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French and Riviera News Thursday 9th November 2017

Local

Body found in front of a hotel in Cannes -The body of a 17 year old girl  has been found in front of a hotel in Cannes. Worried passers by alerted police and an autopsy is to be carried out in the coming days. Police say they are unable to determine with certainty the exact circumstances which led to the young girl’s death as there were no signs of apparent injury.

Red Bull Air Race - It’s been announced that for the first time in France, the international Red Bull Air Race is to take place in Cannes next year. The event organized by Red Bull is a very special kind of race which will see aircraft fly between 25 and 30 meters above sea level in the bay of Cannes, between Port  Canto  and the heliport lighthouse. The organisers hope to attract 100,000 spectators over three days from 20 to 22 April.

The price of a packet of cigarettes is to increase as of next Monday, the 13th of November. After four years of stability, the price of a pack of cigarettes will increase by an average of 30 cents.

The Princes’ Cup - A new boating competition took place for the first time in Monaco’s Port Hercule on Wednesday. The Princes’ Cup rowing competition was won by Aberdovey. The winners were presented with the cup by Prince Albert II of Monaco and Prince Andrew the Duke of York, who are patrons of Outward Bound Monaco, the organizers of the event in partnership with the Société Nautique de Monaco.

National

Death of British schoolboy - An inquest has heard that a British schoolboy died during a school trip to the French Alps when his backpack got stuck in a ski lift. Kieran Brookes was strangled when his backpack straps got tangled in the mechanism in the Alpine resort of Chatel in February 2011.  Attempts were made to revive the school pupil before he was taken to hospital in Annecy with a severe brain injury. He was later transferred to the intensive care unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital where he died a month later on 17 March.

Marine Le Pen - France's National Assembly has lifted the immunity from prosecution of far-right leader Marine Le Pen for tweeting pictures of Islamic State group atrocities, according to reports. The decision was taken by a cross-party committee in charge of the internal functioning of the assembly, after a request from the authorities to lift Le Pen's parliamentary immunity over a crime that carries up to three years in prison.

Le Louvre Abu Dhabi - The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has hailed the new Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi as an example of how beauty can “fight against the discourses of hatred”. After 10 years of controversy and the vast museum project, created in collaboration with France and designed by Paris’s star architect Jean Nouvel, opened under a giant silver dome on Wednesday.

Business

As US markets still hope for corporate tax rates,a report issued by the Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday said that such a move could add 1.7 trillion dollars to the US budget deficit. The S&P 500 has risen by 21 percent since Donald Trump’s election last year,partly on his promises to cut taxes and other business friendly measures. The Republican Party unveiled sweeping tax proposals last week but the odds of them being introduced remain uncertain with criticism from both left and right wing politicians. Leading US banks which stand to see some of the greatest benefit from any tax changes were generally lower on Wednesday with JP Morgan Chase down 1.1 percent and Bank of America down 1.4 percent.

The proposed merger between Time Warner and AT&T has hit a major stumbling block after competition regulators demanded the sale of assets including CNN before approval. Critics of the 85 billion dollar merger who include President Trump think that it would result in too tight a concentration of media power. AT&T’s takeover would combine its power as one of the largest providers of cable TV in the United States with Time Warner’s entertainment portfolio. The firm owns CNN’s parent company Turner Broadcasting as well as the Warner Bros movie studio and HBO. Sources at AT&T now say they don’t expect the deal to be concluded this year. Shares in Time Warner fell by 6 percent on the news with AT&T down by 0.2 percent initially before climbing 1.16 percent.

And-The executive chairman of 21st Century Fox has said that the company is big enough to compete in a shifting media landscape. Lachlan Murdoch was commenting following reports that Fox had talked to Disney about selling parts of the business. Without addressing the issue specifically,Mr Murdoch said that Fox is well positioned and had an “unparalleled global footprint”. On Monday,CNBC said that Disney had approached Fox about a possible deal for its entertainment business including Sky. Mr Murdoch dismissed claims that Fox is not big enough to compete in the shifting media landscape. Fox owns Fox News,National Geographic,Star India and the Twentieth Century Fox studios.It’s also trying to acquire the 61 percent of Sky that it doesn’t already own.

Sport

Football-Two of the first leg playoff games for Russia 2018 are being played tonight with Northern Ireland at home to Switzerland at Windsor Park and Croatia against Greece. Northern Ireland are bidding to reach their first World Cup Finals since 1986 .Kick off at Windsor Park is at 8.45 French time.

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton has said that he’s in Brazil to win this weekend and will disregard the controversy over his tax affairs. Hamilton arrived in Sao Paolo on Wednesday and admitted that there is a “bit of a storm” surrounding him. The 4 time world champion said that the issues wouldn’t distract him from his “core values”. He added nothing to the statement put out by his management company over tax issues surrounding his private jet which said that his tax affairs were conducted by advisors and that he’d been assured that everything was “above board”.

Cricket-England were dismissed for 293 by a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide as they continue their build up to the first Test in Brisbane on November the 23rd. There were 3 half centuries for the England batsmen including skipper Joe Root.

Rugby Union-Samoan Rugby has been declared bankrupt by the country’s Prime Minister ahead of Tests against Scotland and England later this month. The Prime Minister has asked members of the public to donate money to help save the national side.The English Rugby Football Union has also said that it will make a financial contribution to help Samoa complete their tour of the UK.

Tennis-World number one Rafael Nadal will play David Goffin in his opening ATP Tour Finals match in London on Monday. The Spaniard has been grouped with Goffin,Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov. The tournament starts on Sunday in the other group with Roger Federer against Jack Sock and Alexander Zverev against Marin Cilic.

Weather

Rain,scattered thunderstorms and some brief sunny intervals later in the day.

Light to moderate variable winds and a high of 13 degrees.

Overnight lows of 9 degrees on the coast and 3 degrees inland with clearing skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Clear skies with a high of 17-18 degrees.

 

 

 

 

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