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French and Riviera News Thursday 2nd November 2017

Local

Missing person - Police have launched a missing person alert following the “disturbing” disappearance of a 16 year old girl from Brive in Corréze in central France. Kendra Cordeiro has not been seen since the 23rd October after going to stay with friends. The teenager has short brown hair and was dressed in jeans and trainers and a black jacket. Police have appealed for anyone with any information to contact them on 05.65.41.73.66.

Total subsidiary found partly liable for deadly factory blast – A French court has found a subsidiary of oil giant Total partly responsible for a huge explosion at a fertilizer factory in the city of Toulouse in 2001 that claimed 31 lives. Grande Paroisse, a Total subsidiary which specialises in chemicals, was found guilty on Tuesday of negligence and serious misconduct over the disaster.

Changes to 42 kilometre run in Saint Jeannet - Organisers of the 42 kilometre run in Saint-Jeannet this Sunday have announced that part of the course has had to be cancelled. The reason, according to reports, is that some private home owners who had previously given their permission have since changed their mind. Participants are advised to visit the website www.traildesbaous.com for more information.

Nice ranked one of the most welcoming cities in the world - According to a new survey Nice has been ranked in the top one hundred as one of the most welcoming cities in the world. Nice came 15th in the ranking following a survey carried out by travel agency TravelBird beating Toulouse, Paris, Lille and Nantes. The Principality of Monaco came 53rd in the top 100 and  Singapore came first.

National

Campaign group for French journalists - A campaign group for two French journalists murdered in Mali four years ago has said that they had received information that "two or three" people involved in the killings may be in Algeria. Journalists Ghislaine Dupont, 57, and Claude Verlon, 55, working for France's state-owned world news service RFI, were abducted and killed in northern Mali, on November 2nd, 2013. The murders have long been suspected to have been revenge for a French military campaign.

German Embassy - Two former employees of the German embassy in Paris have accused it of using fake invoicing to channel money into a fund which was then used to give staff undeclared cash salary top-ups. The allegations were made by a former butler and a former head waiter, who have taken a case against the German state for wrongful dismissal and undeclared work. The men claimed they were fired for criticizing the system of cash payments for overtime work.

French political journalist files complaint - A political journalist with BFM TV has announced that she has filed a complaint through her lawyer, for "sexual and moral harassment" against the former editor-in-chief of France 2 who is currently working at LCI which is part of the TF1 group. The group announced in a statement, published on Tuesday that they have "read the complaint" for facts that date back to 2012-2013 and that if proven, judicial process would be followed.

Business

The electric carmaker Tesla has announced its biggest quarterly loss to date as it pushed back its  production volume target for the new Model 3 Sedan owing to “bottlenecks”in the system. The firm said that it made a loss of 619 million dollars in the three months to the end of September after having made a profit of 21.9 million dollars at the same time last year. Tesla says that it will now make 5,000 Model 3’s a week in early 2018 instead of December.It added that it produced just 260 of the cars in the third quarter rather than the 1,500 it had planned. Quarterly revenues were 2.98 billion dollars,30 percent higher than at the same time last year.

Apple shares closed lower in New York on Wednesday as investors wait for the firm’s third quarter results today. Chief executive Tim Cook has recently played down reports about muted demand for the new iPhone X after saying that pre-orders for the new device are “off the charts”.The tech giant’s stock has risen in recent days but investors remain cautious ahead of the results. Some analysts have questioned the price tag for the iPhone X which will retail for 999 dollars for the base model-the most expensive iPhone to date. The firm’s current market capitalisation stands at 862 billion dollars after shares slipped by 1.3 percent on Wednesday. Apple stock has risen by 26 percent this year with estimates suggesting that capitalisation could reach a trillion dollars by mid 2018.

And-The Bank of England will make its announcement on interest rates today in one of the most closely watched monetary policy decisions since the financial crisis. There’s widespread agreement among analysts and investors that the Bank will hike rates by a quarter of one percent to 0.5 percent in the first increase since 2007. Charities and some business groups have warned the Bank not to increase rates as they say that it will put a strain on mortgage holders and firm’s struggling to make ends meet. However,the leading mortgage lender Nationwide says that the impact of a small rate increase will be “modest” for borrowers whose repayments are linked to the base rate. The Bank is attempting to keep a lid on UK inflation which is currently running at 3 percent-above its 2 percent target.

Sport

Football-It was a great night for the English clubs playing in the European Champions League with the result of the night coming at Wembley Stadium where Spurs beat the current champions Real Madrid 3-0 in Group H. Liverpool beat Maribor 3-0 at Anfield to stay top of Group E and Manchester City are through to the last 16 after a 4-2 away win at Napoli in Group F.

