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French and Riviera News Monday 27th August 2018

Local

46 year old man arrested in Nice - A 46 year old Frenchman who fled from police in Monaco has been arrested in Nice. The incident happened on Saturday night following an argument in front of a hotel in the Principality. Police attempted to stop the motorist using firearms, he was later arrested in Nice near Riquier train station and was visible under the influence of alcohol.

88 year old woman nearly drowns - An 88 year old woman has had a lucky escape after suffering a heart attack while swimming in Roquebrune Cap Martin. The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon and thanks to the intervention of an Italian doctor who happened to be nearby at the time and later raised the alarm firefighters were able to take the victim to hospital in Nice. Emergency services have praised the act, adding that it is critical to have first aid within five minutes in order to save people’s lives.

Road accident - A pileup on the coast road between Antibes and Villeneuve Loubet has left one person injured and caused long traffic jams. The accident occurred shortly after 3pm on Sunday involving three cars.

Two tourist lose everything after being forgotten at a motorway service station - Two Indonesian women on holiday in France have lost all their belongings and found themselves alone and lost, when their Paris-Toulon bus left them on a motorway service station near Avignon, apparently having forgotten them. A spokesperson for the company Flix-bus which promises “unbeatable prices” has said it is an extremely “rare case” and refuses to admit responsibility for the incident and baggage loss.  

Cicadas making too much noise - The mayor of one picturesque village in south-east France says visitors have been complaining about the sound of Cicadas being too loud. Male cicadas "sing" - to attract a mate, and with this summer's extreme heat their importuning has been particularly persistent. The mayor of Beausset says for “locals it is the soundtrack of Provence”. But several visitors to his village have complained to him that they make too much noise, waking them up early and drowning out their conversation during the rest of the day. Some have even asked local shopkeepers for pesticides to kill off the insects. According to the mayor the tourists were not foreigners but from other parts of France. Earlier this month holidaymakers in central France asked for the bells of a village church to be silenced because they kept waking them at seven in the morning.

National

France to slash 4,500 public sector jobs - In an interview published on Sunday French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced that the French government is to scrap 4,500 public-sector jobs in 2019 and more than 10,000 in 2020. Following the loss of 1,600 public-sector jobs this year, about 4,500 will be done away with next year and at least 10,000 the year after that. During last year's election campaign, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to slash 120,000 public-service jobs during his term of office, 50,000 from central government.

Laurent Wauquiez - The leader of France's mainstream-right Republicans has called for migrant-rescue boats to be banned from all European ports in a hardline speech on immigration that declared it was a "cultural threat to European civilisation". Laurent Wauqiez accused a "small milieu" of inventing the word "populism" so as to censor "all those who don't think as they do". Speaking at a meeting on Sunday Wauquiez added "How can anyone not see that we are at the limits of our capacity of integration and that mass immigration is a cultural threat to European civilisation today". Just over 60,000 people applied for asylum in France in the first six months of this year, up 16 percent on the same period last year.

Ban on Serena Williams’ catsuit - Some tennis fans have expressed outrage over the weekend, after French Tennis Federation (FTF) President Bernard Giudicelli said that Serena Williams’ famous “catsuit” would be banned at Roland Garros next year under the tournament’s new dress code. In an interview Giudicelli said that the “FTF would introduce stricter rules on players uniforms at the French Open” adding  “It will no longer be accepted and one must respect the game and the place,”. Williams has said that she wears the form-hugging outfit to help prevent blood-clots, a condition with which she has struggled since having her first child last year. She even dedicated the suit – which she said makes her feel like a superhero – to new mothers experiencing “a tough recovery from pregnancy”.

Red Love Festival - France's first-ever celebration of redheads was held on Saturday in in the Brittany town of Chateaugiron. Several hundred people attended the Red Love festival. All types of redheads turned out in their hundreds for concerts and fashion shows in the western French town. Many participants shared stories of how being teased with jibes like "Carrot-top" during their childhood. Among the best-selling items on display were T-shirts with the slogan "Ginger is the new black". The biggest get-together of redheads in the world takes place every year in the Netherlands. Brittany has a larger proportion of redheads than the rest of France.

Business

Uber has announced that it plans to focus more on its electric scooter and bike business, and less on cars, despite the fact it could hurt profits. The ride-sharing firm has invested in a number of bike firms in the last year. Its Jump electric bikes are now available in eight US cities, including New York and Washington, and are soon launching in Berlin. Uber, which lost $4.5bn (£3.5bn) last year, is under pressure to improve its finances ahead of an anticipated public listing.

And - Tesla founder Elon Musk has announced he no longer wishes to take his company private. Shares in the car and renewable energy manufacturer soared and then fell after Mr Musk tweeted on 7 August he intended to take the firm off the stock market. His initial move came after the company announced its biggest net loss to date of $717.5m (£547.6m) for its second quarter to June. Mr Musk, the firm's CEO and chairman, has faced growing criticism over his management style and whether the firm can deliver the volumes required to meet demand.

Sport

Formula One - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has beaten title rival Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix to cut his lead to 17 points. Vettel passed Hamilton on the first lap just in time before a safety car was deployed following a multi-car crash at the first corner, and dominated thereafter.

Football - Chelsea maintained their winning start to the Premier League season with victory over Newcastle United. 

Meanwhile Manager Jurgen Klopp said he still has "a lot of work to do" after Liverpool's hard-fought 1-0 victory over Brighton sent them top of the Premier League. Liverpool, the only Premier League side with a 100% record after three games, are two points clear of champions Manchester City, who drew 1-1 with Wolves earlier on Saturday.

Tonight in the Premier League Manchester United face Tottenham.

Tennis – Andy Murray is one of four Britons starting their US Open campaigns when the fourth and final major of the year begins in New York on today. The 31-year-old Scot makes his Grand Slam return against Australia's James Duckworth on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Weather

Highs of 27 degrees with clear skies in Nice, Monaco and Cannes. Highs of 30 degrees in Saint Tropez and Toulon with a light southerly wind. This evening going down to 18 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 15 degrees in the Var.

The outlook for Tuesday much the same as today becoming increasingly cloudy on Wednesday with storms expected inland and highs of 33 degrees.

Finally 

Breakthrough as dinosaur DNA structure is recreated by scientists. Researchers at the University of Kent say their groundbreaking studies unlock one of the greatest mysteries about the prehistoric monsters – why they came in such varied sizes and shapes.

It is also said the team’s work will explain how dinosaurs were able to be the most dominant species on Earth for nearly 200 million years.

Professor Darren Griffin, who led the research, said they were able to map out the creatures’ genetic code by studying the DNA of their closest living relatives, turtles and birds.

It is believed that dinosaurs were so varied in their appearances because they had vastly more chromosomes than humans possess.

 

 

 

 

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