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French and Riviera News Tuesday 24th October 2017

Local

Fire in the Alpes de Haute Provence - Firefighters in the Alpes de Haute Provence have managed to control the blaze which broke out on Sunday and continued into Monday destroying 250 hectares of forest land. 300 firefighters are still at the scene and have estimated that it will take a week to completely extinguish the fire. Meanwhile in Antibes up to fifty firefighters were called out on Monday afternoon after a fire broke out on the Chemin Rabiac-Estagnol.

Speedboat accident in Avignon - An investigation has been opened by police to determine the cause of a speedboat accident which resulted in the death of a 20 year old English tourist on the Rhone River in Avignon at the weekend. The accident involved a 6 meter long speedboat carrying eight people on board, 4 British and 4 French, aged 2 to 30 years. Three other people were slightly injured, two more seriously but their lives are not in danger.

Power cut - Several neighbourhoods in the west of Nice have experienced a power cut. Homes were plunged into darkness shortly after 7pm on Monday following a failure on the network. Technicians working for the network run by Enedis, formerly known as ERDF, were working on a damaged line which is believed to have been the cause.

New survey of opportunities for jobseekers in France - A new survey has revealed the regions and the towns in France where jobseekers have the most hope of finding work.   In terms of French cities on the move Paris comes top with a 75 percent increase in job offers, followed by Rennes (53 percent), Strasbourg (47 percent), Bordeaux ( 46 percent), Toulouse (44 percent) and Lyon (39 percent). Lille, Marseille and Nice have also seen the number of job offers created rise, but to a lesser extent. The study has also shown that the number of job offers in France has jumped by 42 percent compared to last year.

Tourism on the Côte d’Azur – Meanwhile figures published have shown that tourism is on the up along the Côte d’Azur. This summer, hotels in the region reached an occupancy rate of 86% an increase of 7% for July and August. The figures also showed that tourists visiting the region by plane spent an average of 111 euros per day.

Speed - French rap artist, Jul, has been taken into police custody in Marseilles for being under the influence of cannabis and driving at an excessive speed on the motorway. The singer was arrested on Monday night after doing 150km per hour on the A50. His passenger was also arrested as they were in possession of a 9mm firearm.

Train - Monaco’s Employers’ Federation, has challenged the PACA region, to come up with solutions, to the poor rail service for Monaco. They say late & cancelled trains, strikes, infrequent service and other problems, make Monaco less attractive as a place to be employed and to do business.

National

Iran nuclear deal - US President Donald Trump has said in an interview he does not object to France and Germany continuing trade with Iran, despite his refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal. The European Union has expressed determination to preserve the Iran deal, with several leaders considering it essential to convincing North Korea to come to the negotiating table over its own nuclear program.

Posted workers - EU labour ministers met in Luxembourg on Monday to discuss reforming the rules for posted workers – which have become a focal point of disputes between Eastern and Western EU members. French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to overhaul the current system, saying it creates unfair competition in wealthier countries such as France, Germany and Austria. Several points of contention risk undercutting the chances of an agreement being reached however, according to reports if an agreement is reached, it will be presented to the European Parliament on Thursday.

DJs in France call to “Make some noise to save music” - France's top DJs along with the country's top nightclubs have raised the alarm about new noise restrictions which are being imposed on music venues across the country accusing the government of "silencing fun". A decree published by the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron in August was designed to help reduce hearing problems linked to loud music at nightclubs or music festivals. It lowers the maximum sustained sound level by three decibels, to 102, and also puts limitations on the volume of deep throbbing bass lines which are beloved by fans of house, techno and drum and bass music, among other genres. A column in Liberation newspaper on Monday co-signed by Garnier, electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre and the owners of Paris's top clubs and festivals urged readers to "Make some noise to save music."

