Evening Update Friday 20 September

Yellow Vest protestors have called for action this weekend and next weekend. The Yellow Vests want to team up with environmentalists and anti-pension reform groups tomorrow. The protests are already leading to disruption of this year's Journées du Patrimoine weekend. This afternoon the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Nice has cancelled its participation in the weekend because of concerns over public order. In Nice, a Yellow Vest rally is planned for 2pm tomorrow in front of the main railway station. The march for peace and climate starts at 3pm at the place Garibaldi. Yellow Vest protests are also being planned for Nice next Saturday, the 28th.

Public transport in the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis is expected to be disrupted by strike action this coming Tuesday. Lignes d'Azur have said that the two tramlines in Nice are expected to be closed, along with several bus lines. Other bus lines will operate a disrupted service and a few other lines will not be affected at all.

An elderly woman has died after being hit by a lorry in Saint-Raphael this afternoon. Reports say that she was attempting to cross the road using a walking frame when she was hit by a car transporter.

The maritime prefecture of the Bouches-du-Rhone has announced that a sea control operation has taken place following the suspicion of a hostage taking. The incident occurred on Thursday night following an alert given to personnel aboard a ferry sailing from Bastia to Marseille. Following a quick intervention from the maritime police the ferry was able to resume its journey.

Students at a school in Cannes joined worldwide demonstrations against global warming today. About 80 students at the Lycée Carnot mobilized this morning and were joined by local citizens. About 15 police supervised the demonstration.

Nice city council has announced plans to connect CCTV cameras in the town’s hospitals to local police stations in an attempt to improve safety for staff and patients. The device would only be activated in the case of an emergency. The proposal comes after several unions called for action to be taken following a series of attacks in recent months.

A woman has died from her injuries after being stabbed several times at a property in the Yvelines department this morning. The woman’s husband has been arrested. Reports say that the incident happened at the house of the husband’s parents.

The French government have launched a new website which aims to raise awareness of potential terrorist attacks. The website is aimed not only at individuals but also businesses, public sites and professionals such as the organizers of festivals. The site takes the form of an online course which trains people in looking for suspicious behavior and actions to take in the event of an attack.

The world’s fastest catamarans are competing an event in Marseille this weekend. The boats are going to be racing in the area of the northern harbor as part of SailGP’s first season of races. Six national crews from Australia, the UK, Japan, China, the United States and France are competing aboard 15 meter long catamarans which can reach speeds of up to 100 km per hour.

 

BUSINESS

Travel company Thomas Cook is trying to secure £200m in extra funds needed to save it from collapse. Banks have threatened to withdraw from a recapitalization of the company unless the extra funds are guaranteed. Currently there are about half a million Thomas Cook customers on holiday, who would have to be repatriated in the event of a collapse.

India has cut its corporate tax rates in an effort to spur investment and boost economic activity. The government said the base corporate tax rate would be lowered to 22% from 30%. India's economic growth is at a six-year low and the government has taken a series of steps to boost the economy. India's central bank has cut rates four times so far this year.

 

SPORT

Cricket… England have awarded central contracts to fast bowler Jofra Archer and Test opener Rory Burns for the first time. Archer is handed a contract in both Test and limited-overs cricket, while Burns has a Test deal. Joe Denly also joins the list of contracts for the 2019-20 season.

Formula 1…Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were first and second fastest in second practice at the Singapore Grand Prix this afternoon. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third and Valtteri Bottas fourth.  Max Verstappen topped the times in first practice.

MA NOLANS RUGBY WORLD CUP REPORT.

Hosts Japan got their World Cup campaign under way with a victory against Russia this afternoon. Final score was 30-10. New Zealand remain the favourites and they play South Africa in Yokohama at 11.45 tomorrow. Of the Northern Hemisphere sides, Ireland, Wales and England are set to mount the strongest challenges. Ireland start their campaign against Scotland on Sunday in Pool A while England play Tonga in Sapporo on Sunday in Pool C while Wales play Georgia in Pool D on Monday. England have named their side for the Tonga game with George Ford starting at fly half and Owen Farrell at inside-centre. Coach Eddie Jones has gone for the youthful combination of Tom Curry at blind-side and Sam Underhill at open-side. Ben Youngs wins his 90th cap at scrum half and Manu Tuilagi will start at outside-centre. Jones says that Tonga will be “ferocious” and that England will need to be at their best on Sunday.

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