Evening Update Thursday August 4 2022

Twenty six French departments, mostly in the east of the country, are still on orange level alerts for heat. The Var and the Alpes-Maritimes are on yellow alerts until at least 4pm tomorrow. Meteo France are forecasting a slight cooling of temperatures in the north of France at the weekend, with temperatures still high in the south. They are forecasting that the heatwave will continue next week.

French economy minister Bruno Le Maire has predicted that inflation in France will continue to climb until the end of this year. Speaking to French media this morning he said he was hopeful that there would be a decline in inflation at the beginning of 2023 because by that time supplies of energy may have been found from other sources. He cautioned that the situation is unclear because of decisions being taken on the war in Ukraine and energy supplies.

Firefighters are tackling a fire in undergrowth in Biot. Reports say that the fire is in the vicinity of the old path from Biot to Grasse. Water bombing aircraft have been deployed in an effort to bring the blaze under control.

The bodies of two mountaineers have been found in the Haut-Alpes. Authorities said that the man and woman in their twenties had fallen 100 to 150 metres while climing in the Ecrin massif.

The Cannes town hall has said that there are still positions to be filled in their seasonal recruitment drive. Each year, the municipality recruits seasonal staff to cope with increased activity during the summer season. More details are available on www.cannes.com

 

BUSINESS

The Bank of England has raised interest rates from 1.25% 1.75%. It warned that the UK will fall into recession in the final quarter of this year and would keep contracting until the end of next year. It said that rising energy and food prices are expected to push inflation to 13%. The Bank's inflation target is 2%, a level it said it expects to reach in around two years from now.

New car registrations in the UK fell by 9% in July, according to the latest figures from industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. It's the fifth consecutive month of decline. The organization said that ongoing global supply chain issues continued to frustrate order fulfilment, exacerbated by Covid-19 lockdowns in key manufacturing and logistics centres in China, plus disruption from the war in Ukraine.

 

SPORT

Football... Chelsea have signed Aston Villa midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka for £20 million. The 18 year old has agreed a six-year deal.

Cricket... England fast bowler Jofra Archer has signed a one-year contract extension to stay with Sussex until the end of 2023. He hasn't played since last July because of injury.

Athletics...Jamaica have beaten netball top seeds Australia in a shock victory to finish top of Pool A at the Commonwealth Games. The women's team overturned a five-goal deficit to finish the game 57-55.

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