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French and Riviera News.Tuesday.10.07.2018

PM in Nice-The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is to attend the 14th of July celebrations in Nice.

Mr Philippe will meet the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice on July the 14th 2016 and their families and will also hold talks with the city’s mayor Christian Estrosi.

The French Prime Minister will travel south after attending the Bastille Day parade in  Paris in the morning.

 

Train delays-Rail passengers suffered lengthy delays between Nice and Monaco on Monday afternoon after a train broke down at Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Passengers reported delays of more than 40 minutes and overcrowding on stations along the line as the problem was fixed.

Commuters have also been complaining that trains in the morning are too short and the SNCF appears not to have taken into account the extra number of people using services in the busy tourist season.

 

Beaches closed-Beaches at Saint Laurent du Var remain closed today after contaminated soil from the Var River washed onto the coast last Saturday.

Analysis of coastal water on Monday showed traces of toxic algae are still present and it’s still unsafe for bathers.

Another check will be carried out today but for the time being the red flags are still flying.

 

 

Head injury-A 54 year old construction worker is in a serious condition in hospital after falling 15 meters from scaffolding from a building at La Roquette sur Var.

Emergency services were called to the site on Monday morning where the victim was found unconscious.

He was airlifted to hospital in Nice.

 

Monaco theft-A former employee of the international school of Monaco has been fined 1,500 euros for theft.

CCTV cameras captured the theft on the 14th of December.The 48 year old Portuguese woman who lives in Beausoleil was employed as a cleaner by a local contracting firm.

The defendant said that she thought that the bag had been abandoned.

 

Now you see it now you don’t-Motorists using the A8 motorway near Monaco have been wondering what’s happened to the speed camera that had been put in place around a kilometer from the Monaco slip entry on the westbound side of the road.

The camera,which had been in place for 10 months caught out 26,476 motorists during its service but has now been removed.

Authorities will only say that it’s been removed and will not be replaced as it was a device erected especially to protect workers constructing the new Borne-Romaine tunnel on the other side of the road.

 

In National News

 

Spending cuts-President Macron has said that the government will reveal plans to cut public spending within the next few weeks to keep the French budget deficit within European Union targets.

During an address to the joint houses of the French Parliament on Monday,Mr Macron said that there could be no tax cuts or increased investments without slowing the continued growth of spending.

He said that everybody wants lower taxes but nobody ever wants to take responsibility for financing them.

The President said that the spending cuts would be part of a broad reorganisation of the French state aimed at boosting services in remote and deprived areas.

 

Drownings-There have been further warnings about the dangers of swimming this summer after a girl and her three brothers drowned in a lake on Sunday.

The three drowned in an artificial lake at Chalon sur Saone after slipping down a steep bank into the water and then being unable to get put.

They were aged between 10 and 13.

There were three more separate drowning incidents around France last weekend with authorities warning people to take extra care in the water.

 

Train Marshalls- Undercover,trained and armed marshalls will be present on French trains around the country this summer because of the continued threat of terrorism.

Elite members from the gendarmerie will be on patrol on the lookout for suspicious activity but are unlikely to be noticed by passengers.

Months of specialised training has been undertaken ahead of the operation which started on Friday as schools broke up for the summer holidays.

 

Business.

 

The Financial Times has reported that 21st Century Fox is preparing a new bid for the UK satellite broadcaster Sky that will value it at around 25 billion pounds.

The paper says that the new bid will top a previous offer by Comcast which is worth around 12 pounds 50 per share.

Fox initially offered 10 pounds 75 pence per share for Sky but has been forced to revamp its bid following  interest from Comcast.

Rupert Murdoch’s firm is expected to be given the final green light to proceed with the bid by the British government following discussions which will force Fox to sell off Sky News in the interests of media plurality.

Comcast has yet to comment.

 

The new vehicle of the advertising guru Sir Martin Sorrell is expected to announce that its completed the purchase of the Dutch media production firm MediaMonks today.

S4 Capital is reported to have beaten Sir Martin’s previous firm WPP to the deal which will be the first acquisition for his new venture.

Last week,WPP threatened to take away share awards worth up to 20 million pounds from Sir Martin over the rival bid for MediaMonks.

Sir Martin left WPP in April amid claims of misconduct which he has denied.

 

And-Oil prices have risen this morning on escalating concerns over supply shortages.

The rise comes with hundreds of oil workers in Norway preparing to go on strike after rejecting a proposed pay deal.

The strike will affect production in at least one Shell field and adds to disruption in other oil producing states because of tensions in the Middle East.

Brent Crude was trading up 0.4 percent a little earlier this morning at 78 dollars 39 cents with US light crude futures up 0.2 percent at 73 dollars 85.

Sport.

 

NEWAY TOUR DE FRANCE REPORT.

 

BMC Racing won the team time trial on Monday to put Greg van Avermaet into the race lead as Chris Froome made time up on his rivals.

The BMC group clocked 38 minutes 46 seconds in the trial around the 35.5 kilometre route in Cholet.

Team Sky were second,four seconds down on BMC with Froome now in overall 18th place on the Tour.

 

Today’s 4th stage is 195 kilometres on the flat between La Baule and Sarzeau.It’s one for the sprinters and will require a lot of hard work by the teams.

 

Greg van Avermaet leads by a fraction of a second from BMC team-mate Tejay van Garderen with Geraint Thomas of Team Sky in overall third  3 seconds  behind the leader.

Froome is still 55 seconds off the overall pace.

 

 

Football-The first World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium is being played in St Petersburg tonight.

Kick off is at 8pm with Belgium seen as slight favourites to make the final.

 

England play Croatia in the second semi-final tomorrow night with reports saying that thousands of extra England fans are flocking to Moscow for the match.

 

 

Tennis-Roger Federer made the quarter finals of Wimbledon on Monday without dropping a set .

The 36 year old dismissed Adrian Mannarino 6-0 7-5 6-4 and will now play Kevin Anderson of South Africa who beat Gael Monfis of France.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are also through to the last 8.

 

In the women’s event Serena Williams is through to the last 8 with Angelique Kerber,the number 11 seed the highest ranked player left in the tournament.

 

Rugby Union-The Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac is to replace Warren Gatland as Wales head coach when he steps down after next year’s World Cup.

Pivac who’s 55 says that he hopes to protect Gatland’s legacy and he’ll try for a smooth transition following the World Cup.

The New Zealander will remain in charge of Scarlets next season.

 

Weather

 

Clear skies in coastal areas and the risk of a shower inland with light variable winds.

Top temperatures 27-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 19 degrees inland with clear skies.

 Wednesday and Thursday -Fine and sunny with highs of 26-30 degrees.

 

Finally.

 

Three Lions looks set to go to number one after a massive spike in streams and downloads over the weekend.

The song has taken a 30% lead over its nearest rival, George Ezra's Shotgun, the Official Charts Company said.

Originally recorded for the Euro '96 tournament, Three Lions was written by The Lightning Seeds and comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel.

Its famous "football's coming home" chant has been resurrected as England have progressed through the World Cup.

The song re-entered the top 40 last Friday, but its popularity surged further after England beat Sweden on Saturday to reach the semi-finals.

 

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