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French and Riviera News.Thursday.20.07.2017

Villeneuve Loubet fire-The mayor of Villeneuve Loubet says that he warned three weeks ago that the landfill site which went up in flames on Tuesday afternoon was at high risk from fire.

Lionnel Luca  says that a meeting between municipal town officials,local fire services and gendarmes was held at the start of July during which he said that the site on the route de Grasse was at high risk.

He also says that an email was sent to the Veolia sud-est company which operates the site with a copy to the prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes on the 13th of July stating that the landfill was in urgent need of maintenance.

A local campsite was evacuated as a precaution following the fire which was brought under control at 7.30 on Tuesday evening.Enquiries continue.

Meanwhile,firefighters were called to Grasse on Wednesday afternoon after a fire started in woodland near Escragnolles.900 square metres of trees were burned before the fire was brought under control.

 

Beach assault-A man who assaulted a young woman on the beach at Six-Fours in the Var last weekend has been jailed for 10 months with 6 months suspended.

Hussein ‘B’-Originally from Pakistan but of Spanish nationality required an interpreter for his court appearance despite having lived in the Var for 10 years.

The court heard that he attacked the woman who was out for a night-time walk after consuming a large quantity of alcohol when she rejected his advances.

The victim,visibly shaken managed to fight him off and appeared in court in Toulon to give evidence against him.

The accused’s lawyer told the court that he was dependent on alcohol and couldn’t remember the incident.

 

Bandol murder-A man who called police on Monday to say that he’d murdered his companion while on holiday in the town is reported to have a severe psychiatric disorder.

The 70 year old was arrested as he was in the process of stabbing himself following the murder,after which he’d called police in Sanary to confess to the crime.

He’s being evaluated by psychiatrists at the Sainte-Anne hospital in Toulon.

An autopsy is being carried out on the body of the dead woman.

The couple from Rouen in the Seine-Maritime were on holiday in Bandol with their 3 year old granddaughter who was taken into care by social services.

 

Fixing a hole-The hole that appeared on the rue de France in Nice on the 4th of July has opened up again and is getting bigger.

The company carrying out construction of the new tramway 2 line in the city had been in the process of repairing it by pumping large amounts of concrete inside.

The work has been unsuccessful and further studies are now being carried out to find out the best way to proceed.

For the time being the affected area has been cordoned off.

 

In national news.

 

Army chief quits-Emmanuel  Macron is facing the first major challenge of his presidency after the head of the French armed forces quit in a row over budget cuts.

General Pierre de Villiers resigned on Wednesday saying that he no longer felt that he was able to command “the sort of army that I think is necessary to protect France and the French people”.

The General was due to meet with Mr Macron tomorrow in a bid to smooth over the row over government cuts to the armed forces.

The French President has replaced General de Villiers with Francois Lecointre-a high ranking naval officer who’s been the government’s chief military staff officer.

 

Relax-but not too much-The government has advised ministers planning their summer breaks not to take their eye off the ball and to be prepared to return to Paris ahead of schedule if necessary.

The General Secretariat of the administration says that ministers should not change their holiday plans but must be ready to react if necessary.

President Macron is taking only a few days break at his Lanterne private residence in the Paris region while Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe is planning to holiday with friends in the south of the country.

Minsters have been ordered to make sure that they are contactable at all times if their presence in Paris is required.

 

Business.

 

The United States and China have ended trade talks in Washington without agreement.

The two sides did not issue a joint statement or action plan following the meeting and also cancelled press conferences.

The US has been critical of China’s trade surplus and has demanded “more fair” trade agreements.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross opened the talks by criticising China’s 347 billion dollar surplus and said that “it was not the product of market forces”.

In return,China said that it was concerned about US refusals to sell it advanced technology products.

Following the talks,President Trump said that imposing steel tariffs on China “could still happen”.

 

The US banking giant Morgan Stanley has announced an 11 percent rise in second quarter profits with gains across its business.

The bank says that it also weathered a decline in bond trading better than its rivals with just a 4 percent decline in revenue.

Profits for the quarter came in at 1.8 billion dollars on revenues of more than 9.5 billion.

Morgan Stanley’s chief executive James Gorman said that the results showed the resilience of the bank in a subdued trading environment.

Morgan Stanley shares rose by 2.7 percent on the news.

 

And-The UK government has announced that the pension age will rise to 68 and be phased in between 2037 and 2039.

The change will affect some six million men and women who will have to wait a year longer than they expected to get their state pension.

Those affected are currently aged between 39 and 47.

The government said that it had decided to accept the recommendations of the Cridland Report which had proposed the change and said that as life expectancy continues to rise and the number of people in receipt of state pension increases,it had to make sure that there is a fair and sustainable system that is reflective of modern life and protected for future generations.

 

Sport

Neway Tour de France report.

Primoz Roglic of Slovenia won Wednesday’s 17th stage of the Tour de France as Chris Froome extended his overall lead as he seeks a third consecutive title.

Roglic crossed the line first at Serre Chevalier in a thrilling mountain stage that saw second placed Fabio Aru drop down to fourth overall and Froome extend his lead to 27 seconds over Rigoberto Uran with Romain Bardet of France in overall third.

Today’s 18th stage is another tough examination in the Alpes.It’s 179.5 kilometres between Briancon and Izoard with a steep summit finish.

If Froome can keep it together today,there’s little to prevent him winning his third straight Tour de France title.

 

Golf-The Open Championship starts at Royal Birkdale today and looks to be wide open this year.

As an added incentive if any were needed,no player from Britain or Northern Ireland has ever won the Open when it’s been staged at Royal Birkdale.

In 9 previous Open Championships at the course there have been two Australian winners,5 Americans and an Irishman.

The first players will be teeing off at 6.35 UK time.

 

Formula 1-The FIA has announced that the new ‘halo’ cockpit-head protection device will be introduced in 2018.

The sport’s governing body says that the device presents the best overall safety performance following the evaluation of a large number of other devices over the past 5 years.

Drivers are in favour of more head protection but the halo device has provoked a mixed response with some saying it spoils the look of the front of the car.

 

Tennis-Matches at both the French Open and Wimbledon are to be investigated by the Tennis Integrity Unit(TIU) for potential match-fixing.

One match at Roland Garros and three at Wimbledon have been flagged up for unusual betting patterns.

The TUI is now to investigate further but has stressed that there is no firm proof that matches were tampered with.

Weather

Partially cloudy with perhaps the odd shower in places this afternoon.

Light variable winds and a high of 27 degrees on the coast and 29 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 19 degrees inland with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Partially cloudy tomorrow with some showers inland.Mainly fine on Saturday with highs of 26-29 degrees.

 

Finally.

A woman featured in a TV advert saying she would holiday "anywhere but Skegness" has been offered a tour of the resort by the town's mayor.

In the advert for Lotto, a number of people suggest destinations where they would take their families if they won a large sum of money.

Gina Parkin, from Leeds, appears at the end and says "anywhere but Skegness".

She has now apologised for the off-the-cuff comment, saying she "hadn't meant to upset anybody".

Ms Parkin said she had previously been to the Lincolnshire resort at night and "there was a little bit too much alcohol for me".

She said she was now looking forward to seeing the resort in daylight and taking in some of the local attractions, accompanied by the town's mayor, Danny Brookes, who she said invited her after the story was featured in the press.

 

 

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