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French and Riviera News Monday 29th January 2018

Local

Man shot dead in Toulon - A 31-year-old man has been shot dead in Toulon. The incident occurred on Saturday night. Several people were arrested following the shooting in which two other people were seriously wounded. According to police the incident  is related to drug trafficking.Two of the three victims, including the one who died were known to the police.

Unarmed police to be present in schools in Nice - The announcement that unarmed municipal police are to be present in schools across Nice has received widespread criticism from both teachers and members of the police force, concerned that their presence would be a “privileged target and actual increase the security risk”. The announcement for the new measure was made by the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi.  

Speed limit on French roads - 300 bikers have gathered in Toulon in protest against the lowering of the speed limit from 90 to 80 km/h on some French roads. The bikers gathered in front of the Sports Palace on Saturday - the new measure is planned to be introduced on July 1st.

Monte Carlo Rally - The five-time world champion Sébastien Ogier has won his fifth consecutive Monte Carlo Rally. Ogier with his co-driver Julien Ingrassia led the race from start to finish. The Estonian Ott Tanak came second. 

National

Two British skiers killed in French Alps - Two British men have fallen “several hundred metres” to their deaths while skiing in the French Alps. The pair were on holiday in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and skiing off-piste when they fell on Sunday morning. According to rescue services the 25-year-old British men were skiing in a group of three when they were killed.

River Seine - The rising of the River Seine is keeping Paris on alert. The river had risen 11 centimetres in 24 hours by Saturday evening, more than four metres above its normal height, causing headaches for commuters as well as people living near its overflowing banks. Tourists suffered too with the capital's famous Bateaux Mouches rivercraft out of service, and only emergency services authorised to navigate.

Prison Guards - The French government has proposed plans to address the concerns of prison guards, who have continued striking over security and low pay. Prison guards backed by unions launched strike actions across France.  France’s Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet unveiled four proposals addressing the main grievances of prison guards. The measures included plans for the creation of 1,500 places in “sealed” facilities to handle radicalised prisoners, new equipment including personal alarms and bulletproof vests; plans to recruit 1,100 more guards by 2021; and an increase in yearly bonuses from €400 to €1,400, with a modest €10 rise in overtime pay for working Sundays and holidays.

Paris Zoo - Paris's main zoo has reopened after the last of around 50 baboons who had escaped from their enclosure were found. The breakout was first noticed by a zoo worker, who saw the baboon sgathering in a service corridor used by personnel. Safety procedures were immediately triggered, with a total of 60 firefighters, 20 police and all of the zoo's staff mobilised to capture the animals.

Business

The founder of the Swedish furniture giant Ikea has died at the age of 91.
Ingvar Kamprad founded Ikea at the age of 17  using money that his father had given him for performing well as school.
The company said that Mr Kamprad had been “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the 20th century”.
He’s reported to have come up with the idea of flat-pack furniture after watching an employee remove the legs from a table in order to fit it into a customer’s car.
Ikea was founded in 1943 and now has 389 stores worldwide.
In 2016 the firm’s retail sales totalled 36.4 billion euros  and has remained privately owned  under a Dutch trust owned by the Kamprad family.

One of Japan’s largest digital currency exchanges has said that it will refund most of the 534 million dollars worth of virtual assets that were stolen in a hacking attack.
Coincheck says that it will use its own funds to reimburse customers who lost their cryptocurrency coins on Friday.
The Tokyo-based firm suspended trading after detecting “unauthorised access” of its digital exchange.
Around 260,000 customers are reported to be affected by the theft.

And-The chief prosecutor in New York has said that the state is opening an investigation into a firm that allegedly sold millions of fake followers to social media users.
Eric Schneiderman says that impersonation and deception are illegal under New York law.
The firm-Devumi stands accused of stealing people’s real identities  and has been linked to thousands of celebrity accounts.
On Saturday,the New York Times reported that people had complained that their account details and profiles had been copied to create realistic “bots”.
Devumi has denied the allegations.
 

Sport

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The England lock Maro Itoje says that he’s “desperate” to be involved in the 6 Nations campaign and is hoping to be in the starting line-up for the first game against Italy in Rome on Sunday.
Itoje suffered a broken jaw in December and has been nursing a hip injury recently but he says that he had a chance to rest  and refresh himself and wants to be in the team against Italy.
Coach Eddie Jones is without 13 players going into the first match of the campaign as England bid to win a third straight 6 Nations title.

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Tennis-Roger Federer says that it’s a “dream come true” after he won his 20th Grand Slam title with victory over Marin Cilic in the final of the Australian Open on Sunday.
The 36 year old won in 5 sets in a thrilling final in Melbourne and said afterwards that age is not an issue.
He said that he intended to keep a good schedule,stay hungry  and be careful in his planning.
Federer was playing in his 72nd Grand Slam tournament  and making his 19th appearance in the main draw in Melbourne.


Cricket-England have beaten Australia by 12 runs in the final one day international in Perth to take the series 4-1.
England made 259 from 47.4 overs including 62 from Joe Root.
In reply the home side could only manage 247 from 48.2 overs with Tom Curran taking 5-35.

Footballl-There were 2 FA Cup 4th round ties in England on Sunday.Chelsea beat Newcastle 3-0 and Manchester City were 2-0 winners at Cardiff.
In the Scottish Premiership on Sunday Rangers were 2-1 winners at Ross County.

Golf-The world number 60 Li Haotong of China has won the Dubai Desert Classic.
Li held off the challenge from Rory McIlroy to finish on 23 under par with the Northern Irishman on 22 under.

Weather

Partially cloudy with light variable winds.

Top temperature 14 degrees.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 5 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Partially cloudy with highs of 13-14 degrees.

 

 

 

 

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