French and Riviera News Wednesday 13th November 2019

Local

Man accused of raping young boys in his motorhome - A man has appeared in court in Nice accused of raping eleven boys. The man had already been sentenced to nine years in prison for the same crime in the Paris region. According to reports he operated by enticing young boys to visit his motorhome, sometimes in exchange for money, where he would then film and share the images on the internet. The crimes were uncovered  by the anti-cybercrime unit of Nice where officers were able to identify nine of his victims, the youngest being under the age of 10.

Yellow vests plan to march at the weekend - The yellow vest movement in Fréjus in the Var has announced plans to protest at the weekend. The move comes to mark the anniversary of the movement which began just over a year ago and also to commemorate the thirteen dead and hundreds of wounded throughout France during protests.

Internet awareness in schools - School pupils in Sanary sur mer in the Var, have been taking part in an “internet awareness programme”. For the fourth consecutive year the city council has set up the initiation, created by the National Education department , which aims to inform young students about the possible dangers when using the internet.

Traffic wardens strike in Nice - Traffic wardens in Nice have announced strike action today in protest against poor wages and tough working conditions. It’s the second strike in less than three weeks by the employees of Moovia. While legally the city council could replace the wardens with municipal police, a city council member has said “this will not be the case” during today strike action.

Road accident - Three people have been injured in a road accident in Valbonne. The accident occurred at around 5.45 on Tuesday evening and caused major traffic jams in the Sophia Antipolis area. Three vehicles were involved in the collision and the injured were taken to hospital in Antibes. Earlier in the day an accident on the A8 motorway caused severe delays and one person was seriously injured. The accident occurred after a lorry shed its load on the westbound carriageway just after the Antibes peage.

Golden Foot Awards - Luka Modric has been awarded the Golden Foot Award here in Monaco. His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco presented the award to the captain of the Croatian national team on Tuesday evening. The prize is given to football players for their individual and team achievements and their personality.

Modric arrived in Monte Carlo for the awards after which he returned to Croatia to join his national team-mates and continue preparations for the decisive European Championship qualification match on Saturday.

National

Students demonstrate - University students have demonstrated against precarious living conditions in cities around France, four days after a 22-year-old student set himself on fire in apparent protest of policies of President Emmanuel Macron and his own financial troubles. Demonstrations of several hundred students took place in cities around France on Tuesday including Paris, Lyon and Lille, where protesters forced the cancellation of a conference by former president François Hollande.

President Emmanuel Macron - French President Emmanuel Macron called on the world to ramp up efforts to ease conflict and fight climate change in a speech to world leaders and other high-level delegates at a forum for peace in Paris. Some 30 heads of state joined international organisations, activists, entrepreneurs and others at the annual Paris Peace Forum – where the United States was noted for its absence.

Pete Doherty - A French court has handed British singer Pete Doherty a three-month suspended jail sentence and a 5,000-euro fine, after he was detained for fighting while celebrating his release from an earlier arrest last week. Doherty pleaded guilty to charges in a Paris court on Tuesday.

Business

President Trump has said that there is the prospect of completing an initial trade deal with China “soon” but gave no new details about the current state of negotiations.

Mr Trump gave a campaign style speech at the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday during which he talked up his administration’s record on the economy but made no policy announcements.

He said that US and Chinese negotiators were “close” to a phase one trade deal  but repeated accusations on China’s record on trade and insisted that Beijing was “desperate” for a deal.

He said that he would only accept a deal if it was “good for the United States” and threatened to increase tariffs “substantially” if China does not make a deal.

Later on Tuesday ,the White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said that a phase one trade agreement could include adjustments to tariffs already in place but that neither side would agree to such steps “until the entire deal is put together”.

 

Shares in Nissan have fallen by 4 percent in Asian trade this morning after the firm reported a 70 percent plunge in quarterly profits.

Nissan has also slashed its full year forecast to an 11 year low and said that its bottom line had been affected by a strong yen and falling sales.

The company has been in turmoil since the ousting of former boss Carlos Ghosn.

 

And-The chief executive of Tesla has said that Berlin will be the site for its first European factory  as the electric carmaker eyes expansion.

Elon Musk said that Tesla would also build an engineering and design centre in the German capital.

Mr Musk praised German engineering which he said was “outstanding” adding that was part of the reason why Tesla had chosen Berlin for its new factory.

The firm aims to start production at the site in 2021 which will construct batteries ,powertrains and vehicles.

Tesla is facing increasing competition in the electric vehicle market and wants to be in Europe to take advantage of growing demand.

Over the next few years the biggest electric car production plants will be in Germany ,France ,Spain and Italy.

Around 16 large-scale lithium-ion battery cell plants are due to start production in Europe by 2023.

Sport

Tennis-Dominic Thiem has stunned Novak Djokovic to reach the semi finals of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Thiem beat the world number two in three sets 6-7 6-3 7-6 to reach the last four meaning that Djokovic will have to beat Roger Federer in his final round robin match if he’s to progress.

Federer kept his chances of making the last four alive with a straight sets win over Matteo Berrettini.

Football-England’s women ended a rocky run of results with a 3-2 away victory in a friendly against the Czech Republic last night while in European Championship qualifying Northern Ireland and Wales drew 0-0.

Cricket-An England XI has drawn a Test warmup against a New Zealand XI at the Cobham Oval.

England declared their innings on 376-5 with both Crawley and Sibley making centuries.New Zealand made 285-5.

The first Test starts on the 21st of November.

Motorsport-The new Formula E season is just days away with organisers promising even more exciting racing and new technologies.

The first round of the championship is a double-header around the ancient streets of Diriyah in Saudi Arabia starting on the 22nd of November.

Porsche and Mercedez Benz have now joined the sport making the competition even fiercer.

Jean Eric Vergne is the reigning champion and all the information on the teams and drivers for the forthcoming season is available on www.fiaformulae.com.

Allan McNish-the team principal for Audi Sport Formula E will be joining us in the studio tomorrow morning at 9am to talk about the new season.

Rugby Union-The Wales centre Jonathan Davies will miss the 6 Nations because of an impending knee operation.

Davies will be out of action for at least 6 months after picking up the injury during the World Cup match against Fiji.

Rhys Patchell is also out for at least 3 months with a shoulder injury.

Cycling-The former British Cycling technical director and Team Sky head coach Shane Sutton has stormed out of a hearing into claims that he infringed doping regulations.

The case surrounds Dr Richard Freeman who claims that testosterone that he ordered for British Cycling’s headquarters in 2011 was on behalf of Mr Sutton.

Sutton repeatedly denied the allegations when questioned by Dr Freeman’s lawyer on Tuesday  and then left the hearing after calling Dr Freeman “spineless”.

He’ll decide whether to appear again to give evidence when the tribunal reconvenes tomorrow.

Dr Freeman ,the former British Cycling and Team Sky medic is facing a claim that he ordered 30 Testogel sachets to be delivered to the National Cycling Centre in May 2011 knowing or believing that it was intended for an athlete to enhance performance.

Weather.

Mainly fine with light to moderate north westerly winds.

Top temperature 17 degrees.

Overnight lows of 9 degrees on the coast and 4 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Overcast with rain tomorrow and some snow over the mountains.Partially cloudy to start on Friday then more rain in the afternoon.Highs of `12-14 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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