Evening Update Friday 31 May

Police in Nice towed 87 illegally parked vehicles in a big operation this morning. The vehicles were parked in the central reservation on the Boulevard de la Madeleine, in violation of no-parking notices which had been put up by police three days ago. Car owners will have to pay 125 euros plus a fine and possibly other expenses to get their vehicle back from the pound.

An apartment in Grasse has been destroyed in a serious fire this morning. Fire broke out in the 5th floor apartment in the residence Les Capucins just after 9am and 17 people were evacuated from surrounding residences but no casualties have been reported. 

Traffic was severely disrupted in Nice this morning by a relatively minor accident.  A motorbike rider crashed his bike at Les Ponchettes near the Quai des Etats Unis, which was closed in the east to west direction for about an hour as firefighters responded.  The rider was taken to hospital with slight injuries.

The Paris prosecutor has said that the man suspected of planting the explosive device in Lyon last Friday will appear before an anti-terrorist judge.  Remy Heitz said in a statement that the suspect had confessed to making and planting the device which injured ten people at a bakery in the centre of the city. The suspect is aged 24 and is from Algeria.

 

BUSINESS

The board of Renault is set to meet next Tuesday to discuss a merger approach from Fiat Chrysler. Renault directors will decide whether to open formal talks after Fiat Chrysler proposed a merger which would create the world's third biggest car maker. The French government, which is the biggest shareholder in Renault, has said that it supports the merger as long as French factories and jobs are preserved.

The Indian economy grew at just 5.8% in the first quarter, which is the slowest pace for 17 quarters. That puts it behind China for the first time in nearly two years.

The UK has not used coal to generate electricity for two weeks - the longest period since the 1880s. The National Grid Electricity System Operator said the UK's record for solar power had also been broken this month.

The European Banking Authority has permanently closed its office at Canary Wharf in London. The EBA is relocating to Paris because of Brexit.


SPORT

Cricket…It’s the second day of the World Cup. West Indies defeated Pakistan by seven wickets with an emphatic victory at Trent Bridge today. The two-time champions bowled Pakistan out for just 105 in 21.4 overs - their second lowest total in World Cup history.

Tennis… 37 year old Roger Federer has become the oldest player to reach the last 16 of a Grand Slam since 1991 with victory against Norwegian Casper Ruud at the French Open today.  Second seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic is out of the French Open after losing in straight sets to world number 31 Petra Martic in the third round today. French player  Benoît Paire is through to the last 16 after defeating Pablo Carreno Busta from Spain.

Rugby Union…It’s the Gallagher Premiership playoff final tomorrow. Saracens play Exeter at Twickenham. Kick off is at 4pm.

Racing…The premier classic of the English flat season is taking place tomorrow. A maximum field of 15 horses will line up for the Epsom Derby with 8 of them trained by Aiden O’Brien.

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