Evening Update Monday 31 October 2022

Meteo France have issued a Yellow warning for storms in the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes tomorrow morning. The warning is in force from 6am to midday in the Var and from 8am to midday in the Alpes-Maritimes.

France's highest adminsitrative court has reinstated the compulsory controle technique for motorcycles from the beginning of next year. In July this year the French government announced the repeal of a decree which would have made it mandatory to have a controle technique on all two wheeled vehicles over 125cc from the beginning of 2023. However, the Council of State said that the failure to implement the control technique provisions means that France is in breach of EU law. It said that European law imposes the obligation for Member States to set up periodic technical inspections of motor vehicles of two, three or four wheels with a cylinder capacity greater than 125 cc  from 1 January 2022.

Mayor of Cannes David Lisnard has been in touch with the SNCF to ask the company to keep open the TGV counters at Cannes railway station. The SNCF plans to close main line counters in many cities in France, including Cannes. The town hall said that such closures "undeniably harm the quality of reception of users as well as the image and attractiveness of Cannes as a destination".

A family have been evacuated from their home in Draguignan after fire broke out in the early hours of this morning.  Reports say that the fire was on the ground floor of a building on rue de l'Observance and the two adults and two children were evacuated from the floors above but were not injured.

A small fire broke out in construction work on the Monaco land extension this morning. Plumes of smoke could be seen over the Larvotto area. The fire, on a small area of land at the Larvotto end of the reclaimed land area immediately next to the Grimaldi Forum, was brought under control by firefighters and no injuries were reported.

The waters of the Mediterranean continue to be heavily affected by the recent unseasonal temperatures, according to the European Commission Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space. It said that recent data showed "a widespread Sea Surface Temperature anomaly" with temperatures about 5°C above normal being registered along the coasts of France and Italy yesterday.



Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 10.7% in October, up from 9.9% in September according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Energy is expected to have the highest annual rate in October of 41.9%, followed by food, alcohol & tobacco at 13.1%.

About 140 jobs are set to go at a company which manufactures electric London taxis. London Electric Vehicle Company, which is based in Coventry, said that it had been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and would be looking for voluntary redundancies. It said that disruption to supply chains during the pandemic and "significant global economic challenges" have led to a need to restructure the business.

Reports in the UK say that battery firm Britishvolt is seeking funding and may go into administration. The UK government has reportedly withdrawn a promised £100m in funding for the company. The start-up wanted to build a factory in Northumberland to produce batteries for electric vehicles. A Britishvolt spokesperson said the company was "aware of market speculation" and was "actively working on several potential scenarios that offer the required stability".



Football... It's been announced that Paul Pogba will miss France's World Cup defence in Qatar because he needs more time to recover from a knee operation. He has not played for his club Juventus this season since re-joining from Manchester United in the summer.

Cricket.... Australia have beaten Ireland by 42 runs to boost their hopes of reaching the Men's T20 World Cup semi-finals. It effectively ends Ireland's hopes in the World Cup but is also damaging for England, who play New Zealand tomorrow. Australia's net run-rate has become closer to England's net run-rate.

Tennis... British men's number one Cameron Norrie has beaten Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Paris Masters. Former world number one Andy Murray opens against veteran French player Gilles Simon at 7pm this evening. Simon, who is from Nice, is set to retire after the event. British number two Dan Evans plays American Brandon Nakashima tomorrow.



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