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French and Riviera News Monday 16th July 2018

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World Cup celebrations – More than 10,000 people gathered in Nice at Place Massena to watch France in the World Cup final on Sunday night with fans celebrating long into the night after France beat Croatia 4-2. Meanwhile in the region celebrations were marred in Menton, after several police officers were injured following clashes with football supporters shortly after 7pm there were also reports of cars being set alight in the Ariane district of Nice and in Vallauris. Elsewhere in France hundreds of thousands of fans took to the streets of Paris and other cities across the country as festivities continue today with the victorious French squad parade down the Champs Elysees at 5pm this evening. 

Weather warning - Météo France has placed the Var region on a yellow weather alert with storms and heavy rainfall forecast. The warning is in place until 7pm this evening. Meanwhile air pollution levels in the Var hit a high over the weekend following recent weather conditions.

Tribute to Nice terror attack - French Prime Minister Edouard Phillippe has paid tribute to the victims of the Nice terror attack. Officials led by the Prime Minister gathered on Saturday at Place Massena paying tribute to the 86 victims with 86 illuminated balloons being released on the Promenade des Anglais.  

Nice International Airport - The renovation of terminal two at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport has officially been completed and passengers can now enjoy a taste of Provence before leaving the French Riviera at a new restaurant by double Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco. Estivale offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu and was recently ranked 3rd in the world, according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

National

Balcony collapses seven people injured - Seven people have been injured, four seriously, following the collapse of a balcony in Soulac-sur-Mer near Bordeaux. The victims were on holiday at the time and had gathered on the wooden balcony of their rental house to watch the fireworks as part of Bastille day celebrations. An investigation has been launched to determine the exact circumstances.

Mont Blanc - France has issued a decree restricting access to the summit of the country's highest mountain, Mont Blanc. As a result of overcrowding and safety risks, climbers will not be allowed on the peak's popular "Royal Route" for the next eight days. Concerns have been raised recently over the numbers of tourists visiting Mont Blanc in the summer.

Guillotine sold at auction - A guillotine has fetched just over €8,000 euros at a controversial auction in Paris. The 150-year-old replica of a device used for executions was bought by a French millionaire and collector of bizarre objects. France's auction watchdog was opposed to the sale, despite the auction house insisting that the instrument in question had never been used. The guillotine was last used to behead a convict in 1977. France abolished the death penalty in 1981.

Business

China's economy grew at an annual pace of 6.7 opercent in the second quarter according to official government data. The figure met forecasts for the period and marked a slight slowdown from the 6.8 percent growth registered in the first quarter. 

China has been battling to reduce spiralling debt and is now facing escalating trade tensions with the United States. 

Last week, Washington listed another 200 billion dollars worht of Chinese goods that are to be hit by tariffs. 

The aerospace rivals Boeing and Airbus will go head to head in a contest for tens of billions of dollars worth of orders at the Farnborough Airshow today as they seek to bolster thier already bulging order books. The two firms are set to make several announcements on day one of the show that runs until 22nd July.

And - President Trump has said that the European Union is "a foe on trade". In an interview with CBS News on Sunday Mr Trump said that European countries were taking advantage of the United States and not paying their Nato bills. He added that the EU was "very difficult" and that in a trade sense they have been really taking advantage of America. 

 

Sport

NEWAY TOUR DE FRANCE REPORT.

John Degenkolb won Stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday as Richie Porte was forced to pull out of the race with a broken collar bone and Chris Froome fell on the cobbled section but was able to recover to finish with the other main general classification contenders.
Degenkolb held off the challenge of Greg van Avermaet and Yves Lampaert to win the stage across northern France.
Greg van Avermaet still holds the leader’s Yellow Jersey with a 43 second lead over Geraint Thomas.
Chris Froome is in overall 8th place 1 minute 42 seconds off the pace but with the Alps beckoning he’ll be looking to make up time over the next three days.

Today is a rest day but tomorrow the riders tackle the 158.5 kilometer stage from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand which features steep climbs and will definitely see the sprinters lose valuable time.

Football-France have won the World Cup for the second time after beating Croatia 4-2 in Sunday’s final in Moscow.
The victory,which sparked wild celebrations around France sees Didier Deschamps become only the third man to win the World Cup as both a player and a coach.
The match was played in the presence of the French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte as well as the President of Croatia and the Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
A torrential downpour hit the ground just as the French team was collecting the Jules Rimet trophy but it couldn’t dampen the spirits and Didier Deschamps was tossed in the air by his joyous players.

Tennis-Novak Djokovic has won Wimbledon for the 4th time after beating Kevin Anderson in straight sets in Sunday’s final.
Djokovic won 6-2 6-2 7-6 to claim his 13th Grand Slam title but his first since the French Open in 2016.

Golf-Brandon Stone has won the Scottish Open by 4 shots.
The South African carded a final round of 60 to end on 20 under par with Eddie Pepperell of England ending second on 16 under and Trevor Immelman of South Africa one of a trio of players ending on 15 under.
The third Major of the year,the Open Championship starts at Carnoustie on Thursday.

 

Weather

Becoming overcast with rain and thunderstorms developing across the region and moderate easterly winds.

Top temperature 27 degrees.

Overnight lows of 21 degrees on the coast and 17 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Mainly fine with highs of 27-31 degrees.

 

Finally 

A new app claims to demystify the experience of choosing a bottle from the shelf.

Corkscrew aims to be a 'sommelier in your pocket' that can make the wine aisle seem more accessible. The app, which was founded in London in 2016, sifts through the hundreds of bottles at your chosen supermarket to find the wines that will pair perfectly with your dinner so cooks can find the perfect plonk every time without the need to go on expensive wine tasting courses. 

Corkscrew claims it doesn't matter if you're having risotto at a fancy dinner party or a takeaway chicken tikka masala as it will still recommend a wine that best suits the meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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