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French and Riviera News Monday 11th June 2018

Local

Weather warning – Météo France has issued a yellow weather warning with thunderstorms forecasts across the region today. The warning is in place until 3pm this afternoon. Meanwhile over 31 other departments across the country were placed on an orange weather alert on Sunday with heavy rainfall and flooding expected.

Air Traffic Controllers Strike - Flights at Nice International Airport have been disrupted following an air traffic controllers strike over the weekend. Up to 20 cancellations were reported on Saturday with flights to and from both Paris and Corsica being the worst affected.

Poor working condition at the hospital of Puget-Théniers -Hospital staff at Puget-Théniers have launched a petition in support of a member of staff who has been on a hunger strike since the 1st June. The protest comes as staff aim to raise awareness amongst the public of the current poor working conditions at the hospital.

Red Cross – Meanwhile this weekend saw the launch of national awareness week for the French Red Cross. Thirty volunteers will be present on Place Garibaldi until Sunday 17th in Nice with workshops to teach the public about first aid. 

Police intervene when motorist locks himself in car - Police have had to intervene after a motorist locked himself in his car in Juan-les-Pins in an attempt to stop his car being towed following a parking infraction. The incident happened on the Rue du Jardin-Secret when the owner of the illegally parked car dashed to the wheel of the car as the two front wheels were already on the back of the tow truck, police were called and the man was later removed from his vehicle.  

National

2015 Paris Attacks - Victims and relatives of victims of the 2015 Paris attacks have filed a legal complaint for non-assistance to people in danger. The case from about 30 victims and relatives claims a group of soldiers were ordered not to enter the Bataclan concert hall as 90 people were massacred and hundreds more kept hostage inside.

Macron slams Trump’s “inconsistency” - French President Emmanuel Macron has slammed the US President Donald Trump for withdrawing his name from a final joint statement at comments by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trump pulled his signature from the statement after hearing that Trudeau had told a news conference that the US president calling on security to justify tariffs against Canada was "kind of insulting". Trump hit back with two furious tweets which then led to a statement from the French presidency declaring that "international cooperation cannot depend on fits of anger and a few words".

Protests by French Farmers - French farmers are to picket oil refineries this week in protests sparked by the government's decision to allow the Total oil company to import palm oil to produce biofuel.  The pickets of 13 refineries has been organised by two major farming unions and started on Sunday night they are expected to last until Wednesday at least and could go on longer.

Business

The United States and Canada are edging closer to a diplomatic and trade crisis after senior White House advisors hit out at the Canadian leader Justin Trudeau a day after President Trump called him “very dishonest and weak”.
The increasing row has also drawn in France and Germany who have both sharply criticised Mr Trump’s decision to withdraw his support for a G7 communique which was hammered out at the summit on Saturday.
Meanwhile the Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freedland told the press on Sunday that “Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks and that we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes to a close ally”.
She reiterated that Canada would retaliate to US tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way.She added that Canada would always be willing talk.

Foxconn has said that its investigating a plant in China that makes products for Amazon after a US watchdog group criticised working conditions at the factory.
A 94 page report by the New York based China Labour Watch group cited excessive hours,low wages,inadequate training and overreliance on temporary workers in violation of Chinese law at the Hengyang Foxconn plant in Hunan Province.
The plant makes Echo Dot smart speakers and Kindle e-readers for Amazon and has been under investigation for 9 months.
In a statement issued to Reuters,Foxconn said that it was looking into  all areas raised by the report and that immediate action would be taken to bring operations into compliance with its code of conduct.

And-Legal and General Investment Management(LGIM) has said that it will take action against firms that are not addressing the risk of climate change.
LGIM is one of the largest investment funds in Europe and said that it would exclude offending firms from its Future World index fund.
LGIM said that China Construction Bank and Russia’s Rosneft were among the worst offenders.
It said that China Construction Bank continued to be the world’s largest funder of coal mining while Rosneft was criticised for producing a 144 page sustainability report that did not mention “climate change” once.

Sport

Formula 1-Sebastian Vettel dominated the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday to leapfrog Lewis Hamilton at the top of the drivers’ championship.
The Ferrari star led from start to finish after starting the race on pole with Valtteri Bottas finishing second for Mercedes and Max Verstappen in the Red Bull finishing third.
Hamilton could only manage 5th place after starting in 4th and he now trails Vettel by 1 point in the drivers’ championship heading into the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet in two weeks time.
The Canadian race saw a bizarre incident at the end when the chequered flag was waved a lap early.It didn’t phase Vettel though who took it again the next time around.

Tennis-World number one Rafael Nadal has won the French Open for the 11th time after beating Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s final in Paris.
Nadal came through 6-4 6-3 6-2 to claim his 17th Grand Slam title-three short of Roger Federer’s all-time men’s record.

Cricket-Scotland have stunned England with a 6 wicket victory in the one day international in Edinburgh.
Scotland batted first and made an impressive 371-5 from their 50 overs including a swashbuckling undefeated 140 from Callum McLeod.
In reply England were bowled out for 365 in 48.5 overs with Jonny Bairstow top scoring with 105.
The defeat is not what England wanted just three days before the one day series against Australia starts at the Oval but it’s a famous win for Scotland.

Football-Brazil have won their final warm-up match ahead of the World Cup finals with a 3-0 win against Austria.
Neymar,Jesus and Phillipe Coutinho were the scorers for Brazil before the squad boarded their flight for Russia where they’ll be one of the World Cup favourites.

Rugby Union-
The Wales head coach Warren Gatland has said that he hopes Shaun Edwards will stay in the set-up until the World Cup but would not stand in his way if a job offer came along.
Edwards,the Wales defence coach has been linked to a role with England,especially since they lost their opening Test against South Africa on Saturday which exposed their defensive frailties.
Gatland says that Edwards is one of the best defensive coaches in the business and he’s confident that he’ll stay with Wales. 

Golf-Dustin Johnson has reclaimed the world number one spot after winning the St Jude Classic on Sunday by 6 shots.
Johnson ended on 17 under,6 clear of fellow American Andrew Putnam.
He looks to be in ominous form ahead of the US Open which starts on Thursday.

Cycling-Geraint Thomas of Wales has won the Criterium du Dauphine to give Team Sky their 6th victory in the race in the past 8 years.
Thomas finished one minute ahead of nearest rival Andrew Yates who won the final stage.
The double Olympic champion ended with an overall time of 24 hours 43 minutes and 12 seconds.


Weather

Becoming overcast with thundery showers this morning,giving way to sunshine and showers and then mainly fine this afternoon.Light to moderate variable or easterly winds and a high of 25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 19 degrees on the coast and 17 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Unsettled with sunshine and showers and some thunder inland.

 

Finally 

Bundles of decaying Second World War bank notes stashed away in case of Nazi invasion have been discovered under the floorboards of an old clothes store.

Shopfitters found the cash on the site of what was once Bradley Gowns - now a Cotswold Outdoor store - in Brighton.

The hoard of £1 and £5 notes adds up to about £30,000, which is the equivalent of more than £1m today.


 

 

 

 

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