French and Riviera News Monday 10th June 2019

Local

Polluted ports - A recent survey has shown that the ports of Marseille, Nice and Toulon, are among the most polluted in Europe. Marseille, Nice and Toulon, are among the 50 most polluted ports in Europe behind Barcelona, ​​which is ranked the most polluted port in Europe. Marseille ranks 8th, Nice 39th and Toulon 49th. According to the study the pollution is caused by sulfur dioxide released from cruise ships.

Strike action by teachers - Eleven teachers' unions have called for strike on June 17th, the first day of the baccalaureate exam in France. In an open letter to the French government “The Red Pens of Aix-Marseille” have opposed the reforms proposed by the French education minister Jean Michel Blanquer. Unions added they while they understood concern aired from parents as to the effect the action would have on their children sitting exams they emphasized that  "since December", unions have warned of the danger of the reforms, which in their view would increase inequalities amongst pupils. "

Measles - Doctors in the region have warned that the number of cases of measles in the region is set to greatly exceed last year’s epidemic. 28 cases were reported last March compared to 221 just three months later. Delphine Segond, a doctor specializing in public health at the Regional Health Agency of the PACA region says the disease is extremely contagious, "ten times more than the flu". According to the ARS, the reason for the increase in the number of cases is due to the decline in vaccination in the region. A 95% vaccination rate is needed to control the disease however it is currently measured between 85 and 90%.

Fire - More than 40 firefighters have been deployed following a fire in the industrial area of Carros. The blaze broke out on Saturday afternoon in a boat engine storage warehouse. Two people were evacuated by firefighters no injuries were reported. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the blaze.

Private party leads to complaints from neighbours - A private party held in Cannes has left neighbours reeling. On Sunday afternoon police in Le Cannet received several complaints from residents due to the deafening noise which could be heard for miles around. Police went to the villa issuing an on the spot fine of 450 euros. But according to reports the noise continued well after 9pm.

Fete du Port - The Fete du Port in Nice has attracted a strong crowd during this year’s celebrations. Several events were staged on Saturday night including, fifteen concerts, food tasting stands and at the end a spectacular firework display. With the access different to previous years, due to the works being carried out on the tram line to the port, the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi announced on Saturday morning ahead of the Fete du Port that the quay is to be christened “Napoleon 1er” on completion of the tramline.

Football - In the Women’s football World Cup England won at the Allianz Riviera stadium here in Nice on Sunday beating Scotland 2-1. Following the match England head coach Phil Neville said his team have a "long way to go until we start talking about winning the World Cup". The Next match at the Allianz Riviera is on Wednesday with the highly anticipated clash between the France and Norway.

Meanwhile French President Emmanuel Macron, has judged it as "unacceptable" behavior after the French football team were whistled at during La Marseillaise ahead of the qualifying match for Euro-2020 agianst Turkey. Turkey went on to win the march 2 at 0.

National

Hit and run - Police in L’Orient North Western France are actively searching for a motorist accused of mowing down two children aged 10 and 7 in a hit and run incident on Sunday killing one of the two children and leaving the other in a critical condition in hospital.

Three crew dead after storm - A rescue boat has overturned in the Atlantic off the west coast of France leaving three crew dead, amid winds of up to 129 km/h (80 mph). They were part of a crew of seven who had gone to the aid of another boat which had got into difficulty as Storm Miguel struck the area. Four of the seven crew aboard the rescue boat managed to swim to shore. Three helicopters and around 60 firefighters were attempting to find the bodies of the three dead.

Electric scooter crack down - Paris is cracking down on electric scooters after a dangerous and chaotic year on the City’s roads and pavements.  Paris’s Mayor Anne Hidalgo said there have been a spate of injuries, some serious, and many near-misses across the city due to the trend for the new fashionable travel device. The key problem being that the riders for electric scooters, or e-scooters, do not stick to just the roads, but also the capital's narrow pavements (sidewalks) and do not not wear helmets.

Business

United Technologies has announced that its to combine its aerospace business with the US contractor Raytheon to create a new company worth some 121 billion dollars.

Reuters says that the deal would reshape the competitive landscape by forming a conglomerate that spans commercial aviation and defence procurement.

United Technologies primarily provides commercial plane makers with electronics ,communications and other equipment while Raytheon supplies the US government with military aircraft and missile equipment.

The two firms to have some common customers but their business overlap is limited which could be used as a persuasive argument when anti-trust regulators start to look at the deal.

Boeing and Airbus are both likely to oppose the tie-up as it would reduce competition.

