Evening Update Tuesday 20 September 2022

A man has been taken into custody in Antibes on suspicion of having killed his partner. The prosecutor in Grasse said that the man in his thirties who is of Danish nationality, is suspected of having shot his partner and locked her body in a fridge which he then asked two acquaintances to take to the dump. The prosecutor said that analysis is currently underway to confirm if the body is that of the man's wife.

The fire which broke out on the col de Tende yesterday lunchtime has been continuing to burn today. Over eight hectares have now been consumed by the blaze which is in a difficult to access area. Eighty firefighters backed up by water bombing aircraft have been involved in fighting the fire.

The special court in Paris which is hearing evidence about the Nice attack of 14 July 2016 has started hearing from civil parties. About three hundred people are due to testify over the next five weeks.

New drought measures have been introduced in the Alpes-Maritimes which are in force until October 15. The Prefecture said that rainfall in September is still largely in deficit being down by 35% compared to the average. It said that the localized rainfall in August relieved the levels of certain superficial watercourses on a temporary basis, but did not allow the underlying trend to be permanently reversed. Full details of the restrictions, including a map of affected areas, can be found on the prefecture's website www.alpes-maritimes.gouv.fr

Firefighters in the Var have had their Facebook account hacked. Earlier today the firefighters said that messages were being posted which were not from the fire department and that they were doing everything they could to resolve the situation.

The French government has announced new measures to encourage cycling. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said today that 250 million euros will be made available next year to develop cycling paths and secure car parks. One of the aims of the funding is to increase the use of cycling as a means of transport in rural areas.

 

BUSINESS

Train drivers in the UK will go on strike on two days in October as part of a long-running dispute over pay. Unions confirmed today that drivers at twelve train companies will walk out on 1 and 5 October. A strike had been planned for 15 September but was postponed following the announcement of the Queen's death.

Sweden's central bank has raised its benchmark interest rate to 1.75% from 0.75%. The increase in rates was larger than expected.

Producer prices in Germany have leapt by 45.8% in August compared to a year earlier. It's the largest rise since 1949. On a monthly basis prices rose by 7.9% in August.

 

SPORT

Football... South Africa has announced that it plans to bid to stage the 2027 Fifa Women's World Cup. South Africa hosted the men's World Cup in 2010.

Rugby Union...Liam Williams has been ruled out of Wales's autumn internationals because of injury. He suffered a serious collarbone injury during Cardiff's match against Munster and will be out for up to four months.

Cycling... British rider Adam Yates has signed for UAE-Team Emirates for 2023, ending his two-year spell with Ineos Grenadiers. The 30-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the team.

 

 

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