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French and Riviera News Thursday 7th December 2017

Local

Tribute to Johnny Hallyday - About a thousand people gathered in Nice on Wednesday to pay tribute to French singer Johnny Hallyday. Before becoming a legend of French rock, Johnny Hallyday performed every night on the stage of the Vieux-Colombier in Juan-les-Pins. He was 17 years old at the time and was paid 70 francs per night. The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi attended the gathering on the promenade du Paillon where a minutes silence was held.

Skier dies after being crushed by a snow plough - A fifty year old cross-country skier has died after being crushed by a snow plough in the Haute Savoie. Police have opened an investigation to determine the exact circumstances of the accident.

New routes from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport - Air France has announced the opening of three new routes for 2018 between Nice, Athens, Beirut and Tel Aviv. The mayor of Cannes and President of the CRT Côte d’Azur, David Lisnard  released a statement on Wednesday praising the national airline for “significantly investing in the international development of the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport network”.

Smart parking - Smart parking is to be introduced in Nice in the New Year. Smart-meters will allow motorists to use their phones to save their car details and pay using the either the phone or by credit card. Monthly and yearly subscriptions will also be available for residents.

National

Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Algeria - French President Emmanuel Macron has made his first visit to Algeria since becoming President. Crowds gathered in the streets of Algiers on Wednesday as the head of state answered questions from Algerians on colonization and the war against France. He was later accused by some in the crowd of not having answered certain questions and avoiding the subject of the war between the two countries.

Nuclear Reactor - About 200 people working at the site of a cutting-edge nuclear reactor under construction in northern France have been evacuated after smoke was detected at the site. The workers were evacuated "as a precaution", according to authorities. Officials at the plant could not be reached for comment.

Changes to SNCF branding - The SNCF announced on Wednesday that its online booking site is no longer called voyages-sncf.com but YES.sncf. The change is part of SNCF's strategy to differentiate its high-speed offer: inOUI for high-end and OUIgo for low-cost TGVs that will now serve major Parisian stations. The change of name is also part of the "yes-strategy" movement initiated in 2016 that inserts "yes" in the brands of the group, with inOUI, OUIgo, Ouibus and OuiCar, etc.

Business

A former Volkswagen executive has been jailed for 7 years and fined 400,000 dollars after admitting that he helped the firm to evade emissions standards.
Oliver Schmidt who was in charge of Volkswagen’s environmental and engineering office in Michigan pleaded guilty to conspiracy and violating the US clean air act.Court documents said that he’d learned of emissions cheating in 2015.
The emissions scandal has so far cost Volkswagen 30 billion dollars.
US prosecutors say that the firm installed special software in certain diesel vehicles that allowed them to perform better during emissions tests than they did under normal driving conditions.

The value of Bitcoin has surged above 14,000 dollars this morning despite warnings of a dangerous bubble.
The crypto-currency has risen by more than 2,000 dollars in 24 hours and hit the latest high in Asian trading this morning according to the website Coindesk.com.
The new record high comes just days before the launch of bitcoin futures on two exchanges including the world’s largest futures exchange the CME.
Critics say that Bitcoin is going through a bubble similar to the dotcom boom but others say that its rise is part of the process of it crossing into the financial mainstream.
There are currently around 16.5 million Bitcoins in circulation from a maximum limit of 21 million.3,600 new Bitcoins are being created a day.

And-Shares in the owner of Poundland have crashed after it said that it would launch a probe into accounting irregularities.
Shares in Steinhoff International which are listed in South Africa and Germany plunged by 63 percent on Wednesday following the resignation of chief executive Markus Jooste.
The South African group has also postponed its full-year results and has asked the accountancy firm PwC to conduct an independent investigation.
Steinhoff owns 40 local brands in 30 countries  selling clothing,footwear and consumer goods as well as furniture and homeware.

Sport

Football-Liverpool have cruised into the knockout phase of the European Champions League after thrashing CSKA Moscow 7-0 at Anfield last night in their final Group E game.
Jurgen Klopp’s side end top of the group ahead of Sevilla who finished in second after a 1-1 draw against Maribor.
In Group H Feyenoord beat Napoli 2-1 and Shakhtar Dontesk beat Manchester City 2-1.It was City’s first defeat this season but they still win the group ahead of Shakhtar.
In Group G Besiktas were 2-1 winners at Leipzig and Monaco’s Champions League campaign ended in a 5-2 defeat at Porto.Besiktas and Porto go through while in Group H Spurs ended top of the pile following a 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia with Real Madrid ending second following a 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund.


In the Europa League tonight Arsenal play BATE Borisov in Group H having already won the group.Everton are away at Apollon Limassol in Group E but can’t qualify while Nice are away at Vitesse in Group K also with no chance of qualifying for the knockout phase.

Cricket-Joe Root says that England can still turn around the Ashes despite going 2-0 down in the five match series following a 120 run defeat in the second Test in Adelaide.
The England captain said that they had shown that they could outperform Australia and that there was still “massive belief”.
Meanwhile the Australia captain Steve Smith says that he took a sleeping pill the night before the final day of the Adelaide Test as he was “a little bit nervous”.
The third Test starts at the WACA in Perth a week today.England haven’t won there since 1978 and if they lose this time then the Ashes are gone.

Rugby Union-The England lock Maro Itoje has had surgery after fracturing his jaw in two places.
Itoje sustained the injury after colliding with Mike Brown during Sunday’s Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins.
He’s expected to be out of action for around 8 weeks which could make him doubtful for England’s opening 6 Nations match against Italy in Rome on February the 4th.

Weather

Mainly fine in the Alpes-Maritimes,cloudy in the Var with light to moderate south westerly winds.

Top temperature 14-15 degrees.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 5 degrees inland with cloudy skies and occasional showers.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Cloudy with showers to start tomorrow then clearing during the afternoon.Fine on Saturday.Highs of 11-13 degrees.

 

 

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