Evening Update Wednesday 28 August

One person has died after being hit by a train near Golfe-Juan-Vallauris station today. The incident happened about 400 metres from the station just after midday. An investigation has been opened to establish the circumstances of the incident. Train services were disrupted but had virtually returned to normal by early this evening.

A motorcycle rider has died this morning at the racing circuit at Luc-en-Provence in the Var. Initial reports say that the incident appears to have been an accident with nobody else involved. The man was an off-duty policeman stationed in the Alpes Maritimes.

A fourth suspect in the Nice attack of July 2016 has been released from custody.  The 43 year old man, who had been detained since the 21st of July 2016, was released, but required to wear an electronic tag, following a court order earlier this month.

Tram services to and from Terminal 2 of Nice Cote d’Azur airport were suspended for a time early this afternoon. Lignes d'Azur said that the disruption was because of suspect baggage. Tram services to the airport have now resumed.

A fundraising appeal has been launched to help a 12 year old from Nice who was seriously injured in a diving accident in Corsica last month.  Arthur has lost the use of his limbs since the accident but is reported to be breathing without assistance and to be making progress. His uncle has started the fundraising effort to help him regain the use of his limbs and to gain access to the best medical care.

A man his forties has died after being shot while at the wheel of his car in Aubagne in the Bouches du Rhone. Meanwhile a 37-year-old has been seriously injured after being shot at in Marseille yesterday evening.

Farmers are continuing their blockade of the Prefecture in Gap. They have been blocking the entrance since Monday in protest at attacks by wolves on their livestock. About 200 farmers, along with 70 tractors. are reported to be involved in the protest. A meeting has been taking place today with Jean-Paul Celet, the prefect who in charge of the nationwide "Wolf Plan”. 

Fourteen people have been injured after an industrial accident in the Seine-et-Marne department to the east of Paris today. Reports say that two of those are in a serious condition after suffering burns during an accident at a research laboratory for the glass making industry.

 

BUSINESS

 

Thomas Cook says it has agreed a rescue deal with Chinese company Fosun Tourism, its banks and a majority of its bondholders. Fosun will invest £450m in Thomas Cook in return for at least 75% of the tour business and 25% of the group's airline. Thomas Cook's lending banks and bondholders will contribute a further £450m for 75% of the airline and up to 25% of the tour operator business.

Toyota has announced a tie-up with smaller Japanese rival Suzuki as the two car makers gear up to invest more in driverless car technology. Toyota will buy a 5% stake in Suzuki. In return, Suzuki will buy Toyota shares which will give it about 0.2% of the company.

The pound fell against the US Dollar and the Euro earlier today following news that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was planning to suspend parliament. The move is expected to make it more difficult for parliament to pass measures preventing a no-deal Brexit. The move has been met with widespread opposition. Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow called it a “constitutional outrage”. The shadow attorney general, Shami Chakrabarti, described Johnson’s move as “unconstitutional and unlawful”. General secretary of the train drivers’ union Aslef, Mick Whelan, said that Johnson’s decision to “try to sideline parliament in the run-up to Brexit” could result in civil unrest.

 

SPORT

Football.. England women's manager Phil Neville has said that the heart of Bury has been "ripped out" by their expulsion from the English Football League.
The League One club lost their place in the EFL on Tuesday when a takeover fell through. Neville was born in Bury and his mother was club secretary and his late father was a director.

Rugby Union… New Zealand have left prop Owen Franks out of their 31-man Rugby World Cup squad. Franks has won 108 caps for the national team. Atu Moli makes his first All Blacks start in the squad.

Meanwhile, Jack Nowell's chances of playing at the Rugby World Cup hang in the balance, according to Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter. Nowell hasn’t played since injuring his ankle in June, but was included in England's 31-man squad. Nowell hasn’t featured in any of England's three warm-up Tests so far.

Tennis.. Rafael Nadal is through to the second round of the US Open after defeating Australian John Millman. Millman beat Roger Federer last year but was beaten by Nadal 6-3  6-2  6-2.

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