Evening Update Thursday 6 July 2023

The details of this year's events in Nice to mark the anniversary of the attack of 14 July 2016 have been announced. They include a parade in the evening on the Promenade des Anglais and a concert at the Theatre de Verdure. 86 light beams will be shone in memory of those who lost their lives.

A court has ordered that the police officer suspected of fatally shooting 17 year old Nahel in Paris last week be continued to be held in pre-trial detention. His lawyer had asked for his release. Investigations into the circumstances of the death by the General Inspectorate of the National Police are continuing, including interviews with the two other people in the car and the two police motorcyclist who stopped the car which Nahel was driving. The Ministry of the Interior said that last night only twenty arrests were made during protests at the teenager's death, a figure significantly less than those of previous nights.

A judicial investigation for manslaughter has been opened into the explosion which demolished a building in the fifth arrondissement of Paris last month. The judge presiding over the investigation is able to order expert analysis of the site to establish the circumstances surrounding the blast.

Three new bridges to replace those destroyed in Storm Alex have been inaugurated. Local elected officials were present for the ceremony, including president of the Alpes-Maritimes departmental council Charles Ange Ginésy.

The French employers' organization, has a new President. Patrick Martin succeeds Geoffrey Roux as the head of Medef. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi welcomed the appointment, saying that the five year period for which the new president has been elected will be marked by "colossal challenges, foremost among which is the integration of the climate issue".

 

BUSINESS

China's largest car manufacturer, SAIC Motor, has announced that it will build its first factory in Europe. The company said that sales of its vehicles outside China increased by 40% in the first three months of this year. The state-controlled company owns the iconic MG brand, which it acquired in 2016, but said that it hasn't yet decided if MG cars will be built at the new factory.

Construction output in the UK fell for the first time in 5 months in June, as house building activity declined at the steepest pace since May 2020. According to a widely watched survey of purchasing managers by S&P Global, except for the lockdown-related fall, the drop in UK housing activity was the greatest since April 2009.

 

SPORT

Cricket... It's the first day of the England against Australia Test Match at Headingley. England have to win to stop Australia retaining the Ashes.

Tennis... At Wimbledon today, Polish 17th seed Hubert Hurkacz is through to the next round after defeating Britain's Jan Choinski. Alexander Bublik defeated J.J. Wolf three sets to love. Matteo Berrettini beat fellow Italian Lorenzo Sonego by three sets to one.

Motorsports... Silverstone's managing director has warned protestors against attempting to demonstrate on the track at this weekend's British Grand Prix. Stuart Pringle said there is a high chance of serious injury or death if protesters invade the track. Several sporting events have been disrupted by climate and animal rights groups recently. He said that "enhanced searching" may help prevent protests.

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