Evening Update Thursday 26 October 2023

Meteo France have placed the Alpes Maritimes on yellow alert for high waves and coastal flooding from 7 p.m. this evening until tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. The coastal path in Nice will be closed from 6 p.m. A warning is also currently in force for coastal areas of the Var to the west of the Iles d'Hyeres until 6am tomorrow.

In Nice, one person in five is below the poverty line according to the latest annual report from the Abbe Pierre Foundation. It said that 21% of the city's residents, amounting to 78,000 people, are below the poverty line which it defines as income of less than 940 euros per month for a single person.

A three month old baby has died from gunshot wounds in the Essonne department to the south of Paris. Reports say that the girl was taken to hospital yesterday evening by a man claiming to be her father, accompanied by a friend, but the infant died shortly after being admitted. The child's mother also had gunshot wounds. The two men have been arrested and a judicial investigation has been opened.

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given an update on the number of French people dead or missing in the attack on Israel. The ministry said this evening that thirty five people are thought to have lost their lives, up from the previous figure of 31. Nine people are still missing, some of them being held hostage by Hamas. 

The chief of police in Paris has said that he will ban a pro-Palestinian demonstration which was due to take place on Saturday. Laurent Nunez said that comments made by organisers suggested that they support Hamas and he was therefore banning the march.

A French Navy hospital ship has left Toulon heading for Gaza. According to an announcement by President Macron, the Tonnere will be involved in relief operations for the civilian population.

It's been announced that President Macron will visit two countries in central Asia next week. The Elysees said that he will be in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan on 1 and 2 November. It said that a range of economic matters and climate change will be discussed with the countries' leaders.

 

BUSINESS

The European Central bank has left interest rates unchanged at its governing council meeting today. The central bank had previously raised interest rates ten times in a row.

The US economy grew at an annualised rate of 4.9% in the July to September quarter according to US government data released this afternoon. The figure was higher than expected by analysts.

Airlines have said that passengers will face higher fares after the UK's aviation regulator increased air traffic control charges. The FAA said that it expected the decision will increase the average cost of UK “en route air traffic services” by around 43 pence to around £2.08 per passenger per flight.  The FAA said that the increase will allow UK air traffic control to continue to recover its operating costs and finance new investment needed to provide a high-quality level of service in the future. However, industry body Airlines UK, which represents many major airlines, said that the increases "cannot be justified" given recent disruption to flights caused by air traffic control problems.

 

SPORT

Cricket.. Sri Lanka have beaten England by 8 wickets in their World Cup match today. England were all out for 156. Sri Lanka were 160-2.  Jos Buttler says he is determined to stay on as England captain despite the defeat which all but ends the team's World Cup defence. Buttler apologised to England fans for their showing.

Football.. A Premier League match will be played in England on Christmas Eve for the first time since 1995. The match between Wolves and Chelsea was originally scheduled for 23 December but has now been moved to the 24th at 3pm.

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