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French and Riviera News Thursday 30th November 2017

Local

Train strike – There will be delays and cancellations on the region’s train network today due to strike action. The strike is expected to end this evening and a reduced timetable is available on SNCF.com. Meanwhile due to work being carried out on the line, no trains will be running between Menton and Ventimiglia from tomorrow until 7th December.

Fire at La Seyne Sur Mer - A fire has broken out at La Seyne sur Mer, near Toulon in the Var. Three hectares of land were destroyed in the blaze on Wednesday and 110 firefighters were deployed. An investigation has been opened to find out if the cause of the fire was accidental or not. 

Processionary Caterpillars - Drones have been used in Cannes as part of an experiment in the fight against processionary caterpillars. It’s a first in France and researchers hope that the drones which are able to identify the nest and then spray them will prove an important part of a new way to fighting the pests which are a health hazard. The experiment will see twenty hectares treated between now and Friday.  For several years researchers have tried new methods - In 2016, a process using paintball guns was tested in Nice and on the Grande Corniche.  

Property rentals - Recent figures published have shown that property rentals in Nice have risen by 2.4% for 2017. On average the price per square meter is 16.4 euros. Nice comes just after Paris in the ranking of the largest cities in France where rentals have risen the most. Paris came top with an average of rental per square meter at 25.5 euros.

Meanwhile - Paris authorities have introduced a new rule which means that people renting out their properties on Airbnb must first register it with the City Hall. As of December 1st, it will no longer be possible to rent out a Paris property on an online rental platform without it first being registered with the authorities. The new rule targets landlords flouting France's 120-day legal limit set for renting out primary residences. 

Illegal speed bumps – For several years Theirry Modolo from the Var has been fighting against illegal speed bumps in the region and has announced plans to set up an association. Modolo claims that the recent incident where the town council of Roquebrune-sur-Argens compensated a motorist for damage to his vehicle was a huge step in his fight against illegal speed bumps throughout France.

Strike - Dentists have announced that they are to strike this Monday, with half of dentists in the PACA region taking part in the action. They’re protesting rates and rules laid down by the previous Minister of Health which remain in force today.

National

Africa Tour - President Emmanuel Macron has underlined his commitment to rooting out the scourge of human trafficking in Africa. In an exclusive interview with French media on Wednesday Macron recognized the “indisputable crimes” of European colonialism and vowed to fight people smuggling. He went on to point out, that the Africa of today is not the same continent that many of its current leaders grew up in. He said it is a 'young' continent looking for new solutions to old problems.

Best in the World - The celebrated Paris restaurant of French chef Guy Savoy has been voted the best in the world for the second consecutive year by the annual La Liste ranking. The ranking, was set up as a "more scientific and reliable" rival to the British-based 50 Best Restaurants ranking. And if you want to be one of the lucky ones to sample this master chef's work, his 11-course "Colours, Textures and Flavours" menu will set you back €395.

Student suspended - A student has been suspended and is to appear before a disciplinary committee after his teacher was left sweating profusely after unknowingly eating a cannabis cake. The prank happened during a sports class at a secondary school in the town of Mennecy south of Paris. According to reports the teacher began to sweat profusely and "had big wide eyes". Meanwhile the pupils were struck down by "uncontrollable laughter" while the class continued. The boy initially denied sneaking the drug into his cake

Business

The US economy grew faster than expected in the third quarter according to data released by the Commerce Department,buoyed by robust business spending on equipment and an accumulation of inventories.
The Commerce Department says that GDP expanded by 3.3 percent on an annualised basis with growth also boosted by a rebound in government investment.
Previous estimates put growth in the third quarter at 3 percent.
On Wednesday,the outgoing Fed chair Janet Yellen told the US Senate that economic expansion is increasingly broad based across all sectors and that she expected the expansion to continue.

Bitcoin burst through the 11,000 dollar barrier on Wednesday but then fell back sharply as more and more financial institutions warned of a rapidly expanding bubble that would have to burst at some point.
Market analysts have also warned that anything that rockets up in a short space of time tends to come down faster,and that that time will come for Bitcoin.
A report by Bloomberg says that the Bitcoin rally could end in a number of ways including via the multiple offshoots or ‘forks’ in the crypto-currency as well as increased “strangulation” by financial regulators  and hackers stealing blockchains containing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Bitcoins.
In the UK, the deputy governor of the Bank of England has warned that investors should be aware of the risks of the rapid rise in the value of Bitcoin.
Sir Jon Cunliffe says that when prices grow so rapidly, “investors should do their homework and think carefully”.
Despite its rapid increase in value,Sir Jon said that Bitcoin is “not of a size that would be a threat to financial stability”.

And-Google is being taken to court in the UK,accused of collecting the personal data of millions of iPhone users.
The allegations centre on claims that Google unlawfully harvested information from 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones.
The class action lawsuit is being led by the former director of the consumer magazine Which.
Richard Lloyd says that affected users could be paid between 2 and 3 hundred pounds each in compensation.
Google says that the case has no merit and that it will contest it.

Sport

Football-Manchester City extended their Premier League winning streak to a club-record 12 games last night as Raheem Sterling scored a last minute winner in a 2-1 win over Southampton that keeps Pep Guardiola’s side 8 points clear at the top of the table.
In the other Premier League results last night,Everton stopped the rot with incoming manager Sam Allardyce watching from the stands as they thrashed sorry West Ham 4-0.Chelsea held on to third place in the table with a 1-0 win over Swansea while Liverpool were 3-0 winners at Stoke.Arsenal thrashed Huddersfield 5-0 and Bournemouth lost 2-1 at home to Burnley.
There were 2 games in the Scottish Premiership last night.Motherwell held leaders  Celtic to a 1-1 draw and Rangers beat Aberdeen 3-0.

Formula 1-Alfa Romeo is returning to the sport for the first time since 1985 after signing a new partnership with Sauber.
The move strengthens the relationship between Sauber and Ferrari which is the sister brand of the Fiat-owned Alfa Romeo.
Fiat and Ferrari have the same boss Sergio Marchionne who’s described the development as a “multi-year technical and commercial partnership”.
Sauber are expected to name the Ferrari protégé Charles Leclerc in their driver line-up for next season.

Cricket-British police have completed their enquiry into an allegation of actual bodily harm made against the England all rounder Ben Stokes and have handed the file to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Stokes is accused of committing the offence during an incident outside a Bristol nightclub but has not been charged.
It’s understood that a decision by the CPS over whether to proceed to trial will not be taken for several weeks.


Golf-Tiger Woods has said that he feels “fantastic” as he prepares to return to action at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
The 41 year old has had multiple back operations in recent years but says that the most recent surgery in April has “cleared the pain”.
Woods will play alongside the world number 3 and PGA champion Justin Thomas in the first round today and says that he’s looking forward to playing golf again “just for fun”.

Weather

Clear skies with a strong Mistral affecting the Var.

Top temperature 13 degrees.

Overnight lows of 6 degrees on the coast and -2 degrees inland with a hard frost and  clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Clouding over tomorrow afternoon with some showers developing,some of which could be wintry.A high of 11 degrees on the coast on Friday.Rain and possible thunder on Saturday with a high of 9 and some snow over the higher ground.

 

 

 

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