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French and Riviera News Tuesday 10th April 2018

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Air France strike - Air France has announced further strike action today with hundreds of flights cancelled as pilots, cabin crew and ground staff pursue a sixth day of strikes aimed at securing higher pay. The walkout has affected international and domestic travel, with a quarter of all flights set to be cancelled today. Unions have already warned of more strikes to come, with five more days of walkouts planned including another one on Wednesday.

Man wounded by a gunshot in Nice - A man has been taken to hospital in Nice suffering from a gunshot wound. Emergency services were alerted by local residents after gunshots were heard on Monday afternoon in the Bon Voyage district of Nice. The area was cordoned off and police have opened an investigation. They are looking into whether the incident is connected to a previous incident at the weekend, in which a young man suffered several knife wounds after a fight broke out at a tram stop in the same neighbourhood.

Road accident - Police have appealed for any witnesses following an accident on the Moyenne Corniche. The accident happened at the entrance to the tunnel between Villefranche and Eze shortly after 7pm on Monday. Three people were taken to hospital. 

Toddler inhales toxic gas in toyshop - A two year old girl has been hospitalised after reportedly inhaling toxic gas while at a toy shop in Antibes. The incident occurred at the Joué Club toy store on Monday morning. Emergency services were called to the scene after the young girl accompanied by her mother at the time was left screaming in pain.   

Parking fines - Residents in Nice Saint-Isidore have expressed their disbelief after receiving parking tickets during the night. Several motorists have been fined several times between 10pm and 2am in the last two months. Many claim that the fines ranging from 35 to 135 euros are not justified.

La Poste - The French postal and banking service “La Poste” has been hit by a computer bug that has shut down most of their services across France, preventing customers from receiving or posting mail and depositing or withdrawing money at counters. The bug hit the country’s 8,500 post offices on Monday with only the firm’s internet and ATM cash machines operating normally. In a statement La Poste said the fault appears to be a technical failure and not the result of hacking.

Prince Albert of Monaco warns of 'irreversible tragedies' facing world's oceans - His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco has said that urgent action is needed in order to avoid “irreversible tragedies” in the world’s oceans caused by plastic pollution and climate change. Speaking at a major conference at  Edinburgh University Prince Albert told the gathering of academics, senior official and ministers that the threats facing the oceans were “increasingly alarming”and people must stop believing it was possible to pour “anything and everything” into them “without consequences.” The conference was organized by the Monaco Blue Initiative, a think tank that aims to bring together experts and decision makers to find practical solutions. It was set up by the prince’s foundation and the Oceanographic Institute.

Tourism on the Côte d’Azur - Figures published for tourism on the Riviera have shown a record number of visitors for 2017. The number of tourists increased 5% with a record 5.8 million visitors. The mayor of Cannes and President of the CRT Côte d’Azur David Lisnard said “the outlook is very good, with the emergence of new tourism markets such as Eastern Europe and Asia”.

National

Syria - French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump have agreed in a phone call that chemical weapons had been used in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on April 7th, and that both would work together to establish clear responsibility for their use. The French presidency said in a statement early on Monday that they had “exchanged their information and analysis confirming the use of chemical weapons”.  The statement also said the two leaders had instructed their teams to deepen exchanges in the coming days and co-ordinate their efforts at the UN Security Council on Monday.

Notre-Dame-des-Landes - Anti-capitalist activists have clashed with riot police at Notre-Dame-des-Landes. A huge security operation took place on Monday in an attempt to clear a rural protest camp located at the site of an abandoned airport project. 2,500 police were deployed near the western city of Nantes as activists used tractors and burning barricades to try to keep the police at bay. Ten people were arrested and one police officer was slightly injured.

Fundraising in support of rail workers - As rail workers continue to battle with the government’s planned reforms. A fundraising website has raised a record half a million euros in just over two weeks. The site launched to support the striking rail workers has seen more than 15,500 French people make contributions since it was set up on March 23rd.The money will be distributed to the various unions participating in the strike in proportion to their representation among SNCF workers. Meanwhile the French government has insisted that it won’t back down with President Emmanuel Macron, who has not spoken on the conflict publicly since it started, planning on giving an hour-long televised interview at midday on Thursday.

