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French and Riviera News Thursday 9th August 2018

Local

Fatal road accident - A 29 year old man has died in a motorcycle accident in Grasse. The victim, who was at the time trying the bike with an interest in buying it, died immediately after hitting another vehicle head on. The incident occurred on rue de Draguignan shortly after 7pm.

StormsMeteó France has finally lifted its heatwave status on the South of France, only to replace it with a yellow warning for storms. Thunder and rain is expected, across the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var this afternoon.

Meanwhile the region’s Maritime Prefecture has warned people to postpone any sea trips today due to poor weather conditions and the risk of a dangerous sea swell.

Water shortages - After weeks of scorching weather, local authorities have taken measures to fight water shortages across the country. Water restrictions are currently in place in 46 departments across France following the heatwave of the past few weeks. In central and western France farmers have been instructed to cut back their use of water and in the Gard near Avignon people have been banned from filling up their swimming pool and washing their cars.

National

Europe’s largest prison - According to authorities Europe’s largest prison the Fleury-Mégrogis has seen a record number of eleven suicides in the past eight months. The most recent suicide occurred on Tuesday morning when a 48-year-old inmate committed suicide in his cell. Just this year, ten men and one woman have committed suicide in the French prison, more than in 2017 and 2016 combined. Fleury-Mérogis is the largest prison in all of Europe with more than 4,000 inmates. Local officials have announced that as of September, “the prison’s administration and health services, along with the public prosecutor’s office, will work together to find ways to solve this problem”.

Hyperloop trains - A Canadian company hoping to build what it bills as the future of public transportation will seek permits this week to set up a testing centre in central France for developing super-fast "hyperloop" trains, according to media reports. Transpod co-founder Sebastien Gendron told AFP that his company would file its application Friday with officials in the Haute-Vienne region for a three-kilometre track, which it claims would be the longest in the world.

Summer food scams - French consumers have been warned about ten products which have been labelled "summer food scams" due to their misleading packaging. A new campaign by French food watchdog Foodwatch focuses on ingredients people are likely to put in salads, such as raw vegetables, fruits and pre-prepared meats. While most are related to the origin of the foods, some of these "scams" are linked to deceptive ingredients lists. For the complete list go to foodwatch.com

Business

The pound has fallen to its lowest level in almost a year amid continuing concerns that the UK will leave the European Union without a deal. Sterling slid 0.4% to $1.2894 at around midday on Wednesday - its lowest level since 31 August 2017. The currency also hit a new low for the year against the euro, trading at €1.1135.

US media company 21st Century Fox saw revenue rise more than 17% in the fourth quarter, boosted by its films such as Deadpool 2. Revenue at the firm, which is led by Rupert Murdoch and his family, reached $7.9bn (£6.1bn) in the three months to the end of June, from $6.75bn in the same period last year. Profits nearly doubled to about $920m, helped in part by a lower US tax rate. The results came as Fox plans to break up its empire. It is selling its film and television divisions to Walt Disney, in a $71bn cash-and-stock deal that shareholders approved last month.

Tesla's board has confirmed that it will consider the proposal by chief executive Elon Musk to take it private. A statement was issued by six members of the electric carmaker's board after Mr Musk tweeted to say he had the funding to de-list the company.

New York has become the first major US city to approve a cap on ride-hail car licences and set minimum pay conditions for drivers. The bill will impact popular app-based services like Uber and Lyft, who have both spoken out against it.

And - Swedish furniture giant Ikea has opened its first store in India in the southern city of Hyderabad.

Sport

Football – Chelsea have signed Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for £71m - the highest fee ever paid for a goalkeeper, and a club record transfer. 23 year old Kepa, arrives at Stamford Bridge after a release clause in his contract was met, with the deal surpassing Alisson's £66.8m move to Liverpool. 

Cricket – India’s captain believes his team are close to beating England as they prepare for the second Test of the five-match series at Lord's today. Play starts at 11am UK time.

Meanwhile England cricketer Ben Stokes told police on Wednesday that he acted in self-defence after he was threatened with a bottle during an alleged brawl outside a nightclub. Stokes, who is on trial for affray at Bristol crown court, said he was acting in self-defence when he allegedly punched Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale near to the nightclub in the early hours of September 25 last year.

Golf – Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died of cancer aged 36. Lyle reached a career-high 142nd in the world, and won twice on the Nationwide Tour in 2008. He last competed in 2017.

Weather

Thundery showers are forecast for today with highs of 29 degrees along the coast and a light south westerly wind. This evening going down to 21 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for Friday and the start of the weekend highs of 33 degrees and clear skies.

Finally 

If you're struggling to find matches on dating apps, it may be because you're setting your sights too high.

A study found the majority of online daters are seeking potential dates who are at least 25 per cent more attractive than themselves.

Scientists said that daters focussing on people 'out of their league' may explain why a lot of messages on apps go unanswered.

The tactic might not get you as many dates as those with realistic expectations - but the study did show one in five people who use it manage to get at least one reply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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