Evening Update Monday 3rd of June 2024

NEWS
Antisemitic Actions in Nice - Two investigations have been opened after antisemitic threats were made in a restaurant and a hotel in Nice. Following damage caused on Saturday by pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris, where banks and McDonald restaurants had been damaged, one of which being set on fire, antisemitic actions continue in Nice. Nice’s Deputy Eric Ciotti links this movement to antisemitic threats made against a restaurant and a hotel in Nice. Two investigations have been opened for incitement to discrimination or hatred. The names of the establishments have not been disclosed.

La Poste on Strike this Week in the 06 - The post office employees will be striking this week in the Alpes-Maritimes. According to the CGT FAPT 06, the coming European elections have provoked an overload of work for the staff from the 3rd to the 8th of June. The Unions are demanding a flat-rate payment of 300 euros for the entire staff over the period.

Volunteer Polling Officers - With five days to go until the European elections, Avignon Town Hall is calling for volunteers to become a polling officer on Sunday 9 June. If you are interested, you have until Thursday 6 June to register on 04 90 80 80 47 or via elections@mairie-avignon.com.

Anti BioGas Company Petition -  A petition against the new methanisation plant of Mandragon in the Vaucluse has been opened. This new company, which turns biowaste into biogas is facing a petition to cancel its development for the time being. This petition comes over safety concerns for cyclists using the ViaRhôna route. They worry about lorries sharing the narrow 2.8-meter passageway with cyclists. Denis Maucci, the ‘Aménager sans nuire à Bollène et ses environs’ association president, highlighted the potential danger, noting the route's popularity among tourists. The association plans to place signs along ViaRhôna to raise awareness and encourage cyclists to sign the petition against the plant.

Duck Race - A caritative event called the duck race is causing controversy in the Var. this Saturday 6000 plastic ducks were dumped into the Gapeau, a river that flows through Solliès-Pont, a town above Toulon. Organized by Rotary, participants buy ducks, which are then raced in the river, with prizes for the winners. Proceeds are donated to charities. However, the Var association Explore and Preserve fear that some ducks may end up in the sea as most of the waste found at sea arrives by river from inland. The Rotary president assures that all ducks are counted at the end, and none have been lost.

Barracudas Near Marseille - Barracudas can now be seen in the sea near Marseille. Taking advantage of the warming of the Mediterranean and the improvement in water quality in the Calanques National Park, barracudas have taken up permanent residence in the waters around Marseille. It is no longer unusual to come across them while diving, or even to fish for them.

BUSINESS
Shein, an online fast fashion firm that gained popularity during the Covid pandemic, plans to file for a London share listing soon, potentially valuing the company at $66bn (£51.7bn). Originally from China and now based in Singapore, Shein chose the UK for its Initial Public Offering (IPO) for a major London stock market share sale in late June after facing regulatory challenges in the US. The company has faced accusations of scrutiny from US lawmakers, and unethical practices, including forced labour allegations. Despite promises to improve conditions a recent report by Swiss advocacy group Public Eye revealed ongoing excessive overtime among workers in Shein's Chinese supplier factories. Shein claims to be addressing these issues and making progress.

European retailers are placing Christmas orders early due to soaring shipping costs and trade route disruptions. Attacks on vessels by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea have driven up container prices, which have surged from $4,500 to $7,500 recently. Retailers are booking shipments in advance to avoid delays, impacting cash flow and warehouse space. The increased shipping costs will likely raise prices for bulky items like furniture and appliances. Disruptions have also led to longer shipping routes around Africa, affecting delivery schedules and global container shipping reliability.

 

SPORTS
Tennis - Spanish third seed Carlos Alcaraz made another statement of intent by sweeping past Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach the French Open quarterfinals. Alcaraz, 21, won 6-3 6-3 6-1 against the Canadian 21st seed on a rare rain-free day in Paris. The Wimbledon champion will face Greek ninth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last eight.

Golf - Scotland's Robert MacIntyre held off a host of challengers to win his first PGA Tour title at the RBC Canadian Open. He recovered from a shaky start to win by one on 16 under par.

Cricket - Security has been tightened before the first T20 World Cup match at a temporary stadium in New York, including positioning police snipers at covert locations around the ground. The 34,000-capacity venue in Eisenhower Park will host its first match of the tournament on Monday when South Africa face Sri Lanka at 15:30 BST.

 

WEATHER
Fine and bright this afternoon with risks of thunderstorms planned higher in the region this evening. Highs of 22 in Nice, 23 in Cannes, and 26 degrees in Saint-Tropez, Toulon and Marseille.
Tonight, light clouds with lows of 15 degrees.
Outlook for tomorrow, cloudy morning on the riviera that should clear up in the afternoon, and risks of thunderstorms higher in the region throughout the afternoon. Highs of 22 degrees.

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