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French and Riviera News Wednesday 13th December 2017

Local

Strike announced by baggage handlers at Orly airport - Baggage handlers at Orly airport in Paris have called for strike action from the 22nd December to January 5th. Passengers planning to travel for the end of year festivities to and from Paris are warned to expect delays. The workers union has said that traffic will be disrupted every day from 11am to 1pm and from 5pm to 7pm. Meanwhile strike action has also been announced by Italian, Irish and German pilots at Ryanair. The strike is planned to start on the 15th December in Italy with pilots based in Dublin taking industrial action on the 20th.

Fire fighters safety campaign - Firefighters in Marseille have launched their third annual safety campaign for school children in the city. The campaign aims to teach young children safety procedures and fire risks. Figures show that on average the fire services of Marseille are called out more than 300 times a day.

Ski resorts reopen today - The prefecture has announced that the ski resorts Isola 2000 and Auron will be reopening today. Both resorts had been closed following bad weather on Monday and the “exceptional” avalanche risk which has now been lifted.

Nice Christmas lights - According to local media, Nice has overtaken the city of light with a budget of nearly 900,000 euros for this year’s Christmas lights. While Paris, the city of light, reportedly has a budget of 700,000 euros a year, including 220,000 euros for the illuminations on the Champs-Elysees.

National

Paris Climate Agreement - French President Emmanuel Macron has issued a stark warning on climate change at a summit in Paris on Tuesday. Macron told world leaders "we are losing the battle" against global warming. Dozens of world leaders and hundreds of ministers, company bosses, and environmentalists attended the meeting held two years to the day since 195 nations sealed the Paris Agreement on curbing emissions.

Unibail-Rodamco buys Westfield - Europe’s biggest commercial property company France’s Unibail-Rodamco is to buy Westfield, the Australian company behind the UK’s two highest-earning shopping centres, in a $25billion dollar deal that will create the world’s largest mall operator. Unibail-Rodamco which owns Forum des Halles in Paris plans to roll out Westfield centres in Europe and the US.

National Front Party  - France’s far-right party the National Front has been charged with giving party members suspected fake jobs as assistants at the European Parliament. The FN is accused of illegally claiming millions of euros from the European Parliament in funds earmarked for parliamentary assistants, to pay France-based staff instead. In a statement, the party said it would prove “that it did not embezzle a penny”. Le Pen, who has denied the charges, is one of 17 National Front lawmakers – along with her estranged father Jean-Marie Le Pen and her partner, party vice-president Louis Aliot – being investigated over salaries paid to around 40 parliamentary assistants.

Business

Media reports say that the Disney Corporation is close to buying the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox for around 60 billion dollars.
The sale would include the 20th Century Fox film studios and the Sky and Star satellite broadcasters in the UK,Europe and India.
The Financial Times reports that talks with Rupert Murdoch’s firm were continuing on Tuesday and that a deal could be announced as soon as tomorrow.
Mr Murdoch and his family are said to favour a deal with Disney rather than the US cable provider Comcast which pulled out of negotiations at the start of the week as they’d rather be paid in Disney stock.
A deal with Disney could also face fewer regulatory hurdles in the US.
Mr Murdoch’s decision to sell Fox has taken many commentators by surprise as he’d always expressed a desire to continually expand his media empire.
He will retain control of News Corp which publishes the Times,Sunday Times and Sun newspapers in the UK as well as the Wall Street Journal and many titles in Australia including the Australian.

The crypto-currency Bitcoin hit another record high on Tuesday as it continues its march towards 20,000 dollars.
The latest price spike came just two days after the launch of the first ever Bitcoin futures on a US exchange and ahead of the start of another futures contract next week.
The crypto-currency hit a high of 17,428 dollars on Tuesday and has registered a 20 fold increase in value since the start of the year.
Leading banks and financial institutions continue to maintain that Bitcoin is a bubble that will eventually be popped.

And-Ryanair pilots and crew are to strike just before Christmas in a bid to win union recognition and better conditions.
79 Ryanair pilots based in Ireland will stage 24 hours of industrial action on the 20th of December while pilots and crew in Italy will stop work for four hours on Friday of this week.
Ryanair does not recognise unions and says that the 79 pilots in Ireland represent around 28 percent of its Dublin-based captains.
Pilots based in Portugal and Germany are also said to be planning strike action.

Sport


Football-There were 3 games in the English Premier League last night with Burnley moving into the top 4 with a 1-0 win over Stoke.
Crystal Palace moved out of the relegation zone for the first time this season after beating Watford 2-1 and Chelsea went level on points with Manchester United with a 3-1 win at Huddersfield.

There are 7 games tonight.Newcastle host Everton.Southampton play Leicester.Swansea host Manchester City.Liverpool play West Brom.Manchester United play Bournemouth.Spurs play Brighton and West Ham host Arsenal.

In the Scottish Premiership last night Hearts beat Dundee 2-0 and Ross County drew 2-2 with Kilmarnock.

Cricket-The England captain Joe Root has said that its time for the players to “stand up and be counted” as they prepare for the crucial third Ashes Test against Australia in Perth.
England need to win if they’ve got any hope of retaining the Ashes.They haven’t won at Perth since 1978 and even then it was in the middle of Kerry Packer’s “Cricket Circus” when many top Australia players were banned from taking part.
Root says that it’s time for some “big performances” and if everyone plays to their ability there’s no reason why they can’t make it 2-1.

Boxing-Tyson Fury has vowed to regain world titles which he says are “rightfully his” after being given the green light to resume his career.
The 29 year old tested positive for a banned steroid in 2015 which he says he ingested after eating uncastrated wild boar.He’s now accepted a two year backdated drugs ban and will be free to box again once he obtains a new license.
He says that he has Anthony Joshua in his sights  and would be looking for a contest sometime next year.

Rugby Union-Jim Mallinder has been sacked as director of rugby by Northampton after 10 years in the job.
Northampton are currently in 10th place in the Aviva Premiership and are on the brink of elimination from the European Champions Cup after losing to Ospreys on Saturday.
Mike Ford is an early contender to replace him. 

Weather

Mainly fine with a moderate south westerly wind across the Var

Top temperature 14 degrees.

Overnight lows of 9 degrees on the coast and 7 degrees inland with cloudy skies skies.

Thursday and FridayMainly fine tomorrow,sunshine and showers on Friday with a high of 13-14 degrees and a brisk westerly wind developing.

 

 

 

 

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