Evening Update Tuesday 17 May 2022

Elisabeth Borne has been to the National Assembly on her first full day as French Prime Minister. She spoke at a meeting of LREM deputies this morning. She said that the party needed "the largest possible majority" in the legislative elections on 12 June in order to carry out President Macrons program of legislation, saying that "the task ahead of us is immense". President Macron is currently considering the appointment of ministers in the new government. The appointments have to be made before the first meeting of the government which is scheduled for Friday. Elisabeth Borne reportedly spent about three hours with President Macron this afternoon discussing possible appointments.

Nine people have been arrested in Corsica this morning on suspicion of being involved in a police station break in on the sidelines of a nationalist demonstration. The protests took place in March after the attack on Corsican separatist Yvan Colonna in Arles prison. The public prosecutor of Ajaccio said that of the nine, four are minors and five are adults.

Public housing operator Côte d'Azur Habitat has obtained a lease termination for a tenant found guilty of drug trafficking and incivility. The organization said that the tenant, in the Louis Braille quarter of Nice, had not used their premises in a peaceful manner and had not respected public tranquility.

The Municipal Police in Nice have arrested three perople in connection with an attack on a tourist in Nice just before lunchtime today in which a watch was stolen. Nice Deputy Mayor Anthony Borre said that thanks to technological tools and the city's pedestrian and maritime brigades, the police were able to arrest the three individuals in less than an hour. The victim was not injured, and the watch was returned to him.

Three new ambassadors to Monaco have been accredited today. They represent Guinea-Bissau, Spain, Indonesia and Ecuador. Isabelle Berro-Amadeï, Government Counselor-Minister for External Relations and Cooperation, received the new ambassadors during a lunch at the Hôtel Hermitage.

 

BUSINESS

Unemployment in the UK has fallen to the lowest level in almost fifty years according to new data released today. The Office for National Statistics also said that the number of job vacancies in February to April rose to a new record of 1,295,000; an increase of 33,700 from the previous quarter and an increase of almost half a million from the pre-pandemic level in January to March 2020.

Retail sales in the United States rose by 0.8% in April. Sales also rose by over 8% compared to the same month last year. However, the figures aren't adjusted for inflation. Sales figures at petrol stations were up by over a third because of the sharp rise in fuel costs over the past year.


SPORT

Cricket.... England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison is stepping down in June. He was appointed in 2014 and oversaw the introduction of The Hundred tournament.

Rugby Union...Sam Simmonds will miss England's tour of Australia in July. The Exeter player is suffering from a hip injury sustained in the club's match against Munster early in April and now needs surgery.

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