French and Riviera News Friday 18th October 2019

Local

Mayor of Cannes - The Mayor of Cannes David Lisnard has asked France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner for Mayors across France to be given more power pertaining to the risk of terrorism. During an interview on French television Lisnard remarked that there is “a lack of confidence from the government in local elected officials”. Lisnard has been mayor for sixteen years. He added that “local elected officials needed to be given access to files of those identified as a risk” a request which has recently been refused by the government.

Tramway breaks down - Tramline 2 in Nice which was only recently up and running has been closed due to a technical failure. Passengers were left stranded between Magnan and Jean Médecin on Thursday afternoon after the incident which saw all trams halted from 3pm. The incident lasted several hours paralyzing the network in Nice.

After-care service for cancer patients - An after-care service provided by the University Hospital in Nice is rapidly growing. For the last four years volunteers from the medical profession have provided a call service for elderly people with cancer. Many patients return home after surgery and are left alone. The service provides that vital link and personalised help especially for those living far from the hospital. The Cancer League is hoping to expand the service and reach out to as many patients as possible.

Schools to be renamed in Nice - Following the announcement on Thursday, that a street in Old Nice is to be named after former French President Jaques Chirac it has also been announced that three schools in the city are to be renamed after three great personalities of Nice, Simone Veil, Max Gallo and Giuseppe Garibaldi. The school Les Baumettes 2 will become known as "Simone-Veil school", the school on the Col de Villefranche will become "Max-Gallo school" and that of the Port will become "Jóusé-Garibaldi school”.  

Grandma we love you! - The election of Super Grandma of Côte d'Azur will take place on November 30 in Menton. Applications are now open to candidates from the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes. Super Mamie 2019, Rita Largillier (also Super Grandma France 2019), puts her title on the line and will crown the winner at the end of the election. The contest is open, without age limit, to grandmothers residing in the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes. The contest, created in 1996, aims to "pay homage to the new generation “grandmas, dynamic, bursting and with joie de vivre” who have, throughout their lives, found a balance between their family life and work life.To register call 06.80.30.90.08.

National

President Emmanuel Macron - French President Emmanuel Macron has welcomed the proposed deal on Brexit. At a meeting of EU leaders he said he was reasonably confident the agreement could be ratified by a vote of the British parliament. However, that vote could be complicated by Northern Irelands DUP party who say they oppose the deal.

Meanwhile French President Emmanuel Macron has warned against "stigmatising" Muslims or linking the Islamic religion with the fight against terrorism. During a press conference on Wednesday Macron said "We have to stand together with all our fellow citizens,". The comments came as a French woman said she was taking legal action against far-right politicians who criticised her for wearing an Islamic headscarf in public. Wearing the Muslim headscarf or veil - known as a hijab - is banned in French schools, government offices and some other public buildings. France has about five million Muslims. It is the largest Muslim minority in Western Europe. On Wednesday, Mr Macron called for a better understanding of the Muslim religion in France and condemned what he described as the "fatal shortcut" of linking Islam with terrorism.

Business

Third quarter GDP in China has slowed to its slowest rate in nearly three decades ,hit by weaker factory output and the damaging trade war between Washington and Beijing.

Growth slowed to 6 percent year-on-year in the third quarter marking a further loss in momentum for the world’s second largest economy and down from 6.2 percent in the second quarter.

The performance was at the bottom end of the government’s full-year economic growth target of 6 to 6.5 percent.

Economists say that there’s still a lot of uncertainty regarding the US-China trade agreement and that fresh tariffs due to kick in on the 15th of December if there’s no deal will have important implications for Chinese growth in 2020.

Weak data in recent months has highlighted slower demand at home and overseas and the scope for aggressive economic stimulus is limited in an economy already saddled with debt following previous easing cycles which have sent property prices soaring.

 

The pound has seen volatile trading with a rally in sterling triggered by news of a Brexit agreement failing to last on concerns that the latest deal could be scuppered in Parliament.

The pound had surged to a five month high against the dollar at nearly 1 dollar 30 cents as news emerged about a deal between the UK and EU negotiating teams.

