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French and Riviera News Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Local

Cédric Herrou - The prosecutor's office in Nice has demanded a 5,000 euro fine to be imposed on Cédric Herrou for public slander against the prefect of Alpes-Maritimes Georges-Francois Leclerc . The case presented on Monday dates back to June 12, 2017 involving a row over asylum seekers coming to Nice.

Patient files complaint against doctor - A patient has filed a complaint after being slapped around the face by a doctor at the Sainte-Musse hospital in Toulon. The patient had been admitted to A&E at the time of the incident and an internal investigation has been opened to determine the exact circumstances.

March in La Trinité - About 300 people have taken part in a march in La Trinité in memory of the young man who died after being stopped by security staff at the Auchan supermarket at the weekend. The march was organised by the man’s family. Twenty year old Fehmi died on Friday night at the Pasteur Hospital Deux in Nice shortly after being admitted. He was reportedly believed to suffer from severe epilepsy. Questioned by police the four security staff claimed that there was no violence involved. The investigation continues. 

Rail network - The SNCF has announced that due to work being carried out on the region’s rail network there will be no trains between Toulon and Cannes and Ventimiglia and Menton from Thursday 25th October at 6pm until Wednesday 31 October 6am. A bus service will be operating for passengers. For more information go to www.sncf.com


Blood donations - The EFS, the French blood donation organisation, has issued restrictions on blood donation affecting our region.  The organisation says that anyone who has stayed at least one night in the Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur region, or in Monaco, cannot give blood for 28 days. The restriction, which also affects several other areas of France, is because of the presence of the West Nile virus in certain areas, which is spread by mosquitos.  The risk of infection with the virus is very low but the steps are being taken as a precaution.

National

French priest takes his own life - A French priest has taken his own life in his church after being accused of sexual misconduct. Pierre-Yves Fumery was questioned last week by police, but not charged, following allegations of sexual assault involving a child under 15. Father Fumery is the second French priest in a month to take his own life after similar abuse claims.

Nuclear weapons treaty - French President Emmanuel Macron has stressed the importance of a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty during a phone call with Donald Trump, after the US president announced he was pulling out of the deal. The president noted the importance of this treaty, in particular for European security and our strategic stability," Trump said over the weekend that the US would exit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF, which has been in effect with Russia since 1987. He accuses Moscow of violating the agreement which curbed an arms race between the two countries, defusing a crisis over nuclear-tipped Soviet missiles targeting Western capitals. Russia in turn claims that Washington has not upheld its end of the deal.

Former students sue French state - Three former high school students have sued the French state for racial discrimination saying they were stopped and searched by police on a school trip because of their skin colour. The high-profile court case, opened in Paris on Monday and is the latest legal battle in France over men of black and north African heritage being routinely pulled over on the street and asked to show their identity papers with no explanation.

Business

Asian shares have moved lower this morning after falls on Wall Street on Monday and a cluster of negative factors from Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic isolation to concerns over Italy’s budget and Brexit talks depressed sentiment.

Investors are keeping an eye on earnings amid growing concerns about global growth with enthusiasm for upbeat results tempered by the growing political uncertainty  around the world.

Signs of instability in Saudi Arabia,one of the world’s major oil producers as well as a big investor in global financial markets could have wide-ranging repercussions.

Meanwhile in Europe,the European Commission will today decide the next steps in the procedure for assessing Italy’s draft budget which is set to breach debt rules.

In the backdrop is the continuing uncertainty over Britain’s exit from the European Union with a potentially crucial meeting of the backbench 1922 Conservative Parliamentary Party Committee tomorrow amid growing calls for Prime Minister Theresa May to be ousted in favour of a more pro-Brexit temporary leader such as David Davis.

 

Meanwhile,the UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has said that he believes  US President Donald Trump is “very keen” to do a trade deal.

In an interview with the BBC,Fox said that he believed that the UK was in a “strong position” due in part to the close military ties between the two countries.

He said that the “trade relationship is part of a wider relationship” and that the UK had a “unique relationship with the United States”.

The Minister is in New York to promote ties between the US and the UK.a

Analysts in the US have warned however  that President Trump has displayed little regard for historic alliances and that it could be years before any new trade deal is presented given the constraints imposed by Brexit as well as other considerations.

 

And-China has officially opened the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge,9 years after construction first started.

The bridge spans 55 kilometres including its access roads and links Hong Hong to Macau and the Chinese mainland.

The bridge has cost some 20 billion dollars and has been dogged by construction and safety concerns.

At least 18 workers have died on the project  and was constructed with the use of 400,000 tonnes of steel-the equivalent of 60 Eiffel Towers.

The bridge is due to open to regular traffic tomorrow.

 

Sport

Football-Arsenal made it 10 wins on the spin last night as they beat Leicester 3-1 at the Emirates to go level on points with Chelsea and Spurs in the English Premier League.

The gunners went behind on 31 minutes but scored three second half goals to take the points and continue their good start to the season.

There are 8 games in the group phase of the European Champions League tonight.

In Group E AEK Athens face Bayern Munich and Ajax play Benfica.

Group F pairs Shakhtar Donetsk with Manchester City and Hoffenheim against Lyon while in Group G Real Madrid play Viktoria Plzen and Roma play CSKA.

Finally in Group H Young Boys play Valencia and Manchester United play Juventus.

There are 7 games in the English Championship tonight.We’ll bring you the results from those games tomorrow morning.

Cricket-Jonny Bairstow will miss England’s remaining one day international against Sri Lanka as well as the T20 international after twisting his ankle playing football during training.

The final one day international is being played at 11am French time this morning.

England have already won the series.

England and Sri Lanka will play 3 Test matches next month with the first match in Galle on November the 6th.

Rugby Union-The former England back row forward Thomas Waldron has retired from the sport at the age of 35.

Waldron won 5 caps for England and played club rugby for Leicester and Exeter.

He was the leading try scorer in the Premiership in 2015 and helped Exeter to three Premiership finals.

Weather

Clear skies with light south westerly winds.

Top temperature 22-23 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 8 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Clear skies with highs of 23-25 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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