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French and Riviera News Monday 15th January 2018

Local

Body found on roof of train at Menton train station - Trains between Menton and Ventimigila stopped running on Sunday morning after the body of a 28 year old migrant was found on the roof of a train at Menton train station. The incident happened shortly after 6am. Traffic returned to normal at around 10am.

Footballer suffers heart attack during U19 match - A young footballer has been placed in an artificial coma after suffering a heart attack during a match on Sunday. Emergency services intervened at 9.30 on Sunday morning at the football stadium in Cap d’Ail during the U19 match between Cap d’Ail and Mougins.

Building project in Cogolin - A public meeting organised by several associations has taken place in Cogolin in the Var. The meeting was held in protest against plans to build 568 housing units at the Yotel on the Cogolin coast. The mayor reportedly issued building permits in December. Those against the real estate project argue that it will have a negative environmental impact on the area.

Monaco Life - Figures published by the Monaco City Council have shown that the number of couples who tied the knot in the Principality is on the rise. A total of 206 weddings were celebrated in 2017 compared to 193 in 2016. The number of divorces fell from 89 in 2016 to 69 in 2017. As for births, 958 births were recorded in 2017 with the favourite names for girls being Victoria, Alice, Léa, Sofia and Emma and for boys: Nolan, Ethan, Lucas, Hugo, Lorenzo and Raphael.

“Popemobile” to be auctioned in Monaco - The custom Lamborghini Huracán given to Pope Francis is to be sold for charity in Monaco. The auction organized by RM Sotheby’s is to take place on May 12th. The proceeds of the sale will be given to the Pope to be disbursed to a number of good causes.

National

Two people killed at level crossing - Two people have been killed at a level crossing in the Yonne. The accident occurred shortly after 5.30pm on Sunday when the car reportedly drove through the flashing light and became blocked by the barriers. The crossing is classified as the 11th most dangerous in France.

Lactalis - More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk have now been recalled in 83 countries in a salmonella scandal involving French company Lactalis. The dairy firm's CEO, Emmanuel Besnier, confirmed the extent of the contamination risk to French media. The products have been subject to a recall since December, after salmonella bacteria was discovered at a factory.

Catherine Deneuve apologises - Catherine Deneuve has apologised to female victims of sexual assault who were shocked and hurt by the controversial letter she signed attacking the #MeToo campaign. The French actor said she stood by the statement that caused an international outcry when it was published last week, but distanced herself from a number of other female signatories.

The French baguette - French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that the French baguette should be listed as a Unesco cultural treasure. Speaking in support of a national bakers’ association he said "The baguette is the envy of the whole world”. The bakers have been inspired by the success of Italy's Naples pizza, which was protected by the UN's cultural body last year. Unesco's list aims to save traditions from globalisation.

Business

The UK construction giant Carillion is in last ditch talks with government officials to prevent the firm’s collapse. Carillion’s key creditors will meet with Whitehall officials as it emerged that the firm has debts of 1.5 billion pounds and a pension shortfall of 587 million pounds. The firm is involved in a number of large construction projects including the HS2 high speed rail line as well as the management of schools and prisons. The chairman of a key group of MP’s has said that there may need to be an enquiry into how public contracts are awarded to companies like Carillion while the opposition Labour Party and trade unions have claimed that warnings about the firm’s finances were ignored. Without restructuring,Carillion which is the UK’s second largest construction company looks set to go into administration.It employs 43,000 people worldwide including 20,000 in the UK. The firm’s main creditors which include Barclays,RBS,HSBC and Lloyds are owed around 900 million pounds.

Oil prices are hovering at near 3 year highs this morning supported by ongoing cuts to output led by OPEC and Russia despite a rise in US and Canadian drilling. Brent Crude futures were trading at 69 dollars 85 a little earlier this morning-down very slightly from their Friday close while US West Texas Intermediate is at 64 dollars  40-down 10 cents on Friday. Last week,both benchmarks reached levels not seen since December 2014 WITH Brent touching 70 dollars. Oil markets have been well supported by production cuts led by OPEC and Russia which are aimed at propping up crude prices.

And-Media reports suggest that Japan’s Softbank is planning to list its mobile phone business in Tokyo and overseas. The listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and possibly in London aims to raise 18 billion dollars. Softbank has confirmed that the sale is an option but has said that no decision has yet been made. If it goes ahead then the listing would be one of Japan’s biggest ever initial public offerings. Reports say that the Softbank Group is intending to sell around 30 percent of the outstanding shares in its subsidiary to investors while keeping a stake of 70 percent.

