Evening Update Tuesday 10 September

A woman has been rushed to Sainte-Anne Hospital in Toulon after a shooting in La Garde this afternoon. A man apparently opened fire after a road traffic accident in the Pouverel district at about 1.00. A large police presence was reported in the area after the incident. 

An investigation has been opened after a man committed suicide on a road on the Cap d'Antibes today. The man, in his seventies, apparently shot himself with a 12 bore shotgun at the beginning of the Cap, near Juan-les-Pins. Local residents alerted police.  

The creation of a new exit on the A8 motorway at Beausoleil has moved a step closer with the signing of a financial memorandum of understanding. Work on the new ramp, which will improve access to Monaco, are expected to begin in 2021.

A teenager who was a passenger in a fatal motorbike accident at the weekend has been discharged from hospital. The collision between two motorcycles in Antibes on Saturday evening left two people dead. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Lignes d'Azur have announced an increase in capacity on part of Line 1 of the Nice tramway. Additional trams will be put into service between Las Planas and Pasteur, amounting to a 10% increase in capacity. It’s hoped the additional services will ease recent overcrowding.

The body of a mountaineer who disappeared in 1976 has been found in the Alps. Rescuers from a mountain rescue organization were airlifted by helicopter onto a glacier between the Isere and the Hautes-Alpes yesterday where they managed to locate the body of Jean-François Benedetti. DNA tests are awaited to confirm his identity. He was the son of Georges Benedetti, a former deputy and senator in the Gard department.

 

BUSINESS

New figures in the UK show that the unemployment rate dipped to 3.8%, while the estimated employment rate remained at a record 76.1%. Data also shows that earnings, including bonuses, rose at an annual rate of 4%, which is the highest since mid-2008.

Alibaba chairman Jack Ma is stepping down from his position at the company today, marking the end of an era for the firm. He co-founded Alibaba in 1999 and it has become one of the world's biggest internet firms.

The UK print edition of Marie Claire is to cease publication after 31 years, according to reports. The magazine is owned by TI Media, formerly known as Time Inc. However, it will reportedly continue to be available online.

Phil Hogan has been named as the EU's new trade commissioner. The appointment means he will be the EU's chief trade negotiator if and when trade negotiations commence between the EU and the UK after Brexit. Mr Hogan, who is from Ireland, has been the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development since November 2014.

 

SPORT

Football… Leeds United player Jordan Stevens has been banned from all football-related activity until the 10th of October for breaking Football Association betting rules. He admitted a charge of placing 59 bets last season, including five on matches involving Leeds. He’s also required to pay £1,200. Leeds have called the punishment "disproportionate".

There are more European Championship qualifying games tonight. England play Kosovo in Group A while France host Andorra in Group H.

Golf… Former Ryder Cup golfer Brian Barnes has died aged 74 after a short illness. He played for Great Britain & Ireland and then Europe in six Ryder Cups between 1969 and 1979. He was probably best known for beating Jack Nicklaus twice in a day during the 1975 match against the United States.

Cricket…. England seamer James Anderson has said that he aims to be fit to tour New Zealand in November. Anderson missed the bulk of the Ashes series with a calf injury. He managed only four overs in the first Test against Australia at Edgbaston and hasn’t played since. But the 37 year old told BBC Sport that he has no plans to retire and aims to be fit for New Zealand.

 

 

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