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French and Riviera News Friday 5th January 2018

Local

Family killed in car crash on Italian motorway - Local media has confirmed that the family which died following a collision with a tanker truck on the A21 in the north of Italy on Tuesday were from Saint-Vallier de Thiey in the Alpes Maritimes. The couple, their two children and uncle were on holiday in the region at the time on the accident.  

Attempted robbery at Nice-Etoile - An attempted robbery has taken place at Nice-Etoile shopping center. A man reportedly entered a jewelry store located on the ground floor shortly after 3pm on Thursday revealing a handgun hidden underneath his jumper. He was stopped by security staff.

Some households still without electricity - 510 households in the Var were still without electricity on Thursday evening following the strong winds which hit the region on Wednesday. Storm Eleanor caused power cuts and air travel disruptions across Europe. In Corsica strong winds fanned two wildfires described by local officials as "exceptional in the middle of winter".

In Marseille, a driver has been arrested after police allegedly discovered 50kg of cannabis in the boot of his car. Officers had tried to stop the car at a roadside check on Thursday morning but the 30 year old man reportedly refused to stop. After being chased by police the man was arrested in the Saint-Henri area of the city.

It’s the 19th edition of the Prom Classic race in Nice this Sunday.  As a result, there’ll be road closures and traffic diversions in the centre of Nice from early Sunday morning to about 2pm.  The race is run along the Promenade des Anglais from near the Avenue de Verdun to near Nice Cote d’Azur Airport and back again, covering a distance of 10km.

Lenny Kravitz to play in Juan-les-Pins - It’s been announced that Lenny Kravitz will be performing in Juan-les-Pins on July 12th two days ahead of the Juan les Pins Jazz Festival. This year’s “Jazz à Juan” takes place from the 14th to the 22nd July.

National

Emmanuel Macron - French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a New Year's message to the French diplomats on Thursday, laying out his priorities for the year ahead and pledging that France would remain active on the international stage. Security remains the “main challenge” in the year ahead. Macron also called for a renewed focus on combating the financing of terrorism, which is often funded by illegal trafficking in arms, drugs and human beings.

French Cinema - According to new figures the popularity of French films is on the rise in France, while interest in US movies drops. Latest figures from the French centre for cinema, the CNC showed that French films increased their market share to 37.4 percent of cinema tickets sold in France in 2017, representing a rise of 2.6 percent on the previous year.    

Business

Apple has said that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by two major flaws in computer chips. It emerged this week that tech companies have been racing to fix the bugs, that could allow hackers to steal data. Apple said it had already released some patches but there was no evidence that the vulnerability had been exploited. But it advised only downloading software from trusted sources to avoid "malicious" apps. Mac users have often believed that their devices and operating systems are less vulnerable to security issues than, for example Android phones or computers running Microsoft systems.

The Trump administration has proposed a controversial plan to open up protected areas in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans for offshore drilling. Environmentalists called it a "shameful giveaway" to the oil industry. The move fulfils US President Donald Trump's promise to boost domestic oil and natural gas production.

And - Unilever is to close the Norwich factory where Colman's Mustard has been made for 160 years. The move will affect 113 jobs in the city, of which 40 will transfer to a separate Unilever site in Burton. Meanwhile, 25 jobs will be created at a new mustard milling and mint processing plant near Norwich.

Sport

Football – In the English Premier League Tottenham drew 1-1 against West Ham United. In this evening’s FA Cup Liverpool play Everton and Manchester United play Derby County

Cricket - England's quest to end this Ashes series on something of a high hit the buffers on the end of day one after a disastrous final 10 balls. Joe Root and his team were going nicely until the final minutes of the session, which saw Root removed on 83 and Jonny Bairstow follow him soon after, having chosen not to install a night watchman. 

Tennis - Former world number one Serena Williams has withdrawn from this month's Australian Open in Melbourne. The 36-year-old American last week played her first match since giving birth in September. On Thursday, Britain's Andy Murray pulled out of the tournament, which starts on 15 January.

Weather

Clear skies with highs of 17 degrees in Nice and 18 degrees in Saint Tropez with a moderate south easterly wind. This evening going down to 10 degrees and cloudy.

The outlook for Saturday and Sunday mainly cloudy rain is forecast for late afternoon on Saturday and most of Sunday highs of 16 degrees and a moderate south easterly wind in the Alpes Maritimes with gusts of up to 70km/h expected in the Var region on Sunday.

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