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French and Riviera News Thursday 19th July 2018

Local

Fatal road accident - Three people have been killed and four people seriously injured in a road accident on the A7 motorway north east of Avignon. The accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon when shortly after 3pm a lorry crossed the central reservation, obstructing traffic in both directions before catching fire. Traffic in both directions towards Lyon and Marseille was disrupted as emergency services attended the scene.

Robbery - Police are hunting a second thief, from a robbery on a jewellery store at La Valette-du-Var at 10.30 on Wednesday morning. On making their escape, the thieves’ getaway car was involved in an accident on the A57, which led to the two running away on foot. One was quickly caught, while the other fled in the direction of Toulon.

Beaches in Marseille remain closed due to pollution - Several beaches in Marseille remain closed today following storms which hit the region at the beginning of the week. After a series of water pollution tests proved positive, authorities have decided to keep the bathing ban in place until further notice.

Panic amongst swimmers at Castel Beach Meanwhile in Nice it wasn’t the pollution which kept bathers out of the water but false shark reports. Swimmers at Castel Beach on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice caused a wave of panic on Wednesday afternoon after fleeing from the sea when they mistook a moon fish for a shark. The fish which only feeds on jellyfish has a dorsal fin which can be mistaken for that of a shark.

New start up to help motorists in Nice - A new start-up “Nice Smart Connect” has launched a new smartphone application which allows its users to locate in real time road works in the area.  Subscribers will be able to receive live notifications ahead of their journey. The application is currently on trial until next December, and could eventually be deployed throughout the city of Nice.

Lloris - Thousands of people have gathered outside the town hall in Nice to welcome home France goalkeeper and team captain Hugo Lloris. Hugo, addressed the crowd from the balcony of the Hotel de Ville, after being officially greeted by Mayor Christian Estrosi.

National

Tighter controls on food-processing industry - A French parliamentary commission has announced plans to propose tighter controls on the food-processing industry after 36 babies were found to have been infected by tainted milk marketed by Lactalis, the world's biggest dairy products company, which is based in France. At the time of the break out the recall of the products was chaotic, with some products still in the shops three weeks after it was ordered. In total 204 babies were infected between 2005 and 2017.

Court ruling - A Paris court has ruled that the French state was not responsible for failing to avert the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks, dismissing a legal complaint by survivors of the massacre and relatives of the victims. The Paris administrative court said on Wednesday that it had found no evidence of a failure to adequately monitor the attackers prior to the attacks, noting that the coordinated gun and bomb attacks had been planned outside France. France’s worst-ever terrorist incident, the attacks on the Bataclan and other Paris venues killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more.

Sexual assaults during World Cup celebrations - Police in Paris have called on woman who experienced sexual assaults during World Cup celebrations to come forward. The move comes after dozens of accounts of sexual assault during France's World Cup celebrations hit social media. Reports of unsolicited kisses and groping began appearing on social media after fans poured onto French city streets to celebrate France's victory over Croatia in Sunday's final. Other victims said they had not filed charges, saying they did not believe the police would pursue their cases since their assailants vanished into the crowd.

Business

Sterling has fallen to a 10 month low against the US dollar with analysts saying that the UK currency is suffering from “political trauma” as well as weaker-than-expected inflation data.

On Wednesday,the UK’s unchanged Comsumer Price Index reading of 2.4 percent was weaker than consensus although it was close to Bank of England estimates of 2.5 percent.

The fresh data is unlikely to derail the prospects of a hike in interest rates next month.

The pound is also being dragged down by Brexit uncertainty with investors unsure whether Prime Minister Theresa May can drive her plans through the House of Commons following a knife edge victory on the trade bill on Tuesday.

 

China’s Foreign Ministry has warned that the US led trade war has become the “biggest confidence killer” for the global economy.

In a statement issued on Wednesday,China said that the whole world would fight back if the United States continued to be “wilful”.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the US is fabricating all sorts of justifications for its trade actions,including that of national security.

The spokesman added that the US trade war is “not just with China,but with the rest of the world”.

 

And-Premier Foods has said that “nothing is off the table” including a sale of parts of the business as it attempts to fend off a showdown with activist investors who want to see chief executive Gavin Darby replaced.

The maker of Mr Kipling and Batchelors products said that it will be accelerating its turnaround plans  amid pressure from its second largest shareholder Oasis Management.

Mr Darby is facing a potential shareholder rebellion led by Hong Kong based Oasis.The hedge fund has recently doubled its stake in Premier Foods to 17.3 percent and has accused the chief executive of “persistent value destruction “.

Sport

NEWAY TOUR DE FRANCE REPORT

Geraint Thomas won Stage 11 of the Tour de France on Wednesday to take the leader’s Yellow Jersey from Greg van Avermaet.
Thomas attacked with 6 kilometers left on the final climb to La Rosiere to finish 20 seconds ahead of Tom Dumoulin with Chris Froome in third.
The Team Sky rider now leads the overall classification by 1 minute 25 seconds from Froome who’s moved from overall 6th into second place.

Today’s 12th stage is 175.5 kilometers between Bourg-Saint-Maurice les Arcs to the Alpe d’Huez and is another one for the climbers.
Thomas will be looking to extend his lead but he’ll face stiff competition from Froome who has started to sniff another Tour victory.The contest between the two riders may cause conflict at Team Sky where Froome is top dog but Thomas’s star is rising.

Rugby Union-The Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton has been forced to retire with long standing knee and neck injuries.
The 29 year old played 79 times for Wales but hasn’t played since leading the Lions to drown series against New Zealand in 2017.He had recently returned to training but said on Wednesday that his body had been unable to give him back what he’d hoped for.

Golf-The Open is underway at Carnoustie with Jordan Spieth looking to retain the Claret Jug.
Spieth hasn’t been in great form of late and he’s set to face a number of big challenges on the links course which has become hard and dry owing to a lack of rain for several weeks.
The first shot in this year’s open was hit by two-time Major winner Sandy Lyle who’s making his final appearance unless he can finish in the top 10.
Spieth tees off at 10.58 alongside Justin Rose.

Football-Gianfranco Zola has been named as assistant to the new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.
The former Stamford Bridge favourite has joined the club on its pre-season tour of Australia.
Sarri was appointed as Chelsea manager last week following the sacking of Antonio Conte.


Jose Mourinho has called on Paul Pogba to repeat the form he showed in the World Cup for Manchester United.
Pogba was one of the big stars of Russia 2018 and scored in the final as France beat Croatia.
Mourinho says that it’s about Pogba and him understanding how good he was in Russia.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss most of next season for Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp says that the player will be focusing on recovery and rehab after sustaining a serious knee injury during the Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid.
Klopp added that knee surgery had been a complete success and the player’s recovery was on track.

 

Weather

Clear skies with light to moderate variable  winds.

Top temperatures 27-31 degrees.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Clear skies with highs of 27-30 degrees.

Finally 

A recent study has revealed that the average summer break from school will involve 11 day trips, 344 miles of travel - and two cases of sunburn.

A survey of 2,000 British families found the long summer holiday away from lessons will also see children spend 11 and a half hours at the swimming pool, nine hours at the cinema and 12 hours foisted off on friends.

Another 16 hours will be spent simply sitting in the car as parents ferry the family around from place to place.

It also emerged parents will hear each of their kids wail “I’m bored” an average of 33 times during the summer holidays – combating this by forking out for 19 ice creams a head.

Parents voted the beach or seaside as their favourite place to take kids for a day out followed by the cinema, the local park or a nearby swimming pool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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