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French and Riviera News Friday 14th September 2018

Local

Genoa bridge disaster - A minute’s silence is to be held today a month after the Genoa bridge disaster. 43 people died on the 14th August following the collapse of the bridge, the cause remains unknown

Road deaths - Latest figures have shown that the number of road deaths in France during August decreased, while the number in the Alpes Maritimes has remained the same. There were about 15 per cent fewer deaths on the nation’s roads compared to the same month last year, while a total of 6 people lost their lives on the roads of the Alpes Maritimes, the same number as last year. 


Fish market place Saint-Francois - It’s been confirmed that the fish market will return to the Place Saint-Francois in NiceThe mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi said that the market would reopen on 1st October. The square has recently been renovated.

National

Poverty plan - The French president Emmanuel Macron has unveiled a 21-step plan to stem "extreme poverty" in France through a redesign of social benefits. 8 billion euros will be provided over a four year period in order to carry out the new measures which include an increase in the number of school nurseries in deprived neighbourhoods, better support for the unemployed including beneficiaries of the RSA, and school meals at one euro. In 2016, France had 8.8 million poor people, or 14% of the population.

French President Emmanuel Macron - France has admitted responsibility for the torture and killing of a communist activist in Algeria over 60 years ago. Maurice Audin, 25, was working as a mathematician at the University of Algiers when he was arrested in 1957. In a rare admission on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron said Audin had either been tortured to death or tortured and executed during French colonial rule. Algeria gained independence from France in 1962 after a bloody seven-year war.

Brexit - The French minister for European affairs Natalie Loiseau has warned that Eurostar trains may stop running in the event of a chaotic no-deal Brexit.  Loiseau sounded the warning as she made clear France was against a “blindfold Brexit”, in which key negotiating issues were deferred until the UK had left the EU. Speaking in London, she said there was a real possibility that, in the absence of any contingency plans, Eurostar trains could be stopped on reaching French territory, and planes from Britain could be prevented from entering French airspace.

Heritage lottery - The first Loto du Patrimoine or heritage lottery which aims to save national treasures, takes place today. The Loto comprises of two separate games. The annual prize draw tickets cost €3 and promise a possible jackpot of €13 million. In addition, there is an ongoing scratch-card game that costs €15 a shot. Participants stand a one-in-three chance of at least getting their money back, and big winners can get as much as €1.5m.

Blue white and red mugs - Blue-white-red mugs with the portrait of the French president on them are to go on sale this weekend. The mugs are part of a number of items going on sale as part of a project to raise funds towards financing  the renovation of the Elysée Palace.  The brand "French Presidency" had already been filed by the Elysee under Nicolas Sarkozy in March 2010, for objects such as keychains, pens or stamps, but with a much more limited commercial ambition.

Business

 

Volkswagen has announced that it’s to end production of the Beetle next year as it eyes a future of electric vehicles.

The original Beetle which was developed in the 1930’s and was associated with Adolph Hitler moved to be a symbol of Germany’s rebirth after the war as a democratic,industrial powerhouse.

The car became an icon of the post-war baby boom generation in the 1960’s before the firm discontinued sales in 1979 when the Golf made its appearance.

Former VW chief executive Ferdinand Piech pushed for the brand to be revived in the mid 1990’s and it re-emerged with sleeker lines and quirky touches including a built-in flower vase.

The new Beetle was a big hit initially but sales have been declining steadily over the past few years and the firm now wants to concentrate on the future which it says will be all electric.

 

The governor of the Bank of England has warned the government that a chaotic no-deal Brexit could see a house price crash and send another financial shock through the economy.

Mark Carney met with senior ministers on Thursday  where he warned that in the worst case scenario house prices could fall as much as 35 percent over three years.

Reports say that Mr Carney told the Prime Minister and the cabinet that mortgage rates could spiral,the pound and inflation could fall and that countless homeowners could be left in negative equity.

Pro-Brexit politicians have accused the governor of spreading “no-deal gloom” and insist that the UK’s exit from the EU will benefit the economy after some initial shocks.

 

And-The United States has warned Russia that it may go ahead with sanctions over the construction of a major natural gas pipeline to Germany.

The US energy secretary Rick Perry confirmed the threat in a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak on Thursday.

He said that getting to the point of sanctions is “not where we want to go”and urged Russia to “be responsible” and stop using its resources for “influence and disruption”.

The US opposes the pipeline because it would concentrate two thirds of Russian gas exports to the European Union at a single choke point.

Nord Stream 2 would double Russia’s current capacity to deliver gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea and circumvent Ukraine.

Sport

Football-The English Premier League is back in action this weekend following the international break with Liverpool,Chelsea and Watford all looking to preserve their 100 percent records with 4 wins out of 4 so far.
On Saturday Spurs play Liverpool in the lunchtime game and then later on its Bournemouth against Leicester,Chelsea against Cardiff,Huddersfield against Crystal Palace,Manchester City play Fulham,Newcastle face Arsenal and Watford host Manchester United.
On Sunday Wolves play Burnley and Everton face West Ham.Southampton play Brighton on Monday.

Boxing-Gennady Golovkin’s rematch with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has been dubbed the “fight of the century” and one that will be remembered for the ages.
The fight,at the T-Mobile Arena in the early hours of Sunday comes just under a year after their controversial draw at the same venue.
Alvarez returns to the ring following a drugs ban while Golovkin is looking to set a record 21 defences in the middleweight division if he retains his WBC and WBA belts.
The fighters dislike each other and have 68 knockouts between them.

Formula 1-First practice for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix takes place at 10.30 this morning with second practice at 2.30 this afternoon.
Lewis Hamilton leads the drivers’ championship by 30 points from Sebastian Vettel heading into the race and says that he still feels that Ferrari has the faster car.
Qualifying is at 3pm tomorrow with the race at ten past two on Sunday.

Cricket-Surrey have won the English County Championship for the first time in 16 years after beating Worcestershire by 3 wickets at New Road.
Morne Morkel hit the winning runs for Surrey who have won 10 matches and drawn two so far in Division One.
Director of cricket Alec Stewart says that they must now push on to become the dominant force in the English domestic game.

Rugby Union-There’s one game in the Gallagher Premiership in England tonight.Gloucester play Bristol while in the Guiness Pro 14 Edinburgh play Connacht and Munster host Ospreys.


Cycling-Simon Yates of Great Britain has maintained a 25 second advantage in the Vuelta e Espana following stage 18.
Jelle Wallays of Belgium won the stage  with Yates safely marking his main rival Alejandro Valverde to keep the lead.
There are two stages remaining before Sunday’s procession into Madrid with Yates looking to become only the second British rider to win the event.

Weather

Partially cloudy with perhaps some showers in the Alpes-Maritimes around lunchtime.

Light south easterly winds and a high of 25-27 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 18 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

The weekend-Hazy sunshine tomorrow bordering on cloudy.Partially cloudy on Sunday  with highs of 25-27 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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