French and Riviera News.Monday 04.03.2019

No return-The Alpes Maritimes Deputy Eric Ciotti has said that French citizens who joined ISIS forces in Syria should not be allowed to return home.

In an interview with the Nice Matin newspaper,Mr Ciotti said that  a government plan to allow dozens of Jihadi fighters to return to France was plainly wrong.

He said that France had been waging war on terrorism since 2012 and that Islamist attacks had cost the lives of 258 people and resulted in more than 1,000 being injured in the country since that date.

He said that it would be an insult to the memory of the victims and their families to allow Jihadi fighters to return and that France should send a clear message that their decision to travel to Syria had been a “one way ticket”.

 

The Carnival is over-The King of Cinema has been burned marking the end of the 2019 Nice Carnival.

The City’s Mayor Christian Estrosi attended the final ceremony of the event on Saturday night and it was later announced that the theme next year will be fashion.

One of the giant effigies for next year’s Carnival is rumoured to be a caricature of the late Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.

 

Cricket curry ? -Visitors to Parc Phoenix in Nice have been trying the culinary delights of insects over the weekend.

With growing concerns about the environmental impact of livestock,insects are an excellent source of protein and are already eaten in great numbers in parts of Africa and Asia.

On offer at the exhibition were a number of challenging insect delights including Buffalo style worms,locusts in garlic with fine herbs and curried crickets.

 

Bribery-A former personal assistant to the controversial French businessman Bernard Tapie has said that he once bribed a football referee to influence the result of a match between Paris St Germain and Marseilles.

Mr Tapie was the president of Marseilles football club during its most successful period  between 1986 and 1994.He denies the allegation.

Marc Fratani, who acted as a chauffeur, parliamentary attaché and personal assistant to Mr Tapie said that the referee was paid to influence the outcome of the match.

Mr Tapie has challenged Mr Fratani to name the official concerned and that he knew nothing about it.

 

Stabbing-A 15 year old boy has been taken to hospital after being stabbed at a McDonalds restaurant in Sainte-Maxime in the Var.

Authorities say that the incident occurred during a fight with another boy.His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

An enquiry is underway.

 

Gilets Jaunes-Yellow vest protestors returned to the Carrefour roundabout over the weekend for the first time since the Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes ordered the clearance of a make-shift camp that had been set up on the 10th of January.

It was the 16th week of protests over inequality and falling consumer spending power but the first time that demonstrators had returned to the roundabout at the Antibes motorway junction since the camp was cleared .

Protestors said that they had not given up the challenge and informed passing motorists that the fight goes on.

There were no reports of any trouble.

There was some violence elsewhere in France over the weekend with reports saying that a man in Paris had been struck in the face with a rubber bullet on Saturday.

 

In National News.

 

Brexit-The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said that the bloc is prepared t9 give Britain further guarantees to help a divorce deal through the UK Parliament.

Although Mr Barnier has ruled out a change to the thorny Irish backstop conundrum, he has said over the weekend that the EU was willing to find the guarantees to confirm the “goodwill and good faith of the Europeans with commitments which would have real legal force”.

The UK Attorney General Geoffrey Cox is expected in Brussels early this week as he attempts to find a legal arrangement that would satisfy the Brexiteer wing of the ruling Conservative Party and allow Prime Minister Theresa May’s Withdrawal Bill to pass through Parliament.

The Bill could be presented to the House of Commons as soon as the middle of this week and must be voted on by the 12th of March.It seems likely that the UK will have to ask the EU for some kind of extension to the Article 50 deadline even if the Bill passes to allow time the the necessary legislation to be put into place.

France has said that it is only willing to consider an extension if the UK has a concrete plan for what it intends to do.

 

Migrants-A number of migrants hoping to reach the UK boarded a cross-Channel ferry at Calais on Sunday causing police to carry out a thorough search of the vessel.

Reports say that around a hundred migrants broke through the port’s perimeter fence with around 50 of them managing to board the Calais Seaways ferry which had just arrived from Dover.

