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French and Riviera News Thursday 5th October 2017

Local

Hunting Accident - A hunter in France has shot and killed an elderly man he reportedly mistook for a wild boar. The hunter fired three times at an object he saw moving in a wood in Seillons-Source-d'Argent in the Var but the target turned out to be a man in his seventies. It is the second deadly accident since the start of the hunting season last month.  Police have opened an investigation.

Fight outside museum in Nice - Five 15 year olds have appeared before a judge in Nice following the violent assault of a young man of the same age in front of the Mamac museum in Nice on Saturday night. Following an investigation the youths  were reportedly trying to steal the victim’s bag at the time. The case continues.

Beaches in Golf Juan - The Prefecture has ordered that three beaches in Golfe Juan be demolished by January 2018. The "Tetou", "Nounou" and "Vallauris Plage" have all been ordered to be demolished within the next three months. Failure to do so will see the state take on the task at its own expense.

Flu Vaccination Campaign - French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn has launched the annual flu vaccination campaign. Flu was responsible for 14,000 deaths last winter. An epidemic usually arrives between the end of December and the beginning of January and lasts on average nine weeks.

Breast Cancer Awareness - The Prince’s Palace of Monaco, the National Council building, the Monte Carlo Casino, the Yacht Club and the Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo were illuminated in pink lights on Wednesday evening to show support to victims of breast cancer and to promote awareness of the disease at the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Monaco.

National

Emmanuel Macron - The French President Emmanuel Macron has hit the headlines this morning in France after an audio clip released by French media has heard him criticizing the attitude of employees of the automotive supplier GM & S. Macron who was visiting Egletons in Corrèze which is devoted to training and apprenticeship said “Some people, instead of causing trouble, would be better off going out and looking for work”

Meanwhile French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has said Britain needs to settle its bill with the EU before beginning talks on a post-Brexit trade deal declaring: "We want our money back". In an interview with France's CNews channel Le Maire said it was time for Britain -- which is wrangling with Brussels over the size of its divorce bill, among other issues -- to pay up. He accused Britain of trying to shirk the commitments it made to the EU's budget.

Road Transport and Labour Reforms - Road transport unions and the French government have reportedly reached an agreement on drivers’ compensation which was in part threatened by the reform of the Labour Law introduced by the Macron government. After several days of protests from the unions both parties reached an agreement on Wednesday.

Business

The European Union has ordered Amazon to repay 250 million euros in back taxes after a ruling from the European Commission that found that company had been given an unfair tax deal in Luxembourg. The Commission is also planning to take the Irish government to court over its failure to collect 13 billion euros in back taxes from Apple. Amazon has denied that it owes any back tax and says that it received no “special deal” from Luxembourg. However,the European Commission insists that member states cannot give selective tax benefits to multinational groups that are not available to others. Meanwhile,the Irish government has said that its “extremely disappointed” with the Commission’s plan to take it to court saying that EU regulators are interfering with national sovereignty.

The new head of Ford has announced that the firm is to shift resources from traditional car manufacturing to SUV’s and trucks while investing in electric power and tech services. Jim Hackett says that Ford will also automate its manufacturing processes more to help cut costs by 14 billion dollars. Mr Hackett replaced Mark Fields as Ford Chief Executive in May.His announcement came following a 100 day review of the firm’s operations. Investors have become concerned that Ford is not moving quickly enough into markets such as China and in sectors such as automated cars.

And-A report by Reuters says that the US budget deficit is proving to be a major obstacle to President Trump’s proposed tax reforms. The report suggests that the main problem is that the Federal government is swimming in red ink with an annual deficit of 550 billion dollars and a national debt in excess of 20 trillion dollars. The Republican tax plan which was unveiled last week is calling for as much as 6 trillion dollars in tax cuts that would at the same time sharply reduce fiscal revenues. Reuters says that,on their own,the tax cuts being sought by Mr Trump would hugely expand the deficit and add to the debt.

Sport

Football-England can book their place at next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia if they beat Slovenia at Wembley tonight.Harry Kane will captain the side. Scotland are also playing in Group F and need a home win against Slovakia to keep their hopes of making the playoffs alive. In Group C,Northern Ireland are at home to Germany knowing that a point or more will guarantee them a place in  the playoffs.

Formula 1-Sebastien Vettel has avoided a 5 place grid penalty at Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix after Ferrari said that his car did not require a new gear box. It has been feared that the gear box had been damaged in a bizarre post-race crash with Lance Stroll in Malaysia last weekend but the device has been inspected at Ferrari’s factory and the team says that it is functioning normally. Vettel heads into Sunday’s race 34 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton and needing to score big points if he’s to have any chance of catching up.

Rugby Union-The Wales and Ospreys scrum half Rhys Webb is to join the French Top 14 side Toulon on a three year contract at the end of the season. The 28 year old is out of contract at Ospreys and his departure will come as blow to the Welsh Rugby Union as he ends his 11 year association with the region.

Weather 

Mainly fine with moderate westerly  winds.

Top temperatures 23-27 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees with clear skies.  

Friday and the start of the weekend–Mainly fine with highs of 22-25 degrees

 

 

 

 

 

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