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French and Riviera News Friday 21st September 2018

Local

Gastroenteritis - An epidemic of Gastroenteritis has hit France in the last week with the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region reporting the most number of cases. Figures show a higher number of cases than for the same period last year as doctors remind people to regularly wash their hands in order to avoid contamination.

Record year for number of film being shot on the Riviera - While chairing the Film Commission for the Côte d’Azur on Thursday, the  Mayor of Cannes David Lisnard, has announced that 2017 was a record year for the number of films being shot on the Riviera. 2017 saw 15 feature films including 11 French being filmed in the region generating 5 million euros of profit.

Tram - Testing of the new T2 tram line at Nice Cote d’Azur airport has been hailed a success after tests were carried out on Thursday morning. The tram is expected to begin serving the airport from mid-December, when 15,000 people a day are expected to make the 26 minute trip between the centre of Nice  and the airport.

Marseille is named the most dangerous cityMarseille has been named the ‘most dangerous city in the world’. The ranking comes from users of the Numbeo website, which catalogues cities by cost of living, health care, crime and other indicators. Also in the top ten are Naples, Manchester and Tromso in Norway.

Charles Leclerc at Paul Ricard - The future Ferrari driver and Monégaque Charles Leclerc has been seen testing the tyres of a Ferrari at the Paul Ricard circuit. Leclerc was seen carring out the tests commissioned by manufacturer Pirelli on Thursday with tests continuing today.

Monaco Yacht Show - As Monaco prepares for this year’s Yacht show which starts on Wednesday 26th September thousands of spectators will come and admire some 120 luxury yachts ranging from 25 to 95 meters in length and amongst them will be “The Kismet” built at the request of businessman Shahid Khan in 2014. The  luxury yacht was chartered this summer by American singers Beyoncé and Jay-Z during their holiday in Capri. According to reports it’s the most expensive yacht to charter in the world setting you back a smooth 1.2 million euros a week.

National

Macron maintains tough approach to Brexit - French President Emmanuel Macron has appealed to his fellow European leaders to maintain their tough approach to Brexit in response to Theresa May’s demand for compromise and accusations that the French president wants to make Britain suffer. Macron, said blocking any attempt by the UK to pick and choose elements of EU membership had to be the priority in the dying days of the Brexit negotiations. A number of fellow EU leaders have conceded that compromise from both sides is needed to reach a deal both on avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland and on the future framework of a trade deal.

Meanwhile leading Brexiters have criticised the French president, for his extraordinary break in diplomatic convention in which he branded prominent leavers as liars who had misled the British people.

Farmers protest - Dozens of farmers and lawmakers stormed out of a meeting on Thursday with France's new environment minister after he confirmed that two more bears would soon be released into the Pyrenees mountains. Some 40 brown bears currently roam the range between France and Spain after France began importing them from Slovenia in 1996 after the native population had been hunted to near-extinction. The news prompted most of the participants at the meeting to walk out shortly after it started.

Support for bus driver - A viral video of a Paris bus driver slapping a 12-year-old boy for telling him to "shut up" has divided France. The bus driver, who faces disciplinary action, has gathered support from some 300,000 people in a petition. The boy had run out onto the road, forcing the driver to brake hard. When he told the boy to pay attention, he was insulted and reacted. The boy's mother has now reportedly filed a complaint against the driver. The bus driver has admitted to them that he reacted emotionally and indicated that he regretted his actions. Colleagues however have launched a petition in support of the driver, which has collected some 300,000 signatures within a week.

Business

The takeover of the satellite broadcaster Sky is to be settled by auction over the next 48 hours.

The UK Takeover Panel says that the auction will start at 5pm this afternoon and will be settled by Saturday night with either Rupert Murdoch’s Fox and the US conglomerate Comcast emerging as eventual winner.

The auction process will have a maximum of three rounds and is set settle the future of the Sky News channel which will either be sold separately or ring fenced in order to preserve its editorial integrity.

Sky has nearly 23 million pay-TV subscribers in the UK and Ireland,Australia,Italy,Austria and Germany and is seen as a “jewel in the crown” in the media world.

