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French and Riviera News Friday 26th January 2018

Local

Climber found dead in the Gorges de Verdon - The body of a climber has been discovered in the Gorges de Verdon. The victim in his 60s from the Var was part of a group when he reportedly suffered a fatal fall.

#Balancetonhosto - Following the movement of #BalanceTonPorc for victims of sexual assault, those in the medical profession in France have launched #balancetonhosto to deplore the working conditions experienced by hospital staff. Nurses, doctors and even some patients in the Alpes Maritimes and across France have taken to Twitter to criticise the current situation in hospitals.

Beaches in Golfe Juan - Employees from the private beaches of Golfe Juan have announced plans for a “peaceful protest” this Sunday against the demolition of  beaches and the consequences for businesses in the area. Former employees have received the support of many businesses of the seaside resort and the impact on the local economy.

Brigitte Bardot - French actress Brigitte Bardot has published what is reported to be her last book “Tears of Combat”. The book which went on sale on Thursday looks back on her life in cinema, her battle with breast cancer and her role as an animal activist. The 83 year old actress ended her acting career in 1973.

Monte Carlo Rally - Sebastien Ogier is in the lead at this year’s Monte Carlo Rally. The first stage saw cars leave the Place de Casino in Monte-Carlo on Thursday evening. The race covers 4 stages in 5 departments, the Alpes de Haute Provence, Drôme, Hautes Alpes, Isère and the Alpes Maritimes, ending in Monaco on Sunday at 3pm.

National

Road accident - Twenty-nine teenagers aged 14 to 15 have been injured, seven seriously in a collision between a school bus and a car in the Gers region. The accident occurred on Thursday afternoon. Seven of the wounded were airlifted to hospital in Toulouse.

Paris floods - The River Seine in Paris is expected to reach 6.2 metres on Saturday, a peak last reached in 2016. Much of France has been lashed by downpours, inundating many homes and shops with muddy water and halting trains on a busy commuter line that runs through Paris. 13 departments in France remain on a weather alert due to the risk of flooding.

French Parliament - France's parliament has banned lawmakers from wearing any religious symbols under a new "neutral" dress code. Under the change approved on Wednesday, members of the National Assembly must avoid "the wearing of conspicuous religious symbols, uniforms, logos or commercial messages or political slogans." The regulation was brought in following an outcry over an MP wearing a football shirt in parliament.

Nuts for Nutella - Police have reportedly been called to supermarkets across France after a 70% discount on Nutella sent shoppers into a frenzy. The discount, applied by the Intermarché chain, reduced the price of the chocolate hazelnut spread from €4.50 to €1.40.

Business

The chief executive of Goldman Sachs has said that the bank’s contingency planning for the post-Brexit world is reaching the point of no return.
In an interview with the BBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos,Lloyd Blankfein said that some steps already taken to deal with Brexit are now unlikely to be reversed.
He said that some contracts between Goldman Sachs UK  and EU clients had already been redrawn or “repapered” to apply to Goldman Sachs Germany.
Mr Blankfein  said once the cumbersome process of repapering had begun,it was difficult to see a change of direction.
On Thursday the CEO of JP Morgan warned that a quarter of the bank’s 16,000 UK workforce could be moved post-Brexit if a comprehensive trade deal with the EU was not reached.

The billionaire investor George Soros has criticised Facebook and Google ,labelling them as a “threat to democracy”.
At his annual dinner at the World Economic Forum in Davos,Mr Soros said that social media platforms were “an obstacle to innovation”.
He said that he was concerned about the power of what he called “tech monopolies” to shape people’s attentions.
Mr Soros predicted that the future of  such firms  was uncertain as tax policy and regulation would eventually catch up with them.
He also said that the Trump administration was a “danger to the world” and said that he believed the US President would be gone by 2020 “or sooner”.

And-Starbucks has warned that global café sales growth would be at the low end of its forecast after festive period sales fell flat.
Shares in Starbucks fell by 4.6 percent on the news with  sales in the Americas region rising by just 2 percent in the first quarter.
Part of the problem is being blamed on the shift to online shopping with less footfall on the high street meaning that customers are not even visiting Starbucks outlets.

Sport 

Cricket-Australia are playing England in the 4th one day international in Adelaide and the tourist’s hopes of imposing a series whitewash appear to be all but over.
Australia won the toss and put England in to bat and they’d slumped to 64-6 after 23 overs.
England have already won the series.

Tennis- The second men’s semi-final at the Australian Open is being played later this morning.
Roger Federer plays Chung Hyeon of South Korea.The winner will meet Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final.

Football-It’s FA Cup 4th round weekend in England with two games tonight as Sheffield Wednesday host Reading and Yeovil play the Premier League giants Manchester United.
Highlights tomorrow include Newport of League 2 against Spurs and Peterborough United against Leicester.
Liverpool host West Brom while Chelsea play Newcastle on Sunday and Cardiff City host Manchester City.


Rugby Union-The Wales scrum half Rhys Webb has been ruled out of the 6 Nations with a knee injury.
Webb’s injury is the latest blow for coach Warren Gatland who now has 8 front line players missing for the opening 6 Nations game against Scotland on the 3rd of February.

Golf-Tiger Woods fired a level par 72 at the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday in his first PGA Tour appearance in 12 months.
The former world number one has had four back operations since 2014  and was 7 shots behind the leader Tony Finau after the first round.

Weather

Cloudy with rain spreading across the region this afternoon and a moderate to strong easterly wind.

Top temperature 13 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees with heavy rain at times.

The weekend-Clearing on Saturday morning then fine and sunny across the region into Sunday.Highs of 14-16 degrees.

 

 

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