Sport

Football-Liverpool have ended Manchester City’s record breaking Premier League winning streak with a 4-3 victory at Anfield that puts Jurgen Klopp’s side up to second place in the table on goal difference.
Liverpool led 4-1 midway through the second half but had to hang on at the end as City came back to make it 4-3.
The defeat ends City’s hopes of emulating Arsenal’s ‘invincibles’ who went undefeated in the 2003-4 season.
The other Premier League game on Sunday ended Bournemouth 2 Arsenal 1.

There’s 1 game tonight.Manchester United can reclaim second spot if they beat Stoke at Old Trafford.

Ryan Giggs is set to be named as the new Wales manager on a four year contract.
The Football Association of Wales has called a news conference for this afternoon in Cardiff where Giggs is expected to be unveiled.
The former Manchester United star will succeed Chris Coleman who left for Sunderland in November.

Cricket-England have beaten Australia by 5 wickets in the first one day international in Melbourne.
The tourists put Australia in to bat and they made a challenging 304-8 from their 50 overs including 107 from Aaron Finch.
England had Jason Roy to thank for the victory.He made 180- the highest-ever one-day international score by an England batsman and was accompanied by Joe Root who finished on 91 not out as the tourists reached the total for the loss of 5 wickets in 48.5 overs.
England take a one nil lead in the 5 match series.The second match is on Friday in Brisbane.

Tennis-The Australian Open is underway in Melbourne.
So far today there have been first round wins in the women’s event for Sloane Stephens,Jelena Ostapenko and Kirsten Flipkens but Venus Williams has been knocked out by the world number 78 Belinda Bencic.
In the men’s event Kyle Edmund of Great Britain has claimed the best win of his career after beating the 11th seed Kevin Anderson in 5 sets and there have been first round wins for Matthew Ebden on Australia who beat John Isner of the USA and Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain who beat Jason Kubler of Australia in four sets.

Rugby Union-In the European Champions Cup on Sunday Leinster thrashed Glasgow 55-19 in Pool 3.Racing 92 beat Munster 34-30 in Pool 4 while Castres thumped Leicester 39-0.In Pool 5 Toulon beat Benetton 36-0.

Meanwhile England’s Billy Vunipola will miss the entire 6 Nations after fracturing his forearm.
The Saracens number 8 was forced off at half time in the Champions Cup match against Ospreys on Saturday and is expected to be out for 10 weeks.

Weather

Partially cloudy with light south westerly or variable winds.

Top temperature 12 degrees.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 5 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Partially cloudy with a strong Mistral developing and a high of 15 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

Local

Body found on roof of train at Menton train station - Trains between Menton and Ventimigila stopped running on Sunday morning after the body of a 28 year old migrant was found on the roof of a train at Menton train station. The incident happened shortly after 6am. Traffic returned to normal at around 10am.

Footballer suffers heart attack during U19 match - A young footballer has been placed in an artificial coma after suffering a heart attack during a match on Sunday. Emergency services intervened at 9.30 on Sunday morning at the football stadium in Cap d’Ail during the U19 match between Cap d’Ail and Mougins.

Building project in Cogolin - A public meeting organised by several associations has taken place in Cogolin in the Var. The meeting was held in protest against plans to build 568 housing units at the Yotel on the Cogolin coast. The mayor reportedly issued building permits in December. Those against the real estate project argue that it will have a negative environmental impact on the area.

Monaco Life - Figures published by the Monaco City Council have shown that the number of couples who tied the knot in the Principality is on the rise. A total of 206 weddings were celebrated in 2017 compared to 193 in 2016. The number of divorces fell from 89 in 2016 to 69 in 2017. As for births, 958 births were recorded in 2017 with the favourite names for girls being Victoria, Alice, Léa, Sofia and Emma and for boys: Nolan, Ethan, Lucas, Hugo, Lorenzo and Raphael.

“Popemobile” to be auctioned in Monaco - The custom Lamborghini Huracán given to Pope Francis is to be sold for charity in Monaco. The auction organized by RM Sotheby’s is to take place on May 12th. The proceeds of the sale will be given to the Pope to be disbursed to a number of good causes.

National

Two people killed at level crossing - Two people have been killed at a level crossing in the Yonne. The accident occurred shortly after 5.30pm on Sunday when the car reportedly drove through the flashing light and became blocked by the barriers. The crossing is classified as the 11th most dangerous in France.

Lactalis - More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk have now been recalled in 83 countries in a salmonella scandal involving French company Lactalis. The dairy firm's CEO, Emmanuel Besnier, confirmed the extent of the contamination risk to French media. The products have been subject to a recall since December, after salmonella bacteria was discovered at a factory.

Catherine Deneuve apologises - Catherine Deneuve has apologised to female victims of sexual assault who were shocked and hurt by the controversial letter she signed attacking the #MeToo campaign. The French actor said she stood by the statement that caused an international outcry when it was published last week, but distanced herself from a number of other female signatories.

