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French and Riviera News.Tuesday July 24th 2018

Toulon traffic-A spokesman for the city of Toulon authority has played down rumours that some vehicles will be banned from the streets from 2020 on days of high air pollution.Last Friday the French environment minister Nicolas Hulot put forward proposals to deal with pollution during which he called for some older vehicles and those emitting high levels of CO2 to be banned from city centres.The spokesman said that what happened in Paris could not automatically be adapted to suit all cities in France adding that he couldn’t see how such a plan would work in practice.

 

Castagniers fire-A badly extinguished barbeque may have been the origin of the worst forest fire to affect the Alpes-Maritimes in the past 15 years.

120 hectares of forest went up in flames at Castagniers on the outskirts of Nice on the 17th of July last year.A painstaking investigation has been taking place over the past year and it’s now thought that a barbeque may be responsible.

A local couple are due to appear in court in Nice in September to answer charges.

 

Truck accident-The A57 motorway had to be closed on Monday afternoon after a truck carrying 30 tonnes of sand turned over depositing its load across the road.

The accident happened shortly after 4 pm near La Farlede when the driver of the truck crashed into signalling post.

Traffic was seriously disrupted for several hours while the mess was cleared away.

 

Scooter accident-Two people have been injured after a scooter hit a pedestrian on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.The accident happened on the eastbound side of the road on Monday when the scooter hit the pedestrian for an as yet undetermined reason.Those injured have been taken to hospital suffering from minor injuries.

 

Deschamps-The French football coach Didier Deschamps is holidaying in Saint Tropez after leading his side to victory in the World Cup in Russia.Mr Deschamps is spending a few days with family and friends and has been pictured enjoying lunch on one of the private beaches in the area.Many French and international celebrities visit the popular seaside resort every year.France won the World Cup for the second time in Russia after beating Croatia in the final.

 

In National News.

 

Macron pressure-Several opinion polls published over the past 24 hours have put the approval rating of President Emmanuel Macron as low as 39 percent.The President has become embroiled in the scandal surrounding his now sacked security aide Alexandre Benalla who was videoed beating a protestor and wearing a police helmet during May Day protests in Paris.Mr Macron’s critics say that he is lofty and out of touch.He’s admitted to a series of “malfunctions” at the Elysee Palace since the May Day protests and has pledged to rectify them.Many left wing activists have labelled Mr Macron,a 40 year old former private investment banker as “a President for the rich”.

Meanwhile lawyers acting for Alexandre Benalla say that he had gone to the aid of police during the May Day protests in Paris to help control the actions of “two particularly troublesome individuals”.They conceded that he had “no vocation to personally intervene in these operations” but had taken the initiative to help police.

 

Mozzies out-The mayor of a village in western France has banned mosquitoes.Andre Marchand,who’s the mayor of Briollay in the Maine-et-Loire says that the ban is a bit of a joke and he can’t prevent the insects from flouting the ban.The village was plagued by mosquitoes after severe flooding in June resulting in numerous complaints from residents.The mayor says that it was just a humorous response to make the locals understand that he couldn’t actually do anything and most of them found it to be funny.

 

Cannabis tabac-French tobacconists say that if cannabis is legalised they’ll be ready and want to sell the drug.So far the French government has resisted calls to legalise cannabis but penalties for possession are being gradually reduced and many think that it’s only a question of time before France follows Canada and some US states in making the drug freely available.The president of the Confederation of French tobacconists says that if the drug is legalised then members want to sell it in their shops.In June,the French health minister said that the country’s drug laws would be re-examined and the sale of cannabis products with less than 2 percent of the active ingredient THC would be permitted.The legal loophole has already been exploited  by a growing number of entrepreneurs who have been opening coffee shops selling “legal cannabis” products.Many, though have been shut down by police under laws that prohibit the transport,possession,offer or transfer,acquisition or use of narcotics.

 

Business.

 

Shares in Alphabet,the parent company of Google have jumped by 5 percent in after-hours trading after the firm reported stronger advertising sales than expected.

Alphabet says that it earned 32.7 billion dollars in revenue in the second quarter-up 26 percent from the same period last year.

However,the record 4.34 billion euro fine imposed by the EU over Google’s Android mobile operating system wiped 5 billion dollars from profits.

Net income came in at 3.2 billion dollars and would have been almost 8.3 billion without the fine.

Alphabet is appealing the decision.

 

Shares in the electric carmaker Tesla have fallen following reports that its seeking refunds from some suppliers.

Tesla has told suppliers that the refunds are critical to its ability to stay in business.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the request applies to money that the firm had paid to some suppliers since 2016.

Tesla says that the request applies to standard procurement negotiations.

The firm says that it has asked fewer than 10 companies to discuss costs related to projects that dated to 2016.

 

And-The New York Daily News is axing half of its editorial staff  in the latest sign of trouble for the print media business.

The cuts will leave around 40 staff in the newsroom  and come less than a year after the paper was bought by Tronc.

The New York Daily News started in 1919 and has won 11 Pulitzer Prizes.

Tronc has faced a backlash at some of the other publications that it owns including the Los Angeles Times  who formed a union and criticised cuts despite high compensation packages going to top executives.

 

Sport.

 

NEWAY TOUR DE FRANCE REPORT

 

Chris Froome says that Team Sky are in a “ dream position” heading into the final week of the Tour de France and that there is no rivalry between himself and Geraint Thomas.

Thomas holds the Yellow Jersey heading into today’s stage in the Pyrenees and Froome says that it would be “fantastic” if he wins this year’s race.

Thomas is 1 minute 39 seconds ahead of Froome with Tom Dumoulin in overall third.

Today’s 16th stage is 218 kilometers from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon has has three difficult climbs ending in the 8.3 kilometer ascent up the Col du Portillon.

 

Football-The German Football Association DFB has denied allegations of racism made by Arsenal’s Mezut Ozil.

Ozil announced that he was retiring from international football on Monday citing “racism and disrespect” within the German game.

The DFB  says that it regrets his decision but emphatically denied racism within the German game.

 

 

Formula 1-Plans to hold a Grand Prix in Miami next year have been scrapped with the first race in the US city now planned for 2020.

A statement from the sport’s commercial boss Sean Bratches said that time had run out to deliver the best possible racing experience for next year.He added that negotiations were complicated  but that plans for the race had made significant progress.

Formula 1 is looking to expand in the United States with the sport’s owners Liberty Media seeing North America as a valuable market.

 

 

Weather

 

Clear skies with maybe a shower inland later and moderate westerly winds.

Top temperatures 28-32 degrees.

Overnight lows of 23 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Mainly fine with perhaps a shower inland.Highs of 28-32 degrees.

 

Finally.

 

The first known studio recording of David Bowie is set for auction after being found in an old bread basket.

The 1963 demo tape, rejected by Decca, features a 16-year-old Bowie - then known as David Jones - singing I Never Dreamed with first band The Konrads.

The tape, expected to fetch £10,000, is being sold by the band's drummer David Hadfield, who uncovered it in his loft.

Auctioneer Paul Fairweather described the tape as a "significant recording, completely unique".

 

 

 

 

 

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