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French and Riviera News Thursday 19th October 2017

Local

Strike – Due to strike action only half of local TER trains will be in operation today, with a limited InterCity service. A large demonstration will be taking place at 10am this morning at Place Garibaldi in Nice disrupting trams and buses in the area. The action is expected to continue tomorrow with no tram service and only half of bus lines running. 

LINES AFFECTED

THURSDAY (NICE)

Tram services from 10am to 1pm and all day on bus routes; 3, 14, 17, 27, 30, 38, 52, 59, 60, 62, 70, 81 and 98.

FRIDAY (NICE)

No trams all day or on bus routes; 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9/10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 , 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 62, 63, 64, 65, Texpress, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76 , 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 90, airport lines 98 and 99, CADAM, T21, T29, T60, T61, the Créabus C62, C69 and C81. Also, school lines A, C, E, F, L, M, P, R, S, V, W, School of the castle, 75D and Night Busses.

The following busses will run as normal; 41, 42, 44, 46, 47, 49, 51, 51C, 51D, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 69, 85, 86, 88, 94, CADAM (by A8 Nice Nord), T67A, T67B, 510b, 702, 705, 706, 707, 730, 731, 733, 740, 746, Shuttle Vence 1, Shuttle Vence 2, School Buses K, T, G, H, I, J, O, Q, T, Y, Gilette, Créabus C40, C43, C58, C59, C88, C89, TAD Haute Tinée & TAD Tinée-Vésubie.

Gun – A woman under the influence of alcohol has been arrested in front of the College Risso in Nice. The 35 year old threatened students with an air gun on Wednesday morning before being reported and arrested by the police.  

Calls to stop building project in Nice - The association “en tout franchise” has appealed for support to block plans for the new building project in the “La Plaine du Var” in Nice. A permit has been granted by the town hall for the project which would see the Swedish furnishing giant Ikea set up in the area along with 290 housing units. The site which is located near the Allianz Riviera Stadium is planned to be completed by 2020.

Tax advantages in Nice - The city of Nice has announced plans to introduce a local tax exemption which will be made available for “young innovative companies”. The move comes in an attempt to attract companies to the region with certain tax advantages. According to reports Nice is the first and only community in France to introduce the scheme.

Employment Forum - As of today the job centre in the Alpes Maritimes is organizing several forums to help facilitate the meeting between companies and job seekers. According to figures the five sectors which recruit the most are trade, hospitality, administration, health and the performing arts. The forums last for two days ending on Friday 20th October, for more information visit the Pôle Emploi website.

Driest ever period for the Côte d’Azur - According to Méteo France the last six months has marked the driest period ever on the Côte d’Azur. This year’s summer is the driest since recordings began in 1959.  Météo France added that it does not expect any significant rainfall for the next nine days.

Whale - A ten metre whale got caught in the old port in Marseilles on Wednesday. Because of its size, it was unable to turn itself around, and was trapped. Divers were on the scene at 10am, and after four hours, were eventually able to push the whale back to freedom.

Names - The annual list of baby names, is being published tomorrow, with the top three girls names all sounding surprisingly English. Louise topped the list, followed by Emma and Jade. Although the top three boys names are Gabriel, Raphaël and Jules, more anglo names like Leo, Adam and Liam have also made the top ten.

National

Anti-terrorism law - France's parliament has passed an anti-terrorism law that makes permanent several measures imposed under the state of emergency introduced after the November 2015 Paris attacks. The two-year-old state of emergency extended what police and security forces could do without seeking a judge’s approval and Wednesday's vote writes some of those measures into law.

France ‘s deficit targets – Meanwhile, France’s deficit targets look set to be thrown off course as it has been announced that the country has been ordered to pay back 10 billion euros to big companies after overtaxing them on dividend payouts. The Constitutional Council, ruled on Wednesday that a tax of three percent on dividend payments, introduced in 2012, was illegal. The tax was first levied by former French president Francois Hollande's government and had already been challenged in the courts.

