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French and Riviera News Tuesday 17th October 2017

Local

Petition to honour swimmer Camille Muffat - More than 21,000 people have signed a petition to request that the aquatic centre of the 2024 Olympic Games, to be held in Paris, be named after gold medalist Camille Muffat. Muffat from Nice was killed in a helicopter crash in 2015 while filming the reality television show Dropped. Camille was gold medalist in the 400m freestyle at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Hyères-Toulon airport new routeHyères-Toulon airport has announced that a new route will be launched next summer. As of 21st April passengers will be able to travel direct to Copenhagen with three weekly flights being made available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Gas – Several shops and homes have been evacuated in Menton due to a gas leak. The incident happened on Monday afternoon when workers caused a leak in a major gas pipe, leading to several shops, homes and streets being evacuated. The problem lasted for an hour before the pipe was made safe.

Billboards - The city of Nice, is the first in France, to debut brand new LCD advertising billboards. The first was unveiled on Monday at the corner of Blvd Gorbella and Avenue du Ray. The huge 84 inch high definition double sided screens will be used 50% of the time for advertising, with the remainder being information messages from the city. A further 30 will be installed before the end of the year.

Traffic - There are several ramp closures on the A8 near the airport this week. Junctions 49 and 50, which serve Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport, were closed on Monday night and will remain closed for a number of days. Air passengers should allow extra time to access the airport during the first three days of the week. After that, on Thursday, a further round of travel disruption is expected, when a general strike has been called in protest at the changes to the Labour Laws.

National

Brexit - A joint statement from the UK prime minister and the president of the EU Commission has declared that Brexit negotiations should "accelerate over the months to come." Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker met in Brussels on Monday. The meeting comes after the latest round of negotiations, where the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the two sides had reached "deadlock". Mrs May and Mr Juncker said they had had a "broad, constructive exchange on current European and global challenges", including preserving the Iran nuclear deal and strengthening security in Europe to battle terrorism.

Undocumented foreigners - French President Emmanuel Macron has said that any undocumented foreigner who commits a crime will be deported. The announcement comes two weeks after a Tunisian man stabbed two women to death in Marseille. Macron added that "We will take the most severe measures, we will do what we must do,".

New laws - France’s Minister for Equality is to introduce a number of new laws next year against gender bias and sexual violence. One of the measures of the new bill will include an extension of the amount of time women have to lodge sexual assault complaints, and an on-the-spot fine for men caught wolf-whistling women in the streets.

Meanwhile, President Macron has announced that Harvey Weinstein is to be stripped of his prestigious Legion d'Honneur award. Weinstein was given the award in 2012 in recognition of his work to boost foreign films in the United States.

Business

Lufthansa and EasyJet have both submitted offers to buy parts of the ailing Italian carrier Alitalia. Lufthansa says that it’s interested in establishing a “new Alitalia” although it stressed that it was only interested in parts of the existing business while EasyJet also said that it would only be interested in “certain assets of a restructured Alitalia”. Alitalia said that it had received seven offers by Monday’s deadline and would now be assessing them. The Italian government has postponed the deadline for making a final decision over the sale of the airline until the 4th of November. On Friday,the government announced an extra 300 million euros in loans to keep the Alitalia flying.

One of the world’s biggest investment funds has expressed concerns about the record highs in stock markets. Bill McNabb,who’s the chairman of Vanguard says that markets could be on course for a decent sized correction at some point. He added that Vanguard was also watching the Brexit process “very carefully”. Vanguard manages 4.5 trillion dollars of funds worldwide and employs several thousand people. The firm’s main area of activity is providing tracker funds to do-it-yourself investors which follow the rise and fall of major markets such as London’s FTSE 100. Mr McNabb says that markets keep reaching new highs,partly because they’d ignored some of the political turbulence around the Trump administration.

And-The film company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein is in talks over a possible sale. The Weinstein Company says that it had entered preliminary talks with the US private equity firm Colony Capital. Mr Weinstein is facing a number of sexual assault allegations and was fired by the board of his company last week.He was also expelled by the organisation behind the Oscars. Talks with Colony Capital involve the sale of all or some of the Weinstein Company.The private equity firm has also agreed to inject some funds immediately to help stabilise day-to-day operations.

Sport

Football-The owner of Newcastle United,Mike Ashley has put the club up for sale and hopes to have a deal concluded by Christmas. A statement issued by the club on Monday said that “Newcastle United requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future”. Mr Ashley,who’s 53 has been a divisive figure at the club with a section of supporters regularly protesting over the way he’s been running the business. There was one game in the English Premier League on Monday.Leicester and West Brom drew 1-1.

There are 8 games in the group stages of the European Champions League tonight. In Group E Maribor play Liverpool and Spartak Moscow host Sevilla. Group F pairs Feyenoord with Shakhtar Dontesk and Manchester City against Napoli. In Group G Monaco play Besiktas at the Stade Louis Deux while Leipzig play Porto and in Group H Apoel Nicosia play Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid host Tottenham.

Formula 1-Jenson Button says that he found Lewis Hamilton “a bit weird” when they were team-mates at McLaren. In his new autobiography,Button says that Hamilton was “unpredictable” and that he regretted that despite their similarities,they were never really friends. He went on to describe Hamilton as a “brilliant,mercurial driver” and praised him for “really coming along over the past few years”.

Cricket-Police in England have renewed their appeal for two men to come forward who they think could be key witnesses to the incident for which Ben Stokes was arrested. Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm outside a Bristol nightclub in the early hours of the 26th of September. He hasn’t been charged but remains under investigation. His lawyer has said that he’ll tell his side of the story once the dust has settled.

Rugby Union-Warren Gatland has said that he “won’t subject himself” to taking charge of the British and Irish Lions in 2021. Gatland led the Lions to victory in Australia in 2013 and to a series draw in New Zealand in the summer but he says that he suffered abuse during the last tour and also doesn’t like to have to put a winning team together in such a short time. He added that he’d been “hurt” by criticism from within the Lions’ camp especially from the Irish flanker Sean O’Brien.

Weather

Mainly fine with light variable winds.

Top temperatures 23 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 15 degrees in coastal areas and 11 degrees inland with clear skies.  

Wednesday and Thursday–Partially cloudy with highs of 20-22 degrees.

Finally 

A chocolate teacake has been launched into space from Glasgow, as part of an experiment to spark people's imagination about science.

Terry, a Tunnock's teacake made of marshmallow and chocolate, was lifted into the atmosphere and reached a peak altitude of 37,007 metres.

Around 33,000 people watched a livestream of the event on Facebook.

They witnessed the teacake gliding over the curve of planet earth, the sun peeking from the darkness of space, before falling back through the atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

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