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French and Riviera News Monday 6th November 2017

Local

Shooting in Draguinan - A 44year old woman has been shot dead by her partner. The incident occurred on Saturday near Draguinan in the Var. According to reports the man shot his partner three times after she announced she was leaving him. He then turned the gun on himself and is reportedly in a critical condition in hospital.

Motorist’s drives into tramline construction site - A motorist has driven into the construction site of the tram line in Rue de France in Nice. The incident happened shortly after 5pm on Sunday witnesses said the driver appeared to be drunk. Nobody was injured and police have opened an investigation.

Violence at beer festival in Frejus - The first beer festival in Frejus has been marked by violence after punches were thrown at one of the security guards during this weekend’s event. Police were at the scene and the man was taken into custody.

Isola 2000 snowfall - 30 centimeters of snow has fallen in the ski resort of Isola this weekend with the mayor Jean Marie Bogini hoping that the station will be able to open early on December 2nd. The village is currently celebrating its annual chestnut festival.

Thunderstorms in the Var - Thunderstorms in the Var have caused considerable damage to some houses with tiles blown off roofs and windows broken. Flooding led to some roads being temporarily closed on Sunday.

OM Fans - Fans of the Olympique de Marseille football team have written "The game is over" on a banner displaying it ahead of the teams match on Sunday against Caen. The words were for striker Patrice Evra who last Sunday kicked a fan in the head. Evra has since been laid off by the club pending a disciplinary interview. Marseille went on to win Sunday’s match 5-0.

Nice-Cannes Marathon - The Ethiopian Dejene Kelkilew has won the nice Cannes Marathon in two hours, twelve minutes and ten seconds. 13,300 runners took part in the Marathon on Sunday which this year celebrated its 10th anniversary.  The event was however, marked after a 50-year-old runner suffered a heart attack arriving on the Croisette in Cannes. The victim, an Italian national was quickly taken care of by the medical team and taken to hospital in Cannes.

Le Flaveur awarded best restaurant in Nice - The Flaveur restaurant has been awarded the best restaurant in Nice by the famous Gault and Millau guide which is published today. Run by brothers Gaël and Mickaël Tourteaux the establishment was awarded a Michelin star in 2011. According to judges the restaurant is value for money and prides itself on working with local products offering a cuisine which strongly represents the region.

National

Silent march - Shocked locals in eastern France have joined the family and distraught friends of a murdered jogger for a silent march. The march took place on Sunday and saw up to 10,000 people take to the streets. Alexia Daval, a 29-year-old bank worker, disappeared last weekend after heading out for a run from her home. Her badly burned body was found in a nearby wood on Monday and an autopsy has determined she was strangled to death, but police have not yet made any arrests and the identity of her attacker remains unknown.

Chinese tourists attacked in French Capital - A group of 40 Chinese tourists have been attacked and robbed in Paris by four suspects armed with tear gas, according to China’s embassy.  The tour group had just returned from a shopping trip in the French capital when they were jumped on by the gang who sprayed tear gas at them. The Chinese Embassy contacted the authorities in France and urged them to track down the suspects. It also urged Chinese tourists to remain vigilant following the attack and described the security situation in France as being 'grim'.   

An “emergency plan” against sexual violence - A hundred female French personalities from the arts, media and film are calling on President Emmanuel Macron to implement an "emergency plan" against sexual violence, after a series of allegations of harassment and abuse in France. In a letter addressed to Macron and published Sunday in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, French feminist Caroline De Haas, journalist Giulia Fois, activists Marie Cervetti and Clara Gonzales said that "one in two women has been a victim of sexual violence".

New Caledonia - The French Pacific territory of New Caledonia will hold a referendum on self-rule next year, under a deal reached with the French government. New Caledonian leaders held nine hours of talks with French ministers in Paris last week. The political agreement could pave the way for independence. November 2018 is the deadline for the vote. New Caledonia, east of Australia, has about 275,000 inhabitants.