However ,sterling slipped back again after the DUP said that it would not vote for the deal.

Against the euro ,the pound rose to 1 euro 16 before slipping back to 1 euro 15.

The deal is now in the hands of Parliament with the House of Commons sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the Falklands War in 1982 tomorrow.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be spending today trying to persuade former Conservative MP’s who were thrown out of the party earlier this year for refusing to countenance a no-deal scenario to support his agreement.DUP votes appear lost but it’s unclear yet whether hardline Conservative MPs from the ERG group can be brought onboard.There are also a number of rebel Labour MPs from leave voting constituencies who may be prepared to defy the Whip and vote with the government.

And-Saudi Aramco has delayed the planned launch of its IPO in the hope that pending third quarter results will bolster investor confidence in the world’s third largest oil firm.

Aramco had been expected to announce plans next week to float a one-to-two percent stake in the Kingdom’s Tadawul market in what could have been one of the largest ever public offerings worth upwards of 20 billion dollars.

However ,following the 14th of September attacks on its oil installations which knocked out half of its crude output ,Aramco wants to now reassure investors by first presenting third quarter results.

Sources say that Aramco believes that solid results after the attack will put it in a stronger position.

Sport

MA NOLANS RUGBY WORLD CUP REPORT.

It’s World Cup quarter finals weekend as the business end of the tournament kicks in.

Tomorrow England face Australia at 9.15 French time and Ireland play the holders New Zealand at 12.15 lunchtime.

On Sunday Wales play France at 9.15 and the hosts Japan meet South Africa at 12.15.

 

Wales will be at full strength for their game against France with backs Jonathan Davies ,Dan Biggar and Hadleigh Parks all passed fit.

George North is also available again after recovering from an ankle injury  with Aaron Wainwright starting in the back row alongside Justin Tipuric and Josh Navidi.

Sunday’s second quarter final is between the hosts Japan and highly fancied South Africa with all the neutrals hoping that Japan can make the last 4.

Hooker Malcolm Marx has been dropped by the Springboks  while Handre Pollard will start at fly half and Damian de Allende taking the number 12 jersey.

Football-The English Premier League is back in action this weekend following the international break.

On Saturday Everton play West Ham.Aston Villa play Brighton.Bournemouth face Norwich.Chelsea play Newcastle.Leicester host Burnley.Spurs play Watford.Wolves face Southampton and Crystal Palace play Manchester City.

On Sunday  Manchester United play Liverpool and Sheffield United play Arsenal on Monday.

Tennis-Andy Murray is through to the quarter finals of the European Open in Antwerp following a straight sets win over Pablo Cuevas.

Murray came through 6-4 6-3 and will now play world number 92 Marius Copil.

Also through to the last 8 are Stan Wawrinka who’ll play Gilles Simon of France and Jannik Sinner who faces Frances Tiafoe.

Golf-Ryan Fox of the United States and George Coetzee  of South Africa share the lead following the first round of the Open de France.

Both players carded first round  6 under par 65’s  with a number of players on 5 under including Richie Ramsay of Scotland and Benjamin Herbert of France.

Weather 

Mostly cloudy with showers and occasional bright spells.

Light ,variable  winds and a high of 22 degrees.

Overnight lows of 17 degrees on the coast and 15 degrees inland with rain across the region.

The weekend-Overcast and wet tomorrow ,sunshine and showers on Sunday .Highs of 19-22 degrees.

Finally 

A study has suggested spreading your alcohol consumption over the course of week is a bigger risk to your health than binge drinking the same amount in one go. 

Health officials have long advised spreading units out over a number of days, instead of saving them for a big session at the weekend.

But now, scientists warn this could be 'dangerous' after studying the drinking habits of almost 10million people.

Researchers found the number of times a person drank over the week raised the odds of an irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation (AF).

But the amount consumed in each session had no effect, the team of academics found.

Those who had drank every day had a 40 per cent higher risk than those who consumed alcohol twice a week.

 

 

 

 

 

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