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French and Riviera News Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Local

Marseille Attack - Students and teachers from the universities of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille are to hold a minutes silence this morning to pay tribute to one of the victims of the attack at Saint Charles train station in Marseille on Sunday afternoon. Mauranne who was a 3rd year medical student in Marseille was stabbed to death along with her cousin in an attack which was claimed by the Islamic State group. Reports have since revealed that the man who carried out the act had used seven different identities and had been arrested just days earlier for shoplifting in Lyon.  Investigators in Marseille were able to establish that the suspect had a previous record of petty crime and had been arrested on seven different occasions since 2005 and had also been controlled in 2007 at the Italian French border in the city of Menton.

Fire at bus depot in Carros - 40 firefighters have been deployed to fight a fire at a bus depot in Carros. The fire which broke out on Monday night has ravaged the warehouse destroying at least seven vehicles. Police believe the cause to be accidental.

E-Coli - The processing company “Saviel France” has recalled Jean Rozé veal cutlets. The product sold in Intermarché stores is believed to be contaminated with E-Coli. Customers have been told to return them to the store. The following number 0800.881.468 has been made available to consumers.

National

Emmanuel Macron - French President Emmanuel Macron has backed the "constitutional unity" of Spain during a phone call with the country's prime minister on Monday. The statement said that Macron expressed "his attachment to the constitutional unity of Spain." Macron made no mention of the weekend violence in Catalonia, where national police were deployed to stop the vote from taking place. Catalan authorities said that hundreds were injured in the clashes. The Spanish Interior Ministry reported that a dozen police officers were hurt.

Citigroup – According to French media reports US banking giant Citigroup has requested a licence in France for brokerage activities which it is planning to move out of London after Brexit. Senior executive James Cowles, who heads up Citi's operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, told reporters the bank was trying to keep as many options open as possible. He said the recent labour market reforms adopted by the government of President Emmanuel Macron made France a more attractive place to do business, and Citigroup was interested in adding several activities to its banking operations in Paris.

New rules and regulations as of October 1st - As of 1st of October new rules and regulations have been introduced in France they include the following - an increase in the limit for contactless card payments, which will increase from 20 to 30 euros, all Airbnb listings must be declared to the town hall, students in France who get housing benefits will see a reduction in payouts, there will be new fines for vaping in certain areas, it will be easier to get unemployment insurance from October 1st, with workers only needing to have clocked up 88 days of work, rather than the previous total of 122 and gas prices are to increase by 1.2 percent.

Business

The UK airline regulator has estimated that flights returning 110,000 passengers from overseas following the collapse of Monarch will cost around 60 million pounds. The Civil Aviation Authority says that around 11,000 holidaymakers had been flown home by last night with the British government calling the operation the biggest repatriation exercise in peacetime. Monarch Airlines ceased trading early on Monday leading to 1,900 job cuts and the cancellation of all its flights and holidays.. It’s the largest ever collapse for a UK airline  with the government set to pick up the tab for flying Monarch passengers home. Monarch had been looking at potential tie-ups with several interested parties before its collapse but talks had been derailed by uncertainty surrounding the future regulation of the UK airline industry after the Brexit vote.

The new chief executive of Uber is to meet London’s transport  commissioner later today to discuss the firm losing its operating license. Dara Khosrowshahi will meet Mike Brown,who runs Transport for London following a request from the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Uber has apologised for mistakes that it had made and said that it could make concessions. Uber’s license expired on Saturday but its drivers can operate in the capital while its appeal is heard.

And-The United States has revived a trade dispute with Canada over what it says are unfair limits on the sale of imported wine. The World Trade Organisation has published the fresh complaint which is focused on wine sales in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The US complaint targets rules that BC adopted in 2015 allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores. Under the rules,locally produced wine can be sold anywhere in the shop but imported products have to be sold in a “store within a store” with a separate cash register. Other major wine producers including New Zealand and Argentina joined a consulation on protesting the new rules but no new filings in the case had been made for months before the US revived the issue.

Sport

Athletics-The world 100 metre champion Justin Gatlin has not been included in the 10 nominations for IAAF World Athlete of the Year Awards. It’s the first time since 2004 that the world or Olympic 100m champion has not been included on the list and there’s no place for Usain Bolt either. Gatlin has twice served a doping ban and was jeered by the crowd when he won the world 100m final in London earlier this year.

Football-Tottenham’s uncapped midfielder Harry Winks has been called up to the England senior squad for the first time. The 21 year old has been added to the squad after defender Phil Jones and midfielder Fabian Delph suffered injuries. Winks has been capped at all England levels bar the senior team. England play Slovenia on Thursday and Lithuania on Sunday as they bid to clinch qualification for next summer’s World Cup Finals in Russia.

Formula 1-Mercedes are said to be concerned about their pace despite Lewis Hamilton opening up a 34 point lead over Sebastien Vettel at the top of the drivers’ championship. The recent Asian races have been kind to Hamilton but with 5 Grand Prix to go and 125 points still to play for,Mercedes are looking for ways to boost his speed heading into the climax of the season. Sources inside the team have admitted that they’re concerned about the pace shown by the Ferrari’s in recent weeks and that the battle for the world championship is far from over. The next Grand Prix is in Japan on Sunday.

Weather

Partially cloudy with moderate westerly winds.

Top temperatures 23-26 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 17 degrees on the coast and 15 degrees inland with clear skies.  

Wednesday and Thursday–Mainly fine with highs of 22-26 degrees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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