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French and Riviera News Tuesday 6th February 2018

Local

Flu victim - A two year old boy who was hospitalized at the Lenval Hospital in Nice three weeks ago with flu has died.The toddler contracted  the virus in mid-January and suffered complications. He died on Monday.

Corsica - French President Emmanuel Macron travels to Corsica today. Macron's visit comes two months after a nationalist alliance beat Macron's on the Move party in regional elections, boosting their quest for greater autonomy from France. On Saturday, thousands of nationalists set the tone for his two-day stay with a peaceful march in the island's capital Ajaccio to demand "democracy" and "respect for the Corsican people". On Wednesday, Macron will set out his policy on Corsica in a highly-anticipated speech in the northern city of Bastia.  

Cannes - In Cannes, the go-ahead has been given for a total transformation of les Allées de la Liberté. The famous paths, along with nearby restaurant terraces, are to be given a facelift, in works costing €22m over the next four years.

Michelin Guide 2018 - The Michelin Guide has awarded stars to three chefs in the Alpes Maritimes for 2018. Christophe Martin of the “Lou Cigalon” restaurant in Valbonne won his first star, while the Tourteaux brothers of the “Flaveur” restaurant in Nice and Bruno Cirino of the “Hostellerie Jérôme” in La Turbie, won their second. Christophe Bacquie, of the “Castellet Hotel” in the Var was awarded a third star for the first time, making him one of only 28 chefs in France to hold three stars from the Michelin guide.

Monte Carlo Historic Rally - The Monte Carlo Historic Rally will see the arrival of its first competitors today at 3.15pm in the Principality as the final stage gets underway this evening at 8.45. The race will cover 255km in the hills behind Monaco passing through Sospel, Lantosque, Villars-sur-Var, La Turbie and Eze.

National

Paris terror attack suspect - The sole surviving suspect from the 2015 Paris terror attacks has refused to speak. Salah Abdeslam appeared in court in Belgium on Monday for questioning over the gunfight that led to his arrest. Abdeslam said he would not respond to questions from the judge adding "My silence does not make me a criminal, it's my defence”. He claimed that Muslims were "judged and treated in the worst of ways”, and said he was placing his trust in Allah. The trial had been adjourned until Thursday.

Amazon - US online shopping giant Amazon has announced that it has settled a major tax claim in France and has agreed to report all its French income locally in the future. Amazon, one of the US tech giants accused of paying too little tax in Europe, said the deal related to a French claim for nearly 200 million euros covering the period from 2006 to 2010.

Weather Alert - Météo France has placed 35 departments in France on an orange weather alert for a second consecutive day, with snow and ice forecast. The cold spell is expected to continue throughout France until Thursday.

New political Party - A new political party inspired by Emmanuel Macron's En Marche movement and supported by some of his French MPs is being launched in the UK. Renew will officially be launched next week but the movement already has its own website at www.renewBritain.org.

Human Study - A recent study published has shown that the lifespan of humans does not get longer and we have reached our maximum height. The study has shown that human biological limits will not be able to progress any more, or very little. According to the authors of the study, the world record for longevity goes to Jeanne Calment, who died at the age of 122 years and 164 days. For 20 years, the number people reaching 100 has increased, yet none have passed the 120 year mark. The same applies for the height of humans. While women have gained a little over 8 cm in 100 years and men almost 9 cm, it has not increased in the last thirty years. The tallest today are the Dutch who measure on average 1.82 m for men and 1.68 m for women. Scientists believe that we are now on a downward slope under the impact of global warming, scarcity of resources and ocean acidification.

Business

The White House has moved to reassure investors over Monday’s stock market plunge saying that it’s focused on “long term economic fundementals,which remain exceptionally strong”.
Since he was elected in November 2016,President Trump has repeatedly tweeted about the increase in US stock markets insisting that the economy is back on track.
Monday’s plunge was the largest decline in percentage points for the Dow Jones since August 2011 when markets nosedived in the aftermath of Black Monday.
Analysts say that investors are reacting to  changes in the outlook for the US and global economy and the effect it will have on borrowing costs.
The market sell-off has been accelerated following Friday’s strong employment numbers which also showed bigger wage growth than was anticipated.

Bitcoin fell more than 15 percent on Monday amid a range of concerns from a global regulatory clampdown to a ban on using credit cards  to buy the cryptocurrency by British and US banks.
Bitcoin fell as low as 6,853 dollars 53 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange marking a fall of more than half from a peak of almost 20,000 dollars in December.
The cryptocurrency has fallen in 6 of the last 8 trading sessions.
Analysts say that they envisage that Bitcoin will continue to tumble and could fall below 5,000 dollars sometime this week.
Other cryptocurrencies also fell sharply on Monday  according to the industry tracker Coinmarketcap.com

And-Sales of UK diesel cars fell by 25 percent in January with the industry blaming “ confusion” over government policy.
Diesel sales were 25.6 percent lower than in January 2017 dragging overall UK car sales down by 6.3 percent.
The society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders said that confusion over government policy was causing buyers to hesitate.
Diesel vehicles are the focus of air quality concerns which has prompted speculation that owners could face higher taxes or limits on where they can be used.

Sport

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Ben Youngs will miss the rest of the 6 Nations after damaging knee ligaments during England’s victory over Italy in Rome on Sunday.
The scrum-half was stretchered off early on in the 46-15 win  and scans have revealed that he’s sustained a rupture of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
He’s expected to be out of action for four months and has been replaced in England’s 32 man training squad for Saturday’s game against Wales by Richard Wigglesworth.
The Wasps number 8 Nathan Hughes is also back in the squad along with the Exeter hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie.

The Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury.
The Leinster back row picked up the injury during Saturday’s win over France  and is set to be replaced by Dan Leavy who impressed after coming on in Paris.
Sean O’Brien and Rhys Ruddock are receiving treatment for injuries but coach Joe Schmidt is hopeful that they’ll be fit for the game against Italy.

Byron McGuigan will miss Scotland’s game against France after picking up a hamstring injury.
Lock Richie Gray is doubtful for the match after failing to recover from a calf injury that kept him out of the Wales game while centre Duncan Taylor continues to suffer from a head injury.


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Football-Pressure is growing on the Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after his side were beaten 4-1 at Watford last night.
Chelsea were reduced to 10 men on half an hour after Bakayoko was sent off and Watford scored 3 late goals to secure the points after Eden Hazard had equalised.


Formula 1-Grid girls are to be replaced by ‘Grid Kids’ for the new season as the sport continues to move away from its macho image.
The children used will be competitors in karting or junior categories and chosen by national motorsport authorities.
Last week,Formula 1 said that it would no longer be using female promotional models on the starting grid.

Weather

 

Overcast with outbreaks of rain on the coast and snow  above 800 meters.

Moderate easterly winds with some strong gusts of up to 70 km/h in coastal areas of the Var.

Top temperature 11 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 6 degrees inland with cloudy skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Clearing tomorrow with a high of 14.Partially cloudy on Thursday with a high of 11.

 

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