“Black Widow of the Côte d’Azur” - Patricia Dagorn nicknamed the “Black Widow of the Cote d’Azur” has been jailed for 22 years for the murder of two elderly men. Dagorn was described as a “perverse narcissist” at the hearing in Nice on Thursday where she was accused of killing two men she had seduced, and poisoning two others. 57 year old Dagorn, had denied the charge. Her legal team said there was a “cruel absence” of evidence to convict her.
Man shot in the leg following dispute with neighbours - Police in Toulon have launched an investigation after a 33 year old man admitted himself to hospital on Wednesday afternoon after having been shot in the leg. The incident occurred following a dispute with neighbours.
French President Emmanuel Macron - French President Emmanuel Macron is in Toulon this morning for the “New Year’s greetings” ceremony for the armed forces. Macron will deliver a speech focusing on the military programme which is due in February.
Storm - Some flights into Nice Cote d’Azur airport were cancelled on Thursday, due to a storm tearing across northern Europe. The storm claimed eight lives in the Netherlands and in Germany and has now crossed to Poland.
Peter Mayle dies, aged 78 - Author Peter Mayle, who wrote A Year in Provence, has died aged 78. The 1989 international bestselling book, which chronicled Mayle's move from England to France, was turned into a TV series and inspired a 2006 film. He wrote follow-ups Toujours Provence and Encore Provence, as well as educational and children's books.
Star - Residents in Mougins are about to get a new neighbour, in the shape of international star Rihanna. The singer has bought a two million euro villa, with pool, near the Valmasque Park. She joins many other stars with homes on the Cote d’Azur including U2, Tina Turner, Elton John, Rod Stewart and others.
France and the UK sign treaty - France and the UK have signed a treaty to speed up the processing of migrants in Calais. After talks with the UK Prime Minister Theresa May at Sandhurst,French President Emmanuel Macron said the treaty would offer a "more humane approach" and be "more efficient".
Most visited country - France has managed to retain its crown as the most visited country in the world thanks to the 89 million visitors that came to see its sights in 2017. The number of visitors in France was up 8 percent on the previous year, a boost for the country after two years of falling numbers due in the main to the terror attacks in 2015. Spain was ranked in the silver medal position, overtaking the US, which came third.
The Chinese economy grew by 6.9 percent last year according to official data.
It’s the first time in 7 years that the pace of growth has picked up with the figure beating Beijing’s official annual expansion target of 6.5 percent.
While the better than expected data is likely to cheer investors,many believe that the real GDP numbers are weaker than the official figures suggest.
The numbers released on Thursday suggest that the economy grew at an annual rate of 6.8 percent in the final quarter of 2017-slightly higher than analysts had been expecting.
However,several Chinese regions including the government of Inner Mongolia have admitted this month that economic numbers for 2016 were overstated,suggesting that other regions also overstated growth which would dampen the upbeat national report.
HSBC has agreed to pay 101.1 million dollar fine to US regulators to settle a criminal investigation into rigged currency transactions.
The bank admitted that its traders misused confidential client information on two separate occasions for its own profit.
Europe’s largest bank saw one of its former employees convicted in connection with the probe last year.Mark Johnson was found guilty of defrauding Cairn Energy in 2011 in a currency trade.
The bank says that its agreed to boost its compliance programme and internal controls as well as to cooperate fully with regulatory and law enforcement agencies.
And-The future of the Airbus A380 Superjumbo has been secured following a big order from Emirates.
The airline has ordered up to 36 of the planes which amounts to a reprieve for the project after Airbus had threatened to stop making the jet.
Emirates is the only global airline to put the A380 at the heart of its operations and has now made a firm order for 20 of the planes with an option to buy a further 16.
Deliveries are expected to start in 2020.
Cricket-Australia are playing England in the second one day international in Brisbane.
Australia won the toss and decided to bat and had been reduced to 170-3 after 31 overs.
Joe Root has taken 2 wickets for England with Moeen Ali dismissing David Warner.
Tennis-Kyle Edmund has reached the 4th round of the Australian Open in searing heat in Melbourne.
With temperatures nudging 40 degrees,the British number two beat Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in 5 sets.He’ll now meet Ivo Karlovic or Andreas Seppi in the last 16.
In other news the 10th seed Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain is through to round 4 after beating Gilles Muller in four sets.
In the women’s event the 4th seed Elina Svitolina has ended the dream for 15 year old Marta Kostyuk.
Svitolina won the third round match 6-2 6-2 in just 59 minutes to move into round 4.
Football-In the English Premier League this weekend.
On Saturday Brighton play Chelsea in the lunchtime game.Arsenal play Crystal Palace.Burnley host Manchester United.Everton face West Brom.Leicester play Watford.Stoke play Huddersfield.West Ham play Bournemouth and Manchester City play Newcastle.
On Sunday Southampton host Spurs with Swansea against Liverpool on Monday.
Rugby Union-England coach Eddie Jones has named 8 uncapped players in his squad for the 6 Nations match against Italy.
The Bath number 8 Zach Mercer looks likely to make his debut with first choice Billy Vunipola out for the entire tournament with a fractured arm and Nathan Hughes also out.
England play Italy on Sunday the 4th of February before hosting Wales on February the 10th.
Clear skies with moderate to strong north westerly winds in the Var and moderate easterlies in the Alpes-Maritimes.
Top temperature 17 degrees.
Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 5 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.
The weekend-Becoming cloudy tomorrow with showers in the afternoon and remaining windy.Fine on Sunday.Highs of 14-16 degrees.