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French and Riviera News Tuesday 29th August 2017

Local

Cannabis intoxication - Five children aged from one year to 18 months have been hospitalized in Nice after accidentally consuming cannabis. The young children reportedly ingested the drug from cigarette ends left in public parks. All of the victims were treated at Lenval hospital in Nice. Dr Hervé Haas, head of the pediatric emergency department, urged parents to be vigilant, pointing out the risks associated with unintentional poisoning.

Missing person - Police in the Alpes de Haute Provence have opened an investigation after discovering the body of Aurélie Casadella. 27 year old Casadella was reported missing on August 21st while out hiking in the region. The young woman’s body was found lifeless below a cliff on Monday afternoon.

Petrol prices - Good news for motorist in France as the price of diesel has fallen 0.37 cents per liter. Fuel prices at French petrol stations fell last week, particularly diesel according to figures released on Monday. Fuel prices vary, in particular, on the basis of oil prices, the Euro-dollar exchange rate, the level of petroleum product stocks, changes in taxes and demand.

Mireille Darc - Mireille Darc the French actress known for wearing the famous plunging backless gown in "The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe" has died at age of 79. The actress who was born in Toulon on the 15th May 1938 was a star of French cinema in the 1970s. Darc passed away at her home in Paris, on Sunday surrounded by family and friends, including her longtime companion and fellow actor Alain Delon -- the great love of her life with whom she starred in six films.


National

Missing person - A search has been launched in the Isere department for a girl who disappeared from a wedding party over the weekend. 9 year old Maelys was last seen in the early hours of Sunday morning while attending the wedding party with her parents in the village of Pont-de-Beauvoisin.

Meeting in Paris - Seven African and European leaders met in Paris on Monday to discuss ways to stem the flow of migrants into Europe from northern Africa. European nations are keen to offer development aid and funding to their African partners in return for help in stemming the flow of economic migrants and asylum seekers.

Court ruling - A French court has ruled that schools in France should provide an alternative to pork school lunches in the interest of Muslim and Jewish children who do not eat the meat. The decision came after a rightwing local authority stopped providing a choice for children. On Monday a Muslim organisation won its legal case against the authority at Chalon-sur-Saône in Burgundy. The court, sitting in Dijon, annulled the town hall’s 2015 decision not to provide an alternative to pork in its school canteens. Chalon-sur-Saône officials said they would appeal against the decision.

First Dog - In keeping with time-honoured French presidential tradition, Emmanuel Macron has given the country a First Dog. Nemo -- who is aged between one and two and was adopted from a shelter for abandoned dogs -- was glimpsed on Monday scampering around the Elysee Palace in a red collar, under the watchful eye of footmen in frock coats. Every post-war French president has had a dog, who has the run of the palace's expansive gardens. Most have picked a labrador, though World War II hero Charles de Gaulle had a pint-sized corgi -- a gift from Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

Business

Many refineries have shut and almost a fifth of oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico has been suspended amid the largest storm to hit in the US in more than a decade. Hurricane Harvey has produced high winds and extensive flooding forcing thousands of people from their homes. The closures are expected to cause a temporary spike in US gas prices.

Manufacturers have warned of a recruitment crunch if they are unable to keep hiring EU workers after Brexit. Trade body the EEF says the government must clarify the rights of EU workers "as a matter of urgency". It said a quarter of 243 firms it surveyed had already seen an increase in EU nationals leaving their business. A government spokesperson said it would set out its initial proposals for a post-Brexit immigration system in the autumn.

Axa the giant insurance company has begun testing the impact of driverless cars on premiums. According to reports it is advising the UK government on how claims will work in the future when drivers relinquish control to computers.

And - Orlebar brown the upmarket British swimwear brand is ready to take a dip into unchartered waters as it prepares for a 50 million pound sale. The business was founded ten years ago and sells a range of shorts costing from £95 to £395. Daniel Craig famously wore a pair of their blue shorts in his first outing as James Bond.

Sport

Football – Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is reportedly on the verge of signing for Chelsea. 

Tennis – Britain’s top female player Johanna Konta has crashed out of the US Open in a shock first round defeat.

Cricket – In the second test a fine counter attacking innings from Moeen Ali of 84 runs has laid the foundations for England to push for a final day victory against the West Indies at Headingly. The West Indies currently trail England by 316 runs.

Weather

Clear skies with highs of 29 in Nice and along the coast, highs of 33 degrees in land in the Alpes Maritimes with a light southerly wind. In the Var highs of 31 degrees along the coast in Saint Tropez and Hyeres and 34 degrees inland with light south easterly wind. This evening going lows of 20 degrees in the Var and 24 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes.

The outlook for tomorrow and Thursday cloudy with similar temperatures as today rain is forecast across the region on Thursday.

Finally 

A cafe has invoked the fury of parents after banning all children under the age of 12. Bob Higginson,  only opened his ocean liner-themed cafe The Chart Room around a month ago in Brixham, Devon.

After opening, he quickly announced that while dogs and older children were welcome, kids younger than 12 ‘would not be catered for’. Since then he has faced calls for a boycott from angry residents, who claim it’s a form of discrimination.

Higginson said: ‘My main aim is to cater for older, more mature people who want peace and quiet. ‘I wanted people to be able to come and discuss the old days and have a nostalgic chat without children running around and distracting them.’ He added that children break things, whereas dogs often do not.

 

 

 

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