Evening Update Wednesday 12th of June 2024

NEWS
No Alliance Between Far-Right Parties - The right-wing LR and far-right RN will not join forces, contrary to what Eric Ciotti previously stated. The proposed agreement between RN and LR, suggested by Republicans president Eric Ciotti, has been rejected by LR senators Jean-Baptiste Blanc and Alain Milon. LR will have a candidate in each of the five constituencies in Vaucluse for the early legislative elections. A meeting was held on Tuesday evening at the Vaucluse LR federation, led by departmental chairman Jean-François Périlhou, to discuss these candidacies. The names will be submitted to the nomination committee in the coming days.

New Popular Front Between Left-Wing Parties - A new Popular Front has been formed between the left-wing parties ahead of the early general elections on June 30 and July 7. The left-wing parties: Partie Socialiste (PS), Ecologists, Partie Communiste Français (PCF), and La France Insoumise (LFI) announced they will support single candidatures from the first round. Former Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail (CFDT) secretary general Laurent Berger, known for leading the movement against pension reform last year, could be considered as a candidate. Meanwhile, no agreement has been reached between the far-right Reconquête and RN parties.

Giant Ticks in South of France and Corsica - French Public Health has announced the return of giant ticks in Southern France and Corsica. Although no human infections have been reported in France, the spread among animals is concerning. In Spain, 13 people have died after they had been infected by these ticks, which carry the Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus. The ticks were first detected on cattle in the Eastern-Pyrenees in France in 2023. If bitten, individuals are advised to photograph the tick and visit a doctor within two weeks if symptoms appear.

New Parking facility in Nice - A new parking facility has opened in Nice. The parking lot of the Parc-Imperial Clinic is built under the Nice LTC tennis courts and offers 145 spaces for local motorists.

Fire in Nice - A fire broke out this morning in an apartment in Nice. Twenty-three firefighters were mobilized to combat the bedroom fire. Eight people were evacuated, and three of them will need to be rehoused. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

Injured Man in Nice - A 54-year-old man has fallen on his head on the rocks of Carras beach in Nice. The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon. He has been taken to Nice’s hospital in critical condition. The circumstances of his fall appear to be accidental.

 

BUSINESS
Shares in Raspberry Pi soared up to 40% after starting trading on the London Stock Exchange, hitting 392p above the IPO price of 280p. Founded in 2008, Raspberry Pi is known for its affordable computers aimed at boosting children's coding skills. The company, valued at £541.6m ($688.8m), raised £166m ($211m) from the IPO. CEO Eben Upton attributed the positive response to the strong team and loyal community. The listing is expected to support engineering projects, supply chain improvements, and other corporate needs. Raspberry Pi has sold over 60 million units and operates in more than 70 countries.

GameStop raised over $2 billion in its second share sale in a month, following a rally influenced by investment influencer Keith Gill, aka Roaring Kitty. After Gill's first YouTube livestream in three years, GameStop's shares surged nearly 23% on Tuesday and have doubled in six months. Known for its popularity among retail investors and as a meme stock, GameStop has raised more than $3 billion recently, including $933.4 million last month. Gill's support in 2021 led to a significant surge in the company's shares, impacting professional investors who bet against it. GameStop shares currently trade around $30, below the recent high of $48.

 

SPORTS
Basketball – The 88th match of the season will start tonight. AS Monaco is hoping for another victory against Paris, which would secure their second title as French Champions.

Tennis - Emma Raducanu defied a shaky finish to get her grass-court season off to a winning start at the Nottingham Open, despite what she called “insane” line-calls against her. Playing her first match since April, having opted to skip the French Open to focus on her fitness, the 21-year-old Briton beat Japan’s Ena Shibahara 6-1 6-4.

Golf - The US Open prides itself on being 'golf's toughest test' and Tiger Woods is expecting another "war of attrition" this week at Pinehurst. Only four players have ended under par in three previous US Opens held at the North Carolina resort's Number Two course.

Cricket - Australia secured their place in the T20 World Cup Super 8s as they bowled Namibia out for 72 on their way to a thumping nine-wicket win in Antigua. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa took 4-12 to reach a century of T20 international wickets, while Josh Hazlewood and Marcus Stoinis claimed two apiece.

 

WEATHER
Partly sunny with risks of thunderstorms inland. Moderate to strong winds near Marseille. Highs of 23 degrees in Nice, 25 in Cannes and Marseille, 26 in Toulon and 29 degrees on Saint-Tropez.
Tonight, cloudy on the riviera with lows 18 degrees.
Outlook for tomorrow, Risks of thunderstorms in the morning in Nice and Cannes, and clear afternoon with highs of 23 degrees.

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