Evening Update Friday 7 June

One person has died and two others have been injured in a car crash in Frejus.  The accident happened yesterday evening at the pont de la Barque. Two cars apparently collided head on. The victim who died, who was a passenger in one of the cars, suffered cardiac arrest whilst being rescued.  The two others were taken to the Frejus-Saint-Raphaël hospital with minor injuries. Police are appealing for witnesses. 

A drugs trafficking network in Vence has been dismantled by police.  About 30 officers from Grasse carried out a raid in Vence in which six people, including four minors, were taken into custody. Nine vehicles, a dozen mobile phones and 6,500 euros in cash were also seized.

Pompiers have been attempting to extinguish a large brush fire in fields just south of Avignon.  Reports say that 40 people have been evacuated from dwellings in the area.  The fire, which is being fanned by winds gusting up to 60km per hour, is being fought by about 60 pompiers.

Three people have lost their lives after a lifeboat capsized in storms off the west coast of France this morning. They were part of a crew of seven on board a lifeboat which capsized about 800 metres off the coast between Saint-Nazaire and La Rochelle. The four survivors managed to swim back to land.  The lifeboat had been called out to help a fishing boat which had been caught up in the storm.

Extra trams are being laid on late tomorrow night for those attending the festival on the port of Nice. Twice as many trams as usual will operate between 10pm and midnight on Line 1.

A reminder that trains are due to be disrupted this weekend once again because of engineering works.  No trains will run between Aubagne and Cannes La Bocca from tomorrow at 1.20pm until  Monday afternoon at 2pm. Trains will run between Cannes and Ventimiglia and will also run between Marseille and Aubagne. You can get more details at local stations or at www.sncf.com

 

BUSINESS


New figures show that German industrial production was down 1.9% in April from the previous month - the biggest decline in four years. The Bundesbank has cut its projection for growth in the German economy and now forecasts GDP growth of just 0.6% for this year. That's well below the 1.6% it forecast in December. It expects growth of to 1.2% in 2020 which is less than the previous forecast of 1.6%. The bank said that the German economy is currently experiencing a “marked cooldown” which it said was mainly due to the downturn in industry, where lacklustre export growth is taking its toll.

US book chain Barnes & Noble is to be bought by Elliott, which already owns Waterstones. James Daunt, chief executive of Waterstones, will reportedly assume also the role of chief executive of Barnes & Noble following the completion of the transaction and will be based in New York.

Talks between the US and Mexico are resuming today, as the deadline set by the Trump administration to impose tariffs on all Mexican imports approaches. President Trump has said 
that a 5% tariff will be applied to all US imports from Mexico from Monday if Mexico doesn't take action to curb migration flows.

 

SPORT

Tennis...Johanna Konta is out of the French Open after losing to Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova in the semi-finals. Final score was  7-5 7-6. Rafael Nadal is through to the final after a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Roger Federer this afternoon.

Cricket...The Pakistan against Sri Lanka World Cup match has been abandoned without play after rain in Bristol. The game was called off at 3.45pm UK time. Both teams take one point each from the washout, which is only the third in World Cup history.

Motorsports… First practice for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix has finished with Mercedes taking the first two places.  Lewis Hamilton was fastest, followed by teammate Valterri Bottas.  Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was in third place, followed by Red Bull's Max Verstappen and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. Qualifying is at 8pm tomorrow night with the race at 8.10pm on Sunday.

Football…Chelsea have taken their appeal against a transfer ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Fifa has banned the club from signing players until the end of January 2020. It followed an investigation into their signing of foreign under-18 players.

Reports say that Manchester United have agreed a deal "in principle" to sign Swansea City's Daniel James. The 21-year-old has apparently completed a medical and the deal is expected to go through when Fifa's international transfer window opens next week.

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