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French and Riviera News Friday August 3rd 2018

Heatwave-Meteo France has extended the orange heatwave alert in force across the Alpes-Maritimes and Var until tonight.

Temperatures of between 34 and 37 degrees are once again being forecast for inland areas,particularly in the Var although the Alpes-Maritimes should be a little cooler.

In Marseilles,the temperature is forecast to shoot up to nearly 40 degrees this afternoon and extremely hot conditions are expected to continue across the weekend and into the early part of next week.

A total of 34 French departments across the south and east of the country are subject to an orange heatwave alert.

 

Air pollution-The heatwave has resulted in high levels of air pollution in the Var with authorities cutting the speed limit on the motorway and all other roads by 20 kilometres per hour.

Since the start of the week,the Var has suffered several episodes of high ozone levels while the Alpes-Maritimes has avoided the problem because of slightly stronger breezes.

People are urged not to go out during the hottest part of the day,to avoid strenuous exercise and to immediately consult a doctor or pharmacist if feeling unwell.

 

British PM in the Var-The British Prime Minister Theresa May is in the Var today for talks with Emmanuel Macron at his Fort Bregancon summer residence.

Mrs May is attempting to persuade European leaders to sign up for her Chequers proposals for Britain’s exit from the EU although the bloc’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has warned that there is little point in the Prime Minister attempting to go over the Commission’s head.

On Thursday,Germany rejected claims that it was willing to offer Mrs May a looser Brexit deal to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal.Germany insisted that no instruction had been issued to the Commission to back a vaguer plan and that clear guarantees about future planned trading relations and security would be required by Berlin.

 

McDonalds-The fast food giant McDonalds has confirmed that a batch of listeria contaminated Chicken Caesar salad was sold in its outlets in Monaco and the Alpes Maritimes between the 9th and 14th of July.

McDonalds restaurants in Nice,Cannes,Mandelieu,Mougins,Antibes,Juan les Pins,Villeneuve Loubet,Menton and Monaco all stocked and sold the contaminated salad.

A freephone number has been issued for concerned customers who may have consumed the salad.It’s 0 800 000 175.

Anyone who may have consumed the salad is advised to consult their doctor as a precaution and get immediate medical attention in the case of fever,vomiting or headache.

Pregnant women and people suffering from auto-immunity illnesses as well as the elderly should pay particular attention to any symptoms.

The incubation period for listeria poisoning can be up to 8 weeks.

 

Harassment-A number of women have told the Nice Matin newspaper that they’re subjected to regular harassment by men on the streets of the Cote d’Azur.

The women say that they’re normally left alone when on the beach but when they go out in the evening they regularly receive unwanted attention from men and the later the evening goes on,the worse the situation gets.

A new law against the street harassment,particularly of women has gone through the French Parliament and will come into force in September.Too late for the tourist season.

 

Sospel cars-The windows of three cars and the entry door to a private apartment block have been smashed in Sospel.

Witnesses say that the incidents were carried out by a single individual who appeared to be “off his head”.

Last week,a number of cars were torched by a man who’s since been arrested and is being held in custody pending sentencing.

It’s not thought that the incidents are related.

 

In National News.

 

Mont Blanc deaths-Three climbers from the same group have died after falling at an altitude of 3,600 meters on Mont Blanc.

Authorities say that the accident happened on the Domes de Miage peaks in the southern area of Mont Blanc at around 10.30 on Thursday morning.

The climbers appear to have fallen after their climbing bolts became unscrewed.

The identity of the three is not yet known.

Last week four climbers died in the French Alps in three separate incidents.

 

Employers revolt-French employers have reacted with anger to a government plan which would force them to pay short-term sickness benefits to workers instead of the social security department.

Reports in the press say that the government is looking at ways to reduce the social security budget deficit and one idea is to make employers responsible for sickness benefit payments when workers are incapacitated for 8 days or less.

The proposal could cost French employers upwards of 900 million euros a year and will be put to business and union leaders by the Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in the autumn.

 

Flight delays-A report carried out for Le Figaro newspaper by the flight monitoring site Flightradar has shown that average delays to flights from French airports amounted to an average of 25 minutes in July.

A number of factors are responsible for the delays including a lack of airport personnel as well as strikes by air traffic controllers.

Flightradar suggests that delays could increase over the coming weeks owning to the increasing amount of air traffic during the busiest month of the year.

Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport was the worst offender where flight delays averaged nearly 25 minutes last month followed by Orly where delays were an average 20 minutes.Nice airport registered delays of between 16 and 17 minutes.

 

Business.

 

Apple has become the world's first public company to be worth 1 trillion dollars.

The iPhone maker's market value reached the figure in New York on Thursday and its shares closed at a new record high of 207 dollars 39.

The stock has been rising since Tuesday when it reported better than expected results for the three months to June.

Apple beat Silicon Valley rivals such as Amazon and Microsoft to become the first to hit the 1 trillion dollar valuation.

Since the iPhone first went on sale in 2007, Apple shares have soared by 1,100% and have jumped almost a third in the past year.

 

Rolls-Royce is taking a charge of 554 million pounds to cover costs related to problems with its Trent 1000 engine.

The engine, which is used on Boeing's Dreamliner range of aircraft, has experienced problems with its turbine blades.

Airlines have been forced to take aircraft out of use while Rolls-Royce fixed the problem.

The charge contributed to a pre-tax loss for Rolls-Royce in the first half of the year of 1.26 billion pounds.

Rolls-Royce said the charge was a one-off exceptional item amounting to about 40% of the estimated expense involved.

 

And-Amazon incurred just 4.6 million pounds in UK corporation tax last year, down from 7.4 million in 2016 according to its accounts.

Meanwhile, the figures for Amazon UK Services Limited show the online retail giant paid just 1.7 million pounds in tax after deferring 2.9 million.

The firm’s UK operations made an operating profit of almost 80 million pounds, up from 48 million in 2016.

An Amazon UK spokesman said it paid all the tax it was required to "in the UK and every country where we operate".

Amazon UK Services is the division which runs the fulfilment centres which process, package and post deliveries to UK customers.

It employs more than two-thirds of the 27,000-strong UK workforce.

 

Sport.

 

Formula 1-The three-time world champion Niki Lauda is recovering in hospital following a lung transplant.

Mr Lauda,who’s 69 is reported to have been suffering from severe lung disease and had to cut short a holiday last week to fly to Vienna for the operation.

The Vienna General Hospital says that the transplant was successfully carried out.

Nika Lauda won the world championship in 1975,1977 and 1984 with Ferrari and McLaren.

He also suffered terrible burns and was given the last rites after a horrific crash at the Nurburgring in 1976 but made a remarkable recovery and was back behind the wheel six weeks later.

Since 2012 he’s been non-executive chairman of Mercedes and is heavily involved in the running of the team.

 

Cricket-A superb knock of 149 by Virat Kohli kept India in the game on day 2 of the 1st Test against England at Edgebaston.

Kohli dominated the scoring in India’s total of 274 which put them only 13 runs behind the hosts on first innings.

England lost the wicket of Alistair Cook for a duck before stumps as they closed the day’s play on 9-1 in their second innings,an overall lead of 22.

Play resumes at noon French time.

 

Football-The new  season is almost upon us with a full programme in the Championship tomorrow and a full fixture list in Scotland.

On Sunday Chelsea and Manchester City meet in the Community Shield at Wembley.

 

Rugby Union-Chris Ashton has been named in the England training squad for the first time since 2016.

The Sale winger returned to the English Premiership last month from the French top 14 side Toulon last month and has not played for England under Eddie Jones.

Jones has described Ashton as “an exceptional player”.

 

 

Weather

 

There’s an ORANGE HEATWAVE warning in force for the Alpes-Martimes and the Var with partially cloudy skies and scattered showers and thunderstorms developing later.

Light variable winds and highs of 30-34 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 26 degrees on the coast and 23 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Starting fine on both days with showers and thundery outbreaks developing later.Highs of 31-34 degrees.

 

Finally.

 

Police in the Swiss city of Zurich are urging owners to buy shoes for their dogs, in order to protect their paws in the high temperatures, reports say.

According to the public broadcaster SRF, the police in Zurich have launched the "Hot Dog campaign" and are educating dog owners on how they can protect their four-legged friends in the hot weather, given that the overheated pavements can be painful on their feet.

A prolonged heatwave throughout Europe means that Switzerland has had one of the hottest summers since records began in 1864, with temperatures this July hovering around 30 degrees Celcius .

According to Zurich Police Spokesperson Michael Walker, 30 degrees can feel like 50-55 degrees on the ground, and can cause particular discomfort to canines.

 

 

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