Monaco drew 1-1 at Besiktas in Group G but remain bottom of the table and can only now make the Europa League.

In the Europa League tonight Everton are away at Lyon in Group E while Arsenal host Red Star Belgrade in Group H. Nice are away at Lazio Rome in Group K.

There were two games in the English Championship last night.Birmingham lost 2-0 at home to Brentford and Aston Villa were 2-0 winners at Preston.

Formula 1-Mercedes and Renault say that they remain unsure about new engine regulations proposed for the sport in 2021. The Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that he has “strong scepticism” about whether the ideas are the right way forward while Renault said that the proposals which have been made by the sport’s governing body the FIA are the “starting point for discussions”. Both teams say that the changes mean a completely new engine design requiring major financial investment. The proposals include keeping the current 1.6 litre V6 Turbo Hybrid engine but removing one of the two hybrid elements,increasing the power of the other,introducing driver-controlled hybrid deployment and standardising a series of parts.

Rugby Union-England’s injury problems are mounting ahead of the autumn internationals with Jonny May the latest player to be ruled out of the first match against Argentina with a hamstring problem. May joins Jack Nowell and Elliot Daly on the sidelines along with the Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith who has a foot injury and lock Joe Launchbury who’s got a knock to his knee. The Scarlets centre Scott Williams has been drafted into the Wales squad for the autumn internationals after Tyler Morgan pulled out through injury. Morgan suffered an ankle injury while playing for Dragons against Ospreys last weekend meaning that Williams,who was left out of the original squad,gets another chance.

Tennis-Rafael Nadal will end the year at world number one after making round 3 of the Paris Masters on Tuesday. Nadal’s win over Hyeon Chung means that he can’t be caught in the ATP rankings. He started the year as world number 9 but has had a magnificent season during which he’s won both the French and US Opens.

Weather

Partially cloudy with moderate south westerly winds. Top temperatures 21 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 12 degrees on the coast and 9 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Clear skies with highs of 18-21 degrees.

Finally 

“Fake news” has been named word of the year by Collins Dictionary and will be printed in the next edition.

The phrase, which is often used by Donald Trump, has seen a 365 per cent rise in use since 2016.

It is defined as "false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting".

The President has regularly used the phrase to criticise certain media reports. He stated this week that the "fake news is working overtime" in connection to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

 

 

 

 

Local

Missing person - Police have launched a missing person alert following the “disturbing” disappearance of a 16 year old girl from Brive in Corréze in central France. Kendra Cordeiro has not been seen since the 23rd October after going to stay with friends. The teenager has short brown hair and was dressed in jeans and trainers and a black jacket. Police have appealed for anyone with any information to contact them on 05.65.41.73.66.

Total subsidiary found partly liable for deadly factory blast – A French court has found a subsidiary of oil giant Total partly responsible for a huge explosion at a fertilizer factory in the city of Toulouse in 2001 that claimed 31 lives. Grande Paroisse, a Total subsidiary which specialises in chemicals, was found guilty on Tuesday of negligence and serious misconduct over the disaster.

Changes to 42 kilometre run in Saint Jeannet - Organisers of the 42 kilometre run in Saint-Jeannet this Sunday have announced that part of the course has had to be cancelled. The reason, according to reports, is that some private home owners who had previously given their permission have since changed their mind. Participants are advised to visit the website www.traildesbaous.com for more information.

Nice ranked one of the most welcoming cities in the world - According to a new survey Nice has been ranked in the top one hundred as one of the most welcoming cities in the world. Nice came 15th in the ranking following a survey carried out by travel agency TravelBird beating Toulouse, Paris, Lille and Nantes. The Principality of Monaco came 53rd in the top 100 and  Singapore came first.

National

Campaign group for French journalists - A campaign group for two French journalists murdered in Mali four years ago has said that they had received information that "two or three" people involved in the killings may be in Algeria. Journalists Ghislaine Dupont, 57, and Claude Verlon, 55, working for France's state-owned world news service RFI, were abducted and killed in northern Mali, on November 2nd, 2013. The murders have long been suspected to have been revenge for a French military campaign.

German Embassy - Two former employees of the German embassy in Paris have accused it of using fake invoicing to channel money into a fund which was then used to give staff undeclared cash salary top-ups. The allegations were made by a former butler and a former head waiter, who have taken a case against the German state for wrongful dismissal and undeclared work. The men claimed they were fired for criticizing the system of cash payments for overtime work.

French political journalist files complaint - A political journalist with BFM TV has announced that she has filed a complaint through her lawyer, for "sexual and moral harassment" against the former editor-in-chief of France 2 who is currently working at LCI which is part of the TF1 group. The group announced in a statement, published on Tuesday that they have "read the complaint" for facts that date back to 2012-2013 and that if proven, judicial process would be followed.

