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French and Riviera News Friday 24th November 2017

Local

Investigation Nice Attack – French media has reported that a search of the municipal police premises in Nice has been carried out by two judges as part of the investigation into “possible security breaches” ahead of the Nice terror attack. The search reportedly took place on the 26th October in the premises of the town hall and was in full collaboration with the city hall. It came following a civil law suit filed by the lawyer of the family of Yannis, who died at the age of four in the attack. As part of the investigation the judges questioned staff about the operation of the software as well as on the methods of transmission of information to the national police.

Pensioners demonstrate in Marseille - Pensioners have demonstrated on the Old port in Marseille. The gathering on Thursday was in protest against the steady decline of their disposable income. Pensioners in France represent nearly a quarter of the population - with between 16 and 18 million.

Food Banks - Food bank collections have been set up at over 200 stores in the Alpes Maritimes with people able to donate food today and tomorrow. Figures show that last year nearly 2 million people were able to benefit representing the equivalent of 210 million meals.

Monaco - A female employee of a family in Monaco, has been found guilty of stealing over €200,000 across a three year period, by withdrawing cash from cashpoints after she found the PIN codes, and altering amounts written on cheques to her, to increase the payments. The Criminal Court in Monaco, ordered her to repay the money in full, in addition to serving a three month prison sentence.

MeToo - In conjunction with the international day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women this Saturday, a new website has been launched for Monaco, offering guidelines and assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or criminal offences in the Principality. The website at Avip-Monaco.org is in French, but the helpline number listed, will also take calls in English.

To mark the day on Saturday, the Palace, the Conseil National and the Odeon Tower, will all be lit in orange, the colour picked to symbolise a brighter future without violence. In Nice, a rally will also be held on Place Masséna starting at twelve noon.

National

World first operation - In a world-first operation a man who was doomed to die after suffering burns across 95 percent of his body has been saved by skin transplants from his identical twin. After accidently setting himself alight while handling chemicals at work 33-year-old Franck Dufourmantelle received life-saving grafts from his brother Eric's skull, back and thighs. The accident occurred in September 2016 in northern France and Dufourmantelle underwent about a dozen operations, followed by months of hospitalisation and physical rehabilitation.

France - France has shot up to second place in a global ranking of countries based on their image, overtaking both the US and the UK. In a recent survey which ranked countries according to global perception, France came in second and was only beaten to the top spot by Germany.

Business

US shoppers had spent more than 1.52 billion dollars online by Thanksgiving evening according to data from Adobe Analytics which has been tracking 80 percent of online transactions at America’s top 100 retailers.
With retailers opening their doors early for Black Friday,shoppers had spent 16.8 percent more online that at the same period last year.
Crowds at traditional high street retailers were thinner as the shift to online shopping continued although the turnout is reported to be better than in previous years.
The US National Retail Federation is predicting that sales for November and December will increase by between 3.6 and 4 percent on last year.
The festive season is crucial for retailers as it can account for as much as 40 percent of annual sales.

Shares in the owner of British Gas have fallen sharply after it said that it had lost nearly 6 percent of its domestic customer accounts since the end of June.
Centrica shares fell by 15 percent on the news with the company admitting that it had lost 823,000 customers with 150,000 of them switching to other providers.
Centrica said that operating profits would be “lower than expected” because of problems at both its UK and US arms.

And-Still in the UK-The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said that it’s “astonishing” that average UK earnings in 2022 could still be less than in 2008.
The director of the IFS Paul Johnson added that economic forecasts published in Wednesday’s budget made for “pretty grim reading”.
He said that since 2014,growth in earnings had been “choked off”.
The British Finance Minister Phillip Hammond has said that he hopes to prove the poor economic forecasts wrong and said that clarity around Brexit would improve consumer confidence and lead to higher growth in the economy.

Sport

Cricket-It’s day 2 of the first Ashes Test between Australia and England in Brisbane.
England were dismissed for 302 by lunch and lost their last 6 wickets for just 57 runs through a mixture of poor batting and good Australian bowling.
After lunch England came back fighting and had reduced Australia to 83-4 just after tea.

Football-In the Europa League last night Nice beat Wagarem 3-1 at the  Allianz Arena in Group K.Arsenal lost 1-0 at FC Koln in Group H while Everton’s miserable season continued with a 5-1 home thrashing by Atalanta in Group E.

In the English Premier League this weekend.There’s 1 game tonight with West Ham at home to Leicester.
Tomorrow Crystal Palace play Stoke.Manchester United host Brighton.Newcastle play Watford.Swansea are at home to Bournemouth.Spurs play managerless West Brom and Liverpool play Chelsea.
On Sunday Southampton play Everton.Burnley host Arsenal and Huddersfield play Manchester City.

Rugby Union-It’s the final weekend of the autumn internationals tomorrow.
Italy play South Africa at 2pm.Scotland host Australia at 3.30.England play Samoa at 4pm.Wales play New Zealand at 6.15.Ireland host Argentina at 6.30 and France play Japan at 8.45.

Rugby League-It’s the semi finals of the World Cup.Australia play Fiji at 10am this morning while England play Tonga tomorrow at 6am French time.

Formula 1-The last race of the season is taking place in Abu Dhabi this weekend with first practice at 10am French time.
Qualifying is at 2pm on Saturday with the race at 2pm on Sunday.
Lewis Hamilton is world champion and Mercedes have won the constructors championship with Ferrari runners up.

Tennis-The Davis Cup Final between France and Belgium starts in Lille today.
The opening singles rubber today features Lucas Pouille of France against David Goffin of Belgium and that’s followed by Jo-Wilfred Tsonga against Steve Darcis.

Weather

Partially cloudy but becoming overcast this evening with some rain overnight.

Top temperature 17 degrees.

Overnight lows of 13 degrees on the coast and 11 degrees inland with cloudy skies and intermittent showers.

The weekend-Cloudy with some rain in the morning tomorrow.Clearing during the afternoon.Fine on Sunday with highs of 14-16 degrees and with a strong Mistral developing on Saturday afternoon,continuing into Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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