Evening Update Thursday 23 November 2023

Police in Marseille have seized a large amount of ammunition from a private residence. Customs officers made the discovery at an isolated farmhouse. 26 weapons were seized along with over 1,500 pieces of ammunition. The owner allegedly didn't have authorizations for the stash, calling himself a "collector" of ammunition.

An Olympique de Marseille supporter has received a four month suspended sentence for his role in an attack on the team bus of opponents Olympique Lyonnais on October 29. He also received a sentence of five years of probation and a 3 year ban from OM matches. The man in his twenties is one of nine people arrested in connection with the incident.

Eight people have been arrested following a brawl involving two rival gangs on a tram in Nice yesterday evening, according to the Prefecture. The incident happened on a tram near the Libération station. Mayor Christian Estrosi said that the individuals were quickly arrested thanks to images from the cameras of the urban supervision centre.

Air quality in the Alpes-Maritimes has improved according to AtmoSud. Authorities monitoring air pollution in our region said that air quality improved significantly between 2017 and 2022 in the Alpes-Maritimes, thanks to the drop in pollutant emissions, in particular nitrogen dioxide emitted by vehicles. However, it said that the trend is less marked in some residential and industrial sectors and it is therefore necessary to continue "collective efforts to improve air quality".

The prospect of industrial action on the trains at Christmas seems less likely after an agreement between the SNCF and two unions. The UNSA and the CFDT signed the agreement regarding salary increases by yesterday's deadline. However, two other unions, the CGT and SUD Rail weren't part of the agreement. The four unions are scheduled to meet next week but it's believed that other matters will be discussed, not industrial action over the Christmas period.

The Nice Town Hall has taken the decision to equip the centre of city with connected compactor bins running on solar energy. Three sites have recently been equipped on the Avenue Jean Médecin, the Zone Pietonne and the Place Garibladi. Deputy Mayor Pierre-Paul Léonelli said that the move follows the success of several compactor bins which have already been installed on the seafront.

 

BUSINESS

Nissan is set to make future electric versions of its two best selling cars in Sunderland in the UK. The new electric Qashqai and Juke models are expected to be made at the site, helping to preserve 6,000 jobs. The investment is thought to be in the region of £1bn and will be supported by a contribution from the UK government's Automotive Transformation Fund.

Turkey's central bank has raised its main interest rate to 40%, up from the previous rate of 35%. The central bank is attempting to control rampant inflation which reached an annual rate of just over 61% in October. Inflation is forecast to peak at about 70-75% next May.

 

SPORT

Cricket... Former West Indies player Marlon Samuels has been banned from all cricket for six years for breaching anti-corruption rules. The ICC said that Samuels had broken four rules during the 2019 Abu Dhabi T10 league in August this year.

Football... Nottingham Forest player Tai-wo Aw-on-iyi is out for several months with a groin injury, according to manager Steve Cooper. However, Cooper said that he would definately be back in action later in the season.

Rugby League... Super League champions Wigan Warriors will begin their 2024 campaign away to Castleford Tigers. Rivals Hull FC and Hull KR will start the new season on Thursday, 15 February. Runners-up Catalans Dragons are scheduled to play Warrington on Saturday, 17 February, the same day Wigan are scheduled to play Castleford.

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