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French and Riviera News Thursday 15th February 2018

Local

Strike Action - Primary school teachers have called for strike action today with several schools in Nice closed. The teacher’s union is protesting against the number of education post allocated in the Alpes Maritimes, calling for teachers to rally today in front of the Nice rectorate.

Trial 74 year old Jaques Cassandri, the self-proclaimed “mastermind” behind the Nice bank robbery of 1976 has stunned the court in Marseille by claiming that he did not participate in the robbery despite having published a book in 2010 giving details of the heist  and giving details of his involvement Cassandri is on trial for money laundering, suspected of having reinvested money from the robbery in many companies, nightclubs, restaurants and real estate in Corsica and Marseille.

Nice Chateau - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has inaugurated part of the Chateau in Nice. A symbolic ceremony was held on Wednesday marking the end of the first phase of renovation work on the historic site.

Nice Carnival - The Nice Carnival starts on Saturday and motorists are being reminded of diversions and parking restrictions which will be in place in the city until March 3rd.  For full details go to nicecarnival.com

Monaco Telecom - Monaco Telecom has come first in the world ranking of mobile operators. Tests on the quality of service from connection, upload and download speeds to video streaming have seen Monaco Telecom rank first out of 290 global operators.

National

Remains of nine year old girl found - The remains of a nine-year-old girl who disappeared in August have been found. Nordahl Lelandais, a 34-year-old former soldier, has admitted killing Maëlys "by accident", without giving details. Lelandais agreed to co-operate with the police after a trace of her blood was found in his car. The girl went missing during a wedding in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, north of Grenoble. Lelandais had previously admitted that Maëlys was in his car on the night she disappeared.

Doctors Without Borders - Aid group Doctors Without Borders has said it had acted on 24 cases of harassment or sexual abuse last year. The announcement made on Wednesday comes, as British charity Oxfam faces a storm over its handling of a sex scandal. The Paris-based group, said it had received 146 complaints or alerts last year, of which 24 were for sexual harassment or sexual assault.

Elysee Palace - Following an announcement made by the French presidency on Wednesday reporters will no longer be located in the Elysee Palace, with plans to move them to another nearby location. Some reports say that the move symbolises French President Emmanuel Macron's desire to keep the media at arm's length. Reporters have had a press room inside the Elysee for the past four decades, to cover press conferences, state visits and other events.

Business

US consumer prices rose faster than expected in January in a further sign of firming inflation that’s raised the prospect of higher interest rates.
The US Consumer Price Index rose by half a percent last month against forecasts of a 0.3 percent increase.
The report comes after earlier data  showed accelerating wage growth which increased concerns that the US Federal Reserve would have to raise interest rates faster than previously thought.
Bond yields climbed on Wednesday following the news but markets seemed to absorb the information without any drama.
The US Commerce Department also released retail sales data on Wednesday which showed a 0.3 percent decline for January.
Some analysts are saying that the mixed data is making it hard to draw a clear picture of the US economy.

The world’s largest online retailer Amazon.com says that it’s to create 2,000 new jobs in France this year.
France is Amazon’s biggest European market after Britain and     Germany and the new jobs will be permanent contract positions.
The increase will bring Amazon’s staffing levels in France to 7,500 workers and reflects increasing confidence in the French economy in which  the firm has invested more than 2 billion euros since 2010.
Earlier this month Amazon settled a long-running tax dispute with the French government amounting to some 200 million euros.

And-The Canadian firm BGIS has said that it wants to take over some facilities from the bust UK infrastructure company Carillion offering jobs to some 2,500 workers.
BGIS wants to take over hospital,education,justice ,transport and emergency services previously provided by Carillion and says that it could transfer staff to its team as part of the deal.
Reports say that talks are at an advanced stage but no figure has been put on the deal.
Carillion went into liquidation last month leaving debts of 900 million pounds and a 590 million pound pension deficit as well as hundreds of millions of pounds in unfinished public contracts.

Sport

Winter Olympics-Germany is steaming ahead in the medals table on day 6 of the Games in Pyeongchang.
Germany now has 8 gold medals in a total haul of 13 with the Netherlands in second place with 5 gold medals and Norway and the United States in third with 3 gold medals each.
Earlier this morning Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway became the oldest Olympic skiing champion at the age of 35 as he won the men’s downhill gold.
Svindal finished a disappointing 4th at the last Games in Sochi but held off stiff competition from team-mate Kjetil Jansrud to win in Pyeongchang.

Still to come today,there’s action in Curling,ice-hockey,Luge  and Speedskating.

Football-The big Champions League first leg knockout game last night ended Real Madrid 3 Paris Saint Germain 1 while Liverpool all but guaranteed their place in the quarter finals in the other game with a 5-0 away victory at Porto.


There are a stack of games in the round of 32 in the Europa League tonight with Nice at home to Lokomotiv Moscow,Arsenal away at Ostersunds and Celtic at home to Zenit St Petersburg.

Formula 1-Haas has unveiled images of its car for the new season.
The US team which finished 8th in the constructors championship last year published digital images of the VF-18 which it says it hopes will enable it to close the gap to the top teams.
The car is described as “an evolution” of last year’s model.
Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen retain their seats at Haas.
Williams will unveil their new car this evening at a launch event in London.

Weather

Partially cloudy with light variable winds.

Top temperature 12 degrees.

Overnight lows of 7 degrees on the coast and 4 degrees with partially cloudy skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Partially cloudy with a high of 12 degrees tomorrow.Cloudy with showers on Saturday with a high of 11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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