Business

Shares in the toymaker Hasbo have fallen by more than 8 percent after it warned that the bankruptcy at ToysR Us might hurt holiday sales. The embattled retailer accounts for around 9 percent of Hasbro sales with concerns spreading to other toymakers including Mattel which closed down more than 3 percent. The rise of Amazon has seen traditional retailers across the board suffer and toymakers are among the worst affected. Hasbro reported 3rd quarter profits up 3 percent and revenues up 7 percent but its estimate for fourth quarter profits of between 4 and 7 percent fell below Wall Street estimates. Google’s new smartphones have been hit by complaints about screen quality.Reviewers,who’ve had the device for around 2 weeks say that they’ve noticed “burn in”on the display with others noting “muddy” discoloration on the screen. Google’s new line of smartphones,the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL  are an attempt to break into the market dominated by Apple and Samsung. It said that it was taking the issue “very seriously”. Last year’s Pixel phone was well received by reviewers but sold poorly and accounted for just 0.5 percent of the global market. Burn-in is a common fault on older screens but shouldn’t happen on a new high-end smartphone.

And-A survey by the brokerage firm Bernstein suggests that demand for Apple’s new iPhone X will be “substantial” but not exceptional. The survey found that around a quarter of respondents are planning to buy the phone which will be open for pre-orders within the next few days. Heightened anticipation for the 10th anniversary phone has already dented demand for the just released iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models. Apple shares fell last week after reports of iPhone X production delays and weak sales of iPhone 8 models.

Sport

Football-Christiano Ronaldo has been named as the world’s best male player at the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards in London. The 32 year old Real Madrid and Portugal star beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and PSG’s Naymar to the honour. Last season he helped Real Madrid to a Champions League and La Liga double. Lieke Martens of Barcelona and the Netherlands won the women’s award. Everton have sacked manager Ronald Koeman after a disastrous start to the season that’s left the club in the relegation zone of the English Premier League. Koeman is the third Premier League managerial casualty after Frank de Boer left Crystal Palace and Craig Shakespeare was sacked by Leicester.

There’s 4th round League Cup action in England tonight.Arsenal play Norwich.Bournemouth host Middlesbrough.Bristol City play Crystal Palace.Leicester play Leeds.Swansea host Manchester United and Manchester City play Wolves.

Formula 1-Brendon Hartley will keep his seat for Toro Rosso at this weekend’s Mexico Grand Prix with Pierre Gasly returning to the team. The 27 year old New Zealander was drafted into Toro Rosso for his debut last weekend in Austin as Gasly was unable to race due to his involvement in Japan’s Super Formula. The decision means that Daniil Kyvat is left out in the cold again after having been called back for the last race.

Rugby Union-The Scotland and Edinburgh flanker John Hardie has been suspended for alleged cocaine use. Hardie will not be considered for selection pending an investigation and won’t be named in the squad for Scotland’s autumn internationals which is due to be announced today. Scottish Rugby has said that it has no further comment at this stage.

England’s Dylan Hartley,Nathan Hughes and Joe Marler have all been cited just weeks before the autumn internationals. The trio could all be in hot water after getting into trouble during last weekend’s European action.They’ll face disciplinary hearings tomorrow with England coach Eddie Jones due to announce his squad for the autumn internationals on Thursday.

Tennis-World number one Simona Halep and the 6th seed Caroline Wozniacki have both won their opening round robin games at the season ending WTA Finals in Singapore. Halep beat Caroline Garcia of France 6-4 6-2 while Wozniacki beat Elina Svitolina 6-2 6-0 in the first Red group matches. There’s more action in the White group today.

Weather

Clear skies with light to moderate variable winds

Top temperatures 23 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 9 degrees inland with clear skies.  

Wednesday and Thursday–Clear skies with highs of 21-24 degrees.

Finally 

A young female panda at Berlin Zoo is being set up with a male lover in the hope that sex will help cure her unusual habit of walking backwards. Zookeepers believe the frustrations associated with life in captivity may be behind four-year-old Meng Meng's strange afflicition.

They hope being romanced by Jiao Qing, a panda three years her senior, will literally help her to move forward. "Meng Meng is in puberty," Berlin Zoo director Andreas Knieriem told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper. "The reverse walk is a protest against things she dislikes, be it the food or the carers."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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