Evening Update Wednesday 11 May

A man has died after being hit by a train in Cagnes-sur-Mer this evening. An investigation has been opened to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident. Trains are disrupted early this evening with several delays and cancellations.

French Minister of Health Olivier Veran has announced that the requirement to wear a mask on public transport will end on Monday 16 May. He was speaking after the final Council of Ministers meeting of the current government this morning. Olivier Veran said that the epidemic situation is improving. He said that "the pandemic is not over" but the number of new diagnoses on a daily basis is decreasing and the government no longer considers it necessary to have mandatory mask wearing on public transport from the 16 May.

A man has been shot dead by police in a shopping center in Marseille this afternoon. According to local reports, police were called when the man was seen brandishing a knife in the shopping center in the east of the city. Police said that when they tried to arrest the man, he attacked them. Police fired several gunshots and the man died of his injuries.

VINCI Autoroutes have said that all security and traffic monitoring devices are once again operational on the A8 and A500 motorways. This morning a technical incident impacted the IT and operating systems of the A8 and A500 between Mandelieu and the Italian border. VINCI Autoroutes reinforced patrols to ensure the safety of users and the continuity of motorway services while technical teams resolved the incident. The situation returned to normal at around 3:30 this afternoon.

France has sent a third convoy of emergency vehicles for the use of Ukrainian authorities. The convoy of 22 vehicles will transport vehicles and relief equipment to Romania at the border with Ukraine where they will be handed over. The operation is being led by 52 civil security rescuers. The emergency equipment offered includes 36 km of fire hoses, 56,000 liters of foam concentrate to fight fires, as well as food for more than 40,000 meals.

Alpes-Maritimes Councilor and Nice Deputy Mayor Franck Martin has welcomed the arrival of the new Ikea store at Nice St Isadore, which fully opened to the public today. He said that the store was opening "thanks to the pugnacity of our mayor, Christian Estrosi". He added that "Ikea was wanted in Nice for the attractiveness and dynamism of our territory".

 

BUSINESS

Annual inflation in the United States stood at 8.3% in April, according to government figures released today. It's slightly lower than the 8.5% recorded in March, but is still higher than forecast by economists.

Holiday business Tui has announced that its losses halved to €614.5m in the six months to March, and said that there had been a strong recovery in customer demand. It said it expects summer bookings to almost reach 2019 levels this year. It said that bookings had surged in the past six weeks but warned that the impact of Covid-19 and the Ukraine war on customer behavior remained "difficult to predict".

Toyota has said that it expects a significant fall in its operating profit this year due to what it called "unprecedented" rises in raw material costs. It said that for the year which started in April, it expects raw material costs to double. However, it said it hopes to sell more vehicles.

 

SPORT

Tennis... Rafael Nadal has defeated John Isner to reach the third round of the Italian Open. The final score was 6-3 6-1. The win means that Nadal maintains his perfect record of never losing back-to-back matches on clay. He's set to play Denis Shapovalov in the next round.

Football... Celtic are aiming to clinch the Scottish Premership title this evening. They can take the title if they get at least one point away to Dundee United this evening, while defeat will be sufficient if Rangers fail to beat Ross County.

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