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French and Riviera News Monday 4th December 2017

Local

Corsicans go to the polling station - The Corsican nationalist party "Pé a Corsica" has come out ahead in the first round of elections with 45.36% of the vote on Sunday. Results showed the two Republican parties in second and third with the “Republic en Marche” in fourth with 11.26% of the votes. “Pé a Corsica” rejects the idea of independence but aims at obtaining a real status of autonomy within the next three years with its effective implementation within ten years.

Drug trafficking in Nice - Seven people have been arrested in Nice linked to  drug trafficking. The arrests were made after police searched a snack bar which had been used as a drugs front. 430 grams of cocaine and 2 kilos of cannabis were found during the raid at the weekend.

SNCF - Passengers have gathered at the main train station in Nice in protest at the cancellation of the night train service Paris-Marseille-Nice which currently runs daily in both directions. The SNCF has announced that due to lack of customers the service is to be suspended as of Saturday 9th December.

Riviera Business Club Awards 2017 - This year’s Riviera Business Club Awards Ceremony 2017 took place at the weekend at the Edhec business school in Nice. This year saw Antonia Beauvoisin-Brown Managing Director of Kidooland win Business person of the year - for more information about Kidooland go to kidooland.fr. This year's winner of Best Start Up of the year went to Nicolas and Barbara Basalgate co creators of Badaboom in Nice. 

One of the best pizza’s in France is in Toulon - A pizzeria in Toulon has been awarded the equivalent of a Michelin star for Pizza. The European label created in 2009 has only been awarded to four pizzerias in France and one of them has gone to  “The Fabbrica di Marco” in Toulon.

National

Man sentenced to jail after false claim - A man who claimed to have survived the 2015 massacre at the Bataclan theatre in Paris, describing his brush with death in vivid detail though he was nowhere near the scene, has been sentenced to six months in jail. The court in Versailles, sentenced 29 year old Cedric Rey, to two years in jail with 18 months suspended for attempted fraud against a state fund for the victims of terrorism.

Emmanuel Macron calls for dialogue - French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a rapid opening of dialogue between Iraq's central government and Iraqi Kurdish leaders. Macron said at a joint news conference in Paris that "France calls for a constructive national dialogue to engage in Iraq.” The French president, who previously met the Iraqi Prime Minister in October, said dialogue needed to be built in "full respect of the constitution of 2005".

Barack Obama in Paris – Meanwhile former US president Barack Obama has taken a new swipe at his successor Donald Trump over the Paris climate accord at a meeting with business leaders in the French capital on Saturday. Obama also vouched for the superiority of female leadership as "men seem to be having some problems these days", alluding to the sexual assault and harassment scandals currently engulfing the United States. Speaking to a group of communications and media leaders as well as financiers and academics known as Les Napoleons, Obama regretted what he called a "temporary absence of American leadership" on climate change.

Business

The US pharmacy chain CVS is to buy the health insurer Aetna for 69 billion dollars in what could be the biggest acquisition this year.
The deal will require approval from both regulators and shareholders before it can go ahead.
CVS says that the deal has the potential to reshape America’s health care industry.
The move comes as health care costs are rising for many Americans and employers.
Proposed tax cuts by the US government could also see a reduction in publicly-funded healthcare programmes such as Medicaid.

Venezuela has announced the creation of a new virtual currency backed by the country’s oil,gas,gold and diamond wealth.
President Nicolas Maduro says that the ‘Petro’ would allow Venezuela to “advance on issues of monetary sovereignty , to make financial transactions and overcome the financial blockade”.
Venezuela’s economy has been hit by falling oil revenue and the plummeting value of its currency,the Bolivar.
The President has been heavily critical of US sanctions which he’s described as a “blockade of the country”.
Opposition MP’s have ridiculed the new scheme which they insisted would need the backing of Congress.

And-The UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that there will be “no Brexit” unless Prime Minister Theresa May is supported.
Mr Hunt said that it was not a choice between “this Brexit and that Brexit” and that the Prime Minister was doing an “unbelievably challenging job amazingly well”.
Theresa May is in Brussels today for crunch talks with the European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker which will determine whether enough progress has been  made to move onto phase 2 of the Brexit process.
The mood in Brussels is said to be positive although the status of the Irish border remains an outstanding issue.

Sport

Cricket-It’s day 3 of the 2nd Test between Australia and England in Adelaide with the tourists under the cosh as skipper Joe Root’s decision to put the home side in after winning the toss appears to have backfired spectacularly.
Australia made 442-8 declared in their first innings and had removed Stoneman before stumps last night as England attempted to start clawing back the deficit.
They’ve lost a further four wickets in the first session of day three with Vince,Root, Cook and Malan all out as the total crept up to 104-5 shortly before the first break of the day.

Football-There were two games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Manchester City maintained their 8 point advantage at the top of the table with a 2-1 win over West Ham while Bournemouth and Southampton drew 1-1.
There was 1 game in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.Rangers were 2-1 winners at Aberdeen.

Rugby Union-There was one game in the Aviva Premiership in England on Sunday with Harlequins beating the champions Saracens 20-19.
Saracens have now lost their last 5 matches in a row.

Golf-Rickie Fowler has won the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas as Tiger Woods put in a good performance on his return to the course following a 9 month absence.
Fowler carded a stunning 11 under par 61 to finish on 18 under par-4 shots clear of Charley Hoffman.
Woods ended on 8 under par with a final 4 under par 68.
He said that he had felt no pain from his back and that the future looked bright.

Weather

Clear skies with light variable winds.

Top temperature 14 degrees.

Overnight lows of 6 degrees on the coast and -1 degree inland with a widespread frost.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies with a high of 14-15 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

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