The bidding war has pushed the firm’s price up to more than 24 billion pounds.

 

The US bank Wells Fargo is to make job cuts totalling as many as 26,000 workers as it attempts to cut costs in an efficiency drive.

The firm says that it expects to let between 5 and 10 percent of its staff go over the next three years with a combination of cuts and natural wastage.

Wells Fargo is attempting to recover from a number of damaging scandals  including in 2016 when it emerged that sales associates had opened millions of accounts for customers without permission.

In the spring of this year,the bank was fined more than a million dollars by US regulators to settle claims of misconduct related to mortgage and car loans.

 

And-The chief executive of Ryanair has said that he may step down in the next five years after admitting that he’s unwilling to sign a new long-term contract.

Michael O’Leary says that the board wants him to commit to another 5 years after his current deal expires in 2019.

He says that he’s keen to discuss a two or three year deal instead followed by a rolling 2 month contract.

Mr O’Leary has been the company’s chief executive for 24 years  and says that if he signed a new 5 year deal it would take him to the age of 62 which he said he was not sure he wanted.

 

Sport

Football-All of the British teams playing in the Europa League last night won with the exception of Rangers who drew 2-2 at Villareal in Group G.

Chelsea got their campaign off to a winning start with a 1-0 win at PAOK Salonica in Group L while Arsenal beat Vorskla Poltava 4-2 in Group E and Celtic beat Rosenborg 1-0 in Group B.

In the English Premier League this weekend.

On Saturday Fulham play Watford in the lunchtime game and then it’s Burnley against Bournemouth.Cardiff against Manchester City.Crystal Palace host Newcastle.Leicester play Huddersfield.Liverpool are at home to Southampton.Manchester United play Wolves and Brighton host Spurs.

On Sunday West Ham play Chelsea and Arsenal host Everton.

Athletics-There’s been widespread condemnation to a decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency to lift a three year ban on Russian competitors over allegations of state-sponsored doping.

Leading athletes and other anti-doping agencies had opposed the move although the president of WADA Sir Craig Reedie said that the reinstatement was subject to “strict conditions”.

UK sport said that it was “disappointed” with the decision and has asked WADA to “fully and transparently” explain its reasons while the US Anti-doping agency said that the decision was “bewildering and inexplicable”.

Boxing-Anthony Joshua says that he’s feeling the pressure ahead of the defence of his WBA,WBO and IBF world heavyweight belts against the Russian veteran Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium tomorrow night.

Joshua says that his body has been “broken down and rebuilt like never before” and that he’ll just have to roll with the punches and find a way to win.

At 39,it’s likely to be Povetkin’s last shot at a world title and Joshua says that makes him more dangerous.

Rugby Union-Danny Cipriani has been left out of England’s latest training squad as coach Eddie Jones says that his club form is not as good as Owen Farrell or George Ford.

Cipriani was fined by magistrates last month after admitting to a charge of common assault outside a Jersey nightclub but Jones says his decision has been taken purely on performance.

Manu Tuilagi is back in the squad after his latest comeback from injury  and Chris Ashton is back despite being in the middle of a 7 week suspension.

There’s 1 game in the Gallagher Premiership tonight.Newcastle play Exeter while in the Guiness Pro 14 Cheetahs play Ulster and Cardiff Blues play Munster.

Golf-World number one Justin Rose has the advantage in the race for the FedEx Cup title after ending the first round of the Tour Championship one shot off the lead.

Rose will become the FedEx Cup champion and scoop 10 million dollars with victory in the season-ending event.

He’s currently second in the standings behind Bryson DeChambeau

Ricky Fowler and Tiger Woods share the lead after the first round on 5 under par with Rose and Gary Woodland on 4 under.

Weather

Partially cloudy with a moderate to strong Mistral developing across the Var with wind speeds picking up to 50 km/h later.

Top temperatures 28-31 degrees.

Overnight lows of 21 degrees on the coast and 19 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Partially cloudy tomorrow with highs of 27-31 degrees.Fine on Sunday with highs of 26-29 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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