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French and Riviera News Tuesday 4th September 2018

Local

Back to school-More than 192,000 students returned to class in the Alpes-Maritimes on Monday with reports of overcrowded classrooms at some schools and a lack of teaching personnel.

Meanwhile the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has been explaining his plans to put municipal police officers in every establishment in the city.

Mr Estrosi is currently carrying out an experiment with officers present in 3 schools and if it’s a success then all of the city’s 154 state schools will follow suit.

He says he won’t force schools to sign up to the scheme and they’ll be able to make a final decision in October.None of the officers on school duty will be armed.

Rescued-A 75 year old man is reported to be in a critical condition in hospital this morning after being saved from drowning in the sea off Theoules-sur-Mer.

The man was spotted in trouble off the promenade de la Darse after suffering a suspected heart attack and was pulled from the sea by emergency services.He was taken to hospital in Cannes  after being given CPR.

Emmanuel Macron - Emmanuel Macron will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Marseille on Friday. The meeting will focus on "European subjects including the euro, migration, technology and the international situation”.

SFR-Some SFR customers in the Var have reported problems making and receiving calls on their mobile phones. La Provence newspaper reports that the problem was due to a technical fault at an SFR exchange at Aubagne. SFR says that the fault has now been fixed.

National

Open letter - Two hundred of the world’s most prominent artists and scientists signed an open letter in French daily Le Monde on Monday calling for urgent political action to address the “global catastrophe” facing mankind and other species. The letter, penned by actress Juliette Binoche called on politicians to act “firmly and immediately” in tackling climate change and the “collapse of biodiversity”, described as the “greatest challenge in the history of mankind”. The letter said it was up to politicians to take all necessary measures, however unpopular they may be.

School - The first day of the French school year on Monday saw mobile phones, smart watches and tablets banned in all primary and junior high schools. This was one of the campaign pledges of President Emmanuel Macron. High schools, taking students aged 15 to 18, will also be allowed to initiate partial or total bans as they reopen after the summer break, though they will not be obligatory. Nearly 90 percent of French adolescents aged between 12 and 17 have a mobile phone.

Business

The governor of the Bank of England is to questioned about his future by British MPs later today.

Mark Carney is reported to be in talks with the Treasury to extend his term at the as the head of the UK central bank although a spokesman for the Prime Minister has said that he’s still scheduled to leave in June of next year.

Mr Carney has been heavily criticised by pro-Brexit members of Parliament who accuse him of issuing politically charged pro-European statements.

Last month he was labelled as the “high priest of Project Fear” by the arch Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Mr Carney has warned that a no-deal outcome in Brexit talks is “highly undesirable”.

 

US oil prices have edged up to more than 70 dollars a barrel this morning as two Gulf of Mexico platforms were evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Gordon.

Gordon is approaching the region and is expected to come ashore as a hurricane.The two platforms in the northern Gulf of Mexico have been shut down as a precaution.

Brent Crude has fallen back this morning to 78 dollars and 10 cents after India allowed state refiners to import Iranian oil if Tehran arranges and insures tankers.

Many international shippers have stopped loading Iranian oil in recent weeks as US financial sanctions prevent them from insuring cargoes.

 

And-Political leaders in Italy will start to discuss the 2019 budget this morning with investors looking for signs of just how far European Union regulations will be pushed.

Senior officials from The League-the junior partner in the ruling coalition government are due to meet with their leader,the Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini for an initial assessment of policies  and their impact on public finances.

Mr Salvini has hinted that Italy’s budget deficit could hit the EU’s 3 percent limit next year as the government attempts to kickstart the economy.

The previous administration had planned a much tighter spending programme in a bid to bring down the spiraling national debt.Last week the ratings agency Fitch cut Italy’s outlook to negative.

Sport

Tennis-Novak Djokovic is through to the quarter finals of the US Open at Flushing Meadows after beating Joao Sousa in straight sets.

The former world number one came through 6-3 6-4 6-3 and could now play Roger Federer in the last 8.

Also through to the quarter finals are Kei Nishikori who beat Phillip Kohlscriber in straight sets and Marin Cilic who beat David Goffin 7-6 6-2 6-4.

 

In the women’s event the 14th seed Madison Keys is through to the last 8 after beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-1 6-3 and she’s joined by Carla Suarez Navarro who beat Maria Sharapova in straight sets and Naomi Osaka of Japan who beat Arnya Sabalenka 6-3 2-6 6-4.

 

Cricket-Tributes have been paid to the former England captain Alistair Cook who’s announced his retirement from the international game at the age of 33.

Cook says that he has “nothing left in the tank” and that he’ll retire after the final Test against India.

He’s scored an England record 12,254 Test runs and made 32 centuries in 160 Test matches.

Cook will continue to play county cricket for Essex.The former England captain Graham Gooch said that it was a “sad day for England cricket” and that Cook was a “super man and an icon for the sport”.

 

Formula 1-The British teenager Lando Norris is to replace Stoffel  Vandoorne at McLaren next season.

Norris,who’s 18 has been McLaren’s reserve driver  and will partner Carlos Sainz  who’s to replace Fernando Alonso.

Norris is currently challenging in the Formula 2 series and is sitting second in the championship having won on his debut from pole position.He says that his focus this season will remain on Formula 2 but that it’s “a dream come true” to be announced as a race driver for McLaren.

 

Football-Time for a check on the day’s news from BBC Sport(TAKE BBC)

 

Rugby Union-The Leicester Tigers coach Matt O’Connor has left the club with immediate effect 48 hours after his side were trounced 40-6 by Exeter on the opening day of the Gallagher Premiership season.

O’Conner had been in his second spell at the club but will be replaced for the time being by assistant coach Geordan Murphy.

Leicester missed out on a place in the play-offs last season for the first time in 14 years.

 

 

Weather

 

Mainly fine with perhaps an isolated shower in the Alpes Maritimes this afternoon and light variable winds.

Top temperature 25-26 degrees.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees on the coast and 16 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Partially cloudy tomorrow with a high of 26 degrees.Rain and scattered thunderstorms on Thursday with a high of 23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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