French music magazine apologises - A French music magazine has apologised for featuring a rock star who murdered his wife on its cover. The magazine Les Inrockuptibles expressed "sincere regrets" for the 6 October cover featuring Bertrand Cantat, the former singer of the group Noir Désir who has just released his first solo album.

Business

China’s economy grew at a rate of 6.8 percent in the third quarter according to official data. The growth rate was in line with expectations but slightly lower than the 6.9 percent registered in the second quarter. China is attempting to rein in debt and contain a housing bubble without hurting growth.The measures are expected to have affected economic activity in some parts of the country but expansion is being supported by a higher-than-expected rise in trade as well as bank lending. The latest GDP figures are still above China’s annual growth target of 6.5 percent. A former British cabinet minister has written to the Finance Minister Phillip Hammond to claim that UK banks may have been used to launder money stolen from South Africa. Lord Peter Hain says that a South African whistle blower has indicated that the banks “may have inadvertently been conduits for the corrupt proceeds of money”. The accusation rests on alleged ties between the President of South Africa Jacob Zuma and the wealthy Gupta family. The Gupta brothers have previously been accused of wielding influence in South African politics under Jacob Zuma’s administration. Both parties deny any wrongdoing and say that they’re the victims of a “politically motivated witch-hunt”.

And-The British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto and two of its former executives have been charged with fraud in the United States,accused of hiding losses by inflating the value of African coal assets. Rio Tinto bought the Mozambique assets in 2011 for 3.7 billion dollars and sold them later for 50 million dollars. A lawsuit filed in the US alleges that the firm,its former chief executive Thomas Albanese and former chief financial officer Guy Elliott failed to follow accounting standards and company policies to accurately value and record the assets. The US Securities and Exchange Commission says that soon after the deal was completed,Rio Tinto learned that the projects would produce less coal and of a lower quality than expected.It says that the accused then hid from their board,auditor and investors that the multi-billion dollar transaction had been a failure. Rio Tinto says that it will “vigorously defend itself against the allegations”.

Sport

Football-There were 8 games in the European Champions League group phase last night with Eden Hazard sparing Chelsea’s blushes in a 6 goal thriller at Stamford Bridge against Roma.Chelsea squandered a 2 goal lead with Roma turning the tables and going 3-2 ahead before Hazard levelled in the 75th minute.The other game in Group C ended Qarabag 0 Athletico Madrid 0. In Group A Manchester United were 1-0 winners at Benfica and CSKA lost 2-0 at home to Basel. In Group B Bayern Munich beat Celtic 30 and Anderlecht lost 4-0 at home to PSG and in Group D Barcelona beat Olympiakos 3-1 and Juventus were 2-1 winners over Sporting Lisbon.

There are a stack of ties in the Europa League tonight including Everton against Lyon in Group E,Zvezda against Arsenal in Group H and Nice against Lazio Rome in Group K.

Rugby Union-The Scotland captain Greg Laidlaw will miss the autumn internationals with a fractured ankle. Laidlaw was injured while playing for Cleremont Auvergne in their Champions Cup match against Ospreys and is expected to be out for 10-12 weeks. John Barclay could also miss out with an ongoing concussion problem. Prop Rob Evans could miss out for Wales as he’s failed to pass Head Injury Assessment since being injured while playing for Scarlets against Connacht on the 29th of September.Evans was first choice loose head during last season’s 6 Nations but missed out on the summer Tests through injury. The Worcester centre Ben Te’o is also set to miss England’s autumn internationals. The 30 year old has suffered a high ankle sprain and is expected to be out for at least a month.

Tennis-The British number one Johanna Konta has split with her coach and has ended her season in order to fully recover from a foot injury. Konta has parted company with coach Wim Fissette after less than a year  but said that she wished him all the best for the future. The 26 year old didn’t qualify for this month’s WTA Finals in Singapore and won’t now play in the WTA Elite Trophy the week after.

Weather

Partially cloudy with moderate to strong easterly winds.

Top temperatures 21 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 17 degrees on the coast and 15 degrees inland with clear skies.  

Friday and the start of the weekend–Clear skies with highs of 21-25 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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