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French and Riviera News Monday 12th March 2018

Local

Dead body found in La Camandre River in the Var - The body of an eighty year old woman has been found in La Camandre River in Fayence. Police were actively searching for the victim after she was reported missing on Sunday morning having set off for a walk along the river bank. Police made the discovery on Sunday afternoon. An investigation has been opened to determine the exact cause of death.

Casino - Following an investigation into money laundering at three Casino’s in Cannes, Bandol and La Grande-Motte seven individuals have been taken into police custody for questioning, including three casino directors of the Partouche group. A large police operation was deployed on Saturday night as part of the investigation which is being led by police in Paris.   

Flight diverted to Marseille - An Air France flight from Hyères to Paris was diverted to Marseille on Sunday due to a technical problem. Passengers were soon boarded onto other aircrafts - the emergency procedure was later described as “unimportant”.

Paris-Nice - The Spanish cyclist Marc Soler has won the Paris-Nice . Soler competed the 76th edition of the race on Sunday, 4 seconds ahead of British cyclist Simon Yates.

Monaco Run - Meanwhile runners were not discouraged by the rain on Sunday as they participated in the Monaco Run.  Athlete Karim Tahri won the race in 31:14, and in the women’s competition it was triathlete Mathilde Gautier who completed the 10km race in 37:04.

National

Solar projects - French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars for solar projects in developing countries. Macron made the pledge as world leaders met in India to promote greater investment in renewable energy. India, the world's third-largest polluter, is undergoing spectacular growth in its solar sector and is on track to become one of the world's largest clean energy markets.

National Front - The head of France's far-right National Front Marine Le-Pen has proposed changing the party's name to the National Union as part of efforts to improve its image. Le-Pen made the announcement at an annual conference of members in Lille on Sunday. The party's new identity aims to bury the National Front (FN) name that has been associated with her father Jean-Marie since 1972.

Eating habits - According to a new study published the habit of snacking between meals is on the rise amongst the French, with 38% of those questioned admitting to at least one snack a day between meals. While the survey shows that the eating habits of the French are changing the report also shows that the French do not snack as much as their English neighbours.

Business

A wave of optimism has swept across Asian markets this morning after the latest US jobs report impressed investors with its strength while also easing fears over inflation and faster interest rate hikes.
The MSCI Index of shares outside Japan gained 1.1 percent shortly after the opening-its third straight session of gains.
Inflation fears eased in New York on Friday after the latest non-farm payroll numbers showed an increase in employment of 313,000 last month while wage growth slowed to 2.6 percent following a spike in January.
The pullback in wages tempered speculation that the Federal Reserve would be projecting 4 rate hikes this year at its next policy meeting rather than the three initially anticipated.

The Chinese Commerce Minister has said that any trade war with the United States will only bring disaster to the world economy.
Speaking on Sunday,Zhong Shan said that China does not want a trade war and will not initiate one.
He said that “there are no winners in a trade war” and that it “would only bring disaster to China,the United States and the world”.
On Saturday both the European Union and Japan urged the United States to grant them exemptions from metal import tariffs with Japan calling for “calm-headed behaviour”.

And-The UK Finance Minister Philip Hammond has rejected calls from the opposition Labour Party and some Conservatives to announce the end of austerity in his spring statement tomorrow.
Mr Hammond is expected to announce the smallest budget deficit since 2002 thanks to better than expected public finances but in an interview with the BBC on Sunday he said that the national debt was still too high.
He said that “there is light at the end of the tunnel but we’re still in the tunnel at the moment”.
Labour has urged Mr Hammond to “end the pain and misery of public spending cuts”. 
 

Sport

6 Nations report in association with www.hollerjones.com

Ireland have only England standing in their way of a third Grand Slam 6 Nations Championship win with the final round of games coming up next Saturday.
Ireland beat Scotland 28-8 in Dublin on Saturday to keep their Grand Slam ambitions on track while any hope that England had of taking the Championship into the final game were shattered as they were beaten 22-16 by a resurgent France in Paris.
On Sunday Wales beat Italy 38-14 in Cardiff.

Ireland have an unassailable lead at the top of the table while Wales moved up to second place on the back of their victory yesterday.England could finish as low as 5th place depending on how the results go on the final day of the Championship.
England host Ireland at Twickenham while Italy play Scotland and Wales host France.

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Football-There were two games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Arsenal beat Watford 3-0 while Spurs were 4-1 winners at Bournemouth.
There’s 1 game tonight.Stoke host Manchester City.

In the English Championship on Sunday Nottingham Forest and Derby drew 0-0 while in Scotland the old firm derby ended Rangers 2 Celtic 3.Celtic’s lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership is back up to 9 points.

Cricket-Australia will resume their second innings on 180-5 heading into day 4 of the second Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.
The tourists have  lead of 41 with Marsh on 39 not out and Paine on 5.


Golf-Paul Casey of England has beaten Tiger Woods by one shot to win the Valspar Championship in Innisbrook.
The Englishman carded a final 6 under par 65 to finish on 10 under with Woods and Patrick Reed both finishing on 9 under.
Woods needed a birdie on the final hole to force a playoff but could only manage par but he was pleased with his performance saying that he just keeps getting “a little better”.

Weather

Clearing as the day goes on with sunny periods this afternoon and a moderate to strong westerly wind.

Top temperature 17 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 7 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies with highs of 16-18 degrees.

Finally 

Robots will become Britain’s “fourth emergency service” within 50 years and be relied on during extreme weather.

It is predicted that by 2068 hundreds of autonomous human-like droids will be on round-the-clock standby to help in hazardous situations too dangerous for humans.

With the strength of 500 men, limitless endurance and the ability to work in sub-zero temperatures, they will carry out search and rescue missions and perform other practical tasks that people and existing machines cannot do.

In the event of another Storm Emma and ‘Beast from the East’, the cyborgs would be on hand to pull stricken cars out of  snow drifts, overturn fallen lorries and plough entire stretches of motorway in a fraction of the time of current rescue vehicles.

They would even carry out roadside first-aid, transport the injured to hospital and offer “words of human-like comfort” to those in distress,

 

 

 

 

 

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