Evening Update Tuesday 22 June 2021

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has said that a state of natural disaster will be delcared after severe flooding affected areas of northern France including the Oise, Marne and Somme departments after storms last night. The minister visited the area today. A 17 year old is still missing after falling into a river in the town of Beauvais. A thousand firefighters were mobilized following the floods and carried out 1,500 interventions. The Oise, Eure and Orne departments have been placed on a Meteo France Orange alert for river flooding.

France's highest administrative court, the Council of State, has supended the introduction of a new method of calculating unemployment benefits which was due to come into force on 1 July and which had been challenged by unions. In its decision it said that the "uncertain economic situation" does not permit the introduction of the new rules on that date.

After the low turnout in the first round of the French departmental and regional elections last Sunday Prime Minister Jean Castex has made an appeal for those eligible to vote to do so in the second round next Sunday. He said that everyone must collectively fight abstension from voting and "to win abstention is to lose democracy".

A school in the Var has been evacuated after a fire. Local reports say that 121 pupils and 12 staff were evacuated from the building in Le Luc-en-Provence late this morning. No injuries were reported.

Mayor of Cannes David Lisnard has held a meeting with the Ambassador of Japan, Junichi Ihara. Subjects discussed included the management of major risks, population and aging, climate change, energy and digital transitions. The meeting follows the twinning of the cities of Cannes and Shizuoka, which is a coastal municipality in central Japan between Tokyo and Nagoya.

Two beaches adapted for people with disabilities are open in Nice this summer. The handiplage at the Plage de Carras is already open and the facilities at the Plage du Centenaire open on July 1. The handiplages are open 7days a week from 11am to 6pm and the service is free of charge and without reservation. More details can be found at https://www.nice.fr/fr/actualites/ouverture-des-handiplages-a-nice?type=articles&parent=actualites



The European Commission has opened an investigation into possible anticompetitive conduct by Google in the online advertising technology sector. The Commision said that the investigation aims to assess whether Google has broken EU competition rules by favouring its own online display advertising technology services to the detriment of competing providers, advertisers and online publishers.

UK manufacturing output in the three months to June grew at the fastest pace since such records began in 1975, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey. The survey of 304 manufacturing businesses reported output by volume increasing in 15 out of 17 subsectors. Growth was driven by the motor vehicles and transport equipment and food, drink & tobacco sub-sectors.

UK government borrowing fell in May compared with the same month last year. Public sector net borrowing was estimated by the Office for National Statistics to have been £24.3 billion, which is £19.4 billion lower than May 2020. However, the figure was still the second-highest for the month of May since records began.



Euro 2020... The final group D games are being played today. Scotland play Croatia and will need a win to stand a chance of finishing second in the group while England play the Czech Republic. Both games kickoff at 9 pm. Scotland will be without  midfielder Billy Gilmour who is isolating after contracting coronavirus and it's been confirmed that England players Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount won't be playing this evening after being in contact with Gilmour.

Meanwhile, the UK government has said that the crowd capacity at Wembley Stadium will be raised to more than 60,000 people for the semi-finals and final of the tournament. The semi-finals are on 6 and 7 July and final on 11 July.

Rugby Union... Manu Tuilagi has withdrawn from the England squad because of an injury he suffered during Sale's game against Exeter at the weekend.
The British and Irish Lions side has been named for the match against Japan on Saturday. The side includes eight players making their first appearance in the squad. 16,500 spectators will be at Murrayfield and coach Warren Gatland said that "the crowd will give the players an enormous lift".

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