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French and Riviera News Friday 6th July 2018

Local

Violent storm - A violent storm hit the region on Thursday afternoon with the equivalent of two months rain falling in less than two hours. The short but intense storm saw hail fall in some coastal areas however the department’s firefighters reported no significant damage.

Road accident - Three people have been seriously injured following a road accident at La Londe-les-Maures in the Var. The accident occurred on Thursday morning with traffic being diverted in the area as emergency services attended the scene.

Strike - More train strike action has been announced by the CGT and SUD unions for today and Saturday, as a million people across France prepare to take trains to their holidays this weekend. However, it’s expected strike turnout will be the lowest so far, as train drivers get weary after months of striking. The advice, if you intend taking any train this weekend, is to consult the SNCF app or website.

And road traffic is predicted by Bison Futé to be particularly heavy this weekend, as the first big wave of holiday makers from Paris and the north head south. The busiest days on the motorways are today and Saturday.

Meanwhile road safety authorities for the Alpes Maritimes have revealed 22 new camera lights from Cannes to Cap d’Ail.

And budget airlines are calling on the EU to act against striking air traffic controllers. Last month, Ryanair had to cancel 1,100 flights compared to just 41 cancellations in June last year. Easyjet, who have an extensive base at Nice Cote d’Azur airport, are also warning customers that last minute strikes by French controllers are expected throughout the summer.

Taxi - Eric Ciotti has given his support to taxi drivers who are disputing the transport deal between Lignes d’Azur and the American taxi company Uber. Under the deal, passengers can hail an Uber from certain bus routes with no evening service, for a fixed fee of just €6. Traffic in central Nice was disrupted on Thursday morning as local taxi drivers demanded a meeting at the town hall calling on the city to cancel the deal.

National

Police shooting - A police officer has been taken into custody following the fatal shooting of a man during a police check. Investigators are looking into whether the officer should be charged with “violence by a person of authority leading to manslaughter”. The incident sparked two nights of rioting and violence in Nantes, with several hundred people taking part in a silent march in memory of the dead man on Thursday evening.

Copyright law - The European Parliament has rejected a highly controversial EU copyright law proposal. Lawmakers are now expected to return in September to the plans, which are aimed at ensuring creators of creative content – whether it be music, movies or news – are paid fairly in a digital world. Members of European Parliament meeting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg on Thursday voted 318 against the measure, 278 in favour, with 31 abstentions.

Survey - A recent survey has shown that eight out of ten French people believe that the French President Emmanuel Macron is arrogant. Figures also showed that Macron is globally perceived as a dynamic person according to 75% and  63% believe he knows what he wants.

Business

The United States is set to impose 25 percent tariffs on 34 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods from today with China ready to retaliate.

The new tariffs represent a significant escalation in the trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies.

On Thursday,China accused the United States of “opening fire on the entire world” and vowed to fight back to protect its economy.

President Trump  says that the tariffs are aimed at stopping “the unfair transfers of American technology and intellectual property to China” and protecting jobs.

 

Minutes from the latest meeting of the US Federal Reserve show that policymakers discussed whether a recession is lurking around the corner and if global trade tensions could hit the economy.

The US central bank said that by most measures the economy looked strong and that it was confident that its policy of raising interest rates was the right path.

The minutes show that most policymakers noted that uncertainty and risks associated with trade policy had intensified and that they were concerned that such risks  and uncertainty could eventually have negative effects.

 

And-In the UK the Cabinet is meeting at the Prime Minister’s Chequers residence today in a bid to thrash out an agreement for the country’s future trade relationship with the European Union.

Media reports say that at least 6 ministers who are in favour of a hard Brexit will raise concerns that Theresa May’s plans will go against the result of the EU referendum two years ago and will result in the UK being too closely tied to Europe.

Ministers have been instructed to hand in their phones and Apple Watches upon arrival at Chequers in a bid to prevent leaks.

Mrs May said on Thursday that she wanted a deal that allows the government to deliver the benefits of Brexit but that is in the best interests of both the UK and the EU.

Sport

Football-The first two quarter finals at the World Cup in Russia are being played today with France expected to grind to a halt at 4pm when the nation’s side takes on Uruguay.

The second quarter final is at 8pm tonight between the tournament favourites Brazil and Belgium.

 

On Saturday England play Sweden and the hosts Russia play Croatia.

 

Tennis-The shocks continued on day 4 of Wimbledon as last year’s ladies champion Garbine Muguruza was beaten in the second round by the world number 47 Alison van Uytvanck.The Spanish star looked out of sorts as she went down in three sets to suffer the earliest defeat by a defending women’s champion since Steffi Graff lost in the first round in 1994.

In the men’s event the third seed Marin Cilic is also out.He lost in the second round to Guido Pella of Argentina after squandering a two set lead.

Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund is into round three following a straight sets win over Bradley Klahn and there were second round wins for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic too.

Back in the women’s draw the world number 4 Dominika Cibulkova beat Johanna Konta in straight sets and world number one Simona Halep moved through as she looks to add Wimbledon to her French Open title.

 

Formula 1-First practice for Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone takes place at 11am this morning with second practice at 3pm.

Lewis Hamilton will be looking to get back to winning ways in front of his home crowd following a non finish in Austria last weekend while Sebastian Vettel will want to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship which he heads from Hamilton by a single point.

Qualifying is at 3pm tomorrow with the race at 3.10 on Sunday.

 

Cricket-England play India in the second T20 international in Cardiff today.

Play starts at 6.30 this evening.India won the first match by 8 wickets.

 

Golf-Ryan Fox of New Zealand holds a one shot lead heading into the second round of the Irish Open at Ballyliffin.

Fox fired a first round five-under-par 67 to lead from a cluster of players including Podraig Harrington and Danny Willett.

Rory McIlroy is on 2 under.

Weather

Mainly fine in coastal areas-the odd rumble of thunder inland with moderate south westerly winds.

Top temperatures 27-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 23 degrees on the coast and 18 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Fine in coastal areas,showers inland with highs of 28-31 degrees.

Finally 

The oldest milkman in the West is celebrating his 90th birthday today — by starting his round at 5.30am like he has done for 76 years.

Derek Arch delivered his first bottle as a schoolboy of 14 in 1942. He said: “I won’t stop until I drop down dead on someone’s doorstep.

“My wife likes me working because it keeps me out of the house.” His grandad founded the Coventry business, D Arch and Son, in 1873.

Derek added: “Some of my customers I’ve served for 60 years.

 

 

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