Strike Action - The thirteenth and fourteenth day of the railway workers' strike against the government reforms begins today with one TGV out of two circulating and two out of five regional trains operating. Flights with Air France are also expected to be disrupted today and tomorrow due to further strike action with 85% of flights operating. For up to date information on trains and air travel passengers are advised to check on the corresponding websites.
Arrests made in Antibes and Nice - Four men in their thirties and forties have been arrested by police in Antibes and Nice after carrying out several robberies on pedestrians in both cities. The gang are thought to have carefully calculated the attacks on their victims by approaching them on scooters and stealing any valuables such as watches and jewelry.
State of natural disaster declared - A state of natural disaster has been declared in Vence following floods and mudslides which occurred in December 2017. Victims of the bad weather conditions have 10 days from today to declare any damage through their insurance. Meanwhile another state of natural disaster has been recognized in Saint-Jacques-en-Valgodemard in the Haute-Alpes following heavy rainfall in August 2017, which at the time saw several villages in the region completely cut off.Again those affected by the incident have ten days as of today to declare any damage.
Parking ticket - A motorist in Nice has filed a complaint after being handed a parking ticket while she went to pay at the parking meter. Parking in Nice has recently been taken over by the private company Moovia and 33 year old Aurélia was left dumbfounded after one of its agents issued her a parking ticket in the time that she went to pay at a pay and display machine 500 metres from her car.
Tram - Socialist leader, Patrick Allmande has slammed Christian Estrosi for his utter refusal to consider an extension of the Nice tram to Nice L’Ariane. Opposing Estrosi’s claim that there are not enough people to make it possible, Allmande pointed out there were 1,100 staff working at the Hospital Sainte Marie, with 12,000 inhabitants in l’Ariane, and a similar number in La Trinité.
May Day protests - French police are holding 109 people - a day after masked demonstrators smashed shop windows and torched cars during May Day protests. Police said about 1,200 masked and hooded protesters attended the annual 1 May demonstration by labour unions. Four people, including a police officer, were lightly wounded.
Call for tougher sanctions against those convicted of rape - Speaking to French media on Wednesday the leader of the French Republican party Laurent Wauquiez has suggested that "sexual predators must either undergo chemical castration or stay in prison". His remarks came in relation to the recent rape and murder of 13 year old Angélique. 45 year old bus driver David Rassault confessed to the carrying out the attack, he was found to have already been sentenced in 1996 for “gun rape”, “aggravated indecent assault and “robbery with violence”. Wauquiez pleaded for tougher sanctions to be introduced against those convicted of rape.
Former referee published book about French Football - An anonymous referee has revealed the secrets of French football in a book entitled "I am the masked referee" which is released today. The former referee denounces without taboo the evils of French football adding "one of the fundamental difficulties of the role of referee is to be dragged constantly in the mud without being able to defend or justify ourselves. He continues saying “Things have slightly changed in France recently, but our word remains extremely restrained and whistleblowers are nothing but "the great mute of football".
“Delicious” - French President Emmanuel Macron has raised a few eyebrows in Sydney after calling the Australian Prime Minister’s wife “delicious”. As his visit came to an end Macron who was speaking at a news conference on Wednesday thanked the Turnbulls for their hospitality saying "I want to thank you for your welcome, thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome," The comment quickly sparked some lighthearted reaction on social media and in the Australian press some suggested that Macron may simply have slipped up in his use of English, since the French word for delicious - délicieux - also translates as "delightful."
The US Federal Reserve has kept interest rates on hold and has expressed confidence that a recent rise in inflation to near the central bank’s target would be sustained.
The decision appears to pave the way for another rate hike in June with the Fed saying that inflation had moved “close” to its target and that on a 12 month basis it’s expected to run near to the Committee’s 2 percent objective over the medium term.
The Fed said that economic activity had been expanding at a moderate rate and that job gains,on average had been strong in recent months.
Tesla has said that it will be profitable in the second half of 2018 but only if it can make 5,000 Model 3 cars every week.
Analysts think that the target is over-optimistic given that the electric car maker produced only 2,270 of the vehicles in the final week of April.
Questions are being asked about Tesla’s financial situation and its ability to ramp up production to the required level.
The company reported a record quarterly loss of almost 710 million dollars for the three months to the end of March-more than double at the same time last year.
And-The European Union economy slowed in the first quarter of the year according to official data from Eurostat.
Growth in the Eurozone slowed to 0.4 percent in the first quarter compared with 0.7 percent in the final quarter of 2017.
Year-on-year growth across the 19 nation bloc reached 2.5 percent.
The Eurozone economy is still outpacing the UK where growth slowed to just 0.1 percent in the first quarter.
Analysts say that the data suggests that the UK has not been able to fully benefit from the upturn in global economic activity unlike other large economies in the EU and the US.
Football-Liverpool have made the final of the European Champions League with a 7-6 aggregate win over Roma following last night’s semi-final second leg.
It was a tense night in Rome with the home side coming out 4-2 winners and nearly managing to take the game into extra time but Liverpool held out and will now meet Real Madrid in the final in Kiev on Saturday the 26th of May.
The semi-final second leg ties in the Europa League are being played tonight.Athletico Madrid host Arsenal with the scores tied at 1-1 while Red Bull Salzburg play Marseille with the French side leading 2-0 from the first leg.
Cricket-Justin Langer has been named as the new head coach of Australia following the ball tampering scandal.
Langer replaces Darren Lehmann who stepped down in April.He played 105 Tests for Australia before retiring in 2007.
England have replaced India at the top of the ICC one day rankings despite not having played for 2 months.
The top spot is the result of England’s successful winter which extended to six their number of consecutive series wins.They also reached the semi-finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy.
Formula 1-Plans are being made for a street race in Miami in 2019.
The Miami City Commission is to vote next week on a proposal to conclude a deal with Formula 1 with the sport’s managing director of commercial operations Sean Bratches saying that the move is an “important step” in holding the race.
If the plans go ahead it would be the first street race in the US since the 1991 Grand Prix in Phoenix,Arizona.
Rugby Union-The England and Saracens number 8 Billy Vunipola has suffered another setback in his bid to regain full fitness.
The 25 year old missed the 6 Nations this year after suffering a broken arm and he’s now got hamstring trouble which will keep him out of Saracens game against Gloucester on Saturday.
Cycling-Four time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has said that he “fully expects” to win his anti-doping case.
In an interview with the BBC ,Froome said that he expected to be cleared after a test at last year’a Vuelta a Espana found that he had double the allowed level of an asthma drug in his urine.
Froome is free to continue in competition pending the outcome of the case and he’ll start his challenge for the Giro d’Italia tomorrow.
Partially cloudy this morning,showers developing this afternoon with moderate easterly or variable winds.
Top temperature 20 degrees Celsius.
Overnight lows of 16 degrees with cloudy skies.
Friday and the start of the weekend-Sunshine and showers.Highs of 19-22 degrees.