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French and Riviera News Wednesday 18th July 2018

Local

Four Activists detained - Four people have been detained on suspicion of helping migrants enter French territory, because they took part in a march across the French-Italian border in response to right-wing activists who blocked a mountain pass the day before. The four were detained on Tuesday morning and are being accused of being part of an "organised group helping migrants in an irregular situation enter French territory" at a gendarmerie in the French Alps town of Briançon. Three other activists who took part in the 22 April march have already been charged and will go to trial on 8 November.

Man stabbed as fight breaks out in Nice - A 30 year old man has been seriously wounded after a fight broke out in Rue Jean-Vigo in Nice on Tuesday. The incident happened shortly after 4.30pm. Emergency services at the scene attended to the victim who had been stabbed several times, he was later taken to hospital in Nice. Police have opened an investigation.

Bus - Eight people have been injured, when a bus lost control on Rue Barla in Nice, at lunchtime on Tuesday. It’s believed the brakes on the bus failed, leading it to hit up to a dozen cars parked at the corner of Rue Barla and Avenue de la République.

Weather phenomenon - Following the bad weather experienced in the region on Monday afternoon, weather experts have reported an exceptional “weather phenomenon” which occurred between Roquebrune and Menton. With winds of over 100km/h and a month’s worth of rainfall experts have described it as a “strong downward gust” which hit the area causing considerable damage with roofs being blown off and trees uprooted.

Meanwhile the bad weather led to several beaches in the Gulf of Saint Tropez being closed to swimmers on Tuesday as water pollution tests were carried out.

SFR network - DownDetector the website which tracks the performance of mobile phone operators has reported several complaints from SFR customers due to a network failure in the region. The breakdown in the service is believed to have started on Tuesday morning with many customers experiencing difficulties.

World Cup - A warm welcome home is expected this afternoon as the new World Champion and captain of the French football team, Hugo Lloris will be meeting fans at the town hall in Nice from 3.30 onwards, following a meeting with the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi. Admission is free subject to availability.

Beyonce and Jay Z - Last night marked the end of Beyonce and Jay Z’s European tour at the Allianz Riviera in Nice. The couple did not fail to impress 35,000 fans who had attended the show. 

National

French MP taken into custody - An MP for President Emmanuel Macron's Republic en Marche (REM) has been taken into custody as part of a corruption and tax-dodging inquiry. Thierry Solère was taken in for questioning in Nanterre on Tuesday morning, following the lifting of his parliamentary immunity on 11th July. An investigation into tax fraud, launched in September 2016, has since been broadened to cover suspicions of influence-peddling, misuse of corporate assets, illegal election financing and failure to declare revenue to the parliamentary assets watchdog.

Dover Calais - Former French minister and president of Hauts-de-France, Xavier Bertrand has called on Emmanuel Macron  to break the EU ban on bilateral talks to salvage the “economic catastrophe” which is facing the ports of Dover and Calais because of Brexit saying that “both the UK and the EU are allowing the two ports to drift towards disaster” adding “The way things are going, we are going to be left standing staring at each other like strangers. It’s madness, pure utter madness”.

“Africa won the football World Cup for France” – The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro has said that Africa won the football World Cup for France, and Europe should end discrimination against immigrants. Speaking in the capital, Caracas, state television quoted him as saying “The French team won, although it looked like an African team. Actually, Africa won - the African immigrants who have arrived in France. I hope Europe receives that message...” France beat Croatia 4-2. Its team was one of the most multiracial in the competition - 15 out of the 23 players in the national squad can trace their heritage back to Africa, mainly from French colonies.

 

Business

 

The European Commission has fined Google 2.42 billion euros after ruling that the internet giant had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results.

It’s the largest penalty so far to be imposed by the EU against a firm accused of distorting the market.

The EU ruling also orders Google to stop its anti-competitive practices within 90 days or face further penalties.

