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French and Riviera News Tuesday 30th October 2018

Local

Weather - Heavy rain and strong winds have hit the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes with emergency services recording 70 interventions in the Var and 40 in the Alpes Maritimes. One couple were rescued from the roof of their car in Roquebrune sur Argens as roads were cut off due to heavy rainfall. In the commune of Tanneron in the Var, a big gust of wind completely destroyed the roof of a block of flats as inhabitants were evacuated and the port of Toulon saw water overflow, complicating access shops and restaurants.
Corsica was battered by winds of up to 189km/h and 16,500 households were left without electricity as all airports and ports were closed.

Meanwhile in the Haute Loire more than 800 motorists were blocked after heavy snow fell in the region with drivers having to abandon their vehicles.

Petition against rise in petrol prices - A petition organized in protest against the rise in petrol prices has gathered more than 500,000 signatures. Motorists across France have called for action scheduled on November 17th with road blocks in the region planned on the A8 motorway. A first snail operation was organized in the Haute-Savoie on Monday morning involving forty trucks.  

Man dies from injuries - A man who was stabbed in Cannes at the weekend has died of his injuries.  The 23 year old was stabbed in the early hours of Sunday morning near Le Palais nightclub. Police are still searching for the attacker.


Inauguration of Administrative Court in Nice - The French Minister of Justice, Nicole Belloubet, has been in Nice to inaugurate the new headquarters of the Administrative Court. Four million euros has been spent on refurbishing the building located on avenue des Fleurs and adapting it for the use of the court. 

Due to work being carried out on the region’s train network there are no trains between Ventimiglia and Menton and between Toulon and Cannes. A normal service will return from 6am on Wednesday. In the meantime a bus service has been put in place for passengers.


Ski resorts - The first snow of the season has fallen at Isola 2000 and Valberg.  Both resorts received a light dusting of snow.  Isola 2000 is still scheduled to open for the 1st December.

National

Medically-assisted reproduction rights - Emmanuel Macron's government will soon present a bill granting medically-assisted reproduction rights to single and lesbian women. The French president aims to avoid replicating his predecessor's strategic errors with same-sex marriage. The bill, due to be presented in November would legalise PMA for lesbian couples and single women and is likely to spark a nationwide debate.

Franco-Chinese satellite - The first Franco-Chinese satellite was launched into orbit on Monday to study ocean surface winds and waves around the clock, better predict cyclones and improve scientists' understanding of climate change. The 650-kilogram (1,430 pound) machine is the first satellite jointly built by China and France and will allow climate scientists to better understand interactions between oceans and the atmosphere. The data will be collected and analysed in both countries.

Business

The global market selloff has accelerated following reports that the United States is preparing tariffs on additional Chinese goods pending a possible meeting between leaders of the two countries.

Washington has already imposed tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods while Beijing has responded by implementing tariffs on US imports.

If America moves ahead with more tariffs,it would mean higher import taxes for pretty much all of the goods that the US imports from China which accounted for some 500 billion dollars in trade last year.

The aerospace industry is particularly concerned about the growing dispute which are due in part to fears about retaliation.

 

The UK Finance Minister Philip Hammond has said that the “age of austerity is coming to an end” as he delivered his final budget to the House of Commons before Brexit.

Mr Hammond took a windfall from better public finances to pump more money into the controversial Universal Credit benefit system and he brought forward planned income tax cuts by a year.

Among other measures introduced are an extra 500 million pounds for no-deal Brexit preparations,an extra billion pounds for the Ministry of Defence and a further 650 million pounds in grant funding for local councils.

Stamp Duty for first time buyers or shared ownership properties up to a value of 500,000 pounds are being scrapped.

The Chancellor also announced a new planned tax-subject to consultations on the profits generated in the UK by global online giants including Facebook which will raise 400 million pounds a year and will come into force in April 2020.

All of Mr Hammond’s measures are subject to the UK leaving the EU with a deal.

If that’s not the case then the entire package will have to be revisited in the spring.

 

And-Some 250 large corporations have now pledged to eliminate plastic waste by 2025.

Firms including Coca Cola,H&M and L’Oreal  have promised that 100 percent of their plastic packaging will be reused,recycled or composted within 7 years.

The aim is to combat plastic waste pollution which is harming the seas.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation which is leading the campaign says that if current trends continue,there could be more plastic than fish in the seas by the year 2050.

 

Sport

Football-A Riyad Mahrez goal was enough to give Manchester City victory over Spurs in last night’s English Premier League game and send his side back to the top of the table.

Mahrez scored after just 6 minutes at Wembley in an otherwise scrappy encounter played on a pitch that had staged an NFL American Football game just 24 hours previously.

Real Madrid have sacked coach Julen Lopetegui after just 4 months in charge after their disastrous start to the season.

The Spanish giants have lost 5 of their last 6 games and Sunday;s defeat at the hands of arch rivals Barcelona appears to have been the final straw.

The former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had been favourite to take over but reports say that talks have stalled.

There are two 4th round ties in the English League Cup tonight.Bournemouth play Norwich and Burton Albion play Nottingham Forest.

Rugby Union-The former England captain Will Carling is to join the national team set up as a leadership mentor.

Carling captained England in 59 Tests and won three Grand Slams in 1991,1992 and 1995.

He’ll start the part time role in time for England’s autumn internationals the first of which is against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

Tennis-The British number one Kyle Edmund will not play again this season  owning to a small amount of fluid being found behind his left knee.

The injury is not thought to be serious but the player has been ordered to rest.

Weather

Partially cloudy with moderate south westerly winds and a high of 16 degrees Celsius in coastal areas.

Overnight lows of 13 degrees on the coast and 11 degrees inland with more rain arriving from the west.

Wednesday and Thursday-Rain across the region tomorrow and lasting into Thursday.Brightening somewhat on Thursday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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