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French and Riviera News Thursday 21st June 2018

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Victims of terrorism - French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet has announced that compensation for the victims of terrorism in France has been considerably improved with figures showing that the budget for victim support has almost doubled in three years from 15 million euros in 2015 to 28 million in 2018. Belloubet was in Nice on Wednesday to meet with the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi to discuss his request on the urgency of improving the monitoring of victims of terrorism.

Fete de la Musique - Today France celebrates “La Fete de la Musique” with events being held across the region. In Nice at Place Massena concerts from Mc Solar, Maitre  Gims and Christine and the Queens are part of the lineup of artists performing tonight. Concerts will also be taking place throughout Antibes, Cannes, Menton and here in Monaco. “La Fete de la Musique”, also known as Music Day, Make Music Day or World Music Day, is an annual music celebration that takes place on 21 June. On Music Day the citizens of a city or country are allowed and urged to play music outside in their neighborhoods or in public spaces and parks. The first all-day musical celebration organised by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, and by French composer, music journalist and radio producer Maurice Fleuret, was first celebrated in Paris in 1982. It later became celebrated in 120 countries around the world.

Old Nice – Meanwhile residents in Old Nice have raised the alarm due to an increase of noisy nightlife in the area. While businesses defend the festive scene calling it a plus for tourism, locals are calling for action.  Since 1999, a by-law regulates activities that generate noise in Old Nice a measure which some living in the area feel is not being respected.

Fort de Brégançon - According to reports in French media French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte are considering the installation of a swimming pool at the Fort de Brégançon, the holiday retreat for French presidents located in the Var. A study has reportedly been carried out to investigate the technical and financial implications in building a pool on the site which is classified as a historical monument. The couple are expected to spend their summer holiday at Brégançon after spending a weekend there in May.

National

The head of the Samu in Strasbourg resigns - The head of the Samu in Strasbourg has resigned following the death of Naomi Musenga last December. Following the investigation into Musenga death the report concluded that the procedure followed by the Samu was not “in line with good practice” and was” a source of risk for patients”. Musenga died after her emergency call was not taken seriously leading to a delay in medical care.

Two French youths jailed over deadly attack - Two French youths have been jailed over a deadly attack on a Chinese tailor that sparked mass protests by the country's Asian community. The pair, aged 17 and 19 at the time of the attack in August 2016, left Zhang Chaolin with fatal injuries when he fell while they were mugging him. Zhang's death caused an outcry among Asians living in France, with thousands taking to the streets to protest what they called a rise in anti-Asian racism in poorer French communities.

Business

The European Union is to launch a series of retaliatory tariffs against US exports tomorrow according to Trade Commissioner Cecelia Malmstrom.

US exports including clothing,motorbikes and bourbon whiskey will be targeted after President Trump imposed steep duties and steel and aluminium imports earlier this month.

The Commissioner said that the EU did not want to be in this position but had no choice but to act following the unilateral and unjustified action  by the United States.

Cranberries,orange juice,sweetcorn and peanut butter are among the other US products which will be targeted.2.8 billion euros worth of US exports to Europe will be affected by the new tariffs.

 

Walt Disney has increased its offer for 21st Century Fox to 71.3 billion dollars in cash and shares.

The move values Fox at 38 dollars a share-a 10 dollar increase on Disney’s first offer for the firm last December.

Disney is locked in a bidding war with the US media conglomerate Comcast for control of Fox.Earlier this month,Comcast made a 65 billion dollar bid and sources close to the company say that the offer is now likely to be increased to trump Disney.

Both Disney and Comcast want to gain control of Fox’s entertainment assets which include the movie studio,cable channels,National Geographic,the Indian network Star and a 30 percent stake in the video website Hulu.

The firms are also involved in a separate battle for Sky TV in the UK.

 

And-Australia’s biggest telecoms firm is to slash 8,000 jobs in a bid to cut costs.

Telstra is planning to axe a quarter of its workforce over the next three to four years.

The firm has also issued a profit warning for the year to June 2019.

Telstra has been under increasing pressure to improve its mobile and broadband offerings as competition in Australia’s telecoms sector increases.

The firm’s share price has almost halved in the past year.

 

Sport

Football-There were 3 games at the World Cup on Wednesday.In Group A Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 to practically book their place in the knockout phase while in Group B Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 thanks to another Ronaldo goal while Diego Costa spared Spain’s blushes as he scored the only goal of the game in his side’s 1-0 victory over  Iran .


There are three more games today with Denmark against Australia  and France against Peru in Group C this afternoon and then Croatia against Argentina in Group D this evening.

Formula 1-The contract to hold a Belgium Grand Prix has been extended until 2021.
The move secures the immediate future on the calendar of one of the world’s classic race tracks at Spa Francorchamps which first hosted a Grand Prix in 1925.
Meanwhile,teams are gearing up for this weekend’s French Grand Prix at Le Castellet which returns to the calendar for the first time in 10 years.

Cricket-The 4th one day international between England and Australia is being played at the Riverside Chester-le-Street today.
England have already won the 5 match series with a 3-0 unassailable lead and will be keen to try and impose a whitewash on the old enemy.
Play starts at 3pm this afternoon.

Rugby Union-Danny Cipriani is set for his first start for England in  a decade with coach Eddie Jones considering naming him at fly-half for the final Test against South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday.
Cipriani has been taking a leading role in training this week as England look to arrest a slide of 5 consecutive defeats and get something out of the Test series.
Jones will name his side at lunchtime today.Joe Marler and Nathan Hughes are also likely to be in the starting line-up.


Racing-Sir Michael Stoute has become the all-time leading Royal Ascot trainer as Poet’s Word shocked the strong favourite Cracksman to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on Wednesday.
The 11-2 chance was the clear winner from last year’s Champion Stakes winner and gave Sir Michael a 76th Royal Ascot success to take him past the previous record of the late Sir Henry Cecil.
The feature race today is the Gold Cup which is off at 5.20 this afternoon.Order of St George,Stradivarius and Desert Skyline are the leading contenders.

Weather

Clear skies in coastal areas with the chance of some thundery showers inland and light to moderate westerly or variable winds.

Top temperatures 28-31 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Fine in coastal areas,showers inland tomorrow with a high of 25-29 degrees.Partially cloudy on Saturday with highs of 24-27 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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