Evening Update Thursday 28 October 2021

A ceremony will be held in Nice tomorrow on the first anniverasy of the attack on the Notre-Dame Basilica which claimed the lives of three people. The main ceremony will be in private at the request of the families of the victims. Church bells across Nice will be rung as a mark of respect. 

A French government minister has said that the government is determined to retain the ability to mandate the use of the health pass until July next year. Brigitte Bourgignon said that "we will have to live with the virus until at least the summer". The minister was speaking in the senate where a debate is underway on the bill to extend the government's ability to mandate the health pass beyond 15 November, it's current expiry date. Some senators wish the government's ability to use the health pass to expire on 28 February.

A British trawler has been detained by French authorities and another has reportedly been fined, amid continuing disagreements over post-Brexit fishing rights. French maritime minister Annick Girardin said the ships were cautioned during checks off Le Havre overnight. She said the first did not comply immediately and the second was not allowed to fish in French waters so was detained.

The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur Region has voted in favor of a private company, Transdev, to manage TER train services on the Marseille-Toulon-Nice line. Applications had been invited to run the services which have been managed by the SNCF. The aim is to increase the number of TER services over the next four years.

Old ammunition has been detonated in a controlled explosion by specialist French Navy divers off the coast of the Pyrénées-Orientales department near the Spanish border. Divers moved the mine away from where it was discovered and destroyed it further offshore to limit the environmental impact.


BUSINESS

Vehicle maker Volkswagen Group has announced that's it's third quarter results from July to September are down year-on-year due to semiconductor bottlenecks. Operating profit before special items in the quarter was down 12.1 percent to 2.8 billion euros compared with the prior-year figure. It said that owing to the semiconductor shortage, the high level of customer demand in China could not be met.

The European Commission has opened a competition investigation into the acquisition of British chip-design company Arm by Nvidia. The $ 40bn deal was announced last month. The Commission said it still had what it called "serious doubts" about the deal, which it believes could result in less choice, reduced innovation and higher prices for consumers.


SPORT

Football ... Barcelona have appointed a temporary coach following the departure of Ronald Koeman. Current B team coach Sergi Barjuan will take over on an interim basis. The club said that his role as first team coach will end when a new permanent manger is appointed.

Rugby Union .... Gareth Anscombe will make his first Wales start since 2019 when Wales play New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday. There is also a first start for Taine Basham.

 

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