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French and Riviera News Wednesday 31st January 2018

Local

55 year old woman run over by a truck -A 55 year old woman has died after being run over by a truck in the business district of the Arénas in Nice. Emergency services found the woman in the middle of the pavement on Tuesday afternoon. The driver, visibly traumatized, was questioned by police on site as well as several witnesses. The accident occurred on the edge of a construction area where a hotel and offices are currently being built.

Nutella 2 – The French supermarket chain Intermarché has caused another stir. Last week, there were international headlines after near riots broke out, when the supermarket offered jars of Nutella at 70% off. This week, there were similar scenes on Tuesday, with customers battling to secure discounted nappies, down from €23 to €7 a pack.

Local currency - New notes are to be printed of Nice’s local currency following its success. Nissart was introduced last December and following its success will continue throughout the year. A Nissart is worth one euro and currently 19 shops in the city centre accept the local currency.

Baywatch - Actress Pamela Anderson is making the South of France her permanent home by moving to Marseilles. The former playmate and Baywatch star, turned animal rights campaigner, is moving in with her partner Adil Rami, a former French international footballer, who now plays for Olympique de Marseille.

National

French President condemns attack - French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned the attack on an 8 year old school boy who was wearing a kippah. The young boy was attacked by two individuals in Sarcelles near the boy’s home on Tuesday.

Jonathan Daval - The husband of a jogger found dead in eastern France has admitted killing her "by mistake" according to his lawyers. The partially burnt body of Alexia Daval, was discovered in woodland near the town of Gray last October. Her husband Jonathan Daval, was detained on Monday and denied being involved in her death. However on Tuesday his lawyers said he had confessed but told police that he had not meant to kill his wife. He now faces murder charges.

Search for chief executive of Quicksilver - Rescue services have carried out a search for the chief executive of surfing brand Quicksilver after his boat was found empty, washed up on a beach in southwest France, on Tuesday. 54 year old Pierre Agnes had ventured out at around 7:30 am and the boat was later washed up at Hossegor, a famed surfing spot about 30 kilometres north of Biarritz. Three helicopters and two boats were searching for Agnes. Rough seas were reported in the area, though wind was light and visibility was clear.

British man stopped running along motorway - A British man has been stopped by police while running along the motorway. The man had reportedly been in France taking part in an endurance race in the French Alps. Having decided to run to Lyon airport to catch a flight home the young man set off from Valmorel in the Savoie to cover the 170km distance. But after 40 km hee was spotted by French gendarmes running on the hard shoulder of the A43 motorway near Tour-du-Pin in the department of Isère.

Business

Concerns are growing about a stock market correction following Tuesday’s steep falls on Wall Street and in Europe.
Rising bond yields,fears over interest rate hikes and a general feeling that stocks are overvalued all contributed to Tuesday’s falls.
On Wall Street,investors reacted negatively to the news that Amazon,JP Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway are to create a new health company with the aim of lowering health costs for their US employees while Apple shares fell on the news that the firm is to halve production of its flagship iPhone X smartphone.
The closely watched Vix index,which monitors volatility based on options prices also rose sharply following months of calm in a sign which some investors think heralds more market fluctuation.

Facebook has announced that it’s to block all advertising promoting cryptocurrency products and services.
The social media giant said that it was open to emerging technologies but many firms were not acting in “good faith” when promoting the values of buying into virtual currencies.
A wave of new cryptocurrencies have emerged in recent months following the huge increase in value of Bitcoin.
Facebook has urged all users to report any advertising that the firm’s security measures may have missed.

And-Bloomberg has reported that the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether Apple violated laws concerning its disclosure that it deliberately slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries.
Bloomberg says that the US government has requested information from the Apple.The company has not yet made any comment.
In December,Apple admitted that iPhone software could slow down some phones with battery problems.
The company has since issued an apology over its handling of the issue and lowered the price of battery replacements.

Sport

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England have received a boost with the news that Chris Robshaw,Mike Brown and Jack Nowell are all fit ahead of Sunday’s 6 Nations game against Italy in Rome.
Coach Eddie Jones has reported that all three players have returned to full training and are available for selection.
Jones is looking to maintain England’s perfect record against Italy and has warned that they’ve improved a lot under coach Connor O’Shea.

Warren Gatland has named his side for the opening 6 Nations game against Scotland in Cardiff with 10 Scarlets players in the starting line-up as his squad continues to be decimated by injury.
Fly-half Rhys Patchell will start and there are 6 Scarlets in the back division.Locl Alun Wyn Jones captains the side and will be joined in the second row by Cory Hill of Dragons.
The Worcester wing Josh Adams who is the Aviva Premiership’s top try scorer so far this season makes his debut but there’s no place for George North who’s only played twice since October because of knee problems.

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Now the rest of the sport.

Football-There were 3 games in the English Premier League last night.Swansea are out of the relegation zone following a 3-1 win over Arsenal.West Ham and Crystal Palace drew 1-1 and Huddersfield lost 3-0 at home to Liverpool.
There are 7 games tonight.Chelsea play Bournemouth.Everton host Leicester.Newcastle face Burnley.Southampton play Brighton.Manchester City play West Brom.Stoke host Watford and Spurs are at home to Manchester United.

There was 1 game in the Scottish Premiership last night.Celtic beat Hearts 3-1.

In the English Championship last night Birmingham beat Sunderland 3-1.Reading were 3-1 winners at Burton Albion.Hull and Leeds drew 0-0.Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday drew 0-0.Millwall and Derby drew 0-0.Nottingham Forest lost 3-0 at home to Preston and Aston Villa were 1-0 winners at Sheffield United.

Formula 1-McLaren have confirmed that Fernando Alonso will compete in the Le Mans 24 hours both this year and in 2019 as part of a deal that will see the star contest all but one World Endurance Championship for Toyota this season.
Alonso has said that he hopes to fulfill his ambition of winning Le Mans.
McLaren say that Alonso’s Formula 1 commitments remain their “shared priority”.
The 36 year old Spanish driver said that the programme was a “challenge” and that he was “looking forward to the fight”.

Weather

Rather cloudy with occasional light showers-brightening later with sunny periods.

Moderate westerly winds across the Var and a high of 14 degrees.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees with partially cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Cloudy with showers tomorrow.Partially cloudy on Friday.Highs of 12-14 degrees.

Finally 

Chicago has topped a list of the world's best cities beating London, New York and Melbourne.

For the second time in a row, the windy city was named the number one place for having fun and enjoying city life in a study by Time Out.

Each year it releases its annual City Life Index, which scores places on categories such as food, drink, culture, friendliness, affordability and happiness.

 

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