Evening Update Wednesday 23 November 2022

A drugs smuggling network in the Var has been dismantled. Eleven people were arrested and are suspected of involvement in the smuggling of drugs from Spain. Over 75,000 euros in cash as well as firearms and drugs were seized in the operation.

The Law Commission of the French National Assembly has announced the creation of a commission of inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Corsican separatist Ivan Colonna. Colonna died in Arles prison in March this year after being attacked by another inmate. Unrest broke out in Corsica after his death. Colonna was serving a life sentence for fatally shooting Corsica's prefect Claude Erignac in 1998.

The city of Marseille has signed the Ecowatt charter. The Ecowatt website aims to help people reduce energy consumption, especially at times of high demand, to help reduce the possibility of power cuts over the winter. More information can be found on https://www.monecowatt.fr/

The Villeneuve-Loubet gendarmerie have launched an appeal for witnesses to a fatal road accident. It happened on Wednesday 9 November at about 6.40pm on the route de Cagnes in La Colle sur Loup. A Honda Civic and a scooter were involved. If you have information you can call 04 93 20 62 04 or dial 17.

For the 4th consecutive year, the Principality of Monaco is participating in the European Week for Waste Reduction. The Europe-wide initiative calls for the implementation of awareness-raising measures on the sustainable management of resources and waste. The theme of the 2022 edition is: "Circular and sustainable textiles", under the slogan, "Waste is old fashioned!" The campaign invites everyone to rethink their way of consuming textiles and to discover more sustainable solutions centred around the 3 Rs: Reduce / Re-use / Recycle.

The Alpes-Maritime Prefecture has issued a reminder that those using an electric scooter, Segway, hoverboard or bicycle, need to be be aware of the dangers around them. Audio headsets, earphones or Bluetooth earphones are prohibited and subject to a fine of €135.

 

BUSINESS

Union members working for Royal Mail in the UK have voted to take strike action. The Communication Workers Union said that postal workers will strike today and tomorrow as well as the 30 November and 1 December. There will be further industrial action on 9,11, 14, 15, 23 and 24 December. Members have rejected a pay offer from Royal Mail which the company said was its final offer.

UK companies faced the worst drop in new orders for nearly two years in November, according to initial results of a survey by S&P Global. It said that squeezed client budgets continue to hit demand in both manufacturing and services. UK private sect