Evening Update Wednesday 1 July 2020

One person has been detained by RAID officers in central Nice today. The departmental public security directorate reportedly confirmed that an operation had taken place but didn't give any further details. The individual was apparently detained in the area of Rue Paganini near the main railway station. Reports say that a drone was used in the operation. RAID forces are an elite tactical unit of the French National Police and their duties include areas such as counter-terrorism operations, the control of serious crime and hostage situations.

The Nice Prosecutor has said that the couple accused of attacking police officers in Nice yesterday will have their detention in custody extended. Speaking at midday today, Xavier Bonhomme said that the two will continue to be detained by the police following the attack yesterday afternoon during  a vehicle check on avenue de la Californie. Three police officers suffered minor injuries but one officer was taken to the Pasteur 2 hospital suffering from trauma to the head.

The French minister in charge of transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, has confirmed the first two stages of a major upgrade project to our region's rail services. The first phase includes the construction of a TGV station at Nice Cote d'Azur airport and redevelopment of the Saint-Charles station in Marseille. Phase two includes the improvement of rail services between Nice and Cannes and construction of a railway tunnel in Marseille.

The Alpes Maritimes has launched its fire prevention programme for the summer as the weather heats up and the risk of forest fires increases. 17 extra fire trucks have been brought into service and there will be additional air support available. A similar progamme is underway in the Var.

A serious accident involving a van and a heavy goods vehicle has blocked traffic on a main road between Brignoles and Toulon this afternoon. The accident happened around lunchtime on the RD43 in Rocbaron. Firefighters and a rescue helicopter have been at the scene.

The Cannes town hall has announced that it's collected over 140,000 euros in pledges for its Help Commerces initiative. The scheme aims to help local merchants as well as those in need. Donations are used to purchase goods from local businesses which are then distributed to local residents in need. Purchases made so far include basic clothing to the value of 35,700 euros which was purchased from 11 local businesses and given to homeless people and 300 people in precarious circumstances.

In national news, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari has said that aid from the French state should make it possible to save some of the planned job losses announced by Airbus. Yesterday the plane maker said it plans to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide by next summer, including 5,000 in France. The minister said that