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French and Riviera News Thursday 29th March 2018

Local

Tributes - Tributes have been paid across the Riviera to the police officer Arnaud Bertrame who died after he offered himself in exchange for a hostage in an Islamist attack in southern France. The national memorial service took place in Paris on Wednesday where hundreds of people gathered. President Emmanuel Macron said the officer, symbolised the "French spirit of resistance". Here in the Principality Prince Albert sent a letter to President Macron to express his “very strong emotion” and “the solidarity” of Monaco following the terror attack.

Space station - The French paper Le Parisien has reported that debris from the Tiangong-1 space station which will soon enter the atmosphere could fall in the Var or Corsica. Calculations by the European Space Agency (ESA) show that debris could fall in Australia, India, Africa the US and Southern France they have however added that the risk of being hit by space debris is “10 million times less than being struck by lightning”. It is possible to follow the space station in almost real time at www.satflare.com  

Ikea - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has announced that the opening of the Swedish furniture giant Ikea on the Côte d'Azur is planned for the “end of 2020, beginning of 2021”. Located in the Plaine du Var Ikea plans to invest more than 100 million euros in the construction of the store.

National

Paris Rally - France's far-right and far-left leaders have been booed during a Paris rally after a Jewish woman was killed in what is being treated as anti-Semitic crime. Marine Le Pen of the National Front (FN) and Jean-Luc Mélenchon of France Unbowed joined the silent march, defying wishes of Jewish groups. The groups accuse the two parties of having anti-Semites in their ranks - a claim denied by both organisations.

Vincent Van Gogh - The first Vincent Van Gogh painting is to go under the hammer in France in more than two decades. Women Mending Nets in the Dunes, which the Dutch artist painted early in his career, is expected to go for around €5m when it is auctioned in June.

Business

Technology shares, which helped power the rise of the US stock market last year, are now pulling it lower. The tech-rich Nasdaq index dropped 0.85% or almost 60 points on Wednesday, driven by declines in firms such as Amazon, Tesla and Broadcom. The information technology sector, which includes firms such as Apple, Microsoft and Intel, has fallen more than 6% this month, mostly in the last two weeks.

MPs are to probe the scale of money laundering in the UK, including property bought with suspected Russian "dirty money". It follows claims that £4.4bn of UK property may have been bought with suspicious wealth, with more than a fifth, purchased by Russians.

And - Industry figures have shown that the number of cars made in Britain fell in February as domestic demand slumped by "double digit figures”. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said that 145,475 vehicles were built during the month - 4.4% fewer than a year previously.

Sport

Cricket - Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-skipper David Warner have been banned for a year for ball-tampering. Cameron Bancroft, who carried out the cheating in South Africa, was given a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia. The three had already been sent home from Australia's tour - before a fourth Test begins on Friday. Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had said the affair "bitterly disappointed the whole nation".

Football - Fifa is looking into alleged racist abuse directed at French players during their 3-1 win over Russia.  The world governing body said in a statement it was "collecting the different match reports and potential evidence" of the discrimination. Here’s more sports news from BBC sport.

Chelsea Ladies have made club history by reaching their first-ever Champions League semi-finals. The west Londoners achieved the feat on Wednesday night by beating French side Montpellier 3-1 in their quarter-final second leg clash at Kingsmeadow to win the tie 5-1 on aggregate.

Rugby – Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been cleared of rape. They both denied raping the same woman in Mr Jackson's house in the early hours of 28 June 2016. The verdicts came in the ninth week of the trial.

Tennis - Britain's Andy Murray says he is making "progress" after several days of playing at the Mouratoglou Academy in Nice. Murray returned to the court for the first time at the weekend after having hip surgery in January. The former world number one has not played a competitive match since he was knocked out of Wimbledon last July. He is expected to stay in Nice for at least another week as he continues his comeback.

Weather

Mainly fine with highs of 18 degrees in the Var and the Alpes Maritimes and a moderate south westerly wind. This evening going down to 9 degrees with clear skies.

Friday and the beginning of the week-end cloudy on Friday with rain forecast inland and possible showers on the coast by mid-afternoon highs of 16. Saturday highs of 15 degrees with sunshine and showers.

Finally 

Everyone has different tastes when it comes to what they like in a partner, but new research has revealed that an overwhelming amount of people find accents the biggest turn on.

A dating website for people who are married or in a relationship, recently divulged that 72 per cent of people would prefer someone with an accent over their own own native tongue.

The site also shared the ones that Australians find the most attractive, and which accent took out the top spot.

The English accent is the one that is victorious, with the latest survey showing that 17 per cent of people have it at the top of their list. 

French came in next at 13 per cent, which is unsurprising considering that this is the language spoken in the city of love.

Interestingly, accents from North America, Ireland, and Scandinavia tied in third place.

The exotic Spanish accent was ranked at fourth place  - along with the Latin American accent,  with seven per cent of respondents finding them alluring.

This was followed by the Japanese accent, with six per cent of people saying they would like to hear it in the bedroom.

The Italian accent came in at sixth place, with four per cent of people finding it attractive. 

 

 

 

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