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French and Riviera News Monday 3rd September 2018

Local

Triple homicide in Le Cannet – A thirty year old man has been arrested and placed in custody by police in Le Cannet for reportedly killing his parents and sister in the parental home. Police are investigating the triple homicide after the 31 year old son reportedly stabbed to death his 60 and 78 year old parents and his 21 year old sister on Sunday morning.

Italian stopped for people-smuggling - An Italian living in France has been given a suspended sentence for people-smuggling because he transported two undocumented migrants he had contacted through carpooling site BlaBlaCar. The young man, was given a suspended sentence of nine months and a suspended fine of 24,000 euros. Border police found his passengers were migrants from Côte d'Ivoire and Morocco.

Mayor of Nice cancels wedding - The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has refused to marry a couple after they committed a number of driving offenses on Saturday on the way to the town hall. Accused of "Dangerous driving and insulting traffic wardens” Estrosi reportedly postponed the wedding until today. The city of Nice has adopted strict regulations forbidding shouting and brandishing banners or flags during celebrations, out of respect for residents in the area.

National

Brexit - The People’s Vote campaign for a second Brexit referendum is seeking to turn French and German opinion against a “blind Brexit” under which the UK would leave the EU without certainty on the terms of a future trade deal. Two major European newspapers, Le Monde and Die Welt, have been given a YouGov poll of 10,000 Britons by the campaign group, which shows that 72% of people are opposed to a Brexit in which the details of the future deal are unclear when the UK leaves. Opposition to blind Brexit is said to be strongest among those over 50, with 76% of 50-64-year-olds and 75% of over-65s in opposition.

Strike action- Unions in France have called for strike action on October 9th in protest at the "ideological policies" of French President Emmanuel Macron's government. Earlier this year rail workers staged rolling strikes against Macron's plan to overhaul France's heavily indebted state rail operator the SNCF. Planned reforms included denying job and pension guarantees to new hires, along with moves to turn the SNCF into a joint-stock company, which the union considered a first step toward privatisation. Lawmakers approved the reforms in early June although two unions have pledged to strike again on September 18th. Opinion polls, however, showed most voters backed the proposed changes.

Business

Argentina is expected to announce a raft of spending cuts today, in an attempt to contain the country's acute currency crisis. The peso has lost roughly half its value this year, despite the central bank's effort to stabilise it by raising a key interest rate to 60%. The President has pledged to tackle the country's ballooning debt. According to media reports around 10 government ministries are likely to be axed as a result.

Details on Britain's future relationship with the EU are becoming "clearer and clearer" the Brexit secretary has insisted, as he again hinted that negotiators could miss the hoped-for October deadline. Dominic Raab said as the latest round of talks finished that he was "stubbornly optimistic" a deal was "within our reach".

The Hut Grou‎p, the online beauty retailer which is one of Britain's fastest-growing technology companies, has rejected a string of investment and takeover offers valuing it at nearly £4bn. The decision to reject the proposals underlines the confidence of The Hut Group's management in its expansion ambitions, as well as the firepower already available on its balance sheet.

Sport

Formula One – Lewis Hamilton took a thrilling and controversial victory in the Italian Grand Prix following a first-lap clash with title rival Sebastian Vettel. The Mercedes driver fought a cat-and-mouse battle with Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen throughout the race and eventually passed him around the outside of the first corner with nine laps to go.

Football – The Premier League threw up plenty of the usual talking points and drama over the weekend. West Ham lost once again, Manchester United got back to winning ways while Watford stunned Tottenham to maintain their 100 per cent record. Here’s more from BBC sport

Cricket – England have an 3-1 lead over India. England have now gone nine home Test series without defeat stretching back to 2014, when they lost to Sri Lanka from the penultimate ball of a two-match series. 

Weather

Clear skies to begin with. Highs of 25 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 29 in the Var with a light south westerly wind. Clouding over by this afternoon in Nice Cannes and Antibes with rain forecast inland. This evening going down to 17 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 13 in the Var.

Outlook for Tuesday starting of cloudy in Nice with highs of 26 degrees. Clear skies in the Var with highs of 31 degrees. Wednesday clear skies across the region and highs of 30 degrees.

 

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