Evening Update Tuesday 3 October 2023

Greenhouse gas emissions in France fell by 4.3% in the first six months of this year compared to the same period a year previously, according to the body which monitors emissions. CITEPA said that the fall was despite a large increase in emissions from planes as the travel sector recovered from the pandemic. Emissions from domestic flights rose by 25% during the period and by 34% for international flights.

Meteo France have said that temperatures last Sunday reached levels in the south of the country that have sometimes never been measured at this time of the year. The threshold of 35°C was crossed in several places, which it said is "extremely rare" in October. Cities including Bordeaux, Toulouse, Limoges and Poitiers all broke their monthly records. In Aix-en-Provence it was the first time that the threshold of 30°C has been reached in October. Locally, Meteo France said that nighttime heat was "remarkable" in our region with "tropical nights on the Côte d'Azur". An overnight low of 21.7°C was recorded in Menton, which had never experienced such a hot night since records began.

The French overseas region of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean has been placed on a red weather alert for heavy rain and thunderstorms. Storm Philippe is passing through the region. Reports say that several roads have been cut by falling trees and landslides.

A school in Marseille has been closed after an outbreak of bedbugs. The College Josephine Baker in the third arrondissement sent all its students home today and a specialist company will be brought in tomorrow.

The City of Nice and the Nice Éco Stadium have announced that the pitch at the Allianz Riviera stadium will be completely renewed. Mayor Christian Estrosi said that there is a tight schedule between the Rugby World Cup and OGC Nice matches and that the replacement will take place in the coming days. The stadium has just celebrated it's tenth anniversary.

Monaco Minister of State Pierre Dartout inaugurated the Salon Monaco Business this morning. The gathering, which is in its 11th edition this year, is being held at Le Meridien Hotel's Sea Club.

 

BUSINESS

Fashion retailer Boohoo has said that it's planning to make major cost reductions after it reduced its sales forecast. It reported sales of £729m in the six months to 31 August, which is down 17% from the same period a year before.

Food prices in the UK have seen their first monthly drop for more than two years, according to a retail industry body. The British Retail Consortium said prices in September were down 0.1% from the previous month. Dairy goods, margarine, fish and vegetables all fell in price. However, grocery price inflation still remains high by historical measures. The organization said that food prices rose by 9.9% in the year to September, down from 11.5% in August.

 

SPORT

Rugby Union.... New Zealand captain Sam Cane will make his first start of the Rugby World Cup in their match against Uruguay. He's recently been suffering from a back injury. New Zealand have made nine changes for the game on Thursday.

Tennis... Katie Boulter been defeated by world number one Aryna Sabalenka at the China Open. The final score was 7-5  7-6.

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