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French and Riviera News Friday 6th October 2017

Local

Marseille Attack - The Tunisian Prime Minister has said that following an investigation into the young Tunisian man who stabbed to death two women in Marseille there is no evidence that he had links to terrorist groups. He told reporters after talks with his French counterpart Edouard Philippe that "the investigation is under way and we do not really have links today or proof of any ties”. IS claimed responsibility for last Sunday's attack in Marseille, saying the assailant, 29-year-old Ahmed Hanachi, was one of its "soldiers".

Murder - The trial of a man, accused of shooting dead another motorist after a traffic accident has ended at the Nice Court . The reasons for the killing remain a mystery as the accused claims he had amnesia and does not remember pumping four shots into the dead man, a 50 year-old supermarket employee from Villeneuve-Loubet. The public prosecutor has requested a sentence of 30 years for the murder.

Hiking accident - A seventy year old hiker from Cannes has suffered a serious fall while out hiking near the Balaour Lake in the Mercantour. Rescue services were called out on Thursday afternoon after the group she was with raised the alarm. The woman was transported by helicopter to hospital in Cannes suffering blows to her head and body.

Saint Roch Hospital - The French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb has said that he is in favour of the Saint Roch Hospital in Nice becoming a Police station. The site has already ceased its activity as a hospital. Collomb made the announcement while visiting Nice adding that the state would contribute 70 million euros to the project which according to reports has been estimated at 155 million euros.

National

Detonator found under trucks - Workers have found six petrol containers attached to a "crude detonator device" under several trucks at a cement works in Paris on Thursday. The trucks, found in the French capital belonged to Franco-Swiss cement company Lafarge-Holcim. Bomb disposal experts rushed to the site and police cordoned off the area, situated in a working-class district. The incident comes as anti-terrorism police investigate the discovery of several gas canisters and a cell phone detonator in western Paris on Saturday, but a source said there was no apparent link between the two. Six people are in custody over the canisters placed in the hallway of a building in the wealthy 16th district, including two who were on watch lists for Islamic extremism.

Radicalised woman goes on trial in Paris - A radicalised French woman who followed her son to Syria, where he was fighting for the Islamic State has gone on trial in Paris and could face 10 years in jail if convicted. Christine Rivière, 51, nicknamed “Jihadi Granny” by investigators, has said she wanted to support her son and spend time with him in case he met an early death. She is charged with criminal conspiracy with a view to preparing terrorist acts.

Anne Wiazemsky - The French writer and actress Anne Wiazemsky, who famously wrote a best-selling account of her short marriage to director Jean-Luc Godard has died of cancer in Paris. 70 year old Wiazemsky, made her screen debut as a 19-year-old in "Au Hasard Balthazar", Robert Bresson's classic 1966 film about a mistreated Christ-like donkey, she then went on to meet Godard at the height of his fame - a year later.

Taxify - Uber is about to face stiff competition in France with the launch on Thursday of Taxify, a car-hailing app that claims it will be 10 percent cheaper than its American rival - and will pay its drivers more. The Estonian start-up, which has rapidly spread across Europe, Africa and the Middle East since its launch four years ago, says it has more than 2,000 drivers ready to hit the streets of Paris this week and has a list of 3,000 more waiting to sign up.

Business

Germany’s largest industry body has warned firms that they should be preparing for a “very hard Brexit”. The Federation of German Industries said that it’s looking with “concern” at the progress of Brexit talks and that the UK is “lacking a clear concept despite talking a lot”. It’s warned that German companies with a presence in the UK and announced that it had set up a task force to prepare contingency plans for Britain’s departure from the EU. A hard Brexit would result if the UK failed to reach a trade deal with the EU which many analysts say would be highly damaging to the British economy. Leave campaigner disagree  and say that the UK will thrive after it leaves the EU with or without a trade deal.

Meanwhile,uncertainty over the future of British Prime Minister Theresa May has pushed sterling down by nearly 1 percent against the dollar. The pound fell by 0.9 percent against the dollar to 1 US dollar 31 cents and was down by nearly half a percent against the Euro to 1 Euro 12.1 cents. Investors are also questioning whether the Bank of England will raise interest rates this year. As the pound fell,the London Stock Market rose as many firms listed on the FTSE 100 conduct their business in dollars. The market closed up 40 points at 75 07.

And-Sabadell-the Barcelona based bank says that its moving its legal base out of Catalonia following threats by the region’s leaders to declare independence. The bank says that it will start the process today and move its legal domicile to Alicante. Meanwhile the board of CaixaBank is to meet today to discuss its response to the crisis.The bank is Spain’s third largest and accounts for around half of Catalonia’s banking sector.