Google has said it may appeal but if it fails to change the way that it operates its shopping service within the three month deadline then it could be forced to make 5 percent payments of its parent company Alphabet’s average daily worldwide earnings.

 

The Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Jerome Powell has said that the economy is on track for several years of steady growth.

In written testimony to the US Senate Banking Committee,Mr Powell largely discounted the risks of a trade war and said that there would be a positive outcome if the administration’s bargaining ultimately produced a world of lower tariffs.

Mr Powell’s views were,however challenged by some senators who are concerned that President Trump’s trade policies are already damaging businesses in their districts.

Mr Powell did acknowledge that tariffs were “absolutely” the wrong approach and said that the United States “would feel it at the national level” if levies remained in place for too long.

 

And-The pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has said that it intends to increase its stockpiles of drugs by 20 percent in preparation for a no-deal Brexit.

The European regulator has told drug companies to be ready for a possible hard Brexit in April next year.

The order requires firms to duplicate drug testing,replicate licenses and take other steps to ensure the smooth supply of medicines.

AstraZeneca says that it’s already spent 40 million pounds preparing for a no-deal.

On Tuesday,the UK government was defeated on a new clause on membership of the European Medicines Agency following a rebellion by pro-European Conservative MP’s but the rejection of an amendment on a wider customs union could still have serious repercussions for the pharmaceutical industry in the event of a no-deal outcome.

Sport

NEWAY TOUR DE FRANCE REPORT.

Julian Alaphilippe of France won stage 10 of the Tour de France on Tuesday as Greg van Avermaet extended his overall lead.
The Frenchman went clear with just over 30 kilometers to go on the stage from Annecy to Le Grand Bornand and held on to his lead.
Van Avermaet ended fourth after getting into an early breakaway and now holds an overall lead of 2 minutes 22 seconds over Geraint Thomas.
Chris Froome moved up to overall 6th  and is 3 minutes 21 seconds behind the leader with two more tough stages to come in the Alps today and tomorrow.

Today’s 11th stage features 4 big climbs from Albertville to La Rosiere.It’s a summit finish which will suit the pure climbers and van Avermaet may see his lead eroded with Geraint Thomas tipped to take the Yellow Jersey if he can put in a good performance.Chris Froome will also be looking to eat into the Belgian’s advantage.

Cricket-England have won the one day international series against India with an 8 wicket victory in the third match at Headingly.
India made 256-8 from their 50 overs before an unbeaten century from Joe Root helped England to a winning total of 260-2 from 44.3 overs.
England win the series 2-1.

Football-Liverpool have made a world record bid for the Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson.
Roma are reported to be considering the 62 million pound offer but are said to want 66 million.
Alisson played all 5 matches for Brazil at the World Cup and kept 3 clean sheets.


Golf-Tiger Woods says that the Open Championship at Carnoustie gives him his best chance yet of winning a 14th major since returning from injury.
Woods says that you have to be creative and don’t have to be long to play on a links course.
He’s won the Claret Jug three times and pointed to Tom Watson’s second place at Turnberry in 2009 at the age of 59 as a reason why he should be in consideration.

Weather

Clear skies with moderate westerly winds.

Top temperatures 27-31 degrees.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Clear skies with highs of 28-32 degrees.

 

Finally 

Keep Calm - Recent research has shown that the one thing that makes people in the UK go off the deep end faster than anything else is finding a 'sorry we missed you' note by the front door from a delivery driver.

That infuriates us in less than six minutes. Going without a phone signal presses our buttons after only seven minutes, as do those who talk and rustle sweet wrappers in the cinema.

Brits are comparatively tolerant of annoying colleagues who make their blood boil after 11 minutes, the study of 2,000 people shows, and Brits can endure about 13 minutes of waiting for our partners to get ready. 

The research by broadbandchoices.co.uk revealed the average Briton goes off the deep end once every two weeks, with 68 per cent of respondents admitting they have a 'short fuse'.

 

 

 

 

 

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