Evening Update Thursday 9 September 2021

A 60 year old man is in hospital after being shot during a wild boar hunt in the Var earlier today. Reports say that he was hit in the head by a bullet which ricocheted off a tree during the hunt in Le Luc. He was taken to Sainte Anne Hospital in Toulon where he is in a critical condition.

A 35 year old man has been charged with "murder by a spouse" after an incident in Cannes on Tuesday. The body of the man's partner was found outside an apartment building in the city centre after apparently having fallen six floors. He has been placed in pre-trial detention.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has been in Saint-Raphael in the Var today. During his visit he inaugurated the Saint-Raphaël urban supervision centre alongside the town's mayor Frédéric Masquelier. 260 cameras monitor public thoroughfares and public buildings from the new centre.

Firefighters in the Alpes-Maritimes held a demonstration outside the prefecture in Nice this morning. They were protesting against compulsory vaccination and staffing levels.

Marlène Schiappa, Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Interior, in charge of Citizenship, has announced the naturalization of more than 12,000 foreign workers on the front line during the health crisis. The policy to offer French nationality to foreign nationals mobilized during the health crisis was launched a year ago and 16,381 files were submitted to prefectures throughout France. 12,012 were given citizenship.

In an escalating disagreement between France and the UK regarding migrants crossing the Channel, the UK Home Office has said that Border Force personnel are in the final stages of training to turn back boats. The proposals to turn back vessels has already been rejected by the French government. French Interior minister Gerald Darmanin said this afternoon that France will not accept any practice contrary to the law of the sea, nor what he called "financial blackmail". He added that "the friendship between our two countries deserves better than postures which undermine cooperation between our services". Rising numbers of migrants have been crossing the English Channel in recent months. The French Maritime Prefecture for the Channel and North Sea said that from Sunday night until yesterday it had carried out 11 rescue operations in the Strait of Pas-de-Calais involving 198 migrants.

A tribute ceremony has been held at Les Invalides in Paris for the actor Jean-Paul Belmondo who died on Monday at the age of 88. President Macron delivered a eulogy. One thousand members of the public attended the event and it was also shown on giant screens outside. A funeral ceremony will be held tomorrow morning at the church in Saint-Germain-des-Pres.

 

BUSINESS

EasyJet has announced plans to raise £1.2bn from shareholders and take on $400m in loans. The airline also said it had rejected an unsolicited takeover approach as the bid undervalued the company and the unnamed suitor was now no longer interested in the business.

Online gambling company 888 Holdings has agreed to buy William Hill's European business from its US owner in a deal worth £2.2bn. The deal includes William Hill's 1,400 betting shops in the UK. The combined businesses will have over 12,000 employees.

The UK government has said that the number of people on furlough has fallen to the lowest level since the start of the pandemic. Data from the Treasury shows around 340,000 people have moved off the scheme across the UK over the course of July.

 

SPORT

Football...Japan has pulled out of hosting the Club World Cup because of Covid-19 restrictions. World governing body Fifa said the Japanese Football Association had informed them that "it is no longer in a position" to host the competition which was to be held in December.

Cricket... India have cancelled today's training session after another member of their coaching staff tested positive for Covid-19. Players were tested this morning and are staying in their hotel rooms pending the results.

England head coach Chris Silverwood has named his preliminary squad for the World Cup in the UAE and Oman. Tymal Mills returns to the international squad for the first time since February 2016. Ben Stokes was not available for selection as he continues to take an "indefinite break" from cricket for his mental wellbeing. England have until 10 October to finalise their squad and will make a decision on Stokes' inclusion as late as possible. The tournament runs from 17 October to 14 November.

Australia have said that the forthcoming men's Test match with Afghanistan will be cancelled if the Afghan women's team cannot play under Taliban rule. 105 nations are part of the ICC, which include 12 full members and 94 associate members. Under ICC rules all 12 full member nations must have a national women's team, with only full members able to play Test matches. Australia are scheduled to host their first ever Test against Afghanistan in November.

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