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French and Riviera News.Monday.17.07.2017

 

Forest fires-700 firefighters have been battling a series of forest fires that have broke out in the Bouches-du-Rhone over the weekend.

Authorities say that the fires started amid strong winds on Saturday evening near Saint-Cannat,Salon-de-Provence and Peyrolle.

So far,more than  700 hectares of forest have been destroyed.A total of 90 fire trucks aided by 6 Canadair aerial water bombing planes have been used in the efforts to douse the flames.

The high speed TGV train line was closed between Marseilles and Avignon for a while and many passengers have had to be transported by bus to complete their journies.

Some local residents have been ordered out of their homes as the fires threatened property.They've been taken to emergency shelters.

Reports this morning say that authorities are hopeful that the flames are now under control.

Body found-The body of a young woman has been found by hikers on the col de Able near Luceram.

Police say that the woman was found near a walking path on Sunday afternoon.It’s thought that she’s aged around 30 but no formal identification has yet been established.

Authorities will carry out an autopsy to establish the cause of death.

Beach closed-A public beach at La Seyne-sur-Mer has been closed after raw sewage was washed into the sea.

Authorities were made aware of the problem on Saturday after complaints of a strong smell.

Tests are being carried out on the sea water and it's hoped that the beach will be reopened today.

Motorcycle death-A 51 year old Italian man has been killed in a motorcycle accident on the col de Brouis near Breil-sur-Roya.

Police were alerted to the accident by the man's companion who'd been accompanying him on another bike.

The victim is reported to have lost control of his machine on a sharp bend and crashed into a wooden post.He was killed instantly.

Motorway jam-Motorists were caught up in a 5 kilometer traffic jam on the A8 motorway on Sunday after a car crashed into the exit barrier on the eastbound carriageway of the road at Antibes.

It took authorities some time to clear the debris from the accident away with motorists sitting in a long jam in hot conditions for some time.

Extreme prudence is recommended on the region’s roads during the busy summer season.

In National News.

Netenyahu visit-The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu has been in Paris for talks with President Macron.

The meeting came just a week after Mr Macron met with the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas where the French leader reiterated his support for a two-state solution to end the Middle East conflict.

The two leaders have also discussed Iran and in particular its role in the Syria conflict where it backs the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Earlier,Mr Netenyahu attended a ceremony in Paris to mark the anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv round up of Jews by the Nazi occupiers in 1942.

More than 13,000 French Jews were interned at the indoor cycling stadium by the Germans before being transported to the death camps.Fewer than 100 of them survived to see the end of the war.

Glider accident-A British glider pilot has been killed in an accident in the French Alps.

Mountain rescue teams found the body of the man amid the wreckage of his glider north of Briancon.

The Gap prosecutor's office says that the 69 year old was found at an altitude of 2,300 metres.He's reported to have smashed into the summit of a mountain near to the Val-des-Pres.The victim's identity has not been revealed.

Business.

The UK Secretary for Exiting the European Union,David Davis is in Brussels again this week for the next round of talks with EU negotiators led by Michel Barnier as further warnings come that many businesses are holding off from investing in Britain because of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

In an interview with the BBC on Sunday,the Chancellor of the Exchequer,Philip Hammond said that it was “absolutely clear,businesses where they have discretion over investment,where they can hold off,are doing so”.

He added that businesses are “waiting for more clarity about what the future relationship with Europe will look like”.

Mr Hammond’s comments came as a survey carried out by the Confederation of British Industry(CBI) found that 42 percent of UK firms believe that Brexit has hurt their investment plans.

 

China’s economy grew by 6.9 percent in the second quarter according to official figures-slightly higher than many forecasts.

The growth rate was the same as in the first quarter  and well above Beijing’s 6.5 percent target for the year as a whole.

China is trying to rein in debt and a housing bubble with tough action on the property sector and lenders.

Many analysts had been expecting the country’s growth rate to slow as the policies started to have an effect.

 

And-Oil prices have risen in Asian trading this morning supported by a slowdown in new rigs looking for crude as well as a perception of strong demand.

Brent crude futures were trading up 17 cents or 0.35 percent earlier today at 49 dollars and 08 cents while US West Texas Intermediate futures were up by 16 cents or 0.34 percent at 46 dollars 70.

Traders say that the relentless climb in US oil production finally seems to be slowing down and that there are further signs of strong demand for crude.

Sport.

Neway Tour de France report.

Bauke Mollema won stage 15 of the Tour de France on Sunday as race leader Chris Froome recovered from a puncture to retain the yellow jersey.

Mollema attacked from the leading group with over 30 kilometres to go in the 189.5 kilometre stage from Laissac-Severac l’Eglise to Le Puy-en-Velay in the Massif Central  and held on for his first stage win on the Tour.

Froome took around 30 seconds to swap his back wheel and managed to rejoin his rivals on a category one climb with a huge helping hand from his team-mates.

He remains 18 seconds clear of Fabio Aru in the overall classification with Romain Bardet of France still in third place,23 seconds behind.

Today is a rest day before the riders enter the final week of the race and tackle stage 18 between Le Puy-en-Velay and Romans-sur-Isere tomorrow.

Tennis-Roger Federer has become the first man to win Wimbledon 8 times as he had an easy straight sets win over Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final.

Cilic was suffering from nasty blisters and did well to complete the match but he was well below his best as Federer won  6-3 6-1 6-4 to claim his 19th Grand Slam title and become the oldest man in the Open era to win Wimbledon.

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton dominated to win his 5th British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday and close the gap on Championship leader Sebastien Vettel to just one point.

Hamilton led from start to finish as his rivals fought out the places between them. Valtteri Bottas did a good job to come from 9th to finish in second place while

both Ferrari’s suffered late tyre failures and were forced into the pits.

Kimi Raikkonen managed third place after his late stop but Sebastien Vettel could only manage 7th after his puncture forced a last lap stop.

Vettel leads the drivers’ championship with 177 points then it’s Hamilton on 176 and Bottas on 154.

Next stop is the Hungarian Grand Prix on July the 30th.

Cricket-England will require a record breaking 474 if they’re to win the second Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge.

A poor performance by the home side in their first innings has caused all the problems with South Africa declaring their second innings on 343-9 and inviting England to try and bat out the last two days.

Play will resume at noon French time with England on 1 without loss.

Alistair Cook survived an LBW appeal last night and will be looking for a big score today.

Weather

Mainly fine with light to moderate south easterly winds.

Top temperatures 28 degrees on the coast and 31 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 19 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Fine in coastal areas with some showers in the mountains tomorrow.Highs of 28-33 degrees.

Finally.

A Chinese mall has introduced "husband storage" facilities for wives to leave their spouse while they shop, it's reported.

The Global Harbour mall in Shanghai has erected a number of glass pods for wives to leave any disgruntled husbands that don't want to be dragged around the shops.

Inside each individual pod is a chair, monitor, computer and gamepad, and men can sit and play retro 1990s games. Currently, the service is free, but staff told the newspaper that in future months, users will be able to scan a QR code and pay a small sum for the service using their mobile phones.

The pods have been the source of much humour on Chinese social media, and have sparked debate about whether they could be rolled out even wider.

 

 

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