Sport

Football-A late Harry Kane goal saved England’s blushes against Slovenia at Wembley last night as they qualified for next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. Kane scored in injury time at the end of the match in a 1-0 win in an otherwise lacklustre performance that was not appreciated by the Wembley crowd. Scotland,meanwhile kept their hopes of making the playoffs alive with a dramatic 1-0 win over Slovakia with Skrtel putting through his own net on 89 minutes to give Gordan Strachan’s men the points. Northern Ireland lost 3-1 at home to Germany but have made the playoffs,although they’re unlikely to be seeded.

Tonight-Wales need to win in Georgia to keep their playoff hopes alive while the Republic of Ireland host Moldova also needing a win if they want to have chance of making the finals.

Formula 1-Sebastien Vettel just edged Lewis Hamilton in first practice for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka as the battle for the world championship resumes. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third but the session was halted for 16 minutes after Carlos Sainz suffered a big crash at the hairpin in the Toro Rosso.He was unhurt. Second practice is at 7am this morning with qualifying at 8am tomorrow and the race at 7am on Sunday.

Rugby Union-There’s 1 game in the Aviva Premiership tonight.Harlequins play Sale while in the Guinness Pro 14 Cardiff Blues play Dragons.Cheetas host Glasgow.Edinburgh play Zebre and Ulster host Connaght.

Weather

Mainly fine with light to  moderate variable   winds.

Top temperatures 22-25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 15 degrees in coastal areas and 11 degrees inland with clear skies.  

The weekend–Mainly fine with highs of 21-24 degrees

Finally 

Ashes can be scattered in space from next month after the launch of Britain’s first funeral balloon.

The Ascension 1 craft will carry cremated remains 22miles up to be released into the high-altitude winds of the stratosphere.

Relatives can attend take-off and track the balloon’s progress online, while the scattering is filmed on a HD camera. The 2½-hour process, offered by Sheffield-based Ascension Flights, costs upwards of £795 and is also available for pets.

All flights are authorised by the Civil Aviation Authority, which provides a launch window and warns nearby pilots.

Launches take place at the company’s South Yorkshire base, but can be held elsewhere for a higher fee. Ascension, formed by two ex-University of Sheffield engineering students and featured on TV’s Dragons’ Den, has been developing the technology for five years.

Co-founder Dr Chris Rose said they perfected the scattering technique with synthetic ash, to ensure it spreads evenly.

They have already sent teddies, books, breakfast cereal, alcohol and a cricket ball into space on the re-usable balloon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local

Marseille Attack - The Tunisian Prime Minister has said that following an investigation into the young Tunisian man who stabbed to death two women in Marseille there is no evidence that he had links to terrorist groups. He told reporters after talks with his French counterpart Edouard Philippe that "the investigation is under way and we do not really have links today or proof of any ties”. IS claimed responsibility for last Sunday's attack in Marseille, saying the assailant, 29-year-old Ahmed Hanachi, was one of its "soldiers".

Murder - The trial of a man, accused of shooting dead another motorist after a traffic accident has ended at the Nice Court . The reasons for the killing remain a mystery as the accused claims he had amnesia and does not remember pumping four shots into the dead man, a 50 year-old supermarket employee from Villeneuve-Loubet. The public prosecutor has requested a sentence of 30 years for the murder.

Hiking accident - A seventy year old hiker from Cannes has suffered a serious fall while out hiking near the Balaour Lake in the Mercantour. Rescue services were called out on Thursday afternoon after the group she was with raised the alarm. The woman was transported by helicopter to hospital in Cannes suffering blows to her head and body.

Saint Roch Hospital - The French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb has said that he is in favour of the Saint Roch Hospital in Nice becoming a Police station. The site has already ceased its activity as a hospital. Collomb made the announcement while visiting Nice adding that the state would contribute 70 million euros to the project which according to reports has been estimated at 155 million euros.

National

Detonator found under trucks - Workers have found six petrol containers attached to a "crude detonator device" under several trucks at a cement works in Paris on Thursday. The trucks, found in the French capital belonged to Franco-Swiss cement company Lafarge-Holcim. Bomb disposal experts rushed to the site and police cordoned off the area, situated in a working-class district. The incident comes as anti-terrorism police investigate the discovery of several gas canisters and a cell phone detonator in western Paris on Saturday, but a source said there was no apparent link between the two. Six people are in custody over the canisters placed in the hallway of a building in the wealthy 16th district, including two who were on watch lists for Islamic extremism.

Radicalised woman goes on trial in Paris - A radicalised French woman who followed her son to Syria, where he was fighting for the Islamic State has gone on trial in Paris and could face 10 years in jail if convicted. Christine Rivière, 51, nicknamed “Jihadi Granny” by investigators, has said she wanted to support her son and spend time with him in case he met an early death. She is charged with criminal conspiracy with a view to preparing terrorist acts.

