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French and Riviera News Friday 23rd November 2018

Local

Weather warning - Météo France has placed the Var region on an orange weather alert. The warning was issued on Thursday evening and remains in place until this evening with storms and heavy rain forecast with the risk of flooding.

Recruitment in the region on the rise - According to figures published by Urssaf, the Alpes Maritimes has seen a steady rise in recruitment in the region. Figures showed a significant increase in research and development with companies of between 20 to 249 employees reporting an 11% increase in October.

Yellow Vest movement As the "yellow vests" movement enters into its sixth day of protests a recent survey has revealed that two-thirds (66%) of French people believe that the movement must continue, yet, 56% of respondents question the effectiveness of the movement. Nearly 8 out of 10 French people (77%) believe that the movement is justified with support increasing globally in all categories of the population and in particular among the self-employed, pensioners and those with the lowest incomes.

Meanwhile the "yellow vest” movement in Nice has launched an appeal for demonstrators to gather on Saturday at the Place Massena. Following a week of protest the movement plans to continue on Saturday and Sunday with a symbolic march organized on the Promenade des Anglais on Sunday.

Lawyers on strike - Lawyers were on strike in Marseille and Avignon on Thursday protesting at proposed reforms. The lawyers gathered in front of their respective courthouses.  All hearings in those courts were cancelled on Thursday.

National

Boy beaten to death - Four members of the same family have been arrested after a nine-year-old boy was beaten to death at his home in the eastern French city of Mulhouse. Police sources told local media that the boy had refused to do his homework and was hit with a broom handle. The boy's elder brother, sister and stepsister were all present at the time of the incident. The boy's death comes at a time when France's National Assembly is about to consider a ban on smacking.

#Noustoutes - 400 women journalists have this morning called for other journalists to participate in a rally organized tomorrow in Paris calling for an end to sexual violence against women in France. The movement #noustoutes plans to march in the Capital on Saturday 24th November.

Business

Black Friday sales could be targeted as "prime pickings" for cyber-crime, the UK's cyber-security defence agency has warned shoppers.

The National Cyber Security Centre, part of the GCHQ intelligence service, is issuing advice to shoppers of the risk of "malicious" online threats.

It is the first such official cyber-warning in the run-up to the Christmas shopping season.

"It's vital that knowledge is shared," says Ian Levy of the cyber-agency.

The cyber-wing of the GCHQ communications centre says it wants to start a "national cyber-chat" on Black Friday when billions are spent on online shopping.

 

Dolce & Gabbana products have been pulled from Chinese e-commerce sites as the backlash against a controversial ad campaign grows.

The firm posted videos this week showing a Chinese model struggling to eat pasta with chopsticks.

The brand also apologised for social media posts criticising Chinese people, saying it had been hacked.

The controversy risks alienating D&G from one of the world's biggest luxury markets.

The Italian firm cancelled its fashion show in Shanghai earlier this week over the issue.

 

One of George Soros's aides  has called on US politicians to probe Facebook, after the social network confirmed that it had hired a PR firm to make claims about the financier.

The head of Mr Soros's grant-making network claimed Facebook had smeared the philanthropist, adding "this needs independent, congressional oversight".

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's deputy chief, has also clarified her role.

She said she had been told of the PR firm but had not remembered its name.

The latest developments follow the social network's decision to publish a memo by its departing communications chief, Elliot Schrage.

Sport

Cricket-It’s day 1 of the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and England.

England won the toss and decided to bat.

They’d reached 31-1 midway through the first session of the day.

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

On Saturday Brighton play Leicester.Everton host Cardiff.Fulham play Southampton.Manchester United play Crystal Palace.Watford host Liverpool.West Ham host Manchester City and Spurs play Chelsea.

On Sunday Bournemouth play Arsenal and Wolves play Huddersfield.Burnley play Newcastle on Monday.

Rugby Union-It’s the final round of autumn internationals tomorrow.

Italy play New Zealand.Scotland host Argentina.England play Australia.Wales host South Africa.Ireland play the USA and France play Fiji.

Formula 1-Robert Kubica will race for Williams next season completing his comeback from horrific injuries sustained in a rally accident in 2011.

The pole suffered a partially severed right arm in the accident  and still only has partial movement in the limb.

He’ll partner George Russell at the team next season.

First practice takes place for the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi at 10am this morning.

Lewis Hamilton has already wrapped up the drivers’ championship and Mercedes are constructors champions again.

The race is at 2.10 on Sunday afternoon.

Weather

Overcast with rain and the Var is on an ORANGE ALERT for heavy rain and possible flooding until 10pm tonight.

Moderate easterly winds and a high of 15 degrees.

Overnight lows of 12 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with more rain.

The weekend-Rain clearing away tomorrow morning but remaining mainly cloudy.Partially cloudy on Sunday.Highs of 14-16 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

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