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French and Riviera News Tuesday 26th September 2017

Local

French truckers - French truckers have blocked motorways and fuel depots at the start of a series of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron and changes to the labour law. Monday saw drivers from the CGT and FO trade unions move into position on a motorway near the northeastern border with Belgium while others blockaded roads near major cities such as Marseille and Bordeaux. The government has said that the country has sufficient petrol and diesel stocks to ride out the blockade but has warned that panic buying by drivers would increase the risk of major disruption. The government is to meet with employers and road transport unions on Thursday.

Trains - A woman in her seventies has died instantly after being hit by a train at Frejus. The incident, which happened just after 2pm on Monday, is being investigated by police to discover if it was an accident or suicide. TGV and local TER trains across the region were severely disrupted as a result.

Visit - The Minister of Justice has been in Nice to inspect the centre for victims of the July 14th attack. Nicole Belloubet met some of the hundreds of people who use the centre each week, before attending the Nice Court, for the swearing in of new judges.

Firework display - Organisers of a firework display as part of a wedding celebration in Grimaud in the Var could face a hefty fine after not getting permission from local authorities. Authorities have launched a procedure against the Russian couple who went ahead with the display despite not having permission to do so.

Prince Albert visits Grasse - His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco will be visiting Grasse today to examine the story that links the city to the Grimaldi family.The meeting will recall the ties that unite the Monaco Royal Family to the city of perfumes and is also symbolic , 63 years after his mother,Princess Grace visited the city to launch the first literary festival in 1954.

Monaco Yacht Show - For those with a nautical streak - it's the highlight of their annual calendar. And, once again, the Monaco Yacht Show looks set to dazzle sailing fans when 125 vessels gather over four days at the historic Port Hercule from tomorrow.  The 27th edition of the glamorous event brings together manufacturers, owners, buyers and enthusiasts in what's considered the most prestigious pleasure boat show in the world.  More than 33,000 people are expected to attend for a glimpse of luxury on France’s Mediterranean coastline.  For more information visit monacoyachtshow.com

National

France’s economy - The French Prime Minister has announced details of how the government will invest €57 billion on bringing to life France's struggling economy. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced plans on Monday to pour 57 billion euros into modernizing France's sluggish economy, with a hefty chunk set aside for making it more environmentally-friendly. Spread over five years, the fund will be slightly bigger than the 50 billion euros that centrist Emmanuel Macron had pledged when he was elected president in May.

Meanwhile France is planning to cut back on use of all pesticides, according to an announcement made by the government on Monday.

Air France - Air France has unveiled its new lower-cost subsidiary called Joon that will specifically target well-travelled millenials. Tickets went on sale to destinations such as Berlin and Barcelona. A new medium-haul service will begin operating from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on December 1st, with long-haul flights to follow in summer 2018.

Fake News - A French philosopher, who made headlines worldwide last week after writing that he believed the boy detective TinTin was actually a girl, has said that it was a thought experiment and that the media ran it despite being told it was fake news. Despite intending his essay to be a comment on the interpretation of art, and topping it with an image labelled “Fake News”, the story was widely reported. The philosopher said that it was intended only as a philosophical conversation starter, but they ran the story regardless – and it was later picked up by UK media, including the Times and the Independent.

Business

The Mayor of London has asked the city’s transport authority to meet the chief executive of Uber after the firm apologised for the “mistakes” that it had made. Sadiq Khan said that he welcomed the apology from Dara Khosrowshahi  who said in an open letter that Uber would appeal against London’s decision not to extend its operating license but accepted that the company “must change”. The Mayor has said that even though there is a legal process in place,he has asked TfL to make itself available to meet with the Uber boss. The firm employs an estimated 40,000 drivers in London and has around 3.5 million customers.It says that it will keep operating while its appeal is heard.

A report by Reuters suggests that technology stocks may be falling out of favour as investors seek cheaper options. Tech heavyweights Apple,Facebook and Netflix all fell back on Wall Street on Monday amid concerns that they are overvalued. The S&P 500 has been pushed 27 percent higher this year,mainly on the back of high-performing technology firms. Apple approached correction territory on Monday with investors concerned about demand for its newest iPhones while Facebook is struggling with how to handle paid political adverts following threats of regulation by US lawmakers.

And-The insolvent airline Air Berlin is pushing ahead with talks over a possible sale to both EasyJet and Lufthansa. Germany’s second largest carrier which is still flying thanks to a 150 million euro emergency government loan says that a deal could help 80 percent of its staff. Talks with the two airlines to sell parts of the business will continue until the 12th of October. A final deal would need approval from European regulators. Many industry insiders expect Lufthansa to be the main beneficiary.

Sport

Football-Arsenal’s revival continued last night with a 2-0 win over West Brom in the English Premier League which lifts Arsene Wenger’s side to 7th place in the table on 10 points. West Brom drop to 12th place on 8 points.

There are 8 ties in the group stages of the European Champions League tonight. In Group E Sevilla play Maribor and Spartak Moscow host Liverpool.

In Group F Manchester City host Shaktar Donetsk while Napoli play Feyenoord. Group G pairs Besiktas with Leipzig while Monaco host Porto at the Stade Louis Deux and in Group H Apoel Nicosia play Spurs while Borussia Dortmund play Real Madrid.

Rugby Union-England’s Billy Vunipola has said that he would take a pay cut to play less rugby and believes that players are at risk of “burning out”. The England and Saracens number 8 is out for 4 months after picking up a knee injury last weekend. He says that something has to change and that regular surgery should not be part of a playing career.

Vunipola was speaking as the UK’s chief medical officer called for contact to be removed from school rugby with a ban on tackling. World Rugby says that its unaware of any new evidence that would challenge the current position.

Formula 1-Mercedes say they won’t be taking their foot off the gas following Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the Singapore Grand Prix. Hamilton opened up a 28 point lead over Sebastien Vettel at the top of the drivers’ championship following the win but the Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says that the Singapore result will not change anything in terms of how the final races of the season are approached. The Malaysian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday.

Weather

Showers lingering inland,brightening in coastal areas with light,south easterly winds.

Top temperatures 23 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 17 degrees on the coast and 14 degrees inland with partially cloudy  skies.  

Wednesday and Thursday -Partially cloudy with highs of 22-25 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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