Evening Update Tuesday 29 August 2023

French Justice Minister Eric Dupond Moretti has said that almost two thousand people have been sentenced for offences in connection with the violence following the death of teenager Nahel in June. He said that as at 1 August, 2,107 people had been tried and 1,989 had received sentences. Of those, about 90%received prison sentences.

The Elysees has announced that a French soldier has died in Iraq. The special forces soldier, Sargeant Nicolas Mazier, who was a member of air parachute commando unit number ten, died during an anti-terrorist operation yesterday. In a post on social media Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi paid tribute to the soldier, saying that his thoughts were with "his family, loved ones and brothers in arms".

Fifteen migrants have been discovered in the back of a lorry in Carros. Local reports say that eleven of them are minors who have been taken into care by Alpes-Maritimes welfare services.

One person has died in Corsica after the car in which they were travelling fell into the sea. The accident happened on the port of Bastia where the car with four passengers had just disembarked from a ferry. The three other people in the car were rescued and were only slightly injured. The fourth person, a man in his seventies couldn't be saved.

Five people have received fines after spraying the prefecture in Tours in the Indre-et-Loire department with orange paint. The five climate change activists were fined 1,000 euros each, some of which were suspended, and ordered to pay 35,000 euros in damages.

A rainwater retention basin has been installed in the Impasse Nouvelle sector in Cannes. It can temporarily contain up to 3,500 cubic metres of water during periods of severe weather and aims to minimize the risk of local flooding.

Part of the A43 motorway in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region is likely to remain closed until Friday, according to local officials. The motorway and a nearby secondary road were blocked by a landslide at the weekend, as was a railway line. Officials have said that 3,000 cubic metres of rock on a cliff face are still unstable.

 

BUSINESS

Toyota has suspended operations at all of its plants in Japan due to a problem in the production process.  An issue has meant the firm has not been able to order components. A spokesman said that the company doesn’t believe the issue is due to a cyber attack. In total, the 14 plants in Japan are estimated to account for about a third of Toyota's global production.

Workers at two large liquefied natural gas plants in Australia are set to go on strike from 7 September following several weeks of negotiations with unions over pay and working conditions.  The two sites produce more than 5% of the world's LNG supplies.

 

SPORT

 

Football… Fulham have signed Belgium national team player Timothy Castagne. The 27 year old joins from Leicester where he’s spent three seasons. 

Kilmarnock midfielder Brad Lyons has received his first call-up to the Northern Ireland team. He’s been included in the squad for next month's Euro 2024 qualifiers against Slovenia and Kazakhstan.

Cycling... Four people have been arrested for an alleged attempt to sabotage a stage of the Vuelta a Espana. Spanish police said they were planning to spill hundreds of litres of a liquid similar to motor oil on the road during Monday's third stage. Those arrested are thought to be part of a group that is seeking the independence of Catalonia.

 

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