Evening Update Thursday 30 June 2022

The child knocked down by an electric scooter in Nice yesterday has died. He was hit by the scooter on the cycle path of the Promenade des Anglais at about 7.30pm yesterday evening and was taken to the Lenval hospital in a serious condition. Reports say that the 5 year old was of Ukranian origin. Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi expressed his "huge emotion" and sent his thoughts to his family and loved ones, wishing them "a lot of courage in this terrible ordeal".

The French Minister Delegate for Public Accounts Gabriel Attal has been in the Var today. He visited a data centre where he met with Var business leaders to discuss the challenges of local development, the aid provided by the State and the simplification of procedures. He also visited the public finance department of the Var.

Unions representing staff at Marseille Provence Airport have called on their members to strike this weekend. The unions are asking for increased pay and the reorganization of their workload. According to local reports, the management of the airport claim that the industrial action should not have any impact on flights.

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne is expected to deliver a speech setting out her policies before the National Assembly next Wednesday afternoon. The speech will then be read out in the Senate on Wednesday evening.

Annual inflation in France has increased to 5.8% in June according to a provisional estimate from government statistics agency INSEE. It's up from 5.2% in May. INSEE said that the rise is due to an increase in energy and food prices.

The Alpes-Maritimes Prefecture has put out an urgent appeak for people to donate blood. It said that the level of blood reserves is historically low. To allow each patient to be treated, 110,000 bags are needed by mid-July. Donation centres in our region can be found on https://dondesang.efs.sante.fr/trouver-une-collecte

 

BUSINESS

The UK's balance of payments defecit has hit it's highest level since the 1950's. The Office for National Statistics said that the defecit increased to 51.7 billion pounds in the first three months of this year, which is equivalent to 8.3% of GDP. The data from the ONS also revealed that UK households suffered a decline in disposable income, after allowing for inflation, for the fourth quarter in a row in the January to March quarter.

The director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce has said that the UK government is running out of time to help the economy grow. Speaking to a conference this morning Shevaun Haviland said that the Government has until the autumn budget to "reset, rethink and get their house in order" by immediately putting in place support for businesses to weather the economic storm and also to develop a long-term economic strategy for growth.

 

SPORT

Tennis... Karolina Pliskova is out of Wimbledon. She was beaten by British wildcard entry Katie Boulter this afternoon 3-6  7-6  6-4. Two-time champion Petra Kvitova beat Ana Bogdan to set up a third-round encounter with fourth seed Paula Badosa who beat Irina Bara. British player Heather Watson matched her best Wimbledon singles performance by beating Wang Qiang to reach the third round. In the men's singles, fellow Briton Alastair Gray lost to Taylor Fritz. Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the next round after defeating Australian Jordan Thompson.

Rugby Union.... It's been announced that Courtney Lawes will captain England in the first Test against Australia. Owen Farrell is at inside centre following injury. Danny Care and Billy Vunipola will also start. The first Test is on Saturday in Perth.

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