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French and Riviera News Tuesday 15th May 2018

Local

Motorist - A motorist had a lucky escape on Monday after a rock fell on his windscreen landing in the passenger seat. Police warned drivers on Monday to be cautious on the region’s road due to heavy rainfall. The incident happened on a road at Saint-Jean-la-Rivière. Meteo France has issued another weather warning from 1 to 7pm today with storms possible for both the Var and the Alpes Maritimes after which the weather is expected to gradually improve bringing plenty of sunshine between now and Friday.

Tax returns - Several hundred people have queued outside the tax office in Nice ahead of the deadline for income tax returns, which is Thursday 17th May. Members of the public are reminded that those with questions about filling out their tax declarations are welcome on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm and from 9am to 12pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. For those living in the Alpes Maritimes region and declaring online you have until Tuesday May 22nd and if you live in the Var until June 5th.

Chauffeur driven cars - About thirty VTC drivers or (chauffeur driven car drivers) have demonstrated in Nice following protests against unfair competition from Uber. An operation “escargot” took place on Monday as  drivers accused Uber of failing to comply with the law one driver said that “Between the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix, May is one of the busiest times on the French Riviera. But this year, there is little work for VTC drivers”.

Phone network - An interconnection problem between several phone operator networks has disrupted mobile and landline services in the Alpes Maritimes and across France. The technical incident occurred on Monday depriving thousands of customers of coverage. The service returned to normal by the afternoon with the Orange network apologizing for any inconvenience to clients.

National

Gaza - France has called for "restraint in the use of force" after at least 44 Palestinians were killed on the border of Gaza as a ceremony marked the transfer of the US's Israel embassy to Jerusalem. Paris also said the transfer was in breach of international law. Israeli soldiers fired teargas at thousands of protesting Palestinians on Monday, killing at least 44 and injuring as many as 2,000 according to the Gaza health authority.

Student protests - Hundreds of French students have had their end-of-term exams cancelled as protesters blocked access to two universities on Monday. Following months of demonstrations against the government's plans to introduce more selective admission requirements tests were cancelled for some 800 students in the southeastern city of Lyon after about 300 protesters formed a human chain at two sites of the Lyon 2 university. Meanwhile in Marseille police moved in to remove an estimated 60 to 80 students blocking access to the Aix-Marseille University.

Reblochon cheese recall - French authorities have ordered a re-call of reblochon cheeses after six young children were hospitalized on Monday with E.coli infections traced to a producer. One of the children, who ranged from 18 months to three years old, was still in hospital after eating the raw-milk cheeses made by Chabert at its site in eastern France. The agriculture and health Ministries said in a joint statement that reblochon cheeses made at the site, sold under a variety of brands, were being recalled "as a precautionary measure".

Meanwhile a French media has reported that mayonnaise sold in French supermarket shelves may contain engine oil. The claims were made after it emerged that a crooked company in Ukraine has sold 40,000 tonnes of sunflower oil cut with 280 tonnes of engine oil in Europe. On 26 April shops started taking products that could contain it from their shelves. But on May 2nd the authorities declared it was not necessary to withdraw products containing less than 10 percent engine oil because there was no "acute toxicity".

Business

Shares in bookmakers in both the US and UK have surged after the United States Supreme Court made a landmark ruling on Monday that could open up sports betting across America.
The court has endorsed a 2014 state ruling in New Jersey that allows sports betting in casinos and at horse racing tracks.It also struck down a 1992 Federal law banning sports gambling.
Several major US sports bodies had opposed the move including the National Basketball Association and the US National Collegiate Athletic Association which said that it was a threat to the “integrity of athletic competition”.
Shares in gambling firms including the UK’s Paddy Power and William Hill rose strongly following the decision which could mean that they can roll out operations quickly across the US including in the lucrative state of Nevada.

President Trump has defended his decision to re-examine penalties imposed on the Chinese telecoms giant ZTE for flouting US sanctions on trade with Iran.
Mr Trump said that ZTE is a big buyer for US suppliers  but he’s facing a backlash from both Republican and Democrat lawmakers after pledging to work with Chinese President Xi help the firm.
The US had banned American firms from selling to ZTE after it admitted to making illegal shipments to Iran and North Korea but will now consider alternatives .
The concession has been welcomed in China and comes ahead of high-level trade talks in Washington this week.

And-CBS has filed a lawsuit against its biggest shareholder who’s pushing to merge the US broadcaster with the Viacom-the owner of the Paramount film studio.
The board of CBS wants to block National Amusements Incorporated- a company owned by Sumner Redstone and his daughter Shari from “interfering” in a meeting to discuss the merger.
It’s also seeking to dilute the shareholdings of the firm which has voting control t both CBS and Viacom.
NAI says that it’s “outraged” by the move.The firm is the parent company of both CBS and Viacom which were separated by Sumner Redstone in 2005.


Sport

Football-Fulham have made the English Championship playoff final after beating Derby 2-0 at Craven Cottage to win the tie 2-1 on aggregate.
Fulham will play the winners of tonight’s second semi final second leg tie between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.Villa lead 1-0 from the first leg.


The former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been named as the new head coach of the Italian national side.
Mancini has agreed a 2 year deal to replace Gian Piero Ventura who was sacked after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup.
The 53 year old guided Manchester City to their first  title for 44 years in 2012 but it’s his first foray into international management.

Cricket-Ireland fought back well on day 4 of their inaugural Test against Pakistan at Malahide with a certain Michael Phillip Jagger among the crowd watching.
At stumps Ireland had reached 319-7 in their second innings-a lead of 139 over the tourists who’ll be keep to mop up the tail and go for the win on the final day.
Play resumes at noon.

Cycling-The Giro d’Italia resumes today following Monday’s rest day with Great Britain’s Simon Yates looking to extend his overall lead.
Stage 10 is 244 kilometres between Penne and Gualdo Tadino and is one of the longest parts of the event.
It crosses the Apennines from south to north and is dotted with small short ascents including three categorised climbs.


Weather

Partially cloudy with some showers inland and light variable winds.

Top temperature 18-19 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 11 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Mainly fine in coastal areas,some showers inland.Highs of 19-22 degrees.

Finally 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have already made a few tough decisions about their May 19 nuptials - including who will attendwho will be along side them during the ceremonywhat the cake will be and now what song they will share their first dance to. 

In a very untraditional choice, the pair have decided to put together a 'fun and bouncy' playlist. 

Whitney Houston’s ’80s hit I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) has been tipped for the first dance song.

Along with the couple's fun playlist, a grand piano will reportedly be on standby for Sir Elton John, who is expected to belt out some of his best hits.  Also expected to make an appearance are the Spice Girls and Coldplay. 

 

 

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