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French and Riviera News Thursday 10th August 2017

Local

Thunderstorm - Six British hikers have been struck by lightning in southern France, just one day after a group of teenagers suffered injuries from a thunderstorm. Six British tourists, including two children were struck by lightning while they were out hiking in the Vaucluse in southeastern France. The group of hikers from England, included four adults and two children. 

Fire - A fire in Sospel has destroyed 1,000 square metres of woodland. The blaze broke out on Wednesday afternoon shortly after 3.30. Police are investigating as to whether the incident was accidental or criminal. Meanwhile forest areas in the Var have been placed on a very high risk of fire today with access banned to the public. The warning comes following the severely dry weather conditions and violent winds which have been forecast until Friday.

Mini tornado - A mini tornado was felt on the Salis beach in Antibes on Wednesday afternoon much to the surprise of beach goers in the area. A small movement of panic was reported as holidaymakers described a strong wind similar to that of a “mini-tornado”. No one was injured and there was no damage reported.

National

Paris - A man has been shot and arrested in relation to Wednesday morning's assault when anti-terror soldiers in the northwestern suburbs of Paris were rammed into by a car, leaving six injured. The man, aged in his late 30s, was intercepted on the A16 motorway north of the French capital. France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015 and has seen a string of attacks on security forces who have been regularly targeted, particularly those guarding key tourist sites.

Egg scandal - French Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert announced on Wednesday that he wanted "much more fruitful and rapid exchanges of information" with his EU partners over a tainted egg scandal. Eggs contaminated with an insecticide have been discovered in Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Britain and France, with millions of them pulled off shelves by supermarkets. The French agriculture ministry said it had also ordered a national enquiry into the egg industry to check for the presence of an insecticide.

French Government - The French government is getting ready to vote through a law that will stop MPs from hiring family members in a move which President Emmanuel Macron hopes will restore public trust in elected officials. The French parliament is expected to fulfil a top campaign promise of President Emmanuel Macron, approving legislation to prevent MPs and ministers from hiring family members. The aim is to restore public trust in elected officials after a series of scandals in which French MPs and ministers have allegedly paid family members for fake jobs.

Business

US stocks joined the downward trend after investors were left rattled by President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" warning to North Korea. Mr Trump's words came overnight on Tuesday, UK time, in an escalation of tensions between the two countries. The Dow ended a nine-day streak of closing records, falling by 0.24%, while the Nasdaq fell by just under half a percent and the S&P was down by 0.21%.

Approval of 21st Century Fox's proposed takeover of Sky is likely to come in the first half of 2018 according to a statement released by the company on Wednesday. Fox had hoped to close the deal in 2017 but it has been delayed by regulators. It follows concerns a deal would give the family of businessman Rupert Murdoch too much control over UK news. US-based Fox already has a minority stake in Sky. Both Sky and Fox are controlled by Mr Murdoch, who also owns the Times and the Sun newspapers. Fox is seeking to buy the 61% of Sky it doesn't own.

And - US airlines have reported a sharp downturn in the share of passengers they force on to other flights because of overbooking. The so-called bumping rate for the first half of the year is now the lowest it has been since 1995, according to the US Department of Transportation.

Sport

Football - Liverpool have rejected a bid of 100 million euros from Barcelona for Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho. Barca's second bid for the 25-year-old, which was rejected immediately, comprised an initial 85m euros (£76.8m) plus 15m euros (£13.5m) in add-ons. Liverpool have reiterated that Coutinho is not for sale. Barcelona sold Brazil forward Neymar to Paris St-Germain for a world record transfer of £200m last week.

Athletics – Isaac Makala kept his hopes of a World Athletics Champtionships medal alive after the Botswana athlete successfully ran an individual 200 metre heat in the rain to qualify for the semi-finals. Makwala had been given medical dispensation to withdraw from the 200m heats on Monday night following a bout of norovirus.

Tennis – Britain's Johanna Konta let two match points and a commanding lead slip as she lost to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Konta, who had a first-round bye as the seventh seed, was playing her first match since losing to Venus Williams in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Weather

Cloudy with highs of 30 degrees in Nice and Antibes and 32 degrees in Saint Tropez with a light southerly wind in the Alpes Maritimes and a moderate to strong north westerly wind in the Var. This evening lows of 19 degrees across the region with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend showers forecast for Nice and Antibes on Friday with strong winds across the region and gusts of upto 85Km/h in the Var. Saturday fine and sunny highs of 28 degrees.

Finally 

New research has revealed that it’s all in the eyes! The eyes really do have it when people look for love.

A study found that men and women rate a person's eyes more important than other facial features when seeking for a potential partner.

Having attractive hair and lips is also an important factor in the beauty stakes. Researcher found that the the least important facial feature seems to be someone's nose.

 

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