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French and Riviera News Monday 8th January 2018

Local

400 households without electricity - The electricity network in Castillon and Sospel has been severely disrupted after it was reported that up to 400 households were without power on Sunday evening. Authorities confirmed that the outage was caused after strong winds brought a  tree down on an electricity line.EDF says that there would be a return to normal by 10am this morning.

Robbery at a supermarket in Vallauris - A robbery has taken place at a supermarket in Vallauris. Shoppers were left in shock on Saturday shortly after 5pm when a masked man threatened a cashier with a kitchen knife and made off with 500 euros.

Five star hotel Cannes is evacuated - A five star hotel in Cannes has been evacuated after the fire alarm went off in the early hours of Saturday morning. 183 clients were evacuated.Firefighters later confirmed that the alarm had gone off due to fault in the security system.

Flu warning - France’s Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn has launched a campaign to prevent the spread of the current flu virus by asking parents with children suffering from flu symptoms not to attend school. The Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region is one of the worst hit regions in France with a high number of people suffering from the virus.

Prom Classic - Mohamed Sergini and Ophelie Boxberger have come first in Sunday’s Prom’Classic race in Nice. 8,000 runners participated in the 10km race on Sunday. Sergini came first in the men’s category completing the race in 30 mins and 6 seconds while Boxberger came first in the woman’s category finishing the race in 33 min 29 seconds.

New Year dip- 100 people have taken a New Years dip in the sea in Menton. Locals and tourists participated in the traditional dip on Sunday braving the cold weather and a sea temperature of 13 degrees.

Baker from Nice wants to save the “French croissant” - A baker from Nice has launched a petition to save the traditional French croissant. Frederic Roy has so far gathered more than 30,000 signatures in his fight against the massive industrialisation of pastries in bakeries across France.

National

Charlie Hebdo Massacre - French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte have held a minute’s silence in memory of the 11 people killed during the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Sunday marked the third anniversary of the attack which took place at the magazine’s head office in Paris.

French singer France Gall dies - French singer France Gall, who shot to fame in the 1960s with a series of hits has died aged 70. Gall, who became a star in 1965 when she won the Eurovision song contest had been battling cancer for two years.

Emmanuel Macron’s first official visit to China - The French president, Emmanuel Macron, will make his first official visit to China today for talks aimed at boosting the global influence of both countries and forging closer ties with the European Union. The three-day visit, comes after Macron called for a stronger Europe to “face China and the United States” in his New Year message.

Football - Sunday saw a surprise result in French football as fourth division team Granville beat Bordeaux 2-1 in the French Cup.

Business

The British cider maker Aspall has been sold to the US beer giant Molson Coors in a deal worth a reported 40 million pounds including debt.
Aspall was founded in Suffolk in 1728 and had been in talks with Molson Coors for around a year.
The UK is the world’s biggest cider market accounting for some 45 percent of global sales.
Molson Coors says that it wants to make Aspall the UK’s top-selling premium cider and will also look to build on the potential of its vinegars.
More than half the apples grown in the UK are used for cider production  and the industry supports 11,000 jobs.

The chair of the UK Treasury Committee has written to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to seek clarification on what new VAT proposals will mean for firms.
The government is planning legislation which will change how imports from EU companies will be treated after Brexit.
The new Customs Bill gets its second reading in the House of Commons today and if passed could force firms to pay VAT upfront in cash to the inland revenue.
The Treasury Committee says that it will ask MP’s to investigate the matter further.
Under existing rules,goods imported from the EU are referred to as “acquisitions” for tax purposes.No VAT is paid until the products are passed on to the final customer and have been paid for.
However,unless the UK remains in the Customs Union,goods from the EU will have to be treated like other imports post Brexit and will attract VAT by the 15th day of the following month.
The British Retail Consortium has said that it’s concerned about the government’s lack of strategy over the issue.

And-Oil prices have firmed this morning on the back of a small decline in US rigs drilling for new production.
Crude is holding just below near three-year highs which were reached last week.
Brent crude futures were trading up 15 cents a barrel a little earlier this morning at 67 dollars 77 cents with US West Texas Intermediate up 18 cents at 61 dollars 62.
Traders say that the gains are due to a slight decline in the number of US rigs drilling for new production which eased by 5 to 742 in the week to the 5th of January.

Sport 

Cricket-Australia have beaten England by an innings and 123 runs in the 5th Test in Sydney to win the series 4-0 and regain the Ashes.
England were facing a mountain to save the match on the 5th and final day and were bowled out for 180 in their second innings.
Captain Joe Root was forced to retire on 58 after having spent the morning in hospital with severe dehydration and gastroenteritis and although he resumed his innings and hour into the day,he was forced to retire after lunch after becoming unwell again.
The truth of the series is that England couldn’t cope with Australia’s fast bowlers and were unable to deal with the spin of Nathan Lyon.
They were unable to retaliate with enough pace of their own and a weak spin attack and many of the batsmen failed to perform.
Australia’s aggressive pace attack and high scores from their leading batsmen made the difference and England will need a serious rethink before they attempt another Ashes tour in Australia.
The one day series starts on Sunday.

Football-There were four ties in the 3rd round of the FA Cup in England on Sunday with the holders Arsenal dumped out 4-2 by Nottingham Forest of the Championship at the City Ground.
Newport County of League 2 beat Leeds United of the Championship 2-1 while Shrewsbury of League 1 held West Ham of the Premier League 0-0.
Spurs beat League 1 Wimbledon 3-0.

The remaining 3rd round tie between Brighton and Crystal Palace is being played tonight and the draw will be made for the 4th round at 8pm tonight.

American Football-The Jacksonville Jaguars have beaten the Buffalo Bills 10-3 to move into the AFC divisional round.
The Jaguars will now play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional game next week.

Rugby Union-There were 2 games in the Aviva Premiership in England on Sunday.Billy Vunipola starred for Saracens on his return from injury in a 38-15 win at Wasps while the leaders Exeter were beaten 28-20 at Newcastle.
The gap between Exeter and Saracens at the top of the table is now 5 points.

Weather

Overcast with showers and strong easterly winds with gusts of up to 100 km/h in coastal areas of the Var.

Top temperature 16 degrees.

Overnight lows of 12 degrees on the coast and 9 degrees inland with rain and scattered thunderstorms but the wind slackening.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Starting wet tomorrow,giving way to sunshine and showers-mainly fine on Wednesday but with showers returning in the afternoon.Highs of 13-14 degrees.

Finally 

FOR years women have strived to find gym wear which makes their bums look small and pert. But now, thanks to curvy celebs like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez, it's all about the big bottom.

And now a fitness clothing company has created a pair of workout trousers which actually makes your rear look larger.

Canadian brand Fitstar, which sells gymwear across the UK, is selling bum-boosting leggings, featuring elastic banding that also lifts the butt for a perkier look.
 

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