Evening Update Wednesday 12 July 2023

French interior minister Gerald Darmanin has announced special security measures for tomorrow and for the French national holiday on Friday. Bus and tram services in all major urban areas in France will stop at 10pm. 130,000 police and gendarmes will be on duty, plus GIGN and Raid forces. Demonstrations have also been banned until July 15. The government has already announced a ban on the public's ability to purchase types of firework mortars which have been used against the police in recent violence.

The Elysees has said that President Macron doesn't intend to give an address on the 14th of July, a tradition often observed by his predecessors. He will instead give an address at some point over the coming days.

A man in his twenties has been imprisoned pending a court appearance after re-tweeting the name and address of the policeman who is alleged to have shot 17 year old Nahel in Nanterre. The man was already wearing an electronic bracelet after a conviction for fraud and is now awaiting a court appearance in September.

Twenty one legal proceedings are underway against the National Police following the recent riots, according to the director of the General Inspectorate of National Police. She said that "they are very different in severity and nature". Her counterpart at the gendarmerie said that one case is currently registered against a gendarme.

A thirteen year old has died after being stabbed in Marseille. Authorities say that he was stabbed during a fight involving rival gangs in the area of the old port in the early hours of this morning.

Over one hundred cats and dogs have been discovered in an apartment in Nice. Police and firefighters entered the 70 square metre apartment in rue Lamartine earlier today and discovered the animals in unsanitary conditions. They are now being looked after by animal welfare associations. Nice Deputy Mayor Anthony Borre said that a complaint will be filed for animal abuse and a civil action will also be filed.

Authorities in the Alpes-de-Haut-Provence are continuing their searches for two year old Emile who disappeared on Saturday. The prosecutor of Digne-les-Bains said yesterday evening that no clues had been found as to the whereabouts of the child. The length of time which has now elapsed since his disappearance on Saturday afternoon is now causing concern, with daytime temperatures reaching almost 30 degrees locally.

Traffic was disrupted in eastern parts of Menton this morning after the discovery of second world war munitions. The discovery was made by a boater yesterday near the Bastion and bomb disposal divers attended the scene this morning. The area was cordoned off and later declared safe. The area has now returned to normal.



Annual inflation in the United States fell to 3% in June, down from 4% in May. The fall was more than expected by economists.

Renault Group and Chinese car producer Geely have signed a joint venture agreement to launch a powertrain technology company. The new company will include 17 engine plants and 5 R&D centres on 3 continents with 19,000 employees. Each entity will hold a 50% stake in the new company, which aims to become the leader in next-generation hybrid and highly efficient powertrain solutions.

All the major UK banks have passed the latest Bank of England stress test. The test incorporated persistently higher inflation, increasing global interest rates, deep simultaneous recessions with materially higher unemployment in the UK and global economies, and sharp falls in asset prices.

UK estate agency Winkworth has said that it expects half year profits to be below last year’s levels. The company said that the sales market proved to be more challenging in the second quarter as interest rates rose higher and faster than anticipated. Mortgage approvals were below the levels seen in the first half of last year. It said that property prices “have held up reasonably well” but transactions have slowed. Demand for lettings “continues to be strong”.



Tennis.... The quarter finals are underway at Wimbledon today. Aryna Sabalenka has beaten Madison Keys 6-2 6-4 this afternoon to reach the semi-finals. Ons Jabeur beat defending champion Elena Rybakina.

Rugby Union...Former Bristol and Bath player Nick Koster has died at the age of 34. The South African joined Bath from Western Province in 2012 before moving to Bristol the following season. He also played for Stormers Province in South Africa. The cause of death has not been released.

Its been announced that England will host a two Test women's series against Canada in September. The first match will be on Saturday, 23 September at Exeter's Sandy Park. The venue for the second match is yet to be confirmed.

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