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French and Riviera News Thursday 13th September 2018

Local

Anti-drugs operation - A police anti-drugs operation has been carried out in the region with spot checks being carried out at the peage at Nice Saint-Isidore on the A8 motorway. Several arrests were made on Wednesday which led to further searches being carried out by the police in the Ariane neighbourhood in Nice. Police had been tracking a suspected drug trafficking network for several months.

Power cut in the port of Nice - Nearly 2,800 households have been without electricity in the Port of Nice following an incident reported on Wednesday by the energy supplier Enedis. The power cut occurred shortly after 1pm due to work being carried out on the new tramway. Services were back to normal by early evening.

Woman drowns in the Var - A woman in her 60s has drowned after apparently suffering an illness while swimming at the Bonnegrâce beach in Six-Fours.  Meanwhile, an English holidaymaker is being treated in the intensive care unit at the Pasteur Hospital in Nice after almost drowning in the sea off Antibes on Wednesday morning. Authorities have reminded bathers to be particularly vigilant as beaches are not monitored after September 1st.

National

‘Scallop war’ continues - Negotiations between British and French fishermen to end the ‘scallop wars’ in the Channel have collapsed. It was announced on Wednesday that talks had ended without a deal, risking a return to recent clashes in the Baie de Seine north of Normandy. The French food and agriculture minister, Stephane Travert, said he “regretted” the failure, but he added that he “salutes” the efforts of the French fishermen to “propose reasonable compensation”. Talks had been held both sides of the Channel after trouble flared in recent weeks. Some 35 French boats confronted five British craft off the coast of northern France, with reports of rocks and smoke bombs being hurled at UK vessels.

Controversial reform of online copyright laws - EU lawmakers have voted in favour of a controversial reform of online copyright laws. The new copyright directive would oblige web companies to make payments to content creators if their work is copied or linked to online. Supporters hailed the vote as a victory for Europe’s creative and media industries and the individuals who work in them. The proposal however continues to face opposition from web giants and from groups warning of censorship.

Driverless trains to be operating by 2024 in France - The French rail operator, the SNCF, has announced that it plans to have driverless trains operating by 2024.In a statement published on Wednesday the head of the SNCF said "Autonomous" trains will all travel at the same speed and their movements will be harmonised, leading to a more frequent and more punctual service. According to the plan, energy consumption should go down and there will be more trains on the most heavily used lines.

Survey - A recent survey has shown that there has been a 33% drop in the number of French who believe that the United States remains a "trusted ally" of France under President Donald Trump. France may be America's oldest ally, but more than half of French people no longer consider the United States a reliable partner. Just 44 percent of those polled said the United States remained a "trusted ally" under President Donald Trump – a 33-point plunge since a similar survey was conducted in May 2014 when former president Barack Obama was still in the White House.

Rachid Taha dies aged 59 in Paris  - Algerian-born singer Rachid Taha has died at the age of 59 from a heart attack at his home in Paris. Taha was born on Algeria's north-west coast in 1958 and moved with his family to Lyon aged 10. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of Arabic-language group Carte de Séjour, Taha then went solo, and in 2004 covered The Clash's song Rock the Casbah. Most famously, however, Taha cited cited British punk group The Clash as a major influence. He allegedly met them in 1981 and handed them a copy of his band's demo tape - which he later suggested may have influenced one of their most famous tracks.

Champagne supernova - A specially equipped aircraft has taken off from the heart of the French champagne region to test a novel way of dispensing bubbly in space. The plane made a series of steep climbs before plunging down to create 20-second intervals of weightlessness. Journalists from several countries were invited to try the champagne during Wednesday's flight on board the Airbus Zero-G plane. The successful test means that future space tourists may be sipping champagne in orbit in a uniquely designed twin-chambered bottle with "egg cup" glasses.

Business

Apple has unveiled three new iPhones and a new smartwatch with an added fall-detection function.

The iPhone XS Max has a 16.5 centimetre screen while the iPhone XS has the same sized screen as the original and the iPhone XR comes with a larger screen but is lower in quality.

Last year,there had been concerns that the iPhone X entry price of 999 dollars would limit its appeal but Apple says that its proved to be consistently more popular than either of the lower priced iPhone 8 models.

The XS Max will become the firm’s most expensive handset to date with prices ranging from 1,400 dollars to nearly 2,000 dollars depending on the amount of storage.

The XS will match the original cost of the X while the XR will be cheaper.

The new models will go on sale later this month except for the XS Max which will be available in October.

 

Oil prices have risen above 80 dollars this morning as concerns over supplies from Iran and a fall in US stockpiles.

Brent Crude rose by a dollar a barrel earlier this morning to 80 dollars 13 cents-the first time that its breached 80 dollars since late May.

The rise reflects increasing concern about the impact of US sanctions which will target Iranian exports.

On Wednesday,the Russian oil minister said that global markets were fragile due to geopolitical risks and supply disruptions.

He also warned of the impact on US sanctions against Iran which he said would cause huge uncertainty in the market.

 

And-Aston Martin has announced that its to start development of its first all electric production car.

The Rapide E will have an 800 volt battery using lithium ion cells which will be mounted where the original 12 cylinder Rapide engine and gearbox were located.

The battery system powers two rear-mounted electric motors that make the equivalent of 602 brake horse power  and 700 pound-feet of instant torque.

Initial production will be just 155 units and the car is being developed with Williams Advanced Engineering-the technology and engineering arm of the Williams Group.

It will have a top speed of 155 mph and will go from 0-60 in 3 seconds.

Sport

Football-France’s World Cup winning captain Hugo Lloris has admitted to being more than twice the drink-driving limit when he was stopped by police in central London.
The 31 year old Tottenham goalkeeper pleaded guilty when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
He was fined 50,000 pounds and banned from driving for 20 months.
Lloris was stopped in his Porsche Panamera after going through a red light in the early hours of the 24th of August.


Formula 1-The British Grand Prix will be shown live on both Channel 4 and Sky in the UK next season as part of a new partnership between the broadcasters.
Channel 4 has secured highlights to all the races while Sky will carry all races live on its subscription channel.
Channel 4 took the free to air rights from the BBC in 2016.

Tennis-The former women’s great Billie Jean King has said that Serena Williams was “totally out of line” for her US Open final outburst but that the umpire Carlos Ramos “blew it”.
Williams was docked a game for verbal abuse having already had a point penalty for smashing her racquet and a code violation for coaching.
King says that no-one is suggesting that what Williams did is good for the game but that Carlos Ramos aggravated the situation.

Cycling-Simon Yates still leads the Vuelta e Espana heading into stage 18 but his overall lead over Alejandro Valverde has been cut to 25 seconds.
Canada’s Michael Woods won the stage 17 road race on Wednesday.
Today’s 18th stage is 186 kilometers to Lleida with Yates bidding to become only the second Briton to win the Vuelta after Chris Froome triumphed last year.
 

Weather

Showers dying away this morning and then partially cloudy with light to moderate southerly winds.

Top temperatures 27-30 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 21 degrees on the coast and 17 degrees inland with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Mainly fine with highs of 25-29 degrees.

 

 

 

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