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French and Riviera News.Monday.23.07.2018

Balcony collapse-Three men have been injured,two seriously after the wooden balcony they were sitting on collapsed.

The men were enjoying an evening at a villa on the Chemin de la Madone at Cantaron when the accident happened at around 9.40 on Saturday night.

The balcony,which was 3 meters above the ground collapsed as they were sitting on it,throwing the victims to the ground.They were rushed to hospital in Nice where two are said to be in a critical condition.

 

RN7 accident-One person has been killed and two more seriously injured following a car accident in the early hours of Sunday on the RN7 between Tourves and Brignoles in the Var.

Police say that the accident happened when two cars were involved in a head on collision.

Three ambulances were called to the scene and the road was closed for some time while police carried out a preliminary investigation.

The weekend saw a series of accidents around the region with 2 people killed and more than a dozen injured in incidents in the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var.

 

Gunshot injuries-Two men have been injured after gunshots were fired from a car on a housing estate at les Bosquets in Hyeres in the Var in the early hours of Sunday.

Witnesses say that the shots were fired from a car containing several masked individuals.

The two injured were taken to hospital where their conditions have not yet been made clear.

Police suspect that a drug deal may be at the centre of the investigation.

 

Air rifle-A 16 year old boy has been injured after being shot in the arm with a pellet from an air rifle.

Police say the incident happened on the Boulevard Charles Guillaumont and they think the air rifle was fired from a nearby balcony.

The boy was taken to hospital in Antibes with a minor injury to his wrist and discharged shortly afterwards.

Investigations continue.

 

 

Car trouble-The spokesman for a group representing car drivers in Nice has said that he wants an urgent meeting with the mayor to discuss measures proposed by the environment minister NIcolas Hulot which would ban the most polluting vehicles from the streets of the city in 2020.

Nice has one of the worst air pollution records of any city in France.Mayor Christian Estrosi has been attempting to make improvements by overseeing construction of the new tramway system.He’s also planning to make all buses run on electric power by 2025.

The problem though is the amount of CO2 produced by personal vehicles and there is not an easy solution,given the city’s population and the number of people who live in the centre and have private garages to park their vehicles.

Frederic Ozon wants to meet with the mayor to discuss his plans for city traffic restrictions and urge him to take into account the  concerns of motorists.

 

In National News.

 

Benalla scandal-The biggest crisis of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency has deepened over the weekend after it emerged that the French Interior Minister knew about violence committed at a demonstration by a former security aid Alexandre Benalla.

Benalla was fired by Mr Macron on Friday after footage emerged of him wearing a police helmet and striking a man at a protest in Paris in May.

Interior Minister Gerard  Collomb will be questioned by a parliamentary committee today to find out exactly what he knew about the incident and when.There are reports that is job is on the line if he can’t give a satisfactory explanation.

Meanwhile,the President has discussed the scandal with several of his top ministers.He’s reported to have described the situation as “unacceptable” and has warned that there will be “no impunity”.

 

Eco tax-The French government has unveiled plans for a new eco tax on SUV’s and other large polluting vehicles.

From the first of January a new set of penalties will be imposed on vehicles which emit more than 117 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

Penalties will range from 50 euros to as much as 10,500 euros depending on the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere.

The tax is already in force but from next year,the CO2 threshold is being reduced high will increase the number  of new vehicles concerned from 16.5 percent of new sales to 27.6 percent.

Mercedes drivers will continue to be the worst affected with owners of new vehicles paying a total of 27.7 million euros in eco taxes in the first 6 months of this year.Audi drivers have coughed up 21.3 million while owners of new Volkswagens paid 19.7 million.

A total of 172 million euros in eco tax has been collected by the French government so far this year.

 

Business.

 

Finance ministers from the G20 group of nations have warned that trade tensions could undermine the global economy.

At the end of a two day meeting in Argentina,ministers called for greater dialogue to reduce the risk and said that dangers to growth over the short and medium term have increased.

The summit came amid an escalating trade war with the United States imposing tariffs on 34 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods .

President Trump has also called the European Union a “foe”on trade.

The French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has warned that a trade war is now a reality and said that current US trade policy is based on “the law of the jungle”.

 

The new UK Secretary for Exiting the European Union has said that a deal with the EU can be reached by October  but that the country is preparing for the possibility of a “no deal”.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday,Dominic Raab said  that he would be returning to Brussels on Thursday and would strain “every sinew” to get the best deal.

He said that the government had plans in place in case the talks did not end well but noted that 80 percent of the withdrawal agreement was already settled.

Meanwhile,the opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday that there must be a “serious stepping up of negotiations” to avoid a no deal.

 

 

And-the head of Amazon UK has warned that there could be “civil unrest” within two weeks if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.

Doug Gurr said that the worst case outcome formed part of his contingency planning.

The London Times reports that Amazon is the first business to issue such a warning adding that Mr Gurr had issued it during a meeting with the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab on Friday.

A spokesman for Amazon refused to deny or confirm the report.

 

Sport.

 

NEWAY TOUR DE FRANCE REPORT

 

Magnus Cort of Denmark won stage 15 of the Tour de France on Sunday with Geraint Thomas retaining the leader’s Yellow Jersey.

Cort broke clear inside the final 6 kilometers of the run in to Carcassone and held off his rivals to secure his first ever Tour stage win.

Thomas retains a 1 minute 39 second advantage over Chris Froome at the top of the general classification with Tom Dumoulin in third.

Today is a rest day before the riders tackle stage 16 into the Pyrenees between Carcassone and Bagneres-de-Luchon.The stage features 3 difficult climbs before it ends on the summit of the Col du Portillon.

 

Golf-Francesco Molinari of Italy has won the Open Championship at Carnoustie.

The Italian put in a faultless final round of 69 to end on 8 under par and secure his first major.

4 players ended on 6 under including Justin Rose,Rory McIlroy and Kevin Kisner with Tiger Woods among 3 players to end a shot further back on 5 under.

Woods led midway through the final round but couldn’t quite pull off what would have been a remarkable comeback.

 

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton won the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim on Sunday after starting from 14th as his rivals suffered a series of mishaps when rain came to part of the circuit with 25 laps to go.

Sebastian Vettel was leading but crashed out and he took the lead with the safety car out following chaos further down the field.

Valtteri Bottas was told to back off and hold position after making an initial challenge to Hamilton at the end of the safety car period and it ended being a Mercedes 1-2 with Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari in third.

Hamilton now leads the drivers’ championship by 17 points from Vettel.The next race is the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

 

 

Weather

 

Clear skies with light variable  winds.

Top temperatures 28-32 degrees.

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

Tuesday and Wednesday-Mainly fine with perhaps a shower inland.Highs of 28-32 degrees.

 

Finally.

 

A giant replica of the moon which is displayed all over the world has gone missing in the post.

The 7m  orb, covered in detailed imagery of the lunar surface, has been created by Bristol-based Luke Jerram and was en route to a festival in Austria.

Mr Jerram said the disappearance of the structure, titled Museum of the Moon was "really annoying and upsetting."

Courier firm TNT said it was looking into the issue.

Mr Jerram said the artwork has been booked for a series of public events across Europe over the summer.

He said: "It has huge implications for all these people who are looking forward to seeing this artwork, and they won't be able to as it's in some warehouse somewhere. We haven't got a spare.

"I hope TNT pull their finger out and try and find it."

 

 

 

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