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French and Riviera News Thursday 25th October 2018

Local

Demonstration on A8 motorway - A Facebook group has organised a demonstration on the A8 motorway in protest against the rise in petrol prices. Scheduled to take place on November 17th at Puget sur Argens, organisers plan to block traffic in both directions. According to the Facebook page several hundred people have agreed to take part with 3,000 others interested. 

New security measure - Nice city council has deployed several teams of dog handlers in several areas of the city in an attempt to reduce uncivil behaviour. Still part of a trial period the handlers have so far been present in Garibaldi, Rue Rossette and the Acropolis.

Petition to make the Promenade des Anglais pedestrian every Sunday - A petition to make the Promenade des Anglais pedestrian, every Sunday has been posted online and has so far gathered 300 signatures. The idea comes in a move which plans to reduce pollution and make a safer environment for children.

Weddings - Two local mayors in Marseille have reportedly threatened to stop allowing weddings to take place if the participants take part in what they refer to as “urban rodeos”.  In their letter addressed to the prefect of police, the mayors give examples of anti-social and illegal behaviour such as blocking traffic, driving in the wrong direction, going through red lights, and revellers travelling on car bonnets. The mayors say that their local citizens no longer support the tolerance of such behaviour.


More than 19,000 red weevil insects have been captured in traps  in Antibes/Sophia Antipolis since April as a result of an initiative by local authorities. The insect is a major threat to the region’s palm trees and owners of palm trees are required to perform a monthly visual inspection to detect the presence of the weevil as soon as possible. The traps, on both public and private properties, are emptied every week and the insects counted to assess the progress of the measures.

Speeding fines - According to Road Safety figures published this week a total of 402,877 motorists were  fined for speeding in 2017 by fixed speed cameras on French roads.

National

Arms sales to Saudi Arabia - French President Emmanuel Macron has refused to take questions about halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia despite Germany's calls on its European partners to follow its example and stop arms exports to the kingdom. Journalists had asked Macron during a visit to a naval defence show.

Electric scooters - Electric scooters will no longer be allowed to drive on pavements in France, and will now have to travel on the roads and follow the Highway Code just like cars and motor bikes in response to concerns about pedestrian safety. The presence of scooters on pavements has prompted widespread concern, particularly for vulnerable and elderly members of society.

Business

Asian shares have plunged this morning following Wednesday’s heavy falls on Wall Street.

US markets fell on the back of weak housing data,mixed corporate results,fears over trade wars and concerns regarding a slowing global economy.

Weak manufacturing data from the eurozone as well as the budget standoff between Italy and the European Commission also contributed to the falls while the interception of several pipe bombs mailed to former US President Barack Obama and other high profile democrats including Hilary Clinton added to the tension.

The tech sector was hammered following disappointing forecasts from chipmakers as well as weaker than expected forecasts from Caterpillar and 3M.

The electric carmaker Tesla has reported a quarterly profit for only the third time in its 15 year history.

Tesla said that it made a record 311.5 million dollars in the three months to the 30th of September as the pace of new vehicle deliveries accelerated.

The result is a victory for chief executive Elon Musk who’d promised investors a profit earlier in the year.

Mr Musk says that the quarter is “historic” adding that it was a credit to the firm’s “ingenuity and incredible hard work”.

He added that Tesla was on track to be profitable again in the 4th quarter.

And-The co-founder of the clothing retailer Superdry is talking to investors about a return to the firm in a bid to revive its fortunes.

Julian Dunkerton stepped down as chief executive in 2014 and left the firm’s board in March.He remains the largest shareholder with an 18.5 percent stake.

Superdry shares have fallen from nearly 20 pounds in January to 7 pounds 29 after the firm issued a profit warning last week.

Mr Dunkerton says that he would be prepared to return to the firm in “any capacity” to correct what he said was a “failing strategy”.

Sport

Football-Liverpool put 4 past Red Star Belgrade in Group C of the European Champions League last night with Mo Salah scoring twice.

Liverpool are top of the group on 6 points after the other game ended PSG 2 Napoli 2.

It wasn’t such a good night for Spurs though who were held to a 2-2 draw at PSV in Group B and with Barcelona beating Inter Milan 2-0 in the other game their hopes of qualifying for the knock out phase look slim.

In the other games last night Club Brugge and Monaco drew 1-1 in Group  A and Athletico Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund 4-0.

In Group D it finished Galatasaray 0 Schalke 0 and Lokomotiv Moscow 1  Porto 3.

There’s more Europa League action tonight including Chelsea against BATE Borisov in Group L,Leipzig against Celtic in Group B ,Sporting Lisbon against Arsenal in Group E and Rangers against Spartak Moscow in Group G.

There were 5 games in the English Championship last night.Bristol City beat Hull 1-0.Leeds beat Ipswich 2-0.Preston were 4-3 winners over Brentford.Bolton lost 3-0 at home to Nottingham Forest and West Brom lost 4-1 at home to Derby.

Leeds are top of the table on goal difference from Middlesbrough and Sheffield United  with 26 points.West Brom,Derby and Norwich have 24 points each.

Cricket-Pakistan have beaten Australia by 66 runs in the first Twenty 20 international in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan batted first and made 155-8 in their 20 overs.Australia could only manage 89 all out.

Rugby Union-Ireland have called up 3 uncapped players for the four autumn internationals.

Ross Byrne,Will Addison and Sam Arnold are all included in the squad.

Ireland will play Italy in Chicago in their first match and will then host Argentina,New Zealand and the USA.

Tennis-Sloane Stephens has beaten Kiki Bertens in 3 sets at the season ending WTA Finals in Singapore to leave the Red Group wide open.

All four players in the group can still qualify for the next phase or be eliminated depending on the results in the final matches.

Bertens will play Naomi Osaka and Stephens will face Angelique Kerber in the final group matches on Friday.

Weather

Clear skies with light variable winds.

Top temperature 22-24 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 14 degrees inland with quite cloudy  skies in coastal areas.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Partially cloudy tomorrow with highs of 20-22 degrees.Rain on Saturday with a high of 19 degrees.

Finally 

Stress in middle age can make your brain shrink and make your memory worse, scientists have discovered.

The brain-reducing effects of stress, identified in people in their 40s free from dementia, were found to be triggered by cortisol.

The high levels of the stress hormone may be an early warning sign someone may end up with dementia, the research suggests.

Stress also made people's thinking skills worse, the Harvard Medical School study, published in the journal Neurology, found.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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