The French baguette - French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that the French baguette should be listed as a Unesco cultural treasure. Speaking in support of a national bakers’ association he said "The baguette is the envy of the whole world”. The bakers have been inspired by the success of Italy's Naples pizza, which was protected by the UN's cultural body last year. Unesco's list aims to save traditions from globalisation.

Business

The UK construction giant Carillion is in last ditch talks with government officials to prevent the firm’s collapse. Carillion’s key creditors will meet with Whitehall officials as it emerged that the firm has debts of 1.5 billion pounds and a pension shortfall of 587 million pounds. The firm is involved in a number of large construction projects including the HS2 high speed rail line as well as the management of schools and prisons. The chairman of a key group of MP’s has said that there may need to be an enquiry into how public contracts are awarded to companies like Carillion while the opposition Labour Party and trade unions have claimed that warnings about the firm’s finances were ignored. Without restructuring,Carillion which is the UK’s second largest construction company looks set to go into administration.It employs 43,000 people worldwide including 20,000 in the UK. The firm’s main creditors which include Barclays,RBS,HSBC and Lloyds are owed around 900 million pounds.

Oil prices are hovering at near 3 year highs this morning supported by ongoing cuts to output led by OPEC and Russia despite a rise in US and Canadian drilling. Brent Crude futures were trading at 69 dollars 85 a little earlier this morning-down very slightly from their Friday close while US West Texas Intermediate is at 64 dollars  40-down 10 cents on Friday. Last week,both benchmarks reached levels not seen since December 2014 WITH Brent touching 70 dollars. Oil markets have been well supported by production cuts led by OPEC and Russia which are aimed at propping up crude prices.

And-Media reports suggest that Japan’s Softbank is planning to list its mobile phone business in Tokyo and overseas. The listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and possibly in London aims to raise 18 billion dollars. Softbank has confirmed that the sale is an option but has said that no decision has yet been made. If it goes ahead then the listing would be one of Japan’s biggest ever initial public offerings. Reports say that the Softbank Group is intending to sell around 30 percent of the outstanding shares in its subsidiary to investors while keeping a stake of 70 percent.

Sport

Football-Liverpool have ended Manchester City’s record breaking Premier League winning streak with a 4-3 victory at Anfield that puts Jurgen Klopp’s side up to second place in the table on goal difference.
Liverpool led 4-1 midway through the second half but had to hang on at the end as City came back to make it 4-3.
The defeat ends City’s hopes of emulating Arsenal’s ‘invincibles’ who went undefeated in the 2003-4 season.
The other Premier League game on Sunday ended Bournemouth 2 Arsenal 1.

There’s 1 game tonight.Manchester United can reclaim second spot if they beat Stoke at Old Trafford.

Ryan Giggs is set to be named as the new Wales manager on a four year contract.
The Football Association of Wales has called a news conference for this afternoon in Cardiff where Giggs is expected to be unveiled.
The former Manchester United star will succeed Chris Coleman who left for Sunderland in November.

Cricket-England have beaten Australia by 5 wickets in the first one day international in Melbourne.
The tourists put Australia in to bat and they made a challenging 304-8 from their 50 overs including 107 from Aaron Finch.
England had Jason Roy to thank for the victory.He made 180- the highest-ever one-day international score by an England batsman and was accompanied by Joe Root who finished on 91 not out as the tourists reached the total for the loss of 5 wickets in 48.5 overs.
England take a one nil lead in the 5 match series.The second match is on Friday in Brisbane.

Tennis-The Australian Open is underway in Melbourne.
So far today there have been first round wins in the women’s event for Sloane Stephens,Jelena Ostapenko and Kirsten Flipkens but Venus Williams has been knocked out by the world number 78 Belinda Bencic.
In the men’s event Kyle Edmund of Great Britain has claimed the best win of his career after beating the 11th seed Kevin Anderson in 5 sets and there have been first round wins for Matthew Ebden on Australia who beat John Isner of the USA and Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain who beat Jason Kubler of Australia in four sets.

Rugby Union-In the European Champions Cup on Sunday Leinster thrashed Glasgow 55-19 in Pool 3.Racing 92 beat Munster 34-30 in Pool 4 while Castres thumped Leicester 39-0.In Pool 5 Toulon beat Benetton 36-0.

Meanwhile England’s Billy Vunipola will miss the entire 6 Nations after fracturing his forearm.
The Saracens number 8 was forced off at half time in the Champions Cup match against Ospreys on Saturday and is expected to be out for 10 weeks.

Weather

Partially cloudy with light south westerly or variable winds.

Top temperature 12 degrees.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 5 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Partially cloudy with a strong Mistral developing and a high of 15 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

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