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French and Riviera News Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Local

10 year prison sentence - A 27 year old man has been given a 10 year prison sentence for planning an attack on the military base in Toulon in 2015. Hakim Marnissi was sentenced on Monday as judges considered that they had “enough elements” which showed his “plan to commit an attack”.

House fire - A house fire in Gorbio has claimed one victim. The fire broke out on Monday afternoon in a villa located on the road to Gorbio. Firefighters from Menton and La Turbie confirmed that a body was found in the villa and have opened an investigation to determine the cause.

Child care centres in Nice face strike action – Child care centres in Nice have called for strike action to day due to staff shortages. The trade union representing staff announced on Monday that 20 out of the 27 nurseries in Nice will be closed.

School dinners - Parents have gathered in front of the village school of Cuges-les-Pins in the Var, in protest against the mayor’s decision to remove “special” menus. The decision to no longer serve menus for those who are vegetarian or don’t eat pork has been met with disbelief from parents. 50 out of the 300 children who attend the school are concerned by the new measure. The village council says the decision is due to the “organization and cost involved in providing special menus”.

High speed train hits concrete blocks - A TGV high-speed train travelling at top speed has hit concrete blocks placed on the line in the south of France. Nobody was hurt in the incident but passengers were taken to a nearby station after the collision. The train was travelling on the line between Aix-en-Provence and Paris, an investigation into "dangerous damage and the deliberate endangering of life" has been opened.

National

Flood alert - 30 departments in France remain this morning on an orange alert due to the risk of flooding. Heavy rainfall has left parts of the country, including Normandy, on alert since Monday. Météo France has advised residents in areas affected to remain in doors and avoid all unnecessary travel.

Prison Strike - Pickets were set up outside 145 prisons in France on Monday as the prison officers' strike entered its second week. Unions claimed that there were pickets outside 145 of France's 188 prisons on after mass meetings rejected a government offer aimed at ending the strike.

Critics don’t want work of art - About two dozen artists, gallery owners and officials have written an open letter in the French daily newspaper Libération saying “no thank you” to a work of art. A year after the terror attacks that struck Paris in November 2015, artist Jeff Koons said he would give the city a monumental sculpture meant to honour the victims. But critics of the project are urging the Paris townhall not to install the 12-metre-tall "Bouquet of Tulips" outside the Museum of Modern Art.  The project -- a giant hand holding multicoloured flowers -- is meant to mimic the Statue of Liberty grasping its torch, but was denounced as a "product placement" by critics.

Business

The US government shutdown has ended after the Senate approved a temporary funding bill.
Democrats agreed to back the bill after accepting promises from Republicans for a debate at a later date on the future of young illegal immigrants.
It’s the fourth temporary measure to secure government funding since October as lawmakers fail to agree a long-term budget.
President Trump signed the bill into law last night with hopes that Congress can agree a long-term deal before the temporary measure expires on the 8th of February.

Rupert Murdoch has said that Facebook should pay a fee to publishers if its committed to supporting accurate news.
Mr Murdoch’s comments came as pressure mounts on the social media giant to stamp down on the spread of misinformation.
Last week Facebook said that it would survey its users and prioritise news sources that it deemed to be “trustworthy”.
Mr Murdoch says that the proposals are “inadequate”.
He said that social media firms should pay publishers a fee in the same way that cable network operators pay for the channels that they offer.
Facebook has admitted that social media posed a potential threat to democracy and has pledged to tackle the problem.

And-Jaguar Land Rover is to cut production of some vehicles amid uncertainty over Brexit and changes to taxes on diesel cars.
The company says that it will scale back production of the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque later this year.
Last week,the firm said that its global sales hit a record high in 2017 but that the UK market was “tough”.
Output of the vehicles concerned will be reduced in the second quarter.

Sport

Tennis-Elise Mertens has caused an upset after thrashing the 4th seed Elina Svitolina to reach the semi finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
The Belgian world number 37 came out 6-4 6-0 winner to set up a semi final clash against Caroline Wozniacki or Carla Suarez Navarro.
In the men’s event Kyle Edmund of Great Britain is bidding to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.He’s up against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

Football-Tributes have been paid to the former England Captain Jimmy Armfield who’s died at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer.
Armfield was capped 43 times by England-15 of them as captain and he played a record 627 times for Blackpool.
He also had spells as a manager at Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United and in later life was a highly respected BBC radio commentator.

There was 1 game in the English Premier League last night.Swansea beat Liverpool 1-0.


The first semi-final second leg tie in the English League Cup is being played tonight.Bristol City of the Championship play Manchester City.City lead 2-1 from the first leg.

Cricket-Ben Stokes will delay joining up with the England squad until he makes his first court appearance on the 13th of February.
The all rounder has been charged with affray following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September and he says that it “wouldn’t be right” to join up with the squad until he’s appeared in court.
He’s intending to contest the charge.

Weather

Mainly fine with light variable winds.

Top temperature 17 degrees.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 5 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Clear skies tomorrow with a high of 15 degrees.Rain on Thursday with a high of 13.

 

 

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