Evening Update Wednesday 26 October 2022

French train operator SNCF has been found guilty of offences relating to a train crash in 2013 in which seven people died and several hundred were injured. The court found SNCF guilty of manslaughter and involuntary injuries and fined it 300,000 euros. The Paris to Limoges Inter-City train derailed at Bretigny, south of Paris in July 2013. The court said that negligence in monitoring the state of the track was linked to the derailment.

President Macron is due to be interviewed on French television this evening. He'll appear on France 2 at 8.30pm and is expected to comment on the cost of living, energy prices and fuel shortages.

A new president of the Var departmental council has been elected. Jean-Louis Masson beat Francois de Canson, taking 27 votes out of 46 cast in the second round of the election.

An investigation has been opened after two people were seriously injured in a fight in Cannes last night. Local reports say that one man was stabbed on rue de Colmar and another man turned up at a local hospital with stab wounds a short time later.

A control operation for drugs has taken place on a train travelling between Toulon and St-Cyr. It was led by gendarmes with a canine team. The director of the office of the Var Prefect was also present. Four people were arrested, three of whom were sentenced to a fixed criminal fine for possession of cannabis and one person placed in police custody for possession of over 100 g of cannabis resin.

 

BUSINESS

The UK government has said that the medium-term economic plan due to be presented next Monday will now take place on 17 November as a full autumn statement. UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said the delay would ensure it is based on the "most accurate possible" economic forecasts.

Heathrow airport has said that demand it is not fully recovered from the pandemic. The airport is forecasting that total passenger numbers for 2022 will reach between 60 and 62 million, approximately 25% fewer than 2019. It said that headwinds of the global economic crisis, war in Ukraine and the impact of COVID-19 mean that it’s unlikely to return to pre-pandemic demand for a number of years, except at peak times. 

Mercedes has become the latest Western company to pull out of Russia, following the invasion of Ukraine. It stopped manufacturing in and exporting to the country in early March. It says it will withdraw from the Russian market and sell shares in its subsidiaries to a local investor.

 

SPORT

Cricket…England have suffered a major upset in the Men's T20 World Cup as they were beaten by Ireland. England were 105-5 in the 15th over when rain arrived. With England behind the required rate, Ireland secured a five-run