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French and Riviera News Friday 3rd November 2017

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Man stabbed in Toulon city centre - A 23 year old man has been taken to hospital in Toulon after being stabbed at a bus stop in the city centre. Horrified onlookers witnessed the scene on Thursday morning as the man was getting off a bus following a dispute which had taken place inside the vehicle. The victim is reportedly in a stable condition in hospital.

Fire - Thirty firefighters have been battling a blaze which broke out on Thursday afternoon in Moustiers Sainte-Marie in the Haute-Alpes. According to reports the fire started on the edge of an area which had already burned last week, destroying 250 hectares of land. Firefighters are still on site.

Man poses as a car rental company to steal vehicle - A twenty year old man is to appear before court in Nice for having posed as a car rental employee. The man reportedly tricked tourists in English at the main train station in Nice, right next to a legitimate rental agency, into handing over the vehicle and keys before driving off. Driving without a license, he was soon spotted and questioned by police.

Francois Hollande in Marseille - The former President of the Republic, François Hollande has visited Marseille as President of the foundation “France is committed”. Hollande was seen on Thursday visiting a boxing club in the city which trains security agents. He also met several association representatives and the Socialist Party MP  for Marseille Marie Arlette Carlotti

Roads - The Director of the Alpes-Maritimes Prefecture, has described this year’s death-toll on roads, as catastrophic. Since January, 51 people have died on the region’s roads, half of them being motor-cyclists. That’s on top of almost 1,500 people who were injured in accidents throughout the year. To combat the deaths, the Director has vowed to intensify police road checks.

Beauty Contest - A last call is being made for a beauty contest celebrating the larger lady. The first Miss Curvy PACA contest, to be held in St Maxime on November 19th, is calling for over 18’s, with a dress size of 42 or higher, to register at misscurvy.fr

Traffic - Motorists are reminded that parking restrictions and diversions will be in place between Nice and Cannes for this Sunday’s Marathon.  The Marathon starts on the Promenade des Anglais at 8am Sunday, with 13,000 runners, including a large team of 160 ex-pats running in yellow tee-shirts for the Mimosa Matters charity.

Hotel Martinez Auction - One of the most luxurious hotels on the Croisette in Cannes, the Martinez, is auctioning more than three hundred lots of furniture before it closes its doors for refurbishment. The hotel, accustomed to celebrities especially during the film festival in Cannes, hopes to collect more than 70,000 euros, intended for a local children's charity.

Cinema goers in the Var - The Var region has come top of a ranking by The National Centre for Cinema and Moving Image with the highest number of cinema goers. In France 213 million entries were recorded by the CNC in 2016. In the Var, the number stands at just over 3.5 million. This represents an increase of + 10.9% compared to 2015.

National

20 year prison sentence - The brother of the French jihadist who murdered seven people in Toulouse, including three Jewish children, has been jailed for 20 years. A court in Paris found Abdelkader Merah guilty of terrorist offences. But he was cleared of having a direct role in the 2012 attacks, in which his younger sibling, Mohamed Merah, shot three soldiers and then three children and a teacher at a Jewish school. The court also jailed a second suspect, Fettah Malki, 34, for 14 years.

Taxes on big companies - France has said that it would temporarily raise taxes on the profits of big companies in order to meet its deficit target after being hit with a hefty bill for an unlawful levy on dividends. President Emmanuel Macron's government has pledged to bring the deficit within the EU limit of 3.0 percent of GDP for the first time in a decade this year.

Legion d’Honneur – Meanwhile French President Emmanuel Macron is planning to significantly reduce the number of people who receive the Legion d'Honneur as part of a series of new rules he is planning to introduce around the country's top award. The move is all part of President Emmanuel Macron's mission to clean up politics.

Eiffel Tower poem - A British girl who wrote a poem inspired by one of Paris’s most iconic monuments the Eiffel Tower has received a response from the French president himself. On a family trip to Paris in April, Sophie, then aged 12, wrote a poem after seeing the Dame de Fer (Iron Lady) and sent it to the Elysée Palace.  At the time it was home to former French President François Hollande. Macron sent his own poem in response to the British teen on Wednesday -- the day of her 13th birthday. 

Business

President Trump has nominated Jerome Powell to be the next chair of the US Federal Reserve. Mr Powell is currently a Federal Reserve governor and sits on the board of the central bank.He’s a Republican and a multi-millionaire and is regarded by analysts as the “status quo” candidate who is likely to continue the Fed’s current policy of gradually increasing interest rates. President Trump says that Mr Powell commands the respect of both main political parties and has urged the US Senate to confirm him in the post swiftly. The President interviewed 5 candidates for the job including current chair Janet Yellen who’s term ends in February. The head of Apple,Tim Cook has said that the firm is “firing on all cylinders” and is expecting strong festive period sales with the launch of the new iPhone X. Mr Cook was speaking on Thursday after Apple released its quarterly results. Revenue for the period between July and September increased by 12 percent to 52.6 billion dollars with Mr Cook saying that he’s expecting the 4th quarter to be the firm’s biggest ever. The company sold more than 46.6 million iPhones in the third quarter-up three percent year-on-year.Other products including the Mac,iPad and Apple Watch also did well. Profits for the third quarter increased by 18 percent to 10.7 billion dollars.

And-The Bank of England has increased interest rates for the first time in more than a decade. The base rate has been increased from a quarter of one percent to 0.5 percent with governor Mark Carney saying that rates are likely to increase twice more over the next three years. Seven of the Bank’s nine Monetary Policy Committee members voted for the increase which will see households with variable rate mortgages pay slightly more each month. Mr Carney said that rates had been increased because of record-low UK unemployment,rising inflation and stronger global economic growth. He said that the Bank expected the UK economy to grow at around 1.7 percent for the next few years.

Sport

Football-Marseille’s Patrice Evra is facing disciplinary action from Uefa after being sent off for kicking one of his own team’s fans in the head before the Europa League match against Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal last night. Evra,who’s 36 aimed an acrobatic kick at the supporter at the side of the pitch during the warm-up for the match and was immediately sent off by the referee. Uefa’s disciplinary panel is set to rule on the matter today.Marseilles lost the match 1-0. In other Europa League results last night,Everton’s shocking season continued with a 3-0 defeat at Lyon in Group E.Arsenal drew 0-0 with Red Star Belgrade in Group H and Nice lost 1-0 at Lazio Rome in Group K.

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

Rugby Union-The fixtures for the 2019 World Cup in Japan have been announced with the holders New Zealand starting the defence of their title against South Africa. England will open against Tonga  while Scotland will play Ireland and Wales will play Georgia. The World Cup takes place between the 20th of September and the 2nd of November 2019. In the Guinness Pro 14 tonight Glasgow play Leinster.Munster host Dragons and Scarlets play Treviso.

Rugby League-There’s one game in the World Cup today.Australia play France with kick off at 10am French time. Tomorrow New Zealand play Scotland.Samoa meet Tonga and England play Lebanon.

Tennis-Rafael Nadal is into the quarter finals of the Paris Masters. The world number one beat Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-3 6-7 6-3 and will now play Filip Krajinovic of Serbia.

Weather

Clear skies with light variable winds.

Top temperatures 21 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 12 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

The weekend-Partially cloudy tomorrow,clouding over during the afternoon.Rain developing overnight,clearing on Sunday afternoon.Highs of 16-20 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

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