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French and Riviera News Thursday 28th September 2017

Local

World Wildlife Fund - A report published on Thursday by the World Wildlife Fund has warned of the risks facing the Mediterranean Sea. The causes are multiple but tourism, which represents more than 90% of the economic activities in the region is also held responsible. The report is critical of  aggressive coastal development, energy consumption and the unsustainable management of waste and waste water

Terror - Two more people have been handed prison sentences, for falsely claiming they were injured during the July 14th attack in Nice. The couple from Seine-Saint-Denis near Paris, were on holiday in Cannes at the time, with another couple who were sentenced earlier this year for making the same false claim and taking €30,000 each in compensation from the victims fund.

Meanwhile mayors from major towns across Europe arrived  in Nice on Thursday afternoon as part of a conference on how to protect our cities from future terror attacks. The conference has been organised by Christian Estrosi after the recent attack in Barcelona.

Researcher from Nice awarded the CNRS gold medal - A researcher from Nice has been awarded the CNRS gold medal from the Côte d'Azur University. The award created in 1937, is awarded each year to personalities who have contributed, exceptionally and in various disciplines, to the dynamism and influence of research in France. 70 year old Alain Brillet, played a visionary role in the development of large interferometers that led to the detection of gravitational waves, installed near Pisa in Italy.

Menton - ‘Pedestrian Sundays’, which have proved popular in Menton are to be no more. The town council says installing and removing concrete blocks each Sunday is too costly and now the State of Emergency is coming to an official end, they have decided to end the practice.

Corsica Ferries - Corsica Ferries has announced plans for a new route from Toulon to the island of Majorca. Scheduled to start in April 2018 the service will run twice a week - tickets go on sale on October 10th.

Survey - A new survey of the ‘Least Stressful Cities in the World’, has placed Nice as the second best city in France to live an easy life. The survey, which took in factors such as unemployment, debt, traffic, public transport and pollution, put Stuttgart in  Germany at the top of the list, with Bordeaux sixth, and Nice fourteenth. Monaco came in at number 39.  

National

Budget - French President Emmanuel Macron's government has unveiled its first annual budget. On Wednesday ministers insisted that the 2018 budget would benefit both rich and poor after criticism from left-wing opponents about the slashing of a tax on financial investments which raised 3.5 billion euros last year. Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire defended the budget as one which would "benefit all French people without exception", not just the richest, saying cuts to household tax which are due to be scrapped for 80 percent of families by 2020 would boost the purchasing power of millions.

Paris ranked 25th in value for money for renters - A study has shown that Paris is one of the worst cities in the world when it comes to value for money for renters. The study compared how much space $1,500 in rent would get you in 30 of the world's most desirable cities. Paris ranked 25th only London, Zurich, San Francisco, Manhattan in New York and Hong Kong offered less space for your money than the French capital.

Electric car-sharing - BlueSG a subsidiary of France’s Bolloré Group has announced that an electric car-sharing service will be launched in Singapore in December, a first for Southeast Asia. 80 cars and 30 stations where vehicles can be picked up and dropped off would be operational by the end of the year. The group plans to roll out 1,000 of its custom-built Bluecars by 2020, as well as numerous stations and charging points.

Eiffel Tower - The Eiffel Tower will today celebrate its 300 millionth visitor since it opened in 1889, with the usual entrance fee being waved for the first 1,500 people to arrive on the first floor after climbing 328 stairs for a party starting at 6pm. The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most popular monuments, drawing more than 5.8 million visitors last year.

Business

Asian shares have been firm today while US bond yields and the dollar also rose after President Trump proposed the most sweeping changes to US taxation in three decades. The dollar has also risen on strong support from US durable goods orders that have cemented expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates for the third time this year in December. President Trump is proposing to lower corporate tax rates and reducing the top rate of income tax for individuals. The proposals are however facing a battle in congress with some divisions within the Republican party as well as opposition from Democrats. Critics say that the tax cuts will simply benefit the rich with Democrats slamming the proposed changes as a “giveaway for the wealthy”.

The German Finance Minister Wolgang Schauble is set to leave his post and is to be nominated as the speaker of the German Parliament. Mr Schauble,who’s 75  has been Finance Minister for 8 years and has gained a reputation for toughness in eurozone negotiations with Greece. The Free Democrat Party has indicated that it wants to run the Finance Ministry following last weekend’s general election. The FDP is a potential coalition partner for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union which remains the largest party in the Bundestag but is not in a position to govern alone.

And-Ryanair is being threatened with legal action from the UK Civil Aviation Authority for “persistently misleading passengers” about their rights following thousands of flight cancellations. The CAA said last night that it had launched “enforcement action” against the airline-the first step towards court action. Ryanair  cancelled a further 18,000 flights on Wednesday  and suspended 34 routes as it struggles to reorganise its holiday roster. The CAA says that the airline was wrong to claim that it did not have to re-route passengers on rival airlines  and had failed to inform customers with “necessary and accurate” information about their rights.

Sport

Football-It was a good night for the British teams in the European Champions League on Wednesday with Chelsea grabbing a 94th minute winner in a 2-1 victory at Athletico Madrid in Group C. Celtic were 3-0 away winners at Anderlecht in Group B while Manchester United won 4-1 at CSKA Moscow in Group A. In other results PSG beat Bayern Munich 3-0 in Group B and Basel put 5 past Benfica in Group A.In Group D Juventus beat Olympiakos 2-0 and Barcelona were 1-0 winners at Sporting Lisbon.

There are a stack of group games in the Europa League tonight.Everton are at home to Apollon Limassol in Group E while Nice host Vitesse in Group K. There were two games in the English Championship on Wednesday.Birmingham beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 and Wolves missed out on the chance of going top of the table after being beaten 2-0 by Sheffield United.

Cricket-England have beaten West Indies by 6 runs under the Duckworth Lewis Method in the 4th one day international at the Oval to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 5 match series. West Indies made 356-5 from their 50 overs and England were ahead on the Duckworh Lewis Method when the rain arrived as they were on 258-5.

Video footage has emerged that allegedly shows England’s Ben Stokes in a violent brawl outside a Bristol nightclub on Sunday. Stokes was arrested by police and missed the 4th one day international against West Indies on Wednesday. He hasn’t yet been charged with any offence and was released pending further enquiries. The 26 year old was also named as vice-captain in England’s Ashes squad but he could face disciplinary action from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Racing-Enable has been officially added to the field for Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly. The filly will be ridden by Frankie Dettori as he bids to win the race for  a record 5th time. The number of possible runners in Europe’s richest horse race is now at 20.The prize money totals 5 million euros with 2.85 million euros going to the winner.

Weather

Clear skies with light variable winds.

Top temperatures 25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 13 degrees inland with partially cloudy  skies.  

Friday and the start of the weekend–Clear skies  with highs of 22-25 degrees.

Finally 

A new survey has suggested that the average Briton spends ten months of their adult lifetime moaning about the weather. The Brits spend the equivalent of nearly five days a year - complaining about the climate.

We check the forecast eight times a week, discussing the outcome with a partner and work colleagues at least five times on average, according to the poll.

Even when the sun makes an appearance, many of us still find something to moan about, with almost half (49 per cent) complaining when the weather is too humid and 46 per cent moaning when it's too hot.

One in ten Britons (12 per cent) say the UK's weather leaves them feeling 'utterly depressed', while 20 per cent moan that it makes planning social events difficult.

But a philosophical 58 per cent say there's nothing they can do about it so there's no point in stressing about it.


 

 

 

 

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