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French and Riviera News.Thursday.03.08.2017

Heatwave-An orange heatwave alert remains in force for the Var today although the Alpes-Maritimes should see slightly cooler weather.

Inland areas of the Var could see afternoon temperatures reach 39 degrees this afternoon.Coastal areas across the region are expected to reach between 29-32 degrees Celsius.

The hot weather is set to continue until at least Sunday with daytime temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in most areas.

 

A8 accidents-Two women have been killed in a scooter accident on the A8 motorway near Nice.

Police say that the scooter crashed on the west bound side of the road near the Saint-Laurent-du-Var exit at 6pm last night.It appears that the driver lost control of the machine which crashed into the barrier on the side of the road.No other vehicles were involved.

The dead women are reported to be from the Antibes area and aged 39 and 47 respectively.

There were several other incidents on the A8 on Wednesday with police urging motorists to take extra care during the busy summer period.

 

Pool warning-Authorities in the south of France are warning of the danger of swimming pools and the sea as the region is gripped by a heatwave.

People are flocking to beaches and pools to cool off and on average there have been 25 drowning deaths in pools and the sea each year over the past 6 years and Gendarmes are reminding people that they must comply with certain laws which are designed to lessen the risks.

People are reminded never to leave small children unattended even at splash pools and that infants should be fitted with armbands or rubber rings at all times while in the water.

Authorities also warn that it’s not sensible for anyone to go swimming directly after a large meal,alcohol consumption or a long period of sunbathing.

The emergency service number is 18 from a landline or 112 from a mobile phone.

 

Vesubie burglaries-A warning has been issued to residents in the Vesubie Valley following a spate of burglaries over the past few days.

There have been reports of break-ins at private properties at Roquebilliere,Lantosque,La Bollene, and Saint-Martin Vesubie over recent days with many of them taking place at night.

Residents and business owners are advised to take adequate security precautions even if they’re on the premises.

 

Restaurant theft-A man is to appear in court in Draguignan charged with the theft of a large sum of cash from a restaurant  in Saint-Augulf.

The 35 year old suspect was arrested near the scene of the crime at 7am on Monday following reports of a break-in at the establishment.He was found to be in possession of 5,000 euros in cash which he couldn’t explain.

 

Drunk driver-Police in Antibes have arrested a man who was found to be more than 4 times over the legal alcohol limit.

A police patrol became interested after seeing a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road and gave chase.

The motorist failed to stop and hit two cars coming the other way before he was finally apprehended.

He’s being held in police custody pending a court appearance in Grasse.

 

In national news.

 

Labour reforms-The French Senate  has approved President Macron’s plans to fast-track changes to the labour laws.

Liberalising the French employment market was one of Mr Macron’s central election themes but it’s been met with widespread opposition from trade unions and left wing politicians.

Under the reforms,which have already been passed by the National Assembly,employers will be given more power to negotiate with workers at company level rather than being bound by industry-wide standards.

Compensation awarded by courts in dismissal cases will be capped  and companies will find it easier to lay off staff.

The CGT union is already calling for a nationwide strike on the 12th of September in protest over the reforms.

 

PSA takeover-The French car manufacturer PSA has completed its takeover of General Motors’ European operations giving it control of Opel in continental Europe and Vauxhall in the UK.

The deal was supposed to be concluded by the end of the year but the PSA Group which manufactures Peugeot and Citroen vehicles says that the process has been concluded quicker than initially estimated.

Opel and Vauxhall now have 100 days to draw up plans for a synergy worth around 1.7 billion euros a year.

The acquisition makes the PSA Group Europe’s second largest carmaker behind Volkswagen.

 

Business.

 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average went past 22,000 points for the first time ever on Wednesday, lifted by a rise in Apple shares.

The milestone marked the latest in a streak of share price gains since January, but some analysts are concerned about the future strength of the rally.

The wider S&P 500 index rose just 0.05% to 2,477.57, while the tech-focused Nasdaq held steady at 6,362.65.

The Dow has risen almost 11% since the start of the year. The S&P is up about 10%, while the Nasdaq has climbed by 17%.