Anne Wiazemsky - The French writer and actress Anne Wiazemsky, who famously wrote a best-selling account of her short marriage to director Jean-Luc Godard has died of cancer in Paris. 70 year old Wiazemsky, made her screen debut as a 19-year-old in "Au Hasard Balthazar", Robert Bresson's classic 1966 film about a mistreated Christ-like donkey, she then went on to meet Godard at the height of his fame - a year later.

Taxify - Uber is about to face stiff competition in France with the launch on Thursday of Taxify, a car-hailing app that claims it will be 10 percent cheaper than its American rival - and will pay its drivers more. The Estonian start-up, which has rapidly spread across Europe, Africa and the Middle East since its launch four years ago, says it has more than 2,000 drivers ready to hit the streets of Paris this week and has a list of 3,000 more waiting to sign up.

Business

Germany’s largest industry body has warned firms that they should be preparing for a “very hard Brexit”. The Federation of German Industries said that it’s looking with “concern” at the progress of Brexit talks and that the UK is “lacking a clear concept despite talking a lot”. It’s warned that German companies with a presence in the UK and announced that it had set up a task force to prepare contingency plans for Britain’s departure from the EU. A hard Brexit would result if the UK failed to reach a trade deal with the EU which many analysts say would be highly damaging to the British economy. Leave campaigner disagree  and say that the UK will thrive after it leaves the EU with or without a trade deal.

Meanwhile,uncertainty over the future of British Prime Minister Theresa May has pushed sterling down by nearly 1 percent against the dollar. The pound fell by 0.9 percent against the dollar to 1 US dollar 31 cents and was down by nearly half a percent against the Euro to 1 Euro 12.1 cents. Investors are also questioning whether the Bank of England will raise interest rates this year. As the pound fell,the London Stock Market rose as many firms listed on the FTSE 100 conduct their business in dollars. The market closed up 40 points at 75 07.

And-Sabadell-the Barcelona based bank says that its moving its legal base out of Catalonia following threats by the region’s leaders to declare independence. The bank says that it will start the process today and move its legal domicile to Alicante. Meanwhile the board of CaixaBank is to meet today to discuss its response to the crisis.The bank is Spain’s third largest and accounts for around half of Catalonia’s banking sector.

Sport

Football-A late Harry Kane goal saved England’s blushes against Slovenia at Wembley last night as they qualified for next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. Kane scored in injury time at the end of the match in a 1-0 win in an otherwise lacklustre performance that was not appreciated by the Wembley crowd. Scotland,meanwhile kept their hopes of making the playoffs alive with a dramatic 1-0 win over Slovakia with Skrtel putting through his own net on 89 minutes to give Gordan Strachan’s men the points. Northern Ireland lost 3-1 at home to Germany but have made the playoffs,although they’re unlikely to be seeded.

Tonight-Wales need to win in Georgia to keep their playoff hopes alive while the Republic of Ireland host Moldova also needing a win if they want to have chance of making the finals.

Formula 1-Sebastien Vettel just edged Lewis Hamilton in first practice for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka as the battle for the world championship resumes. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third but the session was halted for 16 minutes after Carlos Sainz suffered a big crash at the hairpin in the Toro Rosso.He was unhurt. Second practice is at 7am this morning with qualifying at 8am tomorrow and the race at 7am on Sunday.

Rugby Union-There’s 1 game in the Aviva Premiership tonight.Harlequins play Sale while in the Guinness Pro 14 Cardiff Blues play Dragons.Cheetas host Glasgow.Edinburgh play Zebre and Ulster host Connaght.

Weather

Mainly fine with light to  moderate variable   winds.

Top temperatures 22-25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 15 degrees in coastal areas and 11 degrees inland with clear skies.  

The weekend–Mainly fine with highs of 21-24 degrees

Finally 

Ashes can be scattered in space from next month after the launch of Britain’s first funeral balloon.

The Ascension 1 craft will carry cremated remains 22miles up to be released into the high-altitude winds of the stratosphere.

Relatives can attend take-off and track the balloon’s progress online, while the scattering is filmed on a HD camera. The 2½-hour process, offered by Sheffield-based Ascension Flights, costs upwards of £795 and is also available for pets.

All flights are authorised by the Civil Aviation Authority, which provides a launch window and warns nearby pilots.

Launches take place at the company’s South Yorkshire base, but can be held elsewhere for a higher fee. Ascension, formed by two ex-University of Sheffield engineering students and featured on TV’s Dragons’ Den, has been developing the technology for five years.

Co-founder Dr Chris Rose said they perfected the scattering technique with synthetic ash, to ensure it spreads evenly.

They have already sent teddies, books, breakfast cereal, alcohol and a cricket ball into space on the re-usable balloon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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