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French and Riviera News.Thursday August 2nd 2018

Heatwave-The extremely hot weather that’s been affecting the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var is set to continue for most of today with the orange heatwave alert extended in both departments.

Temperatures on Wednesday got as high as 37 degrees in some inland areas and there was little respite overnight with many coastal areas reporting lows of just 27 degrees Celsius.

Meteo France says that the weather could be broken by scattered thunderstorms this afternoon and this evening but it will still remain hot on Friday with forecast highs of 30-33 degrees Celsius.

In the Var,the prefect has ordered level 3 heatwave action to be put in place with local authorities carrying out checks on the most vulnerable people.

 

Canyon tragedy-4 people have died after being caught up in a flash flood at a popular canyon in southern Corsica.

The 4 were carried away by waters and drowned.Two people were rescued and one more person is still missing.An enquiry is underway.

 

Beach rubbish-The beaches in Juan les Pins are now mostly open to the public following demolition work carried out to remove private establishments but sun seekers have been complaining about building debris left in the sand.

There have been complaints of bits of metal and other building materials along the stretch of beach from Juan les Pins to Golfe Juan.

In addition it appears that not all of the old private beach businesses have been completely removed with metal grilles and other bits and pieces still present.

Many of the private beaches towards the west of Juan les Pins were ordered to shut down at the end of last summer following protracted battle with local authorities.

 

Prison break-2 inmates have been caught trying to escape from jail at Digne les Bains using a fork and a broom handle.

Reports say that the two had managed to create a hole in the ceiling of their cell which they then covered up with a poster.They’d also started digging a hole in the floor above but still would have had to work their way through 8 centimetres of concrete.

The men were caught during a routine cell inspection and have now been transferred to another jail.

 

Pickpockets-Authorities continue to warn that pickpockets are operating on the Cote d’Azur and are looking for easy pickings.

People are asked to be vigilant in public places especially on trains and other public transport as well as outdoor attractions such as theme parks.

The message is-don’t make it easy for the thieves.Don’t leave your wallet or purse hanging out of a pocket but use a money belt or an inside zipped pocket.

The thigh  pockets of  Bermuda shorts are a reasonably safe place to keep cash or documents as most have buttons or zips which dissuades thieves.

Women should also make sure that their handbag is closed or zipped up.

 

In National News.

 

Airport brawl-A brawl between two French rap stars and their supporters has led to flights being delayed at Orly airport in Paris with police closing part of the terminal building.

Reports say that fighting broke out between the rappers Booba and Kaaris and their rival supporters on Wednesday afternoon in  front of shocked tourists including many children.

Videos posted on Twitter showed around a dozen men trading punches and kicks while people caught up in the melee fled to get out of their way.

Police and airport security staff broke up the fight and made a number of arrests.

 

They seek him here -Police have still not been able to lay their hands on the escaped armed robber Redoine Faid who broke out of jail with the use of a helicopter on the 1st of July.

More than 100 police are working on the case with Faid giving them the slip on more than one occasion.

In 2013 he escaped from jail and was on the run for 6 weeks before being recaptured.He’s currently in the middle of a 25 year stretch for armed robbery.Police say that he’s dangerous and almost certainly armed and should not be approached under any circumstances.

On the 24th of July,police almost got their hands on him but he got away following a car chase in the Val d’Oise department near Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport.

 

Air France-Air France KLM has said that a series of strikes over the spring and early summer has cost it 335 million euros.

The Franco-Dutch company managed to report a profit of 109 million euros for the second quarter thanks to increased passenger numbers  although the figure was way down on the same period last year.

The firm said that passenger numbers increased by 0.8 percent to 26 million in the period between April and June with annual turnover of 6.6 billion euros.

 

Business.

 

Apple shares hit a record on Wednesday, pushing the market value of the tech giant closer to the 1 trillion dollar  mark.

The shares rose more than 5% to end at more than 201 dollars, close to the roughly 207 dollar price needed to make it a 1 trillion dollar company.

The rise came after Apple reported strong demand for its most expensive iPhones, boosting quarterly revenue despite just 1% growth in shipments.

The average iPhone price hit 724 dollars , well above the expected 694 dollars.

The firm said its 999 dollar  iPhone X - launched last year - remained its most popular iPhone model in the quarter and had driven the higher sales price.

 

The Bank of England is expected to raise interest rates for only the second time in a decade later on Thursday.

Economists and investors expect the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to increase rates from 0.5% to 0.75%.

Changes to the Bank rate affect tens of thousands of savings accounts, loans and mortgages.

Any increase on Thursday would follow a similar rise in November 2017, when the MPC raised rates from a record low of 0.25%.

It would also take the so-called Bank Rate to its highest level since 2009.

 

And-Tesla delivered more of its Model 3 cars in the most recent quarter, helping to boost revenues.

Elon Musk's electric car company had revenues of 4 billion dollars in the three months to June, rising 43% from the same period last year.

The growth came as Tesla delivered more than 40,000 cars in the quarter, including about 18,000 Model 3s.

However, the firm still lost more than 717 million dollars in the quarter - more than double a year ago.

Tesla has been spending heavily as it strives to get the Model 3 - its latest car - into the hands of customers.

 

Sport.

 

Cricket-England closed day 1 of the 1st Test against India at Edgebaston on 285-9 after a late collapse let the tourists back into the game.

Skipper Joe Root led from the front with 80 and Jonny Bairstow made 70 but otherwise it was an all too familiar capitulation from the other batsmen with England losing 4 wickets for just 27 runs late on.

Play resumes at noon French time.

 

Football-Celtic have drawn 0-0 with Rosenborg of Norway to set up a Champions League third qualifying round tie against AEK Athens next week.

Celtic won the two legged tie 1-0 and will now be bidding for a place in the group phase of next seasons elite European competition.

 

Formula 1-Daniel Ricciardo has said that he expects to sign a new contract with Red Bull before the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August.

There had been speculation that the Australian star,who won this year’s Monaco Grand Prix would be tempted away with a big money offer from another team but he says that he’s staying put.

 

Rugby Union-Dylan Hartley is to return to the England set-up after recovering from concussion.

The regular captain hasn’t played since March  and he missed England’s summer tour of South Africa.

Hartley will be part of a three day England training session at Teddington and is said to be very much part of coach Eddie Jones’ plans for next year’s World Cup in Japan.

 

Tennis-Andy Murray has continued his comeback with a 3 set victory over fellow Briton Kyle Edmund in the second round of the Washington Open.

Murray,playing only his 5th competitive match since returning from a hip injury came through 7-6 1-6 6-4.

 

Weather

There’s an ORANGE HEATWAVE warning in force for the Alpes-Martimes and the Var with clear skies in coastal areas and more storms forecast in the mountains.

Light variable or south westerly winds and highs of 32-36 degrees.

Overnight lows of 26 degrees on the coast and 23 degrees inland with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Partially cloudy with scattered thunderstorms and highs of 31-33 degrees.

 

Finally.

A shop owner in New Zealand is involved in a battle of the breakfast cereals after her plans to import British favourite Weetabix ended up in court.

British expat Lisa Wilson wanted to sell the wheat-based breakfast to homesick Britons in her Canterbury-based shop A Little Bit of Britain, but has come up against domestic manufacturer Sanitarium, which says the brand name is too similar to their own local brand Weet-Bix.

Customs officials seized a shipment of Weetabix last August after a complaint by Sanitarium.

Weet-Bix is a hugely popular brand in both Australia and New Zealand complete with celebrity endorsements, and Sanitarium are keen to protect their trademark.

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