of lackluster demand. S&P Global said that the end of the second quarter saw the UK manufacturing sector remain in contraction territory, with levels of output, new orders and employment suffering further declines. This was despite signs of price and supply chain pressures easing.

Rail passengers in the UK are being warned of disruption for the next six days, due to an overtime ban by train drivers. Fifteen train companies based in England will be affected from today until Saturday, in the latest move in the long-running pay dispute. Strikes by other rail workers in the RMT union are set to take place on 20, 22 and 29 July.



Football... Newcastle United have signed AC Milan and Italy player Sandro Tonali. The 23-year-old has signed a five-year contract.

Brentford have agreed a £23m deal to sign Nathan Collins from Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Republic of Ireland international only spent one season at Wolves.

Tennis... It's the first day of Wimbledon today. Novak Djokovic is aiming for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam victory and an eighth Wimbledon win to match Roger Federer's men's record. Roger Federer's achievements at Wimbledon will be honoured by a special ceremony on Centre Court before the start of play tomorrow. Rafael Nadal isn't playing in this year’s tournament because of injury. Andy Murray is taking part on the 10th anniversary of his first title. Katie Boulter leads Britain's women's players after becoming the new British women's number one. She replaced 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu in the top spot. She's missing Wimbledon because of wrist and ankle injuries. Amongst the matches so far today, Iga Swiatek is through to the next round after defeating Zhu Lin. French player Diane Parry beat Britain's Harriet Dart. Barbara Strykova beat Marnya Zenevska.


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