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French and Riviera News Friday 31st August 2018

Local

Road accident - A 42 year old woman is in a critical condition in hospital after two cars collided on the RDN7 in Le Muy in the Var shortly after 8pm on Thursday. Three others were wounded in the head on collision. A dozen firefighters were at the scene, the cause remains unknown.  

Increased police presence in neighbourhood in Nice due to drug trafficking  - The chairman of the “Les Collines de Las Planas” committee Alain Chevalliez, has welcomed the intervention of police in the neighbourhood in Nice, following complaints by local residents about the increase in drug trafficking in the area taking place day and night. Chevalliez has regularly warned local authorities about the deterioration of the neighborhood.

Back to school - It’s back to school on Monday and figures published have shown that in the Alpes Maritimes 192,097 students are enrolled, 767 more than in 2017. There are an additional 59 teaching posts, 32 in the Alpes Maritimes and 27 in the Var. Autumn 2018/2019 will focus on the introduction of the new baccalaureate planned for 2021 and finally the rectorate will continue to work on the planned merger of the two academies of Nice and Marseille which is  planned for 2020.

National

Gerard Depardieu - France's biggest international star Gerard Depardieu has issued a strong denial after it emerged he faces an inquiry into allegations by a young actress of rape and sexual assault. The investigation follows a complaint lodged on Monday in southern Provence, French radio RTL said the allegations were made by a 22-year-old actress, who says she was attacked in Depardieu's Paris residence. Depardieu is known as a larger-than-life character and has hit the headlines in the past. In 2013 he sparked a huge outcry by leaving France and taking Russian nationality in protest at a proposed tax hike on the rich in his homeland.

President Emmanuel Macron reform’s - French President Emmanuel Macron has been criticised for using an Asterix comic-book analogy to describe resistance in France to his labour and welfare reforms. Emmanuel Macron invoked the famous Asterix comics series on Wednesday during his visit to Denmark. Macron is trying to loosen French labour laws and reform the social security system.

Unions on Thursday called for strike action on October 9th in protest at the "ideological policies" of Macron's government. The CGT and FO unions as well as two national student unions denounced "ideological policies targeting the destruction of our social model, favouring notably the explosion of inequality and the breaking of collective rights".

The unions said in a joint statement that his policies would have an impact "once again on the weakest, the most insecure and most deprived".

Business

President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the US from the World Trade Organization (WTO) if the body fails to change the way it treats America. The WTO was established to provide rules for global trade and resolve disputes between countries. But Mr Trump, who has been pushing protectionist policies, says the US is treated unfairly by the body. His warning about a possible US pull-out from the organisation highlights the conflict between the president's trade policies and the open trade system that the WTO oversees.

And - According to reports advertising giant WPP is to name Mark Read as its next chief executive. Currently co-chief operating officer, he will replace Sir Martin Sorrell who quit the firm in April following a scandal. Sir Martin, who founded the firm in 1986, had faced a complaint of personal misconduct which he denied. He will take up his role at a difficult time for WPP, which issued a number of warnings about growth last year and reported its worst financial year since 2009. The firm faces intense competition from the likes of Google and Facebook as more advertising moves online.

Sport

Football - Manchester United will face a reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo after drawing Serie A champions Juventus in the Champions League group stage.

And - Eight-time winners Liverpool have been drawn at home to Chelsea in the third round of the English Football league Cup.

Premier League action this week-end - The fixtures for this week-end Premier League - on Saturday at 4pm French time Leicester City play Liverpool, Brighton play Fulham, Chelsea play Bournemouth, Crystal Palace play Southampton, Everton play Huddersfield, West Ham play Wolverhamption and at 6.30pm Manchester City play Newcastle.

On Sunday Cardiff have a 2.30pm kick off against Arsenal and at 5pm Burnley play Manchester United and Watford play Tottenham.

Tennis - Roger Federer has comfortably beaten France’s Benoit Paire as he continues his bid for a record sixth US Open title. The 37-year-old Swiss eased to a 7-5 6-4 6-4 victory in the second round in New York City in one hour 56 minutes.

Cricket - Sam Curran salvaged England after their top order failed again on the first day of the fourth Test against India in Southampton. Although the tourists are in the stronger position, England would have been in much deeper trouble had it not been for Curran’s efforts. Despite England not being at their best with the new ball, England still have a chance of fighting back into the contest if their bowlers can find similar assistance to that enjoyed by India.

Cycling - France's Nacer Bouhanni sprinted to victory in stage six of the Vuelta a Espana, as compatriot Rudy Molard retained his overall lead.

Weather

Cloud to begin with in Cannes, Antibes and Nice clearing by this afternoon with highs of 27 degrees going down to 21 degrees this evening and clear skies.

In Saint Tropez and the Var clear skies highs of 28 degrees with moderate to strong winds and gust of up to 60km/hr this evening going down to 18 degrees.

Outlook for Saturday temperatures remaining much the same starting off sunny with thunderstorms expected along the coast in the Alpes Maritimes. Sunday rain forecast across the region.

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