Analysts first said the stock rally was due to optimism about President Donald Trump's business-friendly policies such as corporate tax reform. Now they say strong corporate earnings are boosting share prices.

The markets' rise on Wednesday was attributed to reaction to earnings from technology giant Apple.

 

The electric car-maker Tesla has announced a more than doubling in quarterly revenues helped by higher deliveries of its upmarket vehicles but its losses also grew.

The company reported revenue of almost 2.8 billion dollars in the three months to 30 June, up from 1.3 billion during the same period last year.

Losses increased to 336 million dollars , compared with 293 million last year.

Investors were encouraged by the firm's prospects and shares rose by more than 8% in after-hours trading.Tesla is preparing to ramp up car production, as it rolls out its most affordable car yet for the mass market

The firm told shareholders it expects revenue to grow "significantly" in the second half of the year, while expenses hold steady.

 

And-Regulators should not "water down" the rules to allow the world's largest oil company to list in London according to the UK  Institute of Directors.

The news follows reports that  Saudi Aramco plans to list 5% of its shares in London or on another Western stock exchange.

UK rules state that more than 25% of shares should be listed to stop a single shareholder having too much dominance.

However, proposals by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) put forward in January could allow for exceptions.

The regulator proposed waiving a number of requirements for sovereign-owned companies.

These include the need to provide independent shareholders with their own separate vote on the appointment of independent directors, which can potentially delay the process by up to 90 days.

 

Sport.

 

Football-Nice have made it into the Champions League playoffs after a 2 all draw at Ajax Amsterdam last night which puts them through on the away goals rule with the tie ending 3-3 on aggregate.

Celtic also made it through to the playoffs last night with a 1-0 win at Rosenborg which gave them a 1-0 aggregate win.

 

Neymar will be earning 865,000 euros a week when he completes his world record transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain.

The Brazil star is moving from Spain to France for a world record fee of 222 million euros.The 25 year old will be earning a reported 45 million euros a year before tax.

 

Formula 1-Robert Kubica has set competitive speeds during testing for Renault in Hungary but wasn’t giving anything away afterwards.

The 32 year old Polish driver is being widely tipped to return to the sport following a serious rally incident in 2011 during which his arm was partially severed.

Afterwards he said that “people are only concentrating on my arm but he had many fractures as a result of the accident and that it takes a great deal of time to recover”.

 

Cricket-The former England captain Alistair Cook has said that he’s found new motivation to carry on playing at international level.

Cook stood down as England captain in February after a record 59 Tests in charge  and says that he had questioned his motivation and desire to carry on playing at times.

His recent good form with the bat including his performance in the 3rd Test victory over South Africa have given him a different perspective and an enthusiasm to continue.

The 4th Test between England and South Africa starts at Old Trafford tomorrow.

 

Racing-Here Comes When edged out Ribchester in a surprise victory in the big race at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.

The 20-1 shot won the Sussex Stakes in wet conditions with Lightning Spear finishing third.

The dual 2000 Guineas winner Churchill was withdrawn before the race because of the wet weather and conditions.

 

Weather

 

AN ORANGE  HEATWAVE ALERT IS IN FORCE FOR THE VAR.

 

Clear skies with light to moderate variable winds.

Top temperatures 29- 32 degrees in coastal areas,up to 39 degrees inland in the Var.

Overnight lows of 25 degrees with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Clear skies and remaining very hot with highs of 29-37 degrees.

 

Finally.

 

Nasa is seeking a new "planetary protection officer" tasked with defending the earth from alien life.

Specifically, the job's main concern is avoiding "biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration."

That applies both ways - to spacecraft returning to Earth and to the risk of human contamination of other planets.

Along with its inspiring job title, the position comes with a hefty annual salary range of $124,406 - $187,000.

Applications have been open to US citizens since July, with a closing date of mid-August. But the job advert went largely unnoticed until now.

It’s not a new idea - the original United Nations treaty on space exploration, signed in 1967, called for space-faring nations to take care about contaminants

 

 

 

 

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