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French and Riviera News Tuesday 17th July 2018

 

Local

Violent storms hit the region - Violent storms which hit the region late on Monday afternoon have caused travel disruption at Nice International airport with planes grounded and incoming flights diverted to Turin and Lyon. The region’s train network was also disrupted after a tree fell on the line between Nice and Marseille and 600 households were left without electricity in Gourdon with more than a thousand lightning strikes recorded throughout the Alpes Maritimes and the Var. Accompanied by strong winds several beach restaurants were damaged between Menton and Monaco. Heavy rain caused flooding in some areas with Valbonne being particularly affected and the bad weather also led to the cancellation of the Jazz festival in Juan-les-Pins and Nice. Organisers have announced that ticketholders will be reimbursed or offered another evening by going to the Nice Jazz festival website.

Road deaths - A recent survey has shown that the number of road deaths in France has declined sharply for the month of June by 9.3% that’s 30 less than in June 2017. On July 1st a new 80km speed limit was introduced for secondary roads affecting 40% of the French road network. Despite wide spread opposition to the new measure the French government insists that the aim is to save up to 400 lives each year.

Facial recognition at Nice International Airport - Nice airport has started using facial recognition at its border control. The new measure was introduced on Monday and aims to increase security and save time for passengers.  

Superstars - In other news, Nice awaits the arrival of local football hero Hugo Lloris this evening. The team’s captain and goal keeper was part of the celebrations on the Champs Elyees on Monday as “Les Bleus” were given a warm welcome home by more than 300,000 fans after France won the World Cup for the second time in French football history. Other stars in Nice tonight are Beyonce and Jay-Z who will be performing at the Allianz Riviera, those attending the last date in their European tour are advised to arrive early, travel light and take advantage of the bus service from Saint Roch hospital in Nice and a free shuttle service.

National

Business France - The French government’s agency “Business France” which is charged with promoting French companies abroad, has closed its office in Russia. The announcement made on Monday in an embassy statement said that "Local conditions no longer allowed Business France to carry out its mission,". According to reports private firms will now help French companies operate in Russia. The announcement came as the French team headed home after winning the 2018 World Cup in Russia and as US President Donald Trump met Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

World Cup - France's football team has paraded the World Cup before hundreds of thousands of fans in Paris. Crowds lined the capital's Champs-Elysées, to greet the team's open-top bus. The team was then honoured with an official reception by President Emmanuel Macron. Fans partied across France overnight following France’s victory over Croatia, but celebrations in some cities were also marred by violence. Police fired tear gas as clashes broke out in Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg and Rouen. Dozens of youths broke into a shop on the Champs-Elysées and stole wine and champagne. But the national mood was one of joy, and Paris transport company RATP said it was celebrating the success of Les Bleus by renaming some stations. They include Victor Hugo Lloris, after the team's captain and goalkeeper, and Deschamps-Elysées, in honour of the coach.

Business

Shares in Netflix have fallen by 14 percent after the streaming firm reported disappointing subscriber growth.

Netflix said that it added 5.2 million subscribers in the three months to the end of June-the same number as in the period last year.The firm had forecast growth of 6.2 million.

Investors are concerned about the firm’s growth potential in the face of increased competition from Apple,YouTube and Amazon as well as traditional media firms which have started to invest more in online streaming.

Shoppers in the United States and elsewhere around the world have been struggling to access Amazon’s website as the firm’s Prime Day gets underway.

Users have reported that the Amazon website had crashed and was showing an error message.

Amazon said that it was working to fix the issue.

The firm launched Prime Day in 2015 and by last year it was its second largest shopping day behind Cyber Monday.

The 36 hour event was being tipped to top records again this year but some analysts are warning that the glitches could make it hard to achieve the numbers.

And-The International Monetary Fund has warned that the outlook for the global economy has darkened as trade tensions rise and growth becomes uneven.

The IMF has maintained its global growth forecast of 3.9 percent for this year and next but has cut its outlook for the UK and the eurozone.

The organisation said that disputes over trade are the “greatest near-term threat”to the world economy,adding that the possibility for more buoyant growth has faded somewhat.

Sport

NEWAY TOUR DE FRANCE REPORT.

Greg van Avermaet heads into today’s 10th stage of the Tour de France with a 43 second lead over Geraint Thomas but it may be the last day he holds the Yellow Jersey with three tough stages in the Alps to come between today and Thursday.

The tour resumes following Monday’s rest day with the riders tackling the 158.5 kilometer stage 10 between Annecy and Le Grand Bornard.

The stage has 5 categorised climbs and will be the first big fight between the general classification riders.

The roads could well be slippery as well following torrential downpours on Monday.

Defending champion Chris Froome is in overall 8th place at the moment and will be looking to make up time today.Team Sky may well have a problem to resolve if second placed Geraint Thomas continues to be well clear of Froome and he may well end up wearing the Yellow Jersey sometime this week.

Football-Christiano Ronaldo has said that he’s grateful to Juventus for giving him a chance as players of his age usually go to Qatar or China.

The 33 year old Portugal international has joined the Italian champions after 9 years at Real Madrid.

He was shown off to fans in Turin on Monday and said that he was very happy to be at Juventus at this stage in his career.

Cricket-England play India in the deciding one day international at Headingly today with the series tied at 1-1.

Jason Roy is a doubt for England with a finger injury and has been given only a 30 percent chance of being fit.

Play starts at 1pm.

Golf-Defending champion Jordan Spieth says that he’s relishing the challenge ahead of the start of the Open Championship at Carnoustie on Thursday.

Spieth has been struggling on the PGA Tour of late but says that he’ll use his “imagination” at the third Major of the year.

The 24 year old has missed the cut three times in the last 7 tournaments after finishing third at the Masters in April.

He’ll be teeing off with Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand at 10.58 French time on Thursday morning.

Weather

Clear skies with moderate westerly winds.

Top temperatures 28-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 18 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Clear skies with highs of 28-31 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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