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French and Riviera News Monday 23rd October 2017

Local

Eight people charged - A French court has charged eight people, including three minors, following an investigation into far-right activists believed to have been plotting to attack politicians, members of racial minorities and mosques. The eight, all male and aged between 17 and 29, have been charged with "criminal terrorist conspiracy" in association with a 21-year-old far-right activist who was arrested near Marseille in June. The prosecutor's office in Paris said that the group "had plans to commit violent actions" but said the details were vague.

Fire in the Alpes de Haute Provence - A fire has broken out in the Alpes de Haute Provence. Firefighters were at the scene on Sunday afternoon along with four Canadair aircraft fighting the blaze which had already destroyed 10 hectares of land. Police are investigating the cause of the fire. Meanwhile firefighters in Corsica were still trying to control a fire on Sunday evening in the Haute-Corse. 150 firefighters at the scene were battling the blaze which continued to progress due to winds of up to 100km an hour.

Fatal road accident - A motorcyclist has died after his vehicle veered into an advertising panel on the opposite side of the road on the Avenue General Charles de Gaulle in Draguignan. The accident happened on Saturday evening. The 46 year old man from Puget-sur-Argens died on the spot. Police in the area have called for any witnesses to come forward.

Breast cancer patient treated with homeopathy - The family of a cancer patient from Grasse who died in September 2012 has filed a complaint over the treatment administered by her local GP. The family believe that the doctor “seriously compromised the health of his patient” after homeopathic treatment was given to treat the disease. The doctor has since been struck off as the family fight to stop any further lives being put at risk. The case continues.

Activities in the region during the school holidays - With the school holidays already in full swing entertainment for children in the region has lots to offer with something for everyone from trying your circus skills and train rides to visiting a silver mine or even taking to the stage at the National theater in Nice as it opens its doors for the first time with a host of activities for young people. For details of events taking place in the region visit Riviera Radio website at rivieraradio.mc

List of activites - http://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/provence-alpes-cote-d-azur/nos-idees-loisirs-enfants-vacances-1348741.html

National

Calais refugees - Hundreds of refugees and migrants are believed to be in Calais and the surrounding area, a year after the refugee camp there was torn down. It is thought that between 700 and 800 people are  in the city which continues to attract those hoping to start a new life in the UK. Last year French authorities cleared the camp in an attempt to relocate people or send them to centres around the country where they could apply for asylum.

Mona Lisa with a moustache - A picture by French artist Marcel Duchamp depicting the Mona Lisa with a moustache and beard has sold for 632,500 euros at an auction in Paris. The work is a 1964 reworking of one first made in 1919 when Duchamp bought a postcard of Da Vinci's famous work and drew the gender bending facial hair on it. Meanwhile a court in Paris ruled that performance artist Déborah de Robertis was not guilty of indecent exposure after she posed in front of The Mona Lisa in crotchless trousers last week because she had been executing a "militant and artistic act".

Emmanuel Macron’s dog - A Video has emerged of French President Emmanuel Macron's dog Nemo urinating on a fireplace at the Elysée palace. The footage shows the President’s pet relieving himself in the background as Mr Macron talks with three junior members of his government. The incident was captured by French TV station TF1, which was recording the discussion.

Business

The Uk’s five biggest business lobby groups have called for an urgent Brexit transition deal after warning that Britain risks losing jobs and investment. In a joint letter to the Brexit Secretary David Davis,the groups,including the Institute of Directors and the CBI will say that time is running out. The letter,which is still in draft form at the moment is expected to be sent within the next couple of days and will highlight the growing concern over a lack of progress in the Brexit negotiations. The groups say that the transition period should match as closely as possible current trading arrangements with the EU. The British Prime Minister Theresa May has suggested a transition period of around two years with the UK and EU trading on broadly similar terms to now and Britain to meet its current budget payments to Brussels.

The electric car maker Tesla has confirmed that it’s in talks with the Shanghai municipal government to set up a factory in the region and expects to agree on a plan by the end of the year. Tesla declined to comment on reports that a deal has already been signed  but said that progress was being made. China levies a 25 percent duty on imported vehicles and has not allowed foreign car manufacturers to establish wholly owned factories in the country. Tesla wants to expand its presence in China’s rapidly expanding electric vehicle market but without compromising its independence or intellectual property. The firm would still have to pay a 25 percent duty on cars manufactured in a free trade zone but it could lower its production costs.

And-Drivers of older,more polluting vehicles will have to pay almost twice as much to drive in central London. The city’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has introduced a new 10 pound T-Charge which applies to diesel and petrol cars registered before 2006. The new charge covers the same area as the existing congestion charge zone which will increase the cost to 21 pounds 50 for those affected. Opponents say that the new charge disproportionately penalises London’s poorest drivers. The measure is the latest attempt by the Mayor to improve air quality in the capital.

Sport 

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton has moved a step closer to his 4th world championship after winning the US Grand Prix at Austin on Sunday. Hamilton had to fight for the win after being jumped by title rival Sebastien Vettel at the start  but he fought back to pass the Ferrari star and secure the victory with Vettel in second place and Kimi Raikkonen in third after Max Verstappen had been demoted from the podium for exceeding track limits. Hamilton is now 66 points clear of Vettel with 3 races to go and only 75 points available. Vettel will need to make up 17 points on his rival in the next race in Mexico if he’s to take the fight into the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Football-There were two games in the English Premier League on Sunday and Everton were plunged into the relegation zone after losing 5-2 at home to Arsenal.Spurs went level on points with Manchester United after a 4-1 home win over Liverpool.

There was one game in the English Championship on Sunday.Ipswich lost 1-0 at Portman Road to Norwich in the East Anglian derby. In Scotland Motherwell are through to the Scottish League Cup final after beating Rangers 2-0.

Rugby Union-There were 3 games in the European Champions Cup on Sunday.In Pool 1 Atlantique Stade Rochelais beat Ulster 41-17 and Wasps cruised past Harlequins 41-10 while in Pool 3 Montpellier were beaten 27-24 at home by Exeter.

Tennis-Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova have had easy wins on day 1 of the WTA Finals in Singapore. Pliskova beat Venus Williams 6-2 6-2 in her opening round robin match while Muguruza beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-4 to go joint top of the White group.

The opening Red group games are being played today.

Weather

Clear skies with moderate to strong Mistral affecting the Var with gusts of up to 60 km/h.

Top temperatures 22 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 8 degrees inland with clear skies.  

Tuesday and Wednesday–Clear skies with highs of 21-24 degrees.

Finally 

A note Albert Einstein gave to a courier in Tokyo 95 years ago, briefly describing his theory on happy living, will go on sale this week.

The physicist gave the messages to a courier in lieu of a tip while on a lecture tour of Japan in 1922.  At the time Einstein had recently been informed that he was to receive the Nobel Prize for physics, and his fame outside of scientific circles was growing.

The note reads: “A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.”

Einstein also handed the courier a second note that states: “Where there's a will, there's a way.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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