Paris fairground - A standoff between the mayor of Paris and the authorities to the "king of fairgrounds, Marcel Campion looks lightly to cause disruption in the capital today with the promoter threatening to carry out “blockages”. The protest comes following plans to cancel the Christmas market on the Champs-Elysees. 77 year old Marcel Campion, 77, has been fighting with the support of trade unions in the sector, against the decision of the Paris Council not to renew this Christmas market, created in 2008 on one of the most famous avenues of the world.

Business

A new leak of financial documents obtained by the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung have shown that some of the world’s biggest businesses,heads of state and global figures in politics,entertainment and sport have been sheltering their wealth in secretive tax havens. The details came in a leak of 13.4 million files that have exposed the ways in which tax abuses can thrive and the complex ways in which the wealthiest corporations have been legally protecting their wealth. The leak,which is also being investigated  by the Guardian newspaper came from two offshore providers and the company registries of 19 tax haven and has been dubbed the ‘Paradise Papers’. Among the revelations exposed are that millions of pounds from Queen Elizabeth’s private estate has been invested in a Cayman Islands fund and that some of her money went to a retailer accused of exploiting poor families and vulnerable people. They also show extensive offshore dealings by Donald Trump’s cabinet members,advisers and donors including substantial payments from a firm co-owned by Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law to the shipping group of the US Commerce Secretary,Wilbur Ross. Other details include aggressive tax avoidance by multinational corporations including Nike and Apple and how some of the biggest names in film,television and entertainment protect their wealth with an array of offshore schemes. Most of the documents came from the Bermuda based legal-services provider Appleby which helps clients set up in overseas jurisdictions with low or zero tax rates.

In other news today. The Confederation of British Industry CBI will say today that the current Brexit negotiations resemble a “prime-time soap opera” and that it’s time for government and business to unite behind a “clear strategy”. The CBI president Paul Drechsler will tell the group’s annual conference that  a single,clear strategy is now necessary for what kind of relationship Britain is seeking with the EU. He will say that current negotiations remind him of a prime-time soap opera with a different episode each week. The CBI says that a third of UK firms will have begun to implement contingency plans by the end of January if there is no further certainty before then.

Sport

Football-There were 4 games in the English Premier League on Sunday with the leaders Manchester City outclassing Arsenal in a 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium. Spurs kept up their good form with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Wembley while Everton stopped the rot with a 3-2 win over Watford at Goodison Park and the big match of the day at Stamford Bridge ended Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0.

In the English Championship on Sunday Middlesbrough beat Sunderland 1-0 while in the Scottish Premiership Kilmarnock were 2-1 winners at Hearts.

Tennis-Jack Sock of the United States has won the Paris Masters and qualified for the end of season ATP Tour Finals. Sock is the first American to win the tournament since Andre Agassi in 1999. He came from a set down to beat Filip Krajinovic of Serbia 5-7 6-4 6-1.

Formula 1-Felipe Massa is to retire from the sport at the end of the season. The 36 year old had intended to call it a day at the end of last season but returned to Williams after Valtteri Bottas moved to Mercedes following the retirement of Nico Rosberg. Massa has won 11 Grand Prix and says that this time his decision to retire is final.

Rugby Union-Elliot Daly has recovered from injury and rejoined the England squad ahead of the autumn internationals. The 25 year old winger withdrew from the squad last week because of knee trouble but is now fully fit again. England’s forwards will train against Wales in Bristol today before joining up with the rest of the squad for preparation ahead of their first match against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday.

Weather

Sunny periods with occasional showers in the Alpes-Maritimes.

Moderate variable or north easterly winds and a high of 16 degrees.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 4 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies and some thunder inland.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Mainly fine with a high of 16 degrees but with more rain on the way on Wednesday afternoon.

Finally 

A German man feared a monster courgette he found in his garden was an unexploded World War Two bomb and called the police.

The 5kg (11-pound) courgette had probably been thrown over a hedge into the 81 year old's garden, police said.

Luckily no evacuation was required in Bretten, a town near Karlsruhe in south-west Germany.

 

 

 

 

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