Evening Update Tuesday 9 July

The Lenval hospital in Nice has confirmed that the life of the child struck by lightning in Golfe-Juan is no longer in danger. The hospital said this afternoon that he is doing better and his condition is stable.

A German motorcyclist in his fifties has died after an accident on the RN 202 between Nice and Digne earlier today.  At this stage, it’s believed that the man, who was part of a group of five bikers, lost control of his motorbike and collided with an oncoming car. It’s thought that the wet weather in the area at the time may have been a factor in the accident.

Police raided a hotel in Villeneuve-Loubet this morning and arrested four suspects in a robbery.  About 20 law enforcement personnel were involved in the operation. The four who were detained were wanted in connection with a robbery at a tabac in Carros last week.

A pharmacist in Besse-sur-Issole in the Var has been found guilty of fraud.  The case involved a system of false invoices in which the pharmacy was reimbursed for products that had not been ordered and not been sold.  The court in Draguignan reportedly ordered the pharmacy to pay the CPAM health Insurance fund up to 602,000 euros. An additional 150,000 euros, including 1,000 euros suspended, was also ordered to be paid.

Eighteen people have been arrested in Marseille suspected of drugs trafficking offences. It’s alleged that the suspects, aged between 27 and 51 years old, were involved in a network trafficking cocaine between Paris and Marseille. The arrests were made after an investigation by authorities lasting eighteen months.

Easyjet has announced two new destinations from Nice Cote d’Azur airport. The airline will be flying to two airports in Morocco - Tangier and Agadir, from the end of October. 

Those of us in the PACA region will be able to buy train tickets at tabac stores from the end of this month.  The SNCF has signed an agreement with the confederation of tobacconists for the sale of tickets in five regions of France, including the PACA region, with the aim of including the remainder of the country next year.  TGV and TER tickets will be sold.


In the UK, online delivery firm Ocado has revealed that the fire which ripped through its warehouse in Andover earlier this year cost £110m. The company has already claimed from its insurers and eventually expects to be able to reclaim all the cost.

BMW has confirmed that production of a new electric Mini will start in Cowley in the UK in November, with deliveries starting in March next year. Earlier this year, a BMW board member said the company would have to consider moving car production out of the UK if there was a no-deal Brexit. But the head of Mini UK, David George, told the BBC that the UK was firmly in the company's plans going forward.

The founder and chairman of Primark, Arthur Ryan, has died after a short illness at the age of 83. Mr Ryan established the retailer under the name of Penneys in 1969 in Dublin. The chain has expanded to over 350 stores in 11 countries across Europe and the US.


Cricket…. The India against New Zealand match has been stopped by rain just before New Zealand finished their innings.  New Zealand were 211 for 5 with 3.5 overs left and India yet to bat. The winner plays England or Australia in final at Lord's on 14 July.

Cycling… It’s been stage four of the Tour de France from Reims to Nancy over 213.5 km today. Elia Viviani claimed his first Tour de France stage win as team-mate Julian Alaphilippe retained the yellow jersey. A relatively flat route set up a bunch sprint in Nancy, with Viviani edging out Alexander Kristoff and Caleb Ewan.

Tennis...Simona Halep has beaten Zhang Shuai 7-6  6-1 to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon and Serena Williams is also through to the semis after beating Alison Riske on Centre Court. Britain’s Johanna Konta is playing Barbora Strycova and it’s Elina Svitolina v Karolina Muchova.

Football…The sporting director of Paris St Germain, Leonardo, has said that Neymar can leave the club "if there is an offer that suits everyone".  Neymar failed to turn up for training yesterday and has been linked to a possible move to Barcelona. Leonardo said that PSG had "not received any offers" for Neymar but there had been what he called "very superficial contacts" with Barcelona.


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