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French and Riviera News Tuesday 19th September 2017

Local

Weather Alert – Meteo France has placed the Alpes Maritimes region on a yellow weather alert with rain and thunderstorms forecast from 1pm onwards mainly inland.

Drug Trafficking - Police in the Alpes Maritimes have uncovered an important traffic of cannabis after a routine roadside check. The control on the motorist in La Trinité in Nice on September 13th led police to discover an important quantity of the drug in the driver’s vehicle and at his home. Police have recently increased the number of random checks on motorists in the region.

Strike Action - Following the announcement that the new labour reforms are to be presented in front of ministers this Friday anybody planning on travelling this week has been told to check train, plane and public transport schedules due to planned strike action. The CGT has called for a new day of action on Thursday that will affect transport and public services. On Saturday Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s "France Insoumise" has called for a day of protest and according to reports, on Monday 25th September the transport unions plan to block France’s roads and petrol stations.

End of an era for beaches in Juan-les-Pins - It’s the end of an era in Juan-les-Pins as 17 private beaches have been ordered to be demolished. The managers now have one month to dismantle what is removable and remove anything that can be recovered before the bulldozers move in. The town hall will pay for the demolition of 10 establishments with the remaining sever having to foot the bill themselves. Meanwhile beach workers in Cannes opposed to the regulations have warned that it will threaten nearly 2,000 jobs.

National

Hurricane Maria - Hurricane Maria strengthened into a "potentially catastrophic" Category Five storm as it hit the eastern Caribbean islands. Residents have been forced to evacuate and the island's airport and ports have been closed. Criticised for the pace of relief efforts in their overseas territories devastated by Irma, Britain, France and the Netherlands said they were boosting resources for the Caribbean as Maria approaches.

French Foreign Minister - The French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said that the French government will use meetings at the UN this week to try to persuade Donald Trump not to abandon the nuclear agreement with Iran, warning that the deal’s collapse would trigger a “spiral of proliferation” in the Middle East. Trump is due to make his maiden UN speech at the opening of the general assembly today.

Metro - A recent report has revealed that the air quality on the Paris Metro is ten times worse than in the streets above. Putting the health of the 26,000 workers on the city's underground transport system at risk. Workers on the Paris Metro are trying to draw attention to the health risks involved in working on the city's underground public transport system as a result of the poor air quality.

French President inundated with text messages - French president Emmanuel Macron has been inundated with text messages, many of them unflattering, after his mobile phone number was published online. The Elysée confirmed the president’s number was made public “a dozen or so days ago” following which he received texts, which were “not always flattering”, according to reports in the French media.  The Elysée palace insisted there had been no breach of security as the phone was used by the president for personal rather than professional reasons.

Business

Ryanair has published details of which of its flights will be cancelled between now and the 28th of October. The airline is facing compensation claims of in excess of 20 million euros as a result of the cancellations after admitting that it had “messed up” the planning of pilots’ holidays. Details of the cancelled flights are available on the Ryanair website. More than 200 of the cancelled flights are either into or out of Stansted Airport with some affecting Edinburgh,Manchester and Birmingham. The company’s boss,Michael O’Leary said that around 400,000 passengers would be affected.

The governor of the Bank of England has said that increases in UK interest rates over the coming months will be “gradual and limited”. Mark Carney says that “some withdrawal of monetary stimulus is likely to be appropriate over the coming months” to help return inflation to its 2% target. Mr Carney warned that inflation is set to stay above 2% for the next three years. He was speaking in a speech to the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC on Monday. Last week,the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee gave a strong hint that the UK’s first interest rate rise in a decade was nearing,despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

And-Northrop Grumman has confirmed that its buying the missile and rocket maker Orbital ATK in a deal worth around 7.8 billion dollars. Orbital has contracts worth billions of dollars with both the US Army and NASA. Shares in Orbital have risen by a quarter this year as investors look to an increase in US defence spending. The takeover is Northrop’s first big deal for several years and departs from its focus of returning profits to shareholders.

Sport 

Cricket-The first one day international between England and West Indies is being played at Old Trafford today. Jonny Bairstow will open the batting for England  replacing the out of form Jason Roy. Play is due to start at 13.30 French time this afternoon although rain is forecast for the Manchester area with a high of just 16 degrees.

Football-There are 11 ties in the third round of the League Cup in England tonight. Several upsets are possible with Premier League sides playing teams from the lower leagues. We’ll bring you the results tomorrow morning on the Full English Breakfast Show.

Rugby Union-England’s Joe Marler has been reprimanded following scuffle with James Haskell during Sunday’s Aviva Premiership game between Wasps and Harlequins. Haskell was sin-binned for the incident and said that he reacted after Marler choked him with his scrum-cap and squirted water at him. Marler wasn’t punished at the time but has now been given a citing commissioner’s warning which is the equivalent of a retrospective yellow card.

Weather

Hazy sunshine with moderate to strong westerly winds.

Top temperatures 22 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with clear skies.

 Wednesday and Thursday-Clear skies  with highs of 22-24 degrees.

Finally 

Arriving in Venice at the weekend on a holiday in Italy, a 67-year-old British woman discovered a plastic bag containing €2,700.

Instead of pocketing the surprise windfall, she handed it in to the nearest police station she could find and is now being feted by local media.

The Londoner, who has not been named, found the money in the areas near the Rio dei Tre Ponti canal.

Police told Italian media the money might be linked to criminal activity.

 

 

 

 

 

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