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French and Riviera News Thursday 26th October 2017

Local

Flight Madrid to Nice lands in ToulouseAn Iberia Express Airbus A320  had to make an emergency landing at Toulouse airport on Wednesday morning after a passenger suffered a medical problem. Flight IB3632 was travelling from Madrid to Nice when the passenger was taken ill and transported to hospital in Toulouse.

Closure of pharmaceutical company in Sophia - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has shown his support for the employees of Galderma, the pharmaceutical company  which closed its research centre in Sophia Antipolis in September. In a statement Estrosi has asked the French government for an enquiry into  aid received by the company which benefited from 68 million euros in research tax credit over a period of three years.

Flu - With 22,000 deaths annually in France from the ‘flu virus, a new campaign has been launched for people to get vaccinated before the flu season begins. The campaign encourages, people in contact with many members of the public, such as shop or airport workers, as well as people over 65 to get the vaccine in the coming weeks. For many the vaccination can be free. For more details, search for Vacci’Nice on Facebook.

Parisians told to return home - The mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppé has said he is ashamed of stickers which have been appearing in the French city telling Parisians to go back home.  In recent years Parisians have been moving to the city of Bordeaux drawn by the slower pace of life, the nearby beaches, the sunny climate and the chance to buy a decent sized property. However it appears that a certain section of the Bordeaux population  blame Parisians for the recent hike in property prices that has made apartments in Bordeaux unaffordable to many "locals”.

Treasure hunt in Toulouse - A startup created two months ago in Toulouse has launched “Speedcashcache” hiding 10,000 euros in the streets of the city. Players must either find clues or money. The idea comes from the States after Jason Buzi, a billionaire started a huge treasure hunt in the streets of San Francisco in 2014. Participants must register online and have ten days to search the city for plastic cards each worth 1,000 euros. 4.300 people have already registered to take part and in the case where a card remains unfound the amount will be donated to charity.

Artist creates lamp which reacts to Tweets from Donald Trump - An artist from Marseille has created a lamp which reacts to the tweets of the American president Donald Trump. In an artwork which brings together art, design, technology and politics the artist said "My goal is to convey the idea that people see politics as something unavoidable, over which they have no control. Like the climate, we cannot control thunderstorms.  With every tweet from Trump it lights up to create a storm. One observer commented that ”it is usually the genies who are locked in lamps, now it would appear to be Donald Trump's tweets”.

National

Wealth tax - French MPs have overwhelmingly approved President Emmanuel Macron's plans to slash a key wealth tax, over which he has been accused of pandering to the rich. The lower house National Assembly, where Macron's party has a large majority, backed the move in a vote on a package of tax cuts included in the 2018 budget. The government has argued that the budget, which includes cuts to household taxes, will ultimately benefit all French people.

Crowdfunding - The Louvre museum in Paris is calling on the public to help bring back one of the French Renaissance’s greatest decorative works of art. The Book of Hours prayer book which belonged to France’s King Francis I and is deemed by experts to be a masterpiece now belongs to a private collector in Britain. The Louvre says it needs 10 million euros to acquire the piece. Luxury group LVMH has pledged half of the money. The museum hopes to raise the rest through a crowdfunding campaign and donations from companies.

Business

Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay 220 million dollars to resolve a US investigation into its manipulation of interest rates. The development is the latest settlement stemming from the involvement of banks in the rigging of the benchmark Libor rate. The investigation found that Deutsche Bank had defrauded government entities and charities by making false or misleading submissions to set benchmark rates and trying to influence submission proposed by other banks. The misconduct by the bank started as early as 2005 and continued through the global financial crisis. The New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that the US would not tolerate fraudlulent,manipulative or collusive conduct that interferes with or undermines confidence in financial markets.