46 people were apprehended on Sunday morning while a number of others were coaxed down by firemen after attaching themselves to a catwalk next to the ship’s funnel.

The migrants have been taken to police headquarters in Paris.

 

Business.

 

The United States and China are said to be close to a deal that would scrap tariffs on at  least 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods.

A source close to the talks said that in return,Beijing would make pledges on structural economic changes and agree to shelve retaliatory tariffs on US goods.

Reuters says that President Trump and his Chinese counterpart XI Jinping could seal the trade deal at summit on or around the 27th of March  given the progress being made by the two countries.

A deal would bring to an end the 8 month old trade war between the world’s two largest economies which have caused concern to markets and disrupted manufacturing supply chains.

 

The head of Brazil’s Vale mining giant has stepped down following the collapse of a dam which killed 186 people.

Fabio Schvartsman  and several of the firm’s executives asked to be relieved of their posts after prosecutors called for their dismissal.

At least 122 people are still missing more than a month after the accident at the dam which was collecting waste from the iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state.

Vale is the world’s largest producer of iron ore.It was the second mining disaster in the region since 2015 when a nearby dam ,also owned by the firm collapsed.

 

And-The British Prime Minister Theresa May is being accused of trying to “buy Brexit” after promising a 1.6 billion pound boost for poorer areas of the UK.

Mrs May’s Stronger Towns Fund was immediately attacked by her opponents as an attempt to buy support from opposition politicians in Leave-supporting areas to back her Brexit deal in a crunch House of Commons vote which is due to take place before the 12th of March.

With 26 days to go before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU ,Mrs May is still battling to reach a deal with the bloc that’s acceptable to Parliament after her original proposals were rejected in a crushing defeat in January.

 

Sport.

 

Football-it’s advantage Manchester City following the latest series of games in the English Premier League after Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw at Everton on Sunday which leaves Pep Guardiola’s side one point clear at the top of the table.

In Sunday’s other games Fulham lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea and Brendan Rogers’ first game in charge of Leicester City ended in a 2-1 defeat away at Watford.

 

There were two quarter final ties in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.Aberdeen and Rangers will have to replay after the game ended in a 1-1 draw while Dundee United lost 2-1 at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

 

Rugby Union-The chairman of World Rugby has called for an emergency meeting to discuss the future of the international game.

Sir Bill Beaumont wants representatives from all tier-one countries to convene in Dublin at the end of the month.

The development comes following wide-spread criticism over the latest proposals for a World League.

Sir Bill said that no decisions have been made amid concerns over player welfare and the marginalising of smaller rugby playing nations such as Georgia and the Pacific Islands.

 

There was one game in the Gallagher Premiership in England on Sunday.Newcastle beat Worcester 17-6 while in the Guinness Pro 14 Dragons lost 28-15 at home to Ulster.

 

Racing-Stricter whip rules could be introduced at the Grand National this year if the sport’s governing body is not happy with whip use at the Cheltenham Festival.

Riders are to be “reminded of their responsibilities “ ahead of the 4 day Cheltenham Festival which starts later this month.

Stronger deterrents are being discussed by the British Horseracing Authority  while on Friday it emerged that whip rules in Ireland are to be toughened up.

Misuse of the whip offences rose by 26 percent last year, prompting the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board  to introduce a limit on how often a jockey can use the whip.

 

Weather.

 

Broken cloud with plenty of sunshine this afternoon and a moderate to strong Mistral across the Var.

Top temperature 18 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 6 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday -Mainly fine with highs of 15-18 degrees.

 

Finally.

A man has been arrested after an egg was thrown at Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in north London.

It happened as Mr Corbyn was visiting a mosque in Seven Sisters Road, not far from where the MP lives, just before 4pm on Sunday.

The Metropolitan Police said a 41-year-old man was "quickly detained by officers on scene" and arrested on suspicion of assault.

The man is in custody at a north London police station, the force said.

Mr Corbyn had been visiting the Finsbury Park Mosque and Muslim Welfare House to coincide with Visit My Mosque Day.

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