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French and Riviera News Wednesday 15th November 2017

Local 

Missing person - Police in Toulon have appealed  for witnesses following the disappearance of 52 year old Beatrice Drubay who hasn’t been seen since the 8th November. Described as slim, blonde, with medium-length hair, Drubay has not been seen since leaving a clinic just outside Toulon on Wednesday evening. Investigators have asked for anyone with any information to call 04.98.03.54.28.

Pollution - Several elected officials from the Bouches-du-Rhône and Corsica have warned of "a major health problem" due to the air pollution from the maritime traffic in  Mediterranean port cities. During a conference in Marseille questions were raised about the real impacts, especially for residents. Air Paca, the air monitoring organization in the region which organises "Mediterranean Air Day", has established that 5 to 10% of the suspended particles of a port city like Marseille came from ships.

Teenager in custody after gunshots - A teenager has been taken into custody after gunshots were fired in the port area of Nice on Tuesday. The incident occurred near the Intermarché supermarket behind the port when an individual either fired lead shots or used a replica weapon on his balcony. Nobody was injured.

Dubai Sevens Tournament - Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene have received players from a rugby team that will participate in the Dubai Sevens tournament. With players from both Monaco and South Africa in the team it’s a first for Monaco. They will leave the Principality for the tournament on the 29th of November.

Pianist of Place Masséna - The city of Nice has given its full support to the pianist of Place Masséna, Steve Villa-Massone who was once again ordered to move on by the police. The town hall announced its support for the musician and reportedly plans to introduce a law in order to regulate the situation. Villa-Massone has been playing in Nice for 17 years. It’s not the first time that the police have intervened, last year, a similar incident sparked an uproar on the web, with the artist receiving almost unanimous support from several hundred Internet users.

Ski season - The ski resort of Isola 2000 has announced that it will be opening earlier than planned on the 25th November. Meanwhile Auron will be opening as scheduled on the 9th December.

National

President Emmanuel Macron - French President Emmanuel Macron says Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are threatening Western values of openness and tolerance, but isolating them from Europe would be counterproductive. Mr Macron was speaking in Abu Dhabi, where he opened a new Louvre Museum. Macron took office six months ago, promising to transform France's economy, society, even its identity. Since then he has made 28 foreign trips and set out new proposals for the European Union, designed to give the bloc a collective vision and promote its benefits at home. Back in France he visited one of the poorest cities on Tuesday where he set out his plans to fight urban poverty.

HSBC Private Bank - HSBC Private Bank has agreed to pay 300 million euros to avoid going to trial in France for enabling tax fraud. According to reports HSBC was accused last year of helping French clients to hide at least 1.67 billion euros from the tax authorities.  French prosecutors have now dropped the case against HSBC Holdings.

Maison du Whisky - The famous Maison du Whisky liquor store in Paris has been targeted by thieves who looted some €673,000 worth of vintage bottles. After smashing their way through the metal shutter and the door of the store located in the on Rue d'Anjou, not far from the Elysée Palace, the thieves headed straight for the most expensive bottles. According to Le Parisien newspaper one bottle they looted was worth €195,000. 

Business

A report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted that the United States will account for 80 percent of the increase in global oil supply to the year 2025 driven  by increases in shale.
The Agency’s annual energy forecast says that the United States is cementing its status as the world’s largest oil and gas producer but that China will overtake it as the world’s biggest consumer of fossil fuels.
The IEA says that global energy demand will increase by 30 percent by the year 2040 due to higher consumption in India.
The report also says that renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar are expected to meet 40 percent of the increased demand while in Europe renewable energy will account for 80 percent of capacity.

Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway has sold another large slice of its stake in IBM as it continues to back away from an investment that the billionaire has admitted was not one of his best moves.
Berkshire cut its IBM stake by 32 percent in the third quarter to around 37 million shares.The firm has reduced its holding in IBM by 54 percent since the end of last year when it owned roughly 81 million shares.
Filing details detailing Berkshire’s US listed stock holdings also show that Mr Buffet has boosted holdings in Apple by 3 percent to 134.1 million shares worth 20.7 billion dollars.The investment firm has also become Bank of America’s largest shareholder by exercising warrants for 700 million shares.

And-Official data from Japan has shown that the economy has now expanded for 7 quarters in a row-the longest period of growth in more than a decade.
Data showed that GDP increased at an annualised rate of 1.4 percent in the third quarter.
The results come following more than 4 years of economic stimulus by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Exports and stronger global demand for Japanese products have driven the expansion which have helped to offset a drop in domestic consumption.

Sport

Football-The Republic of Ireland have failed to make next summer’s World Cup Finals in Russia after being thrashed 5-1 at home by Denmark. The two legged playoff was tied at 0-0 after the first match but Ireland were soundly beaten in Dublin last night despite taking the lead in the 6th minute mainly because of a Christian Eriksen hat-trick.
Eriksen scored once in the first half and twice in the second to take his goal tally to 11 in Denmark’s qualifying campaign.

Australia will be bidding to reach the finals today when they play Honduras in the second leg of their Concacaf/Afc playoff.
The scores are tied at 0-0 after the first leg.Kick off is at 10am French time.

In last night’s friendly international at Wembley England and Brazil drew 0-0 while Germany and France drew 2-2,Wales and Panama drew 1-1 and Portugal and the United States drew 1-1. 


Rugby Union-The Wales centre Jonathan Davis is out of the autumn internationals and is set to miss the 6 Nations as well with a foot injury.
The 29 year old British and Irish Lions star was injured in the closing stages of Saturday’s defeat against Australia in Cardiff and may need surgery.

England have dropped lock George Kruis for Saturday’s Test against Australia at Twickenham.
Prop Ellis Genge and back Alex Lozowsli are also dropped from the squad with Joe Marler coming back in at loose-head after serving a suspension.
England are looking for a 5th straight win against the Wallabies since their last defeat in October 2015.


Formula 1
-Ross Brawn has defended plans for a new engine in 2021 after saying that things can’t be left as they are.
The sport’s managing director of motorsports says that it’s necessary to defend the future of Formula 1 and that a new,simpler and louder engine is the way forward.
Formula 1 car manufacturers have been objecting to the proposals made last month by sport and its governing body the FIA.
Brawn says that the current engine is an incredible piece of engineering but it’s not a “racing engine”.
He added that it’s very expensive and doesn’t make a lot of noise.

Cricket-England are playing  their final warm-up game ahead of the first Ashes Test against Australia.
The tourists are playing a Cricket Australia XI in Townsville and had reduced the home side to 166-6 midway through the afternoon session.Chris Woakes has taken 5-38 but there was an injury scare for England when Jonny Bairstow had to leave the field with a bruised finger.He has resumed playing but may require further treatment.

Tennis-Roger Federer is through to the last 4 of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.The world number two beat Alexander Zverev of Germany 7-6 5-7 6-1.
The other match in the Boris Becker Group ended in a three set win for Jack Sock over Marin Cilic.
Sock and Zrevev will play each other tomorrow to see who makes it to the semi-finals.
 

Weather

Clear skies with a brisk north easterly wind persisting in the eastern Alpes-Maritimes.

Top temperature 17 degrees.

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

Thursday and Friday-Clear skies with highs of 16-18 degrees.

Finally 

A diamond necklace featuring a flawless 163-carat diamond - the largest of its kind to be auctioned - has fetched $33.7m (£25.6m) at a Christie's event in Geneva.

The colourless diamond was taken from a 404-carat stone found in Angola. The finished piece is made from white gold, diamond and emeralds. The buyer's identity has not been revealed.

 

 

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