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French and Riviera News Thursday 27th September 2018

Local

Shooting in Toulon - Three men have been shot and wounded in Toulon. The attack which took place on Tuesday left one man seriously injured. Toulon and La Seyne sur Mer have seen several shootings in recent times linked to drug trafficking by rival gangs.  The twelve mayors of the city of Toulon have since appealed to the French government to provide additional resources.

Number of GPs in the region drops sharply - A study published on Wednesday has shown that the number of GPs in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region has dropped sharply but still remains above the national average. Between 2012 and 2017, the number of GPs decreased by 4% in the region. However according to this same study, the number of midwives, has exploded in five years up by 47%.

Monte Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean – A host of stars including singer Katy Perry and actor Adrien Brody were on the red carpet here in Monaco on Wednesday night to attend the “Gala for the Global Ocean” organized by Prince Albert’s Foundation. During the evening, guests were invited to bid on auction items such as a day’s horse-riding with Madonna for €100,000, golfing with Andy Garcia for 50,000, or the privilege of being Prince Albert’s guest at next year’s Formula E Championship here in Monaco.

Monaco Yacht Show  - Meanwhile the Monaco Yacht Show got underway on Wednesday with some of the larger yachts taking part including the Kismet and the largest yacht ever built in Asia, the Illusion Plus. Today, as part of the show, the Red Arrows will be performing an aerial display over Monaco from 2.30pm.

National

French rap artist suspended from YouTube - A French rap music video has been suspended from YouTube for violating the company's terms of service. Nick Conrad's Hang White People called for white babies to be killed and their parents hanged. Anti-racism groups called it an incitement to violence and racial hatred, and the lyrics have sparked outrage online. The Paris prosecutor has launched an inquiry into the music video.

Emmanuel Macron - French President Emmanuel Macron has urged world leaders to reject "the law of the most powerful," disapproving of Donald Trump's go-it-alone approach to global challenges. Macron did not refer to the US president by name but his address to the UN General Assembly outlined positions that were polar opposites to Trump's world view. Since Trump took office in 2017, the United States has ditched the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate deal -- two international accords that France has championed.

Meanwhile at home Macron, is facing further embarrassment after a photograph emerged of his former aide Alexandre Benalla posing for a selfie with his gun. Benalla is back in the headlines after Mediapart, the investigative website, this week published a picture of him pointing a pistol at a restaurant waiter during the presidential election campaign in 2017. At the time, Benalla only had permission to carry the weapon inside Macron’s La République en Marche party headquarters in Paris. The police are investigating the incident.

Social isolation - A study published by Le Parisien has shown that more than a quarter of people over 60 in France do not use the internet. This figure rises to 59% for people over 80. The association which conducted the study has warned that the situation is plunging people into social isolation.

Business

The US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates for the 8th time since 2015 with a quarter of one percent increase to take short-term rates to a range of 2 to 2 and a quarter percent.

The Fed Chair Jerome Powell says that the economy is strong enough to take gradual increases in rates and that the US  is in a “particularly bright moment”.

Mr Powell acknowledged that he was hearing a “rising chorus of concerns” from businesses about the risk from new US trade tariffs  which have disrupted supply chains and led to retaliation against American exports  and he warned that a shift to a “more protectionist world” would hurt the US and global economies.

However,he added that,for now he expected the overall economic impact to remain relatively modest.

Fed officials expect the US economy to grow at 3.1 percent this year  with inflation remaining unchanged at around 2 percent.

 

The International Monetary Fund has agreed to provide a larger and faster financial bailout to Argentina than initially planned in a bid to restore market confidence in the country.

The IMF says that it will boost its 36-month financing package to 57.1 billion dollars from the previously planned 50 billion.

Argentina is facing a budget deficit and economic crisis.

GDP has contracted as the value of the peso has plunged and a severe drought has hurt agricultural exports.

Investors have been pulling out of the country leaving the government and firms that hold debt in dollars in severe trouble.

As part of the IMF agreement,Argentina  has said that it will cut back on spending and commit to a balanced budget by 2019.

 

And-Rupert Murdoch’s relationship with Sky Television has come to an end after nearly three decades.

Mr Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is to sell its 39 percent stake in Sky to Comcast giving the US cable giant 100 percent control of the satellite TV operator.

Fox has now decided to accept Comcast’s offer of 17 pounds 28 per share which values its stake in Sky at 11.6 billion pounds.

Earlier this year,Fox had seemed set to win control of the 61 percent of Sky that it didn’t already own before Comcast stepped in with a rival bid.

The change of ownership is gives Comcast a valuable asset in the European pay-TV market and strengthens its media portfolio in the face of rising competition from streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon.

 

Sport

Football-There were 5 games in the 3rd round of the League Cup in England last night with Eden Hazard’s wonder goal settling the tie between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield with the Londoner’s coming out 2-1 winners.

In the other results Arsenal beat Brentford 3-1.Nottingham Forest were 3-2 winners over Stoke.West Ham thrashed Macclesfield Town 8-0 and Spurs beat Watford 4-2 on penalties after the game had ended 2 all.

Golf-Rory McIlroy says that it would be silly for Europe to concentrate on Tiger Woods alone in the Ryder Cup.

Woods has had a very welcome return to form and says that he’s back to his best but McIlroy says that Europe is looking to beat the USA and not Tiger Woods.

The opening ceremony and the draw for the pairings takes place at Le Golf National near Paris later today with the tournament proper getting underway tomorrow morning.

 

Rugby Union-The England prop Joe Marler has announced that he’s retiring from the international game to spend more time with his family.

Marler has won 59 caps but his career has been blighted by a series of disciplinary offences.

He’ll continue to play club rugby for Harlequins and said that he couldn’t commit to the long periods away from home which is required of a member of the England squad.

Weather

Clear skies  with light south westerly winds.

Top temperature 25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 13 degrees inland  with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Clear skies with highs of 25-28 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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