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French and Riviera News Friday 2nd February 2018

Local

Missing person - Police in Grasse have appealed for anyone who may have any information about Aurélia Lejeune. 17 year old Aurélia was last seen leaving her college in Grasse on Thursday afternoon. Aurélia is slim with long blond hair and was reportedly wearing black trousers, red trainers and carrying a black Adidas backpack. The number to contact is 04.93.40.91.91

Drug seizure in the Var - One of the largest drug seizures, this year has been made in the Var. Police of La Seyne-sur-Mer discovered twenty kilos of cannabis resin in an apartment on Thursday. The discovery was made using a surveillance system which had been put in place by the anti-crime brigade of La Seyne.

Parents warned of ‘The Tide Pod Challenge” - Police in the Alpes-Maritimes have warned parents of a new internet challenge, “The Tide Pod Challenge”. Aimed at young people the challenge, which originated in the US involves teenagers filming themselves chewing laundry capsules.

Number of roads accidents declines – Figures published this week have shown that the number of deaths on France’s roads has fallen slightly for 2017 to 3,693. However fatalities involving motorcyclists, have increased almost 10%. Most fatal accidents were due to inappropriate speed,followed by alcohol abuse.

Figures Meanwhile the prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes has released figures showing a drop of 2.8% for 2017 concerning the number of public offences in the region.

Murder – A British man is to face trial in France, for the murder of a 39 year-old French woman in Ireland. The appeals court in Paris ruled on Thursday, that there are sufficient elements to put Ian Bailey on trial for the killing. 39-year-old Sophie Toscan du Plantier was found beaten to death at her holiday home in County Cork, in southwest Ireland, in 1996.

Disabled - Cap d’Ail has once again won the ‘Tourism and Disability’ award for the facilities it offers, by making shops and public buildings easily accessible to all. The Director of the Cap d’Ail Tourist Office, said the town is proud to offer the true meaning of public service and quality tourism for everyone.

Baccalauréat The dates for this year’s baccalauréat have been published by Ministry of National Education. The exams will run from Monday 18th June to Monday 25th June.

Monte Carlo Classic Rally – This year’s Monte Carlo Classic Rally has set off from Paisley in the UK. Twenty-four of the cars will make the journey to Monaco, with the first crews due to arrive on Saturday evening. The Historique event is restricted to car models which competed in the Monte Carlo Rallies between 1955 and 1980. For the crews that successfully make it to Monaco, a gala and prize giving ceremony will take place on Wednesday 7 February in the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club's Salle des Etoiles.

National

Violence breaks out in Calais - At least five migrants are in a critical condition after being shot during a mass brawl in Calais. The clash between Afghans and African migrants broke out on Thursday. France’s Interior Minister Gerard Collomb is expected to make an urgent visit to the area today.

Lactalis Scandal - The French dairy group Lactalis has admitted some of its products may have been tainted over more than a decade. Millions of boxes of powdered milk have been recalled worldwide following a salmonella outbreak last year. Researchers say that the exact same strain of salmonella was responsible for another outbreak in 2005.

French Referee - The French referee who kicked a player and then sent him off has been banned for six months, half of which is suspended. The incident happened during a league match last month when the 45 year old referee kicked out at the player, then booked him for a second time. His punishment was given on Thursday by a French league disciplinary committee on Thursday.

Happiness in France - According to new figures the French aren’t as miserable as previously thought. With one out of every two French people considering themselves to be "happy". Depsite the standard of living and general quality of life available in France, the country regularly scores badly on happiness rankings. Results showed a small upwards shift on 2016, marking the first time since 2013 that 50 percent of French people consider themselves to be "happy". 

Business

Apple has announced record quarterly profits driven by strong growth in Europe and Japan.
The company says that it sold slightly fewer iPhones in the final three months of 2017 than it did the year before but that higher prices compensated for the slowdown.
Apple released its new iPhone X in November and the latest data is the first glimpse of sales figures for the new device.
The firm’s chief executive Tim Cook said that demand for the product had surpassed expectations.
Profit for the quarter came in at a record 20 billion dollars  with sales rising by 13 percent year-on-year to 88.3 billion dollars.
Apple has also issued a weaker-than-expected sales forecast for the coming months.The firm’s shares fell by 3 percent on the news but recovered later in after-hours trading.

The online retailer Amazon recorded  a sales increase of nearly a third last year driven by growth in its Prime delivery service.
Amazon said that full-year revenue came in at 177.9 billion dollars –an increase of 31 percent.Profit rose to 3 billion dollars compared with 2.4 billion in 2014.
Shares in the firm rose by 6 percent in after-hours trading.
The company said that more than 5 billion items were sent worldwide using its Prime shipping service last year.
4th quarter sales rose by 38 percent to hit a record 60.5 billion dollars.

And-Shares in Eastman Kodak have fallen after the firm said that it’s delaying the launch of its new crypto-currency.
KodakCoin has been designed to help photographers register,license and manage their images.
The initial coin offering was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month and has reportedly attracted 40,000 potential investors.
Kodak first said that investors could start buying on the 31st of January but now says the process will take “several weeks”.
The delay has been blamed on the need to verify each investor.
Kodak’s interest in crypto-currency has caused some controversy with some observers calling it a cynical attempt to revive the company’s fortunes.

Sport

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The 6 Nations Championship starts this weekend and is one of the most eagerly awaited contests in recent years.
Many think that England and Ireland will battle it out for the Championship but there’s great interest in Scotland under new coach Gregor Townsend while Wales can never be written off.
France have a new coach too and Italy have been making great strides under Connor O’Shea.

The tournament kicks off in Cardiff  at 3.15 tomorrow with Wales against Scotland and that’s followed at 5.45 by France against Ireland in Paris.
Italy host England in Rome at 4pm on Sunday.

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

Winter Sports-The decision  by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to lift the ban on 28 Russian athletes has been criticised by a number of sporting bodies.
CAS ruled that there was “insufficient evidence” to prove doping cases against the 28 who could now apply for late entry to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
A member of the British Olympic Committee has said that CAS has “failed” and that it’s a “desperate and dark day” for sport.

American Football-Super Bowl LII is being played on Sunday between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots.
The showcase game of the sport kicks off at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis at a quarter past midnight French time.
The Patriots  are the overwhelming favourites and will be making a record 10th Super Bowl appearance.

Weather

Partially cloudy with light easterly or variable winds.

Top temperature 13 degrees.

Overnight lows of 7 degrees on the coast and 2 degrees inland with some frost in places.

The weekend-Partially cloudy with highs of 11-13 degrees.

 

 

 

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