Evening Update Wednesday 26th of June 2024

NEWS
Meeting with Macronist Leaders - Marine Tondelier, leader of Ecologistes-EELV, called for a meeting with leaders of Macronist parties (Horizons, Renaissance, Modem, and UDI) to advocate for a "republican withdrawal" strategy to defeat the Rassemblement National (RN) in the second round of the legislative elections. She questioned why these parties do not distinguish between the far-right and the left and stated that her candidates would withdraw if their continued presence risked electing a far-right candidate. Meanwhile, RN spokesperson Julien Odoul promised to respect parliamentary representation and confirmed plans to ban "sensitive jobs" for dual nationals. At the same time, Gabriel Attal continued his campaign, while Jordan Bardella maintained a strong media presence.

Frozen Shrimp Recall in Aldi - Aldi announced a recall of Golden Seafood frozen shrimp due to contamination with Vibrio vulnificus bacteria On Wednesday. These products were sold between March 18 and June 5 in various regions, including PACA. Aldi urges consumers to either destroy the product or return it to the store. Vibrio vulnificus, known as the "flesh-eater," can infect wounds, especially when the products are handled. It can also cause gastrointestinal issues in healthy individuals and potentially lead to septicaemia, a serious infection, in vulnerable people.

Volunteers Combat Forest Fires in PACA - 18- to 25-year-olds have joined the regional forestry guard to combat forest fires this summer in the PACA region. Each year, at the end of June, 250 volunteers undergo training to enhance the region's capabilities in fire prevention, information dissemination, awareness, and risk monitoring. The PACA region frequently faces forest fires during the summer, with 5,500 hectares burned in 2022.

New Charging Points for EV in Nice - Ultra-fast charging points for electric vehicles have just been installed in the Massena car park in Nice. Six charging points mean you can now recharge your car in 30 minutes right in the city centre.

New Infrstructe in September in Saint-Martin-Vésubie - Residents of Saint-Martin-Vésubie are frustrated with the instability of temporary structures. Recent bad weather has destroyed two ford crossings in Boréon, causing significant disruption. The town is concerned as residents are leaving due to the lack of permanent infrastructure and roads remaining blocked for up to four years after severe weather events. In response, the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has announced construction work in September, with a budget of 6 million euros, to establish more durable solutions.

 

BUSINESS
Chinese fast fashion firm Shein has filed initial paperwork to potentially list on the London Stock Exchange, moving closer to a public listing. The company, known for its rapid rise during the pandemic, faces criticism for environmental impact and alleged forced labor practices, which it denies. The listing could value Shein at about £50bn. US and UK politicians have expressed concerns over Shein's ties to China and labor practices. Despite the criticism, listing in London is seen as a boost for the city's financial market, offering increased scrutiny and regulation of Shein's operations.

Aer Lingus pilots have started industrial action over pay, organized by the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association (IALPA). An indefinite work-to-rule began on Wednesday, with an eight-hour strike planned for Saturday. Despite meetings, no resolution was reached. Aer Lingus has cancelled 270 flights and criticized the industrial action. IALPA demands a 24% pay increase to match inflation. Political leaders are urging a swift resolution. Passengers with affected flights can rebook, request a refund, or receive a refund voucher.

A new, more sensitive and energy saving, LED for smartphones and TVs is being developed. A tiny screen using perovskite LED (PeLED) technology might revolutionize displays, offering thinner, cheaper, and longer-lasting devices. PeLEDs can emit and absorb light, enabling touch, fingerprint, and ambient light sensing in one material. Despite their potential, PeLEDs are currently unstable and have short lifespans. In time, PeLEDs could eventually replace current LED technologies, lowering costs and energy consumption in devices like smartphones and TVs.

 

SPORTS
Football - A masked Kylian Mbappe scored his first-ever Euros goal for France, but his team were held to a 1-1 draw by an already-eliminated Poland to finish second in Group D. France needed all three points in order to seal top spot, but Robert Lewandowski's 79th-minute penalty cancelled out Mbappe’s spot-kick 11 minutes into the second half.
Meanwhile, Ralf Rangnick's Austria produced a fantastic display to beat the Netherlands 3-2 and top the group, while the Dutch took third place.

Rugby Union - Garry Ringrose says a "tough" period of injury woe and disappointment with Leinster has motivated him to make an impact for Ireland in the upcoming Test series against world champions South Africa.

Tennis - Britain's Emma Raducanu says she is doing things at her "own pace" following her assured first-round victory over Sloan Stephens 6-4 6-0 at Eastbourne.

Athletics - Reigning women's Olympic 800m champion Athing Mu will not defend her title at the 2024 Paris Games after falling in the US trials. The 22-year-old tripped as she ran in the middle of the pack about 200m into the race in Eugene, Oregon and finished last.

 

WEATHER
Sunny throughout the region though risks of thunderstorms persist in the Alpes Maritimes according to Meteo France. Highs of 25 degrees in Nice and Marseille, 26 in Cannes and Toulon, and 31 degrees in Saint-Tropez.
Tonight, Mostly clear skies with lows of 18 degrees.
Outlook for tomorrow, cloudy intervals with highs of 24 degrees.

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