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French and Riviera News Thursday 20th September 2018

Local

Memorial museum for the victims of terrorism - Following the announcement by French President Emmanual Macron of plans to create a memorial museum for the victims of terrorism, the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has requested that it be located in Nice. Macron made the announcement on Wednesday at the Invalides in Paris during a ceremony for victims of terrorism.

40 year old man tries to bury his partner alive - A forty year old man has appeared in court in Toulon after trying to bury his companion alive following a violent argument. The incident occurred on September the 15th in Sanary-sur-mer in the Var. A witness alerted authorities after discovering the woman unconscious and covered in earth.

Road accidents - Four people have been injured in a head on collision in Avignon in the Vaucluse on Wednesday, one of them seriously.  The victims, two men aged 72 and 75 and two women aged 35 and 75 were taken to hospital in Carpentras. Meanwhile also in the Vaucluse, a 20 year old suffered serious injuries after losing control of his quad bike.  

Braderie of Nice - 250 stores in Nice are taking part in the “Braderie” which starts today and lasts until Saturday. A number of discounts will be on offer at stores throughout the city.

International Day of Peace – As part of celebrations for the International Day of Peace the Principality will by hosting for the first time in Monaco the “Monaco Better World Forum” under the High Patronage of H.S.H Prince Albert of Monaco. The two day event will be held across three locations including the Cinéma des Beaux-Arts, the Princess Grace Theatre and the Fairmont Monte Carlo, ending with a Gala Dinner at the Monaco Yacht Club on Saturday, September 22nd.  

National

Macron’s ex-security officer - President Macron’s ex-security officer Alexandre Benalla, has given questionable defence arguments at a Senate hearing on Wednesday. Benalla denied being a personal bodyguard to Macron, and said his firearm was for personal use a fact denied by police authorities. 26 year old Benalla is being investigated on charges of misuse of power and the illegal manhandling of protesters during a left-wing rally in Paris earlier this year.

EU heads of State meet in Salzburg - EU heads of State are to meet today in Salzburg to try and reconcile their positions on the issue of immigration and Brexit. The French President Emmanuel Macron will address the meeting at 3pm this afternoon.

Nicolas Sarkozy - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will today find out whether the Paris Court of Appeal will refer him to the Criminal Court in the case of financial slippages of his 2012 presidential campaign.

Duchess of Cambridge - A French court has dismissed an appeal by editors of gossip magazine Closer, and upheld two 45,000-euro fines for publishing pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless. The court upheld on Wednesday the maximum fines imposed by a lower court for invading the privacy of Prince William's wife Kate with its 2012 publication.

Miniature Eiffel Towers seized - French police have seized 20 tonnes of miniature Eiffel Towers in an operation to dismantle an extensive network selling souvenirs in the capital Paris. A joint investigation with French immigration officials resulted in raids on Chinese wholesalers suspected of importing and supplying the goods to illegal vendors. Nine people were arrested.

Business

A Reuters poll of economic forecasters has found that experts unanimously consider  that the escalating trade war with China is bad economic policy.

70 leading economists who answered questions in the survey which was carried out between the 12th and 19th of September said that the increasing trade conflict between the two nations is bad for US economic growth and poses downside risks to what is otherwise an upbeat outlook for the near-term.

The poll found that economists agreed that there will be robust growth in the coming quarters but that there would be slowdown to 2 percent by the end of 2019.

Economists said that the Trump administration’s trade policy is definitely negative but not enough to throw the US into a recession.

 

The former president of the European Central Bank has said that Brexit will have a bigger impact on the UK than the European Union.

In an interview with the BBC,Jean Claude Trichet said that the break up was “totally contrary to the new world” of large emerging economies with single currencies and single markets.

He said that if you take the EU as a whole and compare the GDP of the EU to the GDP of the UK then you see that there’s a small proportion which is the UK.

The EU economy is worth around 13 trillion pounds compared with the UK’s which is 2 trillion.

Mr Trichet concluded that Brexit will be detrimental to the EU at a time of economic growth elsewhere in the world and argued that it should be avoided for the sake of the UK in the long run and for the sake of the entire continent of Europe.

And-Argentina’s economy shrank by 4.2 percent in the second quarter-its sharpest year-on-year slowdown since 2014.

The decline has been accompanied by a steep fall in exports after a drought hit the country’s agricultural sector.

The contraction came amid a currency crisis that’s prompted the central  bank to raise interest rates to 60 percent and the government to cut spending.

Argentina has asked the IMF for a bailout and has asked the organisation to speed up the funding.

Sport

Football-There were 8 more games in the group phase of the European Champions League last night.

In Group E Ajax beat AEK Athens 3-0 and Bayern Munich were 2-0 winners at Benfica.

In Group F Shakhtar Donetsk and Hoffenheim drew 2-2 while the shock of the night came at the Ethihad Stadium where Manchester City lost 2-1 at home to Lyon.

In Group G Real Madrid beat Roma 3-0 and Viktoria Plzen drew 2-2 with CSKA Moscow and in Group H Juventus were 2-0 winners at Valencia despite Christiano Ronaldo being sent off while Manchester United were 3-0 winners at Young Boys in Switzerland.

In the English Championship last night Middlesbrough beat Bolton 2-0.Nottingham Forest were 2-1 winners over Sheffield Wednesday.QPR beat Millwall 2-0.Sheffield United and Birmingham drew 0-0 and Norwich were 2-1 winners at Reading.

There are a stack of Uefa Europa League games tonight.Chelsea are away at PAOK Salonika in Group L  while Celtic face Rosenborg in Group B.Arsenal play Vorskla Poltava in Group E and Rangers travel to Villareal in Group  G.

Rugby Union-The Leicester second row Will Spencer has been banned for four weeks after being sent off for a dangerous tackle during Sunday’s Premiership game against Wasps.

The Leicester coach Geordan Murphy said that the sport had become “too PC” following the incident  and a number of other coaches and players have criticised the decision.

An independent disciplinary panel upheld the decision on Wednesday  and found that Spencer had been guilty of a reckless challenge.

Cricket-Both Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been named in England’s one day international squad for Sri Lanka despite having been charged by the ECB with bringing the game into disrepute.

The pair will face a disciplinary hearing in December following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub last year.

England,who are the number one ranked ODI side will take a 16 man squad to Sri Lanka for the series which starts on the 10th of October.

Weather 

Clear skies with perhaps a shower inland later and  light southerly winds.

Top temperatures of 27-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 18 degrees inland with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Mainly fine with highs of 26-31 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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