Business

The Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is preparing for a two day grilling in front of US lawmakers.
Mr Zuckerberg will testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate and Judiciary Committees.
He’ll be expected to answer questions about Russia’s use of Facebook to spread divisive political propaganda during the 2016 US Presidential election and how the firm seemed unaware that the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly harvested the personal data of some 87 million Facebook users,most of them Americans.
Some lawmakers are calling for new regulations to be imposed on internet firms in the wake of the scandals but the signs are that the majority of Republicans are against more corporate regulation and are not persuaded that technology companies should be singled out.
Data privacy is expected to be at the forefront of the testimony.Facebook has already said that it will do more to enhance the privacy of its users.

The Russian stock market has nosedived after the US imposed sanctions on 7 oligarchs and their companies last Friday.
Shares in firms controlled by Oleg Deripaska have been hardest hit with the value of the aluminium giant Rusal nearly halved on the Hong Kong stock exchange on Monday.
In London,EN+ the aluminium to hydropower firm controlled by Mr Deripaska dived by 25 percent and the Russian stock market tumbled by more than 11 percent in Monday trading.
The Kremlin has slammed the sanctions calling them an outrageous business from the point of illegality and has vowed to do everything possible to minimise negative consequences.

And-The US Congressional Budget Office has warned that America is heading for an annual budget deficit of more than a trillion dollars by 2020 as a result of tax cuts and higher public spending.
The office said that while the measures will temporarily boost the US economy they’ll exacerbate its long-term debt.
It went on to warn that US debt could rise to a level comparable to World War II and the financial crisis and said that it would have “serious consequences” for America.


Sport

Football-Liverpool will be bidding to reach the last 4 of the European Champions League tonight when they meet Manchester City at the Etihad in the second leg of their quarter final tie.
Liverpool lead 3-0 from the first leg and are odds-on favourites to win the tie.

The other tie is between Roma and Barcelona with the Catalan giants leading 4-1 from the first leg.
There’s a full programme in the English Championship tonight with second placed Cardiff and third placed Fulham both in action.
The leaders Wolves don’t play until Wednesday night.

Athletics-Australia are still way out in front on day 6 of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Australia has 39 gold medals in a total haul of 106 with England in second place with 22 gold medals and India in third place with 10 gold medals.
There are 26 medal events today including  in bowls,swimming,shooting and cycling.

Formula 1-Questions are being asked about McLaren’s decision to ditch Honda as its engine partner following Toro Rosso’s performance at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
Pierre Gasly finished 4th in the race which has changed perceptions about Honda’s engine programme while the Mclaren’s of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne fitted with Renault engines finished 7th and 8th respectively.
The result is putting extra pressure on senior McLaren management although its being stressed that the result from one Grand Prix doesn’t yet constitute a major problem.

Weather

Sunshine and showers with light to moderate easterly winds.

Top temperature 15 degrees Celsius

Overnight lows of 11 degrees on the coast and 9 degrees inland with rain.

Wednesday and Thursday-Rain tomorrow with scattered thunderstorms developing on Thursday.

Finally 

A new study suggests that tailing to match the academic achievements of your parents can be as distressing for men as a divorce,

Researchers found that exceeding parents’ educational attainment was linked to decreased psychological distress in men – but falling short was linked to an increase. However women did not appear to be affected by failing to keep up with their parents. The survey analysed results from more than 50,000 people in Britain and 27 other European countries.

Men whose educational status was at the bottom level and whose parents were at the top level were more than twice as likely to be among the 10 per cent of most psychologically distressed people than those whose educational level matched their parents’.

According to the research the reason for this could be that men are more likely than women to attribute success and failure by pointing to their own merits, abilities and effort, rather than factors they have no control over.’

 

 

 

 

 

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