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French and Riviera News Monday 15th October 2018

Local

Climate change protest - Tens of thousands of people marched in Paris and other major cities across France on Saturday to call for greater action on climate change. Around 80 demonstrations were scheduled nationwide on Saturday, from the northern city of Lille to Marseille. The protests come a week after the United Nations published a report calling for urgent global action to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Poachers threatening endangered fish - Authorities have stepped up patrols to protect endangered fish in the Calanques National Park. The park which stretches from Marseille to La Ciotat has fallen prey to an organised crime gang who have been selling fish to smart restaurants. So far this year, four men – including champion free divers have been  convicted over a major poaching operation. For years, they had crept into the park’s protected sea zones and stolen huge quantities of often endangered fish to sell illegally to some of the smartest restaurants in Marseille.

Property tax - Property tax has increased in France for more than 13,000 municipalities with Nice seeing the highest increase. Figures published show that Nice has seen an increase of nearly 20%, ahead of Villeurbanne, near Lyon and Limoges. Property owners have until today to pay the tax.

Football - Former Arsenal and France football star  Thierry Henry was already at work on Saturday having just been appointed as the new coach of ASM Monaco. Henry was in  the stands at the Stade Maurice Chevalier in Cannes as Monaco’s U19 played AC Ajaccio. The former Arsenal striker will lead his first training session with Monaco this afternoon in La Turbie.

National

Mountain bike rider shot by a hunter - A 34-year-old British restaurant owner riding a mountain bike has been shot dead by a hunter in the French Alps. The victim, had been living for several years in the small town of Les Gets, near Chamonix was shot on Saturday evening. An enquiry has been launched for "aggravated manslaughter".

The world’s first recycled road - French company Vinci has built the world’s first stretch of motorway made entirely from recycled road materials. The “fully recycled road” is a kilometre long and is part of the A10 motorway in southwest France. It was built by two subsidiaries of Vinci Construction, Eurovia and Vinci Autoroutes.

Bottle of wine fetches record breaking 482,000 euros - A bottle of 1945 Romanée-Conti wine has fetched a record-breaking 482,000 euros at an auction held at Sotheby's in New York Saturday, which saw two bottles break the previous record. The final price, including taxes and commissions, was 17 times the auction house's €27,000 upper estimate for the fine French wine. Romanée-Conti is widely considered the best Burgundy wine, and is one of the world's most prestigious producers.

Business

 

Markets in Asia have fallen again this morning in choppy trade while the pound slipped against the dollar and the euro as a deal on Brexit hung in the balance with just days to go until a critical deadline.

Equities in Japan,Hong Kong and Australia bore the brunt of the falls following a weekend of warnings about global economic fragility from finance chiefs meeting at the annual gathering of the International Monetary Fund.

The pound fell following a surprise Sunday meeting in Brussels between the UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier  which broke up with no signs of an agreement.

Officials on both sides denied reports that a deal was imminent and played down claims that an agreement on the Irish backstop had been reached.

 

The chief executive of JP Morgan Chase and the chairman of Ford have both cancelled plans to attend a Saudi Arabian investor conference,the latest in a series of high profile announcements since the disappearance of the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Neither JP Morgan or Ford have elaborated on the reasons that Jamie Dimon and Bill Ford will not be attending the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh later this month but their absence has put pressure on other top US firms including Goldman Sachs,Mastercard  and Bank of America to follow suit.

Mr Khashoggi,who works for the Washington Post has been a fierce critic of Saudi policies, disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on the 2nd of October.

The Turkish government believes that he was murdered and his body removed from the building.

 

And-The EY Item Club has predicted that the UK can expect lower economic growth for the next three years and that a “no-deal” Brexit could dent expansion even further.

The forecasting body has cut UK GDP from 1.4 percent this year to 1.3 percent and from 1.6 percent next year to 1.5 percent.

The EY Item Club  says that the figures were based on the assumption that the EU and UK would agree transition terms but if that doesn’t happen then  conditions could be “significantly weaker”.

If the prediction is right then 2018 would be the worst year for UK growth since the financial crisis.

 

Sport

Football-Scotland lost for the 6th time  in 8 games under Alex McLeish on Sunday as they went down 3-1 at home to Portugal in an international friendly. The pressure is now on the manager with an away game against Albania and a home visit by Israel next month.

There are more Uefa Nations League games tonight.Spain play England in Group A4 while Bosnia Herzegovina host Northern Ireland in Group B3.

Motorsport-The son of 7 time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher has won the Formula 3 European title with a race to spare. Mick Schumacher finished second in race two of the season finale in Hockenheim to establish an unassailable lead in the drivers’ standings.

The 19 year old is being widely tipped to follow his father into Formula 1 with the Mercedes boss Toto Wolff saying that he can become a “big name”.

Rugby Union-There were 4 games in the European Champions Cup on Sunday. In pool  2 Gloucester beat Castres 19-14 while in Pool 3 Lyon  went down 30-21 at home to Cardiff Blues  and Saracens were 13-3 winners at Glasgow.

In Pool 5 Newcastle were shock 26-25 winners at three-time European champions Toulon.

Tennis-Novak Djokovic has climbed to world number two after winning the Shanghai Masters.

Djokovic beat Borna Coric in straight sets to claim his 4th Shanghai title.

He replaces Roger Federer as world number two behind Rafael Nadal.

Golf-Eddie Pepperell has won the British Masters by two shots.

The 27 year old carded a level-par final round of 72 to finish on 9 under par and claim his second European Tour title.

Alexander Bjork of Sweden finished in second place on 7 under with Jordan Smith of England and Lucas Herbert of Australia ending in equal 3rd on 5 under par.

Weather

Partially cloudy with a moderate to strong easterly wind developing with gusts of up to 75 km/h in coastal areas of the Var.

Top temperature 24 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 19 degrees on the coast and 16 degrees inland with rain spreasing from the west.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Sunshine and showers tomorrow.Mainly fine on Wednesday. Highs of 21-23 degrees.

Finally 

Researchers have claimed that bilingual pupils who speak English as their second language outperform native Britons throughout their school years. 

The study found that bilingual children were stronger at school than their monolingual peers at the ages of five, seven, eleven and at their GCSEs.

Teenagers who don’t speak English as their first language performed better than native speakers in GCSEs for the first time this summer.

The Oxford University study suggested that fluent bilingual pupils – who do not speak English as their mother tongue – record better school performances at every age.

Researchers looked at the results of 14,000 pupils across 15,000 schools in six local authorities deemed to be representative of the country, the Times reported.

The findings – published by social mobility charity the Bell Foundation – found that by the end of reception, 88 per cent of non-native fluent English speakers achieved a good level of development.

 

 

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