Evening Update Wednesday 4 October 2023

French transport minister Clement Beaune has said that data on bedbugs will be published every three months. He said that he has asked all transport operators to publish figures on reported and proven cases. Protocols regarding the treatment of outbreaks will also be published. The minister attempted to reassure travellers that there is no resurgence in bedbugs in public transport. He said that there had been 37 reports of the insects on the SNCF network in recent days but none have been proven. Meanwhile, the Nice town hall has said that trams will be steam cleaned on a regular basis to combat insects.

President Macron has given a speech to mark the 65th anniversary of the constitution of the Fifth Republic. Speaking before the constitutional council, he said that it would not be in the interests of France to change the republic but "the constitution deserves to be revised when necessary".

Two Spanish nationals have received prison sentences and large fines after being caught transporting herbal cannabis. The pair were arrested by customs officers in Menton. They had concealed the drug in the mattress of the camper van in which they were travelling from Spain to Italy.

The SNCF have announced a new high speed train service from Toulon to Paris. Ouigo trains will run between Toulon and Charles de Gaulle airport from 10 December. There will be one service in each direction per day.

Sixteen municipalities in the Herault department have been recognised as states of natural disaster after storms last month. The areas suffered from floods and mudslides on the 16th of September. Those affected have thirty days from today, 4 October, to lodge details of damage with their insurance companies.

The decomposed body of a man has been found in a refuse container in a suburb of Toulon. The discovery was made by refuse collection workers in Ollioules yesterday morning. Investigations are currently underway to establish his identity and the cause of death.

The Monaco government has issued a warning about fraudulent phone calls. It said that the callers use foreign numbers and present themselves as police officers or lawyers and make their victims believe that a member of their family has been involved in a serious traffic accident. They ask to raise a large sum of money in order to put an end to supposed legal proceedings. The government said that people receiving these calls should hang up and not respond to the requests of the fraudsters.

David Lisnard, mayor of Cannes, has inaugurated the highly anticipated Roseraie skatepark. The new facility is integrated into the gardens of the same name, located on the Croisette. It's aimed at skaters of all levels.

 

BUSINESS

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced that the Birmingham to Manchester leg of the highly controversial HS2 rail project will be cancelled. Speaking at the Conservative party conference, he said that £36bn would be spent on alternative rail, road and bus schemes instead. He said the decision was due to huge costs and long delays in the project.

UK supermarket operator Tesco has reported an increase in profits for the first half of the year. In the six months to the end of August, Tesco's sales were up by 8.4% compared with the same period last year, mainly due to higher prices. Its retail profits rose by 13.5% to £1.4bn

Business activity in the Eurozone has contracted. A widely watched survey of purchasing managers by S&P Global suggested that the Eurozone economy ended the third quarter with another contraction as demand fell at the quickest pace in almost three years.

 

SPORT

Football... Turkey have withdrawn from their bid to host the Euro 2028 championships. The move means that the UK and Republic of Ireland will now bid unopposed.

Cricket...  Ben Stokes is reportedly in doubt for England's World Cup match against New Zealand on Thursday because of a hip problem. The 32 year old came out of retirement for the defence of their 50-over world title despite a long-running knee injury .

Cycling... Mark Cavendish has delayed retirement for another year to race in the Tour de France. The 38-year-old originally announced his retirement earlier this year but has signed a new one-year contract with his team. He'll now have the chance to break the record of 34 Tour stage wins which he shares with Eddy Merckx.

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