Evening Update Monday 7 November 2022

French Transport Minister Clement Beaune has confirmed that the price of train tickets will rise at the beginning of next year. However, speaking to French media over the weekend the minister said that he was talking to the SNCF about creating a tariff shield to limit price increases, particularly on TGV trains.

President Macron has delivered a short speech at the beginning of the Cop 27 in Egypt. He said that the war in Ukraine should not undermine the fight against climate change and "we will not sacrifice our climate commitments under the energy threat from Russia". He addressed the importance of the reduction in the use of coal and called for sobriety in the use of energy.

As from today, pharmacists in France will be able to administer vaccines and boosters prescribed by doctors, including for Covid-19 and influenza. The change will mean that patients will be able to receive their vaccinations more quickly and there will be less pressure on doctors offices.

A man in his seventies has died in the water off Six-Fours-les-Plages this afternoon. Rescuers were unable to resuscitate him. Two other swimmers also lost their lives on the Var cost over the weekend. A search was started on Saturday for man in his fifties who had gone missing off Le Pradet but his body was later found in the water. Meanwhile, a woman in her fifties was taken from the sea at Bandol yesterday evening but despite the efforts of rescuers she was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Nice mayor Christian Estrosi is set to meet the management of the CHU in Nice on Wednesday to discuss recent system breakdowns. At the end of last week some of the computer systems at the hospital failed and calls to the emergency number couldn't be routed properly to staff at the hospital. In a Tweet this morning the mayor said that he wished to reiterate his concern about" the robustness of the system given cybersecurity issues".

Meteo France have said that the month of October was the mildest observed in the PACA region since the beginning of measurements. The normal monthly average temperature is 12.0 degrees in the region, but the monthly average for last month was 15.3 degrees, in other words 3.3°C above normal. Meteo France said that in the month precipitation was largely in deficit but the amount of sunshine was close to normal.

 

BUSINESS

Ryanair has reported an after tax profit of €1.37bn for the half year, which is higher than the €1.15bn for the same period in 2019 before the pandemic. The airline saw record traffic in the second quarter. Summer fares in the second quarter were 14% up on pre-Covid pricing.

China's exports and imports fell last month. Exports fell by 0.3% compared to the same month last year, which is the largest drop since May 2020 in the early stages of the pandemic. Imports fell by 0.7%. The figures were worse than expected by economists.

Apple has warned of delays in receiving its products after a strict Covid lockdown in China forced a factory to reduce its output. Apple said that an assembly plant operated by Foxconn is now operating at a significantly reduced capacity. Officials locked down the district around the plant on 2 November for seven days.

 

SPORT

Football... Southampton have sacked their manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. He's been with the club since December 2018. Southampton last won a match at Bournemouth on 19 October in what was their only win from the past nine matches.

Monaco have been drawn against Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League knockout round play-offs. Amongst the other matches, Manchester United have been drawn against Barcelona, Roma play FC Salzburg, Paris Saint Germain play Bayern Munich while Juventus face Nantes. The winners from the knock out round go into the last-16. The first legs are on 16 February, with the second legs on 23 February.

Rugby Union.... Finn Russell has been called up to the Scotland squad for the Autumn Test against New Zealand in place of Adam Hastings. Hastings has returned to his club Gloucester after being forced off against Fiji with a knock to the head and is also having a knee injury assessed.

 

 

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