Evening Update Monday 6 June 2022

A case of Monkeypox has been confirmed in a professional working in Marseille's hospital system. The AP-HM public hospitals said in a statement today that the person concerned is currently in isolation and is doing well. People who have been in close contact with him have been identified and have received advice from the health authorities. It said that, based on current information, the likelihood of contamination with other personnel is considered negligible and given the precautions applied by the professional, no patient is considered at risk of transmission of the virus.

Unions are calling for a day of industrial action in French hospitals tomorrow. The CGT union said that there are staff shortages and recruitment is needed and reductions in the number of beds must stop. It added that the "situation is becoming untenable" in all establishments.

A tribute ceremony in honour of a French television journalist killed in Ukraine last week is scheduled to be held this Friday. Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, a journalist with BFM TV, died after a missile hit a bus on which he was travelling. The ceremony, on the Place de la Republique in Paris, is being organised by Reporters Without Borders, which campaigns for international press freedom. The organisation said that "he paid with his life for his quest for reliable, honest, independent, vital information for our democracies". According to a programme on BFM TV last night, the journalist's body is due to be repatriated to France on Wednesday.

The French agriculture minister has announced government aid for farmers whose farms suffered damage in the bad weather which affected several parts of France over the weekend. Marc Fesneau made the announcement while visiting an affected farm in the Gironde department in south-west France this morning.

The Monaco government has released information about attendance at last month’s Grand Prix. It said that all the indicators show that the 2022 edition was a real success after two more measured years due to the cancellation of the 2020 Grand-Prix and the maintenance of a gauge at 50% last year. It was a positive trend that also characterized the e-Prix and the historic Grand-Prix. For example, the number of travellers arriving and departing Monaco by train was up compared to 2019. 142 boats were able to anchor in the ports of Monaco compared to 129 in 2019. The high number of visitors to the Principality can also be seen in the first figures available for the hotel industry where results are higher than those achieved in 2019.

Workers at the train company which operates the Train des Pignes are taking industrial action in protest at timetable changes. Employees at the Chemins de Fer de Provence which provodes the train service between Nice and Digne-les-Bains are taking action which is expected to affect services on Sundays and Mondays until the end of August.

 

BUSINESS

New car registrations in the UK fell by over 20% in the second weakest May since 1992 as supply shortages continued to hamper new purchases and the fulfilment of existing orders, according to data from industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. It said that the decline, compared with the first full month of reopened showrooms in May last year, demonstrates the impact of continued global supply chain disruptions, with the market still 32.3% below the 2019 pre-pandemic level despite strong order books.

 

SPORT

Football...James Milner has agreed a new one-year deal with Liverpool. The 36 year old joined the club on a free transfer in 2015 after leaving Manchester City.

The Canadian men's national team went on strike on Sunday, resulting in a friendly match with Panama being called off. The stike is because of a dispute with the country's football association, Canada Soccer.

There are several Nations League matches taking place tonight. They include Croatia against France, Austria against Denmark and Latvia against Lichtenstein.

 

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