Evening Update Monday 6 February 2023

Another day of industrial action is taking place in France tomorrow in protest at pension reforms by the government. Demonstrations are planned across France with some estimates putting the number of participants at about one million. The SNCF is saying that train services will be highly disrupted and is advising travellers to cancel or postpone their journeys. Nationally, an average of 3 out of 10 local TER trains are expected to run with many variations dependent on region. One in two TGV trains are expected to run on average nationally, with about two out of five operating in our region in the south-east. Two out of five Ouigo trains are expected to operate. Intercity services will be highly disrupted, according to the SNCF. Details are available at local stations, on sncf.com and on the SNCF Assistant App. Disruption to some flights is also expected because of industrial action by air traffic controllers. There will be no trams running in Nice and many local bus services will be cancelled. Information about Lignes d'Azur services is available on lignesdazur.com

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has been in Corsica today. He attended a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of prefect Claude Erignac who was assasinated on 6 February 1998. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne also paid tribute in a social media post, saying that "to assassinate a prefect is to strike the whole nation".

The funeral has taken place today of the teenager found dead in the Gard department last Wednesday. Hundreds of people followed the funeral cortege as it made its way to the cemetery of Salles-du-Gardon.

A low intensity earthquake was recorded off the Cote d'Azur in the early hours of this morning. The epicentre was at sea 9.9 kilometres south-east of Monaco. At 2.4 on the Richter scale, it was too slight to be noticed by local inhabitants. Experts in the filed said that it was unrelated to the major earthquake in Turkey and Syria today.

The trial is starting today of three people alleged to be involved in the death of a man outside a Cannes nightclub. 23 year old Kevin Ribal died after being stabbed outside a nightclub on the Croisette in October 2018.

 

BUSINESS

IT company Dell is to lay off about 6,650 workers. The job cuts are expected to affect about 5% of its global workforce. The job losses are the latest in the technology sector with companies such as Google, Amazon and Meta reducing the size of their workforces in recent weeks.

Nissan and Renault have announced changes  to their alliance, which started 24 years ago. The new agreement will see Renault reducing its stake in Japan's Nissan from more than 43% to 15%, the same size as Nissan's stake in its French counterpart. Nissan will take a stake in Renault's  electric car unit Ampere and the companies said that they will work together on electronics and battery technology, as well as making cost savings in joint projects.

An Australian company has been named as the preferred bidder for Britishvolt, the UK battery start-up which went into administration last month. Recharge Industries is building a facility in Australia to produce batteries for electric vehicles.

 

SPORT

Football... The Premier League has charged Manchester City with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules. It has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018. The club said that it welcomed the review and was "surprised" by the charges as its position is supported by a "body of irrefutable evidence".

 

RUGBY REPORT

In the opening Six Nations game on Saturday, Ireland best Wales in Cardiff 34-10. Scotland were victorious against England on Saturday 23-29. On Sunday France came from behind to eventually win their match against Italy. The Final score was 24-29. They will now face Ireland in Dublin next Saturday. Italy play England at Twickenham on Sunday.

 

 

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