Evening Update Wednesday 13 September 2023

Public Health France have said that more than four hundred excess deaths were recorded during the heatwave last month. The heatwave took place from the 11th to the 26th of August and affected 52 departments, 19 of which were on red alert. Nearly 400 excess deaths from all causes were estimated during the heatwave in the departments concerned, which is an increase of 5.4% compared to normal. People aged 75 and over constitute the age group most affected. The figures are an initial estimate based on data which is currently incomplete.

A new Prefect has been announced for the Alpes-Maritimes department. Hugues Moutouh, who was previously prefect of the Herault department, replaces Berard Gonzalez who has been in the post for the past four years. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi welcomed the appointment and expressed his thanks to Bernard Gonzalez, saying that he had enjoyed working with him and his teams.

A French regulator has demanded that Apple withdraw the iPhone 12 from the French market because of electromagnetic radiation exceeding approved levels. The ANFR said that testing showed that the specific absorption rate exceeds set limits. The organisation said that it expects Apple to "deploy all available means to put an end to the non-compliance", adding that a failure to act will result in the recall of equipment that has already been made available to consumers. However, Apple said that it was contesting the ANFR's review, and said it had provided the regulator with lab results from Apple itself and third parties which show the device is compliant with all the relevant rules. It said the iPhone 12 was recognised as being compliant with regulations on radiation levels worldwide.

The gendarmerie in the Var has launched a call for witnesses following violence leading to the death of a man in Solliès-Pont near Toulon in the early hours of August 27. The soldier in his twenties was involved in a fight at the QG nightclub. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Var gendarmerie.

Bad weather in south-west France has caused significant damage to local vineyards. The Pyrenees-Orientales winegrowers’ association said that heavy rain and hail yesterday evening had caused an eighty percent loss of grapes in the field in three communes. Drought conditions have already impacted the harvest.

If you're a Scotland rugby team fan, there's a special event taking place tomorrow morning which you might want to attend. The Scotland World Cup squad training session in Nice will be open to the public. It starts at 11am tomorrow at the Stade des Arboras on Boulevard du Mercantour. Entry is free but you need to register first on https://rwc2023.nice.fr/

Traffic restrictions are starting in part of Fontvieille in Monaco next Monday. From September 18 until December 22 the uphill direction of Avenue de Fontvieille will be closed to traffic between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. In addition, non-noisy work requiring closure of the avenue in both directions will also be carried out on the nights of November 13 to December 22 from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The works are part of the “Ilot Pasteur” operation. The project, which will see the creation of a set of buildings with a surface area of ​​more than 100,000 square metres, is one of the largest public projects in the Principality.

 

BUSINESS

Australia's highest court has rejected a bid by Qantas to overturn a ruling that it illegally outsourced 1,700 jobs during the pandemic. The court upheld a decision that it had unlawfully laid off staff at 10 airports in November 2020. The court found that Qantas breached Australia's Fair Work Act. Qantas has apologised for the outsourcing, but maintained it was a necessary financial measure during Covid.

Initial estimates from the Office for National statistics have shown that UK GDP fell by 0.5% in July. The ONS said that industrial action by healthcare workers and teachers in July negatively impacted services and it was a weaker month for construction and retail due to the poor weather. Manufacturing also fell back following its rebound from the effect of May's extra bank holiday.

 

SPORT

Cricket.. It's the third England against New Zealand One Day International. The four-match series is currently level at 1-1. In their innings England were all out for 368.

Football... The captain of Andorra's national team has ended his international career after 26 years, the longest career in men's international football. 43-year-old Ildefons Lima made his Andorra debut aged 17 in 1997. He has played in every decade since.

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