UK car production fell last month as confidence was hit by uncertainty over Brexit. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says that a 14 percent fall in demand in the UK market drove the overall drop coupled with plans to improve air quality. The chief executive of the SMMT Mike Hawes said that it was clear that declining consumer and business confidence is affecting domestic demand and hence production volumes.He added that Brexit is the biggest challenge of our times and yet there is still no clarity on what the future relationship with the UK’s biggest trading partner would look like. A government spokesman said that despite the production drop,the UK’s automotive industry remains a great British success story.

And-Apple has hired the former controller of BBC 1 Television and chief creative officer at Channel Four to join its video team. Jay Hunt was responsible for shows including Sherlock and Luther at the BBC before helping Channel Four to poach the Great British Bake Off. She’s now taken up the role of creative director,Europe,worldwide video at Apple and is expected to commission programmes for the tech giant. Apple has committed a billion dollars to acquire and produce new video content over the coming months and recently hired two Sony Pictures TV executives.

Sport

Football-Spurs have been dumped out of the League Cup in England after West Ham came from two goals down to win the 4th round tie at Wembley Stadium 3-2. Chelsea move into the quarter finals thanks to a 2-1 win over Everton at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester City have appointed the former Southampton boss Claude Puel as their new manager on a three year contract. Puel replaces Craig Shakespeare who was sacked last month. The former Monaco boss who’s also had spells at Lille and Lyon takes charge with Leicester 14th in the English Premier League with just two wins from 9 games.

There were 3 games in the Scottish Premiership last night with Celtic winning the top of the table clash against Aberdeen 3-0 at Pittodrie. In the other results Dundee lost 1-0 at home to Motherwell and Rangers and Kilmarnock drew 1-1.

Cricket-The Australia captain Steve Smith has said that he would love to impose a 5-0 whitewash on England in the forthcoming Ashes series. Smith said that England were a good side with good players but felt that Australia’s success would come if they could get the England attack bowling a lot of overs. He also said that they would have to keep England’s best batsmen including Alistair Cook and Joe Root quiet. England fly to Australia for the start of their tour at the end of the week and play their first tour match against a WACA XI in Perth a week on Saturday.

Rugby Union-England’s Joe Marler has been banned for three weeks and will miss the autumn internationals against Argentina and Australia. The Harlequins prop was cited for striking with the elbow following a tackle on the Wasps player Will Rowlands last Saturday.A disciplinary panel upheld the complaint on Wednesday and dished out the ban although it was decided that he’d struck with his arm and not his elbow. Number 8 Nathan Hughes has also been banned for two weeks for a dangerous tackle on Harlequins’ Marcus Smith in the same match. England skipper Dylan Hartley escaped a ban after being cited for striking.

Tennis-Caroline Wozniacki cruised past world number one Simona Halep to reach the semi finals of the season ending WTA Finals in Singapore. Woznacki came through 6-0 6-2 to top the Red Group. All remaining three players in the group could still make the semi finals depending on the results of the final round robin games tomorrow.

Weather

Clear skies with light to moderate variable winds. Top temperatures 23 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 11 degrees inland with clear skies.  

Friday and the start of the weekend–Clear skies with highs of 21-25 degrees.A moderate to strong Mistral developing across the Var tomorrow.

Finally 

A new survey has revealed the best and worst lovers in the world - and Australia did not underperform.  But  the same can't be said for New Zealand  where men came bottom of the list…. Australian men ranked among the hottest lovers, topping the male list along with the United States and South Africa.

All three countries received an eight out of 10 in the survey. Aussie women didn't fare quite as well in the ranking, missing the top spot by scoring a six in the survey It was women from the United States, Canada, France, and Italy who were voted the best female lovers, with all nabbing the 'very good' eight score. 

While Italian and Spanish men have long been hailed as the most romantic of lovers, they fell below Australian men with a score of seven.  They were joined by men from France and Canada, as well as women from South Africa and the United Kingdom.  Both men and women from Germany and India also scored a seven on the scale.  Men from the United Kingdom did not perform as well as their female counterparts, scoring only a six in the ranking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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