Evening Update Thursday 11 November 2021

The public prosecutor of Grasse has said that the alleged perpetrator of the attack on police in Cannes on Monday appears to have acted alone. The prosecutor said that after searches of the man's accomodation and examination of his computer, he does not appear to have had any Islamic extremist connections. Psychiatric examinations have also concluded that he has full criminal responsibility.

Ceremonies have been held across the Riviera to mark Armistice Day. The Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes Bernard Gonzalez and Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi were amongst local elected officials who attended a ceremony at the Monument aux Morts in Nice this morning. The Prefect of Var Evence Richard attended the commemorative ceremony at the war memorial on the Place Gabriel Péri in Toulon. In Paris, President Macron paid tribute to Hubert Germain, the last Companion of The Liberation of the Second World War, who died last month at the age of 101.

The Monaco government has launched a new online portal in English and French which centralizes all the online services of the government and the town hall. A total of more than 70 services are accessible from a single website by  computer, smartphone or tablet. The portal can be found at www.monguichet.mc

The Gendarmerie of the Alpes-Maritimes has issued a warning about fake SMS text messages claiming to be relating to PayPal payments. The gendarmerie warns people to never click on a link in such messages and to delete it and report it to the website http://33700.fr Meanwhile, trading standards officers in the UK are warning of a WhatsApp scam which involves fraudulent messages which appear to have been sent by a friend or family member asking for personal information, money, or a code.

French government road safety organization Sécurité Routière has launched an advertising campaign encouraging relatives of motorcycle and scooter users to give them a Christmas gift that saves lives - an airbag vest. The motorcycle vests are equipped with an airbag, a pressurized gas cartridge and a trigger and offer protection in the event of a fall or collision with another vehicle. The organization is also running a competition to win an airbag vest on their Facebook page.

 

BUSINESS

UK gross domestic product grew by 1.3% in the three months to September, according to the Office for National Statistics. The figure is much lower than the 5.5% rise in GDP recorded between April and June when many Covid restrictions were lifted.

Meanwhile the European Commission has said that the EU economy is rebounding from the pandemic recession faster than expected. It raised its forecast for GDP growth in the Eurozone to 5% for this year, and said that growth of 4.3% and 2.5% is expected in 2022 and 2023 respectively. It added that the outlook depends heavily on two factors - the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the pace at which supply adjusts to the rapid turnaround in demand following the re-opening of the economy.

 

SPORT

Football... Steven Gerrard has been appointed as manger of Aston Villa. He's signed a three and a half year deal with the Midlands club and will leave Rangers after taking them to their first league title in 10 years last season.

Rugby Union... England have named their starting team for the match against Australia on Saturday. Captain Owen Farrell is at inside centre and Marcus Smith will start at fly-half. Manu Tuilagi is named on the wing. Adam Radwan isn't included in the matchday squad. Raffi Quirke and Bevan Rodd are on the bench.

Rufus McLean will start for Scotland in their match against South Africa, but Hamish Watson is on the bench. Matt Scott, Stuart McInally and Nick Haining are all in the starting squad.

Cricket... The chairman of Australia's selectors has said that Marcus Harris and David Warner will be opening the batting for Australia in the first Ashes Test against England. The first Test gets underway at the Gabba in Brisbane on 8 December.

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