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French and Riviera News Monday 30th October 2017

Local

Hunter shot dead in the Drôme - A 74 year old hunter has been killed in the Drôme. The incident happened on Sunday morning, when while out hunting for wild boar, the victim was shot at by a fellow hunter. Police have opened an investigation to determine the exact circumstances.

“#Metoo” - People demonstrated across France on Sunday taking the "Me too" online campaign against sexual harassment and assault onto the streets. In Paris, demonstrators waved placards bearing the "#Metoo" hashtag used by tens of thousands of women in the past two weeks to share accounts of being pestered or abused. Similar gatherings were also held in Marseille, Bordeaux and Lille.

Illegal rave – Thousands of ravers have flocked to the village of La Verdière in the Haut Var to participate in an illegal rave. Residents in the area saw a big police presence during the weekend after party goers without any authorisation took over several plots of land in the area.  

Brexit - Britain's ambassador to France is to travel around the country to hold meetings with British residents to hear their concerns about Brexit and attempt to answer their questions. A series of meetings are to be held in November and December including one in Nice on November the 7th and one in Saint Raphael on the 23rd.  With limited spaces those interested are asked to sign up as soon as possible on the British Embassy’s Facebook page.

Record breaking Skydive - Three parachutists from the Provence Alpes Maritimes region have taken part in a record breaking skydive in Arizona. The event organized by Frenchman Patrick Passe broke the previous record set in September 2015 with 217 paratroopers taking part making it a new world record. 

National

Disturbing disappearance of a jogger - Police in the Haute-Saone region of France, between Dijon and Besancon, have launched an appeal for witnesses after the “disturbing disappearance” of a 29 year old jogger on Saturday. The young woman left her home around 9 am on Saturday morning but after failing to return home her husband raised the alarm. The young woman has blonde, brown hair and was wearing red glasses and a sports outfit with black shorts, red vest and pink trainers.

Calais Jungle – In a report to be released today French police have been accused of "unprovoked and extreme violence" against refugees, including many children, in the Channel port of Calais. A year on from the demolition of the notorious Calais Jungle, the number of displaced people still in the area is estimated at 2,000.

Cosmetic products - Following an inquiry French authorities have discovered over 140 cosmetic products which contain banned substances. Published by a leading consumer group, the investigation said products including an eye treatment by L'Oréal Men, a sun cream for kids by Lovea and Vivelle hair gel, should be pulled from the shelves immediately because they contain chemicals that are banned by law.

Emmanuel Macron plays it cool - French president Emmanuel Macron has played it cool during his visit to French Guiana after catching a whiff of marijuana and warning youngsters it won’t “help with your schoolwork”. The French president faced demonstrations during the trip over the issue of aid with many locals feeling that they are overlooked by the government in Paris, with unemployment at 23%, large amounts of immigration, pot-holed roads and poor public infrastructure compared with mainland France.

Business

A report by Reuters says that investors have been increasingly factoring in the effect of a corporate tax cut into the shares of US firms which would leave the market primed for a steep sell-off should the Republican controlled Congress fail to pass one of President Trump’s top priorities. The report says there are signs that the administration has little room for error as it gets ready to introduce its tax legislation. The House of Representatives narrowly passed a budget measure last Thursday which was necessary for a vote on the tax bill. Republicans in high-tax states such as New York and New Jersey were among the opponents amid concerns that the bill would eliminate the deduction of state and local taxes. Analysts say that the nature of the rally in stocks over the last two months has been tax-cut led and if it doesn’t happen then the market is likely to go down by several percentage points.

A leading UK think-tank has said that the Chancellor of the Exchequer is “between and rock and a hard place” for his forthcoming budget on the 22nd of November. The Institute for Fiscal Studies says that Phillip Hammond may have to abandon his target for getting rid of the deficit if he wants to increase spending on public services. The IFS also says that Mr Hammond is facing a likely cut in the forecast for productivity growth. The Chancellor’s budget will be his first since the general election and he’s under intense political pressure to spend more which would almost certainly result in higher taxation which will not go down well with the ruling Conservative Party.

And-The French butter crisis appears to be worsening with many supermarkets across the country reporting that they are in short supply or have run out completely. The crisis is being compounded by panic buying and French supermarkets’ unwillingness to pay producers higher prices. The price of butter has almost tripled to 7,000 euros a ton since last year according to a Paris based farming consultancy. World demand is increasing rapidly owing to the popularity of French style patisserie products in markets such as China and many producers are taking advantage of the higher prices to sell overseas. The French Food Retailers’ Federation is playing down the shortage which it blames mainly on people hoarding butter while the government says that it hopes a deal can soon be reached between retailers and dairy producers.

Sport

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton has become the most successful British driver of all time after winning his 4th world championship. Hamilton only finished 9th in Sunday’s Mexico Grand Prix after a tangle at the start with Sebastien Vettel which left him with a puncture and put him at the back of the field. Vettel also had to fight back after requiring a new front wing but he could only finish fourth and needed to finish 2nd to keep the championship alive. Max Verstappen won the race for Red Bull with Valtteri Bottas second and Kimi Raikkonen third. Hamilton now joins Alain Prost and Vettel with four world championships with only Michael Schumacher on 7 and Juan Manual Fangio with 5 ahead of him.

Football-There were 2 games in the English Premier League on Sunday with the new Leicester manager Claude Puel getting off to a winning start as his side beat Everton 2-0. Brighton rescued a point at home to Newcastle in a 1-1 draw.

There’s 1 game tonight.Burnley play Newcastle. In the English Championship on Sunday Birmingham and Aston Villa drew 0-0.

Rugby League-There were 3 games in the World Cup on Sunday.Ireland beat Italy 36-12.Lebanon beat France 29-18 and Scotland were thrashed 50-4 by Tonga.

Rugby Union-In the Aviva Premiership on Sunday Newcastle lost 30-13 at home to Leicester and Gloucester were 22-21 winners at Bath.

Tennis-Caroline Wozniacki has beaten Venus Williams to win the season ending WTA Finals in Singapore. The Dane came through 6-4 6-4 to win the biggest title of her career. At 37,Williams is the oldest ever player to reach the final. Simona Halep will end the year as world number one.

Weather

Clear skies with light to moderate variable winds. 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 19-22 degrees.

Finally 

 The world’s first electric-powered ‘trackless train’ has been launched in China. Using virtual rail lines on the streets of Zhuzhou, Hunan Province, the new Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) system can travel up to speeds of 43 mph.

China’s CRRC Corporation, which is one of the world’s biggest train manufacturers, started working on the new technology in 2013 and the system is expected to be rolled out to other cities next year. The trains carry up to 300 passengers and the new system is a cheaper and greener alternative than building new train or tram tracks.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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