French and Riviera News Monday 11th November 2019

Local

Man stabbed in Nice - A 37-year-old man has been stabbed in Nice. The incident occurred on Sunday midday not far from the Pathé-Massena cinema on Avenue Jean-Médecin. The victim was taken to hospital by emergency services in a critical condition. Police have opened an investigation to determine the reason behind the attack.

Rap video leads to arrests - Five people have been arrested and several people questioned by police after they were seen brandishing Kalashnikov-type weapons as part of a rap video. Police were called after residents saw 50 people wearing masks and holding replica weapons in L’Ariane district of Nice on Saturday afternoon. Clashes broke out with police as they attempted to disburse the crowd.

Road accident - A 22-year-old woman is in a critical condition following a road accident in the early hours of Sunday morning in La Seyne in the Var. Local residents raised the alarm after the woman’s vehicle crashed into a wall. No other vehicles were involved. Police have appealed for witnesses to determine the cause of the accident.

Cold snap - Météo France has warned of a cold snap which is on its way and will affect the whole of France from next week. Temperatures are forecast to be between -2 and 7 degrees reaching highs of 10 degrees in our region. Strong winds and heavy snowfall are expected at altitude with the worst of the bad weather arriving in the south by Friday.

National

March against Islamophobia in Paris - Thousands of people have gathered in Paris for a march against Islamophobia. French media on Sunday evening estimated the number of participants in Paris at around 13,500. The rally was called for by the daily newspaper the Libération in an editorial on November 1st, four days after a man attacked a mosque in Bayonne and amid the renewed debate over Muslim women wearing the veil in public establishments.

Student set himself on fire - A 22-year-old French student has been taken to hospital in a critical condition in Lyon after setting himself on fire. The student had posted on Facebook about his financial difficulties blaming President Emmanuel Macron, far-right leader Marine Le Pen as well as the European Union for having "killed him". Firefighters said the man had sustained 90% burns.

Pete Doherty arrested in Paris - British singer Pete Doherty has been arrested after being involved in a drunken brawl. The 40-year-old singer was placed in police custody on Sunday following the fight. Doherty had just been released on Saturday afternoon after buying cocaine in the Pigalle district. The singer is currently at the beginning of his European tour.

Business

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba says that sales for its annual Singles’ Day shopping bonanza hit 22.63 billion dollars in the first 9 hours of the offer-up 25 percent from the same point last year.

The 24 hour shopping extravaganza was launched with a gala featuring Taylor Swift and Alibaba is on track to beat last year’s sales total of 30.8 billion dollars.

Singles’ Day was started in 2009 and has grown rapidly to become the world’s biggest online sales event.

Total sales last year dwarfed the 7.9 billion dollars in US sales brought in by Cyber Monday.

This year ,sales hit 1 billion dollars in the first minute  and the event was among the top trending topics on China’s Twitter-like platform Weibo this morning.

 

Saudi Aramco has published more details about its planned stock market floatation.

The world’s most profitable company says that individual retail  investors as well as big institutions will have the opportunity to buy shares although a 600 page prospectus did not say how much of the firm would be sold or the date of the listing.

The firm did however mention possible risks including the Saudi government’s control over oil output and terrorist attacks.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants  to sell the shares to raise billions of dollars in order to diversify the economy away from oil by investing in non-energy business.

Bankers expect the floatation to value Aramco at between 1.5 and 2 trillion dollars which would make it the biggest ever stock market listing.

 

And-British Steel is set to announce a rescue deal with the Jingye Group of China which could safeguard up to 4,000 jobs in the UK.

Reports say that the Chinese firm has agreed in principle to buy British Steel for 70 million pounds.

It’s understood that the UK government will help in the form of loan guarantees and other unspecified financial support.

British Steel has been kept in operation by the government since May when it went into liquidation.

The Jingye Group has said that it wants to increase production but has warned that some cost cutting may be necessary.

The former owners of British Steel Greybull Capital walked away from a rescue deal earlier this year after saying that Brexit concerns had decimated forward order books.

 

Sport

Football-Liverpool have moved 8 points clear at the top of the English Premier League after beating Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday.

The defeat is a severe dent in City’s hopes of winning a third straight title but keeps Liverpool on track for their first ever Premier League championship title.

In Sunday’s other games Manchester United beat Brighton 3-1 and Wolves beat Aston Villa 2-1.

There was one game in the English Championship on Sunday. Cardiff lost 1-0 at home to Bristol City.

It’s still neck and neck in Scotland with Celtic top of the table on goal difference after beating Motherwell 2-0. Rangers were 2-0 winners over Livingston.

Cricket-England have wrapped up the T20 international series against New Zealand after winning the 5th and final game in a super over to take the series 3-2.

Both sides ended with totals of 146 in a reduced overs game because of rain.

England hit 17 off their super over while the home side could only manage 8.

The two Test series gets underway on the 21st of November.

Rugby Union-There were two games in the Gallagher Premiership in England on Sunday.London Irish beat Leicester 36-11 and Bristol were 20-17 winners at Exeter.

Tennis-Novak Djokovic has won his opening match at the season ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Djokovic beat Matteo Berrettini 6-2 6-1

Roger Federer lost 7-5 7-5 against Dominic Thiem.

Golf-Tyrell Hatton of England has won a 6 man playoff to claim the Turkish Open.

The players finished under floodlights after six players had tied on 20 under par.

Hatton claimed the title after Matthias Schwab missed a short par putt.

 

Weather.

Sunshine and showers this morning,rain this afternoon with moderate northerly winds.

Top temperature 16 degrees.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 5 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies with highs of 17-18 degrees.

 

Finally 

A gin shop in the UK has banned cheesy Christmas  songs over the festive period to boost the morale of staff forced to listen to them. 

The York Gin shop, in the heart of the historic city, will not be playing Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You or Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody, as it said it would ruin Christmas for shop floor staff who have to endure the music for eight hours each day.

The director of York Gin, also claimed the move would be welcomed by shoppers who are subjected to a constant playlist of festive hits from mid-November.

Most high street shops have the Christmas decorations up and the festive songs playing long before December 25.

She added : 'We do love Christmas, but we want our gin shop to be a cheese-free zone.

'Our lovely team are happy with the decision - they say lots of other shop staff are already going stir crazy with the same Christmas hits being played on a loop.

 

 

 

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