 

The head of the International Monetary Fund has warned that giant technology firms could cause significant disruption to the world’s financial system.

Speaking at a meeting of G20 finance ministers in Japan over the weekend ,Christine Lagarde said that just a few firms with big data access and artificial intelligence could run the global payment system and settlement arrangements.

Ministers at the meeting discussed the need to close tax loopholes for internet giants like Facebook and Google including an option to tax them where they make their profits instead of where they base their headquarters.

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And-Renault and Fiat Chrysler are reported to be looking at ways to resuscitate their merger plan which would involve getting approval from Renault’s alliance partner Nissan.

Sources close to the matter say that Nissan will urge Renault to cut its 43.4 percent stake in the firm in return for its support of the merger.

However ,it’s still far from clear whether the failed merger can be revived and talks are described as being extremely complex and politically fraught.

Fiat Chrysler pulled out of the merger talks on the 6th of June after the French government which owns a 15 percent stake in Renault blocked a vote by the board and demanded more time to win Nissan’s approval.

The spotlight is now on Renault’s frayed relationship with Nissan which has deteriorated since the arrest of former alliance chairman Carlos Ghosn who’s awaiting trial in Japan on financial misconduct charges.

Sport

AEROPORT DE NICE –QATAR AIRWAYS FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP REPORT.

England opened their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over a spirited Scotland side at the Stade Allianz Riviera in Nice on Sunday in warm conditions with a crowd of some 16,000 watching.

Paris gave England the lead from the penalty spot on 14 minutes and Ellen White made it two nil before half time.

Scotland came back into the game in the second half and Claire Emslie pulled a goal back on 79 minutes to make it 2-1 but England held on for the win and collected the three points to go top of Group D.

Also on Sunday Italy caused an upset by beating Australia 2-1 in Group C while Brazil beat Jamaica 3-0.

There are two games today.Argentina play Japan in Group D at 6pm and in Group C Canada play Cameroon.Kick of in that one is at 9pm.

In men’s football-Portugal edged the Netherlands in the Nations League final last night.

Guedes scored the only goal of the game on 60 minutes.

Earlier ,England beat Switzerland 6-5 on penalties after extra time to take third place in the competition.

Formula 1-Sebastian Vettel was furious after he was denied victory in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix by picking up a 5 second time penalty.

The Ferrari star was penalised for dangerous driving against rival Lewis Hamilton.

Race stewards decided that Vettel had rejoined the track unsafely and forced Hamilton off line.

The penalty gave Hamilton his 7th Canadian Grand Prix victory with Vettel demoted to second and his Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc in third.

Hamilton leads the drivers’ championship by 29 points from Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas who had a disappointing race and finished 4th.

The next race is the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet on the 23rd of June.

Cricket-India won the big battle against Australia at the World Cup on Sunday coming out victors by 36 runs.

India made 352-5 from their 50 overs with Shikhar Dhawan making 117.

Australia tried hard to get to the total but fell short and were bowled out for 316.

It’s Australia’s first defeat in the tournament while India have now won both their opening games.

Today-South Africa play West Indies in Southampton.Play starts at 11.30.

Tennis-Rafael Nadal has won his 12th French Open title after beating Dominic Thiem in 4 sets in Sunday’s final.

The 33 year old is the first player to win 12 singles titles at the same Grand Slam and has now won 18 majors.

Nadal won 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 with his opponent looking drained in the final two sets.

Thiem had a marathon semi final against Novak Djokovic which only finished the day before the final and he didn’t look at his best.

Golf-Rory McIlroy has won the Canadian Open by 7 shots from Webb Simpson and Shane Lowry.

The Northern Irishman fired an impressive nine under par 61 in the final round to take the tournament out of the reach of his rivals.

The victory is the perfect preparation for the third major of the year.The US Open starts at Pebble Beach on Thursday.

Weather

Partially cloudy with the chance of some showers around lunchtime with sunny periods. 

Moderate easterly winds and a high of 27 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees on the coast and 18 degrees inland with outbreaks of rain.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Hazy sunshine with highs of 24-27 degrees.

Finally 

Half of British television viewers have binge-watched a series for eight hours straight, with four-in-five losing sleep to watch a show.

A survey of 5,500 visitors to RadioTimes.com found binge-watching is the new British obsession, and nearly a fifth of people had called in sick to work so they could watch another episode.

Three quarters of adults confessed to sitting in front of a screen for more than four hours in a single sitting.

This comes as more television dramas area released in blocks to be consumed in one go rather than on a rolling weekly basis.

 

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