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French and Riviera News Tuesday 28th August 2018

Local

Company manager charged for drug trafficking - A 40-year-old company manager has been charged for drug trafficking. The man from Carpentras was arrested on the A9 motorway on his way back from Spain and found to be in possession of 120 kilos of cannabis resin in the boot of his car.

Trains disrupted after TGV derails - France’s train network the SNCF has announced that due the derailment of a TGV last Friday at Saint Charles in Marseilles disruption are expected on the TER network between Marseille, Miramas and Aix en Provence until Friday. The TGV, from Paris derailed at low speed when it entered the station Saint-Charles shortly before 6pm, the cause is still unknown. The seven carriages and the rear engine of the TGV came off the rails causing major damage.

Phones - Orange has announced they will stop taking orders for old-style telephone lines from November, and will only provide telephony via an internet subscription. Currently, around half of telephone subscriptions in France use a traditional line.

Artist given fine for painting on the Promenade des Anglais - Artist Omar Logang has received growing support on social media following local reports that he was fined while painting on the Promenade des Anglais. The 135 euro fine was issued on August the 11th as Logang was painting the view of the Bais des Anges from the Quai des Etats-Unis, he was accused of obstructing the walkway for passersby. Since, local MP Patrick Allemand and artist Louis Dollé have defended the artist, with Dollé addressing a letter to the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi requesting that the fine be lifted.

Throne - Claims by Count Louis de Causans that his family was tricked out of the throne to Monaco, have been dismissed by the Director of Archives at the Prince’s Palace. He says that in 1911 Prince Albert 1st, in the absence of a legitimate male heir, conferred on Princess Charlotte the right of succession. Princess Charlotte then renounced her position in 1944 in favour of her own son Prince Rainier III.

However, Count de Causans is claiming that a change in adoption law by France in 1911, is what allowed this to happen, cheating his German side of the family out of their succession to the throne, just before the first World War. Count de Causans is suing the French state for €350m.

National

Macron declares that the EU can no longer rely on the United States when it comes to security - French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that the European Union can no longer rely on the United States for its security. As part of new proposals put forward on Monday in a major speech to relaunch his diplomatic agenda Macron  told an audience of some 250 diplomats, lawmakers and international relations experts that he wants "to launch an exhaustive review of France’s security with all Europe's  partners, including Russia,". The French president, today heads to Denmark and Finland for a three-day trip hoping to gather support for his EU shake-up.

Hunting - France’s hunting lobby has met with the French President to discuss controversial rules around the popular pastime which have not been well received by animal welfare groups. Macron has long planned to reform hunting in France, a pastime he sees as part of French rural culture and identity. On Monday Macron and his ecology minister Nicolas Hulot met with the National Hunting Federation (Federation nationale de la chasse) to discuss future reforms. There are currently around 1.2 million hunters in France and around 37,000 new licenses are obtained each year. Hunting, called la chasse in French, has recently been in the news for all the wrong reasons. At the start of the season last autumn there were a series of fatal accidents involving hunters including incidents which saw a woman shot dead in her garden after a hunter fired through her hedge. In another incident a grandfather killed his own grandson during a hunt in the Vendée, western France. Animal welfare groups have regularly called for bans on hunting on Sundays in France in a bid to prevent further tragedies.

Swimming banned in French coastal town due to dolphin - A love-lorn dolphin has prompted a French coastal town to ban bathing on its beaches, fearing people may be hurt by the antics of the lustful mammal. The lustful dolphin has even gone as far as lifting a female bather out of the water with his snout. A rescue team had to come to the woman's aid to help her out of the water safely. 

The darling of Paris’s Cirque d’Hiver dies at 107 - Rosa Bouglione, pioneer of traditional French circus and patron of Paris's Cirque d'Hiver (Winter Circus) has passed away at 107. Bouglione, reigned over the Cirque d'Hiver (Winter Circus) in the heart of the French capital "for nearly a century," after her husband Joseph and his three brothers bought the venue in 1934. In her extraordinary life story published in 2011, Bouglione told of how she was married in a lion's den. Born in a horse-drawn caravan to a family of performers in Belgium on December 21, 1910, under the name Rosalie Van Been, she died Sunday in Paris at her home close to the Cirque d'Hiver.
 

Business

Japanese carmaker Toyota is to invest $500m (£387m) in Uber and expand a partnership to jointly develop self-driving cars. The firm said this would involve the "mass-production" of autonomous vehicles that would be deployed on Uber's ride sharing network. It is being viewed as a way for both firms to catch up with rivals in the competitive driverless car market. The deal also values Uber at some $72bn, despite its mounting losses.

The US and Mexico have reached common ground on key trade terms as pressure mounts to complete renegotiation of the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. US President Donald Trump, a frequent critic of the existing deal, announced the apparent breakthrough on Monday. The final outcome remains in doubt with Canada, the third country in the pact, due to rejoin talks today.

And – According to research household food bills in the UK are set to rise by an estimated £7.15 a month as a result of the UK's extreme weather. The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) say 2018's scorching summer - and the cold, wet winter that preceded it - has affected domestic farming yields, which in turn will have an impact on prices.

Sport

Football – Tottenham have maintained their 100% start to the Premier League season and increased the pressure on Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho with a victory at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said he "never considered" stripping goalkeeper Hugo Lloris of the captaincy or dropping him after he was charged with drink driving. 31 year old France international Lloris, was stopped by police in London in the early hours of Friday.

Tennis - Britain's Andy Murray enjoyed a winning return to Grand Slam tennis as he fought back to beat Australia's James Duckworth in the US Open first round. The 31-year-old won 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 6-3 on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium at Flushing Meadows. It was Murray's first best-of-five-set match in 14 months, having had surgery on a long-term hip injury in January. The Scot will play Spanish 31st seed Fernando Verdasco in the second round in New York.

Cycling – Italian champion Elia Viviani won stage three of the Vuelta a Espana as Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski retained the leader's red jersey. Britain's Simon Yates is 12th overall. Today, stage four takes the riders 162km from Velez-Malaga to Alfacar.

Weather

Clear skies highs of 28 degrees in Nice, Cannes and Beaulieu-Sur-Mer and 30 degrees in Toulon, Frejus and Saint Tropez with a light easterly wind. This evening going down to 18 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 15 degrees in the Var with clear skies.

The outlook for Wednesday mainly cloudy across the region with highs of 32 in Saint Tropez and 29 in Nice. Thursday returning to clear skies with highs of 27 degrees.

Finally 

Eating three bars of chocolate a month 'cuts the risk of heart failure by per 13 per cent'. Occasionally tucking into a bar of chocolate may actually be good for us, research suggests.

Scientists found moderate consumption - up to three bars a month - cut a person’s risk of heart failure by 13 per cent.

 

 

 

 

 

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