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French and Riviera News Tuesday 1st May 2018

Local

Nine people slightly injured in Nice - Nine people have been slightly injured and a couple have been arrested following an argument in the pedestrian zone in Nice. The incident happened shortly after 9pm on Monday evening when a dispute broke out between a couple and a group of people from Eastern Europe, shots were fired causing a moment of panic amongst passerby. Police were quick to intervene and the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi was at the scene following the incident praising the rapid intervention of the police force.

Swimmer in the port of Nice - Firefighters have rescued a fifteen year old boy after he got into difficultly while swimming near the port in Nice on Monday afternoon. Emergency services intervened shortly after 2.45 when due to rough seas and a strong sea swell the teenager was unable to get back to shore.

School - Parents of school children are complaining about next weeks return to school, as two public holidays in the week, means there will be no school next Tuesday or next Thursday. However, parents are asked to avoid the temptation to keep kids off school the other days and gain an extra full weeks holiday. Parents are reminded that attendance is mandatory, and extreme cases of absenteeism from school, can lead to considerable financial fines for parents.

National

Nuclear Accord - Russian President Vladimir Putin and French leader Emmanuel Macron have called for the "strict observance" of the Iran nuclear accord, with US President Donald Trump still deciding whether to scrap the agreement. "The Presidents of Russia and France spoke in favour on Monday of keeping the Plan and its strict observance”. Trump faces a May 12th deadline to decide on the fate of the Iran nuclear accord and is demanding changes that European capitals believe would represent a legal breach.

Eurozone – Meanwhile Germany and France have pledged to deliver a joint proposal to reform the eurozone in time for a leaders summit in June, despite their big differences on the future of the bloc. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said at a joint press conference with his German counterpart "We strongly believe that we should be able to find a compromise between France and Germany for the next council of June.”

Business

President Trump has extended negotiations on steel and aluminium tariffs with the EU,Canada and Mexico for 30 days.
Reports say that the US administration has also reached agreement in principle on tariffs with Brazil,Argentina and Australia.
In March.Mr Trump imposed worldwide tariffs of 25 percent on US imports of steel and 10 percent on aluminium.
Come countries were then given temporary exemption but China was not included and has retaliated with its own duties on some US imports raising fears about a trade war.

McDonalds has reported strong sales for the first quarter resulting in a 5 percent increase in its share price.
The fast food giant said that profits increased by 13 percent hitting 1.38 billion dollars on the back of growing international demand.
McDonalds has been working hard to bring back customers after facing tough competition from other restaurant chains and has been introducing new higher-end burgers as well as revamping outlets and introducing table service.
The company has also pledged to use fresher ingredients and reduce plastic waste.

And-The Japanese electronics firm Panasonic has agreed to pay more than 280 million dollars to resolve charges brought under US anti-corruption law.
US regulators say that the firm’s light entertainment division hired consultants for “improper” purposes and concealed payments to sales agents in China and elsewhere in Asia.
The US said that the offences violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.Panasonic has not responded.


Sport

Football-Spurs have boosted their chances finishing in the top 4 of the English Premier League with a 2-0 win over Watford at Wembley.
Dele Alli and Harry Kane scored the goals which keep Spurs in 4th place in the table,5 points ahead of Chelsea with 3 games left to play.


The first semi-final second leg tie in the European Champions League is being played tonight.Real Madrid host Bayern Munich leading 2-1 from the first leg.
Liverpool’s big night is tomorrow when they travel to Roma for their semi-final second leg,leading 5-2 from the first leg at Anfield.

Formula 1-Red Bull have started formal talks with Honda about the possibility of becoming their engine partner in 2019.
The head of Honda Motorsport says that talks have been “positive” adding that they were a starting point for a potential future.
Red Bull will have to decide by mid-May whether to switch to Honda next year or stay with Renault whose engines they’ve been using since 2007.
Renault told Red Bull last year that it did not wish to continue with the team in 2019 but the car firm’s contract with Formula 1 stipulates that it must continue to supply the team with engines if asked to do so.

Boxing-Anthony Joshua is to decide on his next opponent within the next ten days with Deontay Wilder one of his main choices.
Joshua has called on Wilder’s camp to prove that they have the money for the fight before he’ll agree to it.
He could also fight Alexander Povetkin or Jarrell Miller.
So far there’s been no offer from Wilder’s management although the fighter himself has said that he wants to meet Joshua. 


Weather

Clouding over with rain this afternoon and moderate easterly winds.

Top temperature 19 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 13 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with cloudy skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Rain for most of tomorrow-sunshine and showers on Thursday.Highs of 17-19 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

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