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French and Riviera News Friday 29th December 2017

Local

Body found on the roadside of the A8 motorway - The body found on the roadside on of the A8 motorway on Wednesday morning was that of a young African migrant. Police believe the man in his twenties fell from a shack he had been staying in situated above the road near the town of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. An autopsy is due to be carried out to determine the cause of death. The death came less than a week after a 15-year-old Afghan migrant died after apparently being hit by a car on a road near Calais in the north of France. Another migrant, an Iraqi national, is in a critical state after he was hit by a car on a motorway on Christmas Eve near the port of Dunkirk. At least 15 migrants have died in southern France since September 2015.

A6 motorway accident - Following an investigation, police have revealed that the motorist which caused the accident on the A6 motorway on Wednesday, resulting in the death of three people including a father and daughter from La Trinité in Nice was over the drink driving limit and tested positive for narcotics.

Man charged with Christmas day stabbing – The man who allegedly stabbed his wife in front of their 3 children on Christmas Day has been charged with intentional homicide by prosecutors in Toulon.  It’s reported that the 3 children are now being looked after by their grandparents. The man was remanded in custody following the hearing.

Flu epidemic - A new report from the Public Health Agency in France has shown that the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region is in the middle of a flu epidemic. The most affected regions in France are île de France, Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur and Brittany. The elderly and children under 5 years old are the most vulnerable, according to the health agency, the best protection is vaccination.

George Weah wins presidential election in Liberia - Former footballer and Senator George Weah has won 61.5% of the vote in the second round of the presidential election in Liberia. Weah previous played for Monaco, PSG and AC Milan in the 1990s and also spent a year at the Olympique de Marseille between 2000 and 2001 ending his career in England with brief stays at Chelsea and Manchester City. He is the only African footballer to have won both Fifa World Player of the Year and the prestigious Ballon D'Or. His former club, PSG, congratulated him on Twitter.

Firework restrictions - The Prefecture of the Alpes Maritimes has issued restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks over the New Year.  The sale of fireworks is banned from the 30th December to the 2nd January.  The possession or use of fireworks in public places is also banned between those dates.  The Prefecture says that the restrictions have been put in place for reasons of public order.

National

Two people arrested for planned terror attacks in France - A 21-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman have been arrested for planning to carry out attacks in France. The two suspects have been indicted for criminal conspiracy in connection with terrorism both were reportedly active on social networks and in contact with members of the Islamic State group. Both have been remanded in custody.

President Emmanuel Macron plans to tighten up on unemployment benefits - French President Emmanuel Macron has come under fire over his policy on jobless benefits after a press leak pointed to plans to tighten monitoring of people on the dole. The document published by a French weekly newspaper, said those receiving jobless benefits would be required to submit a monthly report on their job-hunting efforts. Macron has pledged to overhaul unemployment insurance along with his landmark labour reforms, both with a view to reining in unemployment. Employers regularly point to the unemployment benefit system, seen as among Europe's most generous, as one of the main reasons for France's chronically high joblessness.

Oysters stolen in western France – 800 kilos of oysters have been stolen from an oyster farm in the sea off the Ile De Ré in western France, raising fears that some New Year’s Eve revellers may be deprived of the delicacy traditionally eaten to see in the new year. According to reports the oyster beds’ owner plans to press charges against unknown persons for the crime which was carried out despite close surveillance of the sea farms by police and private security companies.

Business

Apple has apologised after facing criticism for admitting it deliberately slows down some ageing iPhone models. The company now says it will replace batteries for less and will issue software in 2018 so customers can monitor their phone's battery health. Apple admitted slowing some phones with ageing batteries but said it was to "prolong the life" of the devices.

And - Japanese giant Softbank is set to take a large stake in Uber, expanding its holdings in transportation companies around the world. The group will buy most of the shares from early investors in a deal that values Uber at about $48bn. Uber said the investment would fuel its expansion and technology investments. The deal, which includes additional investment, is expected to be closed in early 2018.

Sport

Cricket - England resumed day four of the fourth Ashes Test in a strong position thanks to Alastair Cook's magnificent unbeaten 244. The opening batsman resumed at the MCG crease alongside James Anderson, on 0, as England look to increase their 164-run advantage over Australia.  

Football – Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is not worried about losing Alexis Sanchez in January despite the forward scoring twice as the Gunners won at Crystal Palace last night.

In the English Premier League this weekend on Saturday Bournemouth play Everton, Chelsea face Stoke City, Huddersfield play Burnley, Liverpool play Leicester, Newcastle play Brighton, Watford play Swansea and Manchester United play Southampton. On Sunday Crystal Palace play Manchester City and West Brom play Arsenal.

Weather

Mainly cloudy with highs of 13 degrees in Nice and 10 degrees in Saint Tropez with a moderate variable wind. This evening going down to 6 degrees and cloudy.

The outlook for the weekend Saturday some sunny spells and slightly warmer with highs of 14 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and reaching 16 degrees in the Var with a moderate north westerly wind. Sunday clear skies with some passing cloud.

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