Business

The electric carmaker Tesla has announced its biggest quarterly loss to date as it pushed back its  production volume target for the new Model 3 Sedan owing to “bottlenecks”in the system. The firm said that it made a loss of 619 million dollars in the three months to the end of September after having made a profit of 21.9 million dollars at the same time last year. Tesla says that it will now make 5,000 Model 3’s a week in early 2018 instead of December.It added that it produced just 260 of the cars in the third quarter rather than the 1,500 it had planned. Quarterly revenues were 2.98 billion dollars,30 percent higher than at the same time last year.

Apple shares closed lower in New York on Wednesday as investors wait for the firm’s third quarter results today. Chief executive Tim Cook has recently played down reports about muted demand for the new iPhone X after saying that pre-orders for the new device are “off the charts”.The tech giant’s stock has risen in recent days but investors remain cautious ahead of the results. Some analysts have questioned the price tag for the iPhone X which will retail for 999 dollars for the base model-the most expensive iPhone to date. The firm’s current market capitalisation stands at 862 billion dollars after shares slipped by 1.3 percent on Wednesday. Apple stock has risen by 26 percent this year with estimates suggesting that capitalisation could reach a trillion dollars by mid 2018.

And-The Bank of England will make its announcement on interest rates today in one of the most closely watched monetary policy decisions since the financial crisis. There’s widespread agreement among analysts and investors that the Bank will hike rates by a quarter of one percent to 0.5 percent in the first increase since 2007. Charities and some business groups have warned the Bank not to increase rates as they say that it will put a strain on mortgage holders and firm’s struggling to make ends meet. However,the leading mortgage lender Nationwide says that the impact of a small rate increase will be “modest” for borrowers whose repayments are linked to the base rate. The Bank is attempting to keep a lid on UK inflation which is currently running at 3 percent-above its 2 percent target.

Sport

Football-It was a great night for the English clubs playing in the European Champions League with the result of the night coming at Wembley Stadium where Spurs beat the current champions Real Madrid 3-0 in Group H. Liverpool beat Maribor 3-0 at Anfield to stay top of Group E and Manchester City are through to the last 16 after a 4-2 away win at Napoli in Group F.

Monaco drew 1-1 at Besiktas in Group G but remain bottom of the table and can only now make the Europa League.

In the Europa League tonight Everton are away at Lyon in Group E while Arsenal host Red Star Belgrade in Group H. Nice are away at Lazio Rome in Group K.

There were two games in the English Championship last night.Birmingham lost 2-0 at home to Brentford and Aston Villa were 2-0 winners at Preston.

Formula 1-Mercedes and Renault say that they remain unsure about new engine regulations proposed for the sport in 2021. The Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that he has “strong scepticism” about whether the ideas are the right way forward while Renault said that the proposals which have been made by the sport’s governing body the FIA are the “starting point for discussions”. Both teams say that the changes mean a completely new engine design requiring major financial investment. The proposals include keeping the current 1.6 litre V6 Turbo Hybrid engine but removing one of the two hybrid elements,increasing the power of the other,introducing driver-controlled hybrid deployment and standardising a series of parts.

Rugby Union-England’s injury problems are mounting ahead of the autumn internationals with Jonny May the latest player to be ruled out of the first match against Argentina with a hamstring problem. May joins Jack Nowell and Elliot Daly on the sidelines along with the Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith who has a foot injury and lock Joe Launchbury who’s got a knock to his knee. The Scarlets centre Scott Williams has been drafted into the Wales squad for the autumn internationals after Tyler Morgan pulled out through injury. Morgan suffered an ankle injury while playing for Dragons against Ospreys last weekend meaning that Williams,who was left out of the original squad,gets another chance.

Tennis-Rafael Nadal will end the year at world number one after making round 3 of the Paris Masters on Tuesday. Nadal’s win over Hyeon Chung means that he can’t be caught in the ATP rankings. He started the year as world number 9 but has had a magnificent season during which he’s won both the French and US Opens.

Weather

Partially cloudy with moderate south westerly winds. Top temperatures 21 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 12 degrees on the coast and 9 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Clear skies with highs of 18-21 degrees.

Finally 

“Fake news” has been named word of the year by Collins Dictionary and will be printed in the next edition.

The phrase, which is often used by Donald Trump, has seen a 365 per cent rise in use since 2016.

It is defined as "false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting".

The President has regularly used the phrase to criticise certain media reports. He stated this week that the "fake news is working overtime" in connection to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

 

 

 

 

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