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French and Riviera News Friday 18th May 2018

Local

Fire in restaurant - A restaurant in Monaco has been evacuated after a fire broke out in the kitchen. No casualities were reported on Thursday evening as firefighters attended the scene. The blaze is believed to have caused considerable damage to The Beefbar located in Fontvielle.

70 year old found dead - A 70 year old man from the village of Tourettes, who had been missing since May 14th has been found dead at the bottom of a valley. Police had begun a search operation for the victim after his abandoned vehicle was found between Callian and Montauroux. An investigation has been opened to determine the cause of death.

Strike – Delays and cancellations have been announced on the regions rail network as strike action by the SNCF starts again today with 2 out of 5 regional trains running and 1 out of 3 TGV’s in operation.

L’ile Sainte Marguerite - The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has approved a request from the mayor of Cannes David Lisnard, to preserve the public use of the ile de Sainte Marguerite. The decision was announced on Thursday following a unanimous vote on April 17th by the city council of Cannes prohibiting the possible sale of the site to the private sector.

River Water Bike Challenge – The Riviera Water Bike Challenge takes place here in the Principality on June 17th and Riviera Radio was present at the Yacht club  in Monaco on Thursday as the teams were announced for this year’s charity event. For more information go to their facebook page. 

National

Total - The French oil company  Total has said it will end work on a major gas field project in Iran unless it is exempt from US sanctions against Tehran that the Trump administration is phasing back in. Total started the project in July 2017, two years after Western powers signed a nuclear deal with Tehran prompting the return of many businesses to Iran. But earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from the deal, and warned companies that they face sanctions if they do business with Iran. In a statement the company said that as a consequence, "Total will not be in a position to continue the project and will have to unwind all related operations before 4 November 2018 unless Total is granted a specific project waiver by the US authorities with the support of the French and European authorities,".

Notre-Dames-des-Landes - More than 1,500 French riot police have launched a second operation to clear protesters who have been squatting on the site of a planned new airport for a decade. An initial operation last month to clear the demonstrators from Notre-Dames-des-Landes in western France prompted days of furious clashes between the two sides. The government had vowed to clear the rural camp, which activists bill as a utopian leftist farming community, after scrapping plans for the airport in January.

Air pollution - The European Union is taking six member states to court for exposing their citizens to too much air pollution. The European Commission on Thursday referred Britain, FranceGermany, Hungary, Italy, and Romania to the EU's highest Court of Justice, saying they failed to respect air quality limits and didn't take appropriate action in time.

World Cup - Olympique de Marseille forward Dimitri Payet has been ruled out of the World Cup because of injury. France's coach Didier Deschamps made the announcement as he named his 23-man squad for the tournament in Russia on Thursday. Payet suffered a muscle injury during Wednesday's Europa League final, which Marseille lost 3-0 to Atletico Madrid.

Business

Oil prices have remained firm this morning on strong demand,ongoing supply cuts led by Opec and looming US sanctions against the world’s third largest crude exporter Iran.
Brent Crude futures are trading at 79 dollars 57 a little below yesterday’s multi-year highs as surging output from the United States is expected to offset some of the shortfalls.
US West Texas Intermediate is trading at 71 dollars 62 up by 0.2 percent on Thursday’s close.
Crude prices are now at levels not seen since later 2014 with analysts warning that high fuel costs could start affecting consumption.

Shares in the online grocer Ocado have shot up by 44 percent after it struck a deal with the US retailer Kroger.
Ocado’s technology is to be used exclusively in the United States by Kroger  which is one of the world’s biggest grocery chains with annual sales of 122 billion dollars.
Ocado has been striking a number of deals with retailers of late to share its technology that automates online grocery orders.
Ocado shares started the trading day in London at 552p and ended at 797p.

And-The board of CBS has voted to end Shari Redstone’s control of the company in a move aimed at stopping a merger between the firm and its sister company Viacom.
The decision however,has been rejected by a court in Delaware after the board agreed to a special dividend that would cut the Redstone family’s stake to 20 percent from 80 percent.
The Redstone family’s National Amusements Incorporated controls both CBS and Viacom  and has said that it wants to merge them.
The board of CBS  is opposed to the merger saying that it’s not in the interest of shareholders.
A judge in Delaware has now ruled that a temporary restraining order against National Amusements should be lifted which could prevent CBS from acting to reduce its voting power.

Sport


Football-The Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2021.
Guardiola led City to the English Premier League title last season with a record 100 points.He said that he was “happy and excited” and that it was a pleasure to work for the club.


It’s the FA Cup Final in England tomorrow.Manchester United play Chelsea.Kick off at Wembley is at 6.15.

It’s also the Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Motherwell with Celtic looking to seal an unprecedented “double-treble.Kick off at Hampden Park is at 4pm.

Formula 1-The controversial halo wing mirrors used by Ferrari at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix have been banned by the FIA.
The sport’s governing body has ruled that the mirrors gave Ferrari too much aerodynamic gain and that in future they must only have “incidental or minimal” effect.

Rugby Union-The first semi-final in the Pro 14 is being played tonight.Glasgow play Scarlets at 8.45 with the second semi-final between Leinster and Munster tomorrow at 4.15.
It’s also the Aviva Premiership semi-final play offs tomorrow with Saracens against Wasps at 1.30 and Exeter against Newcastle at 4.30.

Cycling-Sam Bennett of Ireland won stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia on Thursday in a sprint finish in dreadful conditions on the Imola racing circuit.
Great Britain’s Simon Yates retains an overall 47 second lead over Tom Dumoulin.
Today’s 13th stage is 180 kilometres on the flat between Ferrara and Nervesa della Battaglia from north to south across the Po Plain. 

Weather

Clear skies in coastal areas with light variable winds.The chance of some thunder in the mountains again.

Top temperature 23 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 12 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Mainly fine in coastal areas,continuing to be unsettled inland.Highs of 20-23 degrees.

 

 

 

 

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