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French and Riviera News.Friday.04.08.2017

Heatwave-The heatwave in the south east of the country continues with a level orange weather alert still in force for the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var.

Afternoon temperatures are forecast to rise to between 29-33 degrees Celsius in coastal areas with inland areas of the Var worst affected again where the thermometer could reach 39 degrees in places.

The hot weather is expected to continue over the weekend with cooler temperatures at the start of next week.

On Thursday,a new record was broken when the temperature at Puget-Theniers hit 40.5 degrees-the highest since records began.

 

Traffic-Dense traffic is expected on the region’s roads from 5pm this afternoon The French road monitor Bison Fute is advising motorists to avoid driving long distances if possible from 10am this morning until 8pm tonight and then again between 5am and 4pm on Saturday and 9am and 6pm on Sunday.

 

Tourism-Tourism numbers in the south of France have recovered since last year’s terrorist attack in Nice but not across the board.

Tourism officials say that numbers have recovered in the Nice area with hotel occupancy at 90 percent in July while there are less visitors to Cannes particularly in the high end of the market.

Officials also say that there’s a growing trend for self-catering holidays such as airbnb and camping or caravanning.

 

Electricity-Parts of the Var have been experiencing intermittent power cuts over the past few days as a result of the heatwave and increased numbers of people in the region.

People have been turning to air conditioning and fans as they try and keep cool in the summer heat.

The increased consumption is putting a strain on electricity supplies with people being asked to try and economise.

Simple gestures like unplugging electric and electronic devices instead of leaving them on standby can help as well as as regulating thermostats on air conditioning units.

A list of suggestions for economising on electricity is available at  www.ecowatt-paca.fr 

 

 

Fast car-The world’s fastest road car has been spotted in Cannes.

The Bugatti Chiron was seen on the Croisette where it certainly turned a few heads.

There are only 500 of the cars in existence and it retails for a cool 2.4 million euros.

It can go from 0-100 km/h in 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 420 km/h.

 

Go to jail-A Portugese national has been sentence to  2 months in jail in asbentia at the Monaco criminal court for committing 5 offences in a single go.

The 30 year old was found guilty of drink driving,driving without a license or insurance,driving  a vehicle without a number plate and using an alias.

The convicted man was seen zigzagging in a vehicle in Fontvielle by police on the 26th of November last year and arrested.

His current whereabouts are not known.

 

In national news.

 

Sarko-Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is reported to be involved in a criminal investigation into Qatar’s football World Cup bid with allegations that he may have benefited from multi-billion euro business deals linked to the Gulf state.

Media reports say that French investigators are looking at suggestions that Mr Sarkozy may have received money from transactions negotiated around the time of Qatar’s World Cup bid including from the sale of Paris Saint Germain to a Qatari investment fund.

France was one of the key backers of Qatar’s bid to host the World Cup and the country is at the centre of a number of criminal investigations into allegations that bribes were paid to secure the tournament.

 

Macron slide-The popularity of President Macron has continued to slide,three months after he took office.

A poll carried out today for Les Echos and Radio Classique shows that only 40 percent of French voters think he’s doing a good job.55 Percent think he’s not doing a good job and 5 percent don’t know.

The popularity of Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe is even lower at 36 percent with  51 percent viewing him unfavourably and 12 percent not expressing an opinion.

Another poll carried out on Thursday by Yougov put Mr Macron’s popularity even lower at 36 percent.

 

Business.

 

The governor of the Bank of England has warned that uncertainty over Brexit is already weighing on the economy.

Mark Carney's comments came as the Bank voted to hold rates and cut growth forecasts.

It edged this year's growth forecast down to 1.7% from its previous forecast of 1.9% made in May. It also cut its forecast for 2018 from 1.7% to 1.6%.

Sterling dropped to a nine-month low against the euro after the downward revision to the growth forecasts.

Mr Carney said that business investment was slower than it would have been expected to be because of Brexit.

 

Shares in the electric carmaker Tesla jumped over 6 percent on Thursday as its quarterly report fueled bets that its new Model 3 sedan would propel the luxury electric carmaker into the mainstream.

Chief Executive Elon Musk is counting on the Model 3, Tesla's least pricey car, to make the company profitable and establish it as the leading electric carmaker ahead of BMW, General Motors and other long-established players.

Tesla's stock has risen by  63 percent in 2017, underscoring Wall Street's confidence in Mr Musk.

The company reported quarterly results that beat average analyst estimates on Wednesday and said it received more than 1,800 reservations per day for the Model 3 since its launch last week.

 

And-South African Airways  has run out of money and is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, according to information given to the country's parliament.

It is thought the national carrier may soon be unable to pay salaries.

The airline  says that matters may improve by October, but only if it gets a 792 milion rand bailout from the government.

The airline has lost money in each of the past seven years and acting chief executive Musa Zwane, who has led the company for the last 18 months, has been trying to put together a recovery plan since January.

 

Sport

 

Football-Neymar is to sign for Paris Saint Germain from Barcelona,for a fee of 222 million euros,smashing the world transfer record.

The 25 year old Brazil star will sign a 5 year deal which will see him earn 45 million euros a year before tax.

The previous record transfer fee was 89 million pounds which Manchester United paid Juventus last year for the services of Paul Pogba.

 

England’s women have been knocked out by the hosts the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the European Championships.

The Netherlands won 3-0 and will now play Denmark,who beat Austria 3-0 on penalties in the final.

 

Athletics-The World Championships start in London today with Usain Bolt making his final appearances before retiring.

Bolt will run in the men’s 100 meters and the 4x100 meters relay.

Mo Farah is also making his final appearances before he gives up track running to concentrate on marathons.

 

Cricket-The 4th and final Test between England and South Africa starts at Old Trafford today with the home side looking to wrap up the series.

England lead 2-1 heading into today’s Test.Play starts at noon French time.

 

Cricket Australia has reached a deal with its players which had threatened to ruin upcoming series.

The tour of Bangladesh is now expected to go ahead and the Ashes series against England starting in November will also go ahead.

 

Rugby Union-The Wales full back Lee Halfpenny has joined Scarlets from Toulon on a 3 year deal.

Halfpenny was out of contract at the French side and says that he’s delighted to be coming home.60 percent of his salary will be paid by the Welsh Rugby Union.

 

Manu Tuailagi has been  named in a 37 man England training squad.

The Leicester centre hasn’t played since January since January because of a knee injury but is now fit and will join up with the squad for a three day camp starting tomorrow.

 

Weather

 

AN ORANGE  HEATWAVE ALERT IS IN FORCE FOR THE ALPES MARITIMES AND VAR.

 

Clear skies with light to moderate variable winds.

Top temperatures 29- 33 degrees in coastal areas,up to 39 degrees inland in the Var.

Overnight lows of 24 degrees with clear skies.

The weekend-Clear skies and remaining very hot with highs of 29-37 degrees.

 

Finally.

 

Prince Henrik of Denmark will not be buried next to his wife Queen Margrethe, royal officials say, with the prince unhappy at never being designated her equal.

The 83-year-old has long complained at being named as prince rather than king.

It had been expected that the pair would be buried together in a specially-designed sarcophagus at Roskilde Cathedral.

The queen, 77, is said to have accepted her husband's decision.

The Royal Danish House’s director of communications says that "It is no secret that the prince for many years has been unhappy with his role and the title he has been awarded in the Danish monarchy".

 

 

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