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French and Riviera News.Wednesday.19.07.2017

Fires-Two new fires broke out on Tuesday on the Cote d’Azur requiring the attention of hundreds of firefighters as the hot,dry conditions continue in the south of France.

The first fire of the day broke out at the landfill site above Villeneuve Loubet on Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities ordered the evacuation of a nearby campsite and a local attraction park was also closed while firefighters dealt with the flames.

Thick smoke has spread down to the motorway and coast and people are advised to avoid the area if possible.

The second fire broke out on the hills behind Nice last night between la Sirole and Pessicart.

Firefighters were quickly on the scene and the woodland blaze was brought under control at around half past 10 last night.

Meanwhile 450 firefighters are still on the ground at Castagniers in the Alpes-Maritimes following a forest fire that destroyed 120 hectares of pines between Monday afternoon and Tuesday night.

The area is still under high surveillance and police have warned the public not to enter the security perimeter that’s been set up around the affected area.

Authorities are attempting to make sure that the fire doesn’t reignite with officers patrolling on the ground and also using planes to fly over the zone.

The entire south of France is on red alert for fires after several weeks of hot,dry weather.

Meteo France say that there could be some showers across the region tomorrow and on Friday.

Bandol murder-Police in the Var have arrested a holidaymaker who called them to say that he’d murdered his partner.

Officers arrested the man in Bandol after he called the police station in Sanary to say that he’d strangled his partner at a residence on the boulevard de l’Escourche.He’s been placed under observation at the Sainte-Anne hospital in Toulon.

The couple’s 3 year old granddaughter who was holidaying with them has been taken into care.

Cover it up-The local authority in Bandol has signed a municipal decree banning people from walking around the town bare-chested or in a bikini.

A fine of 38 euros can now be imposed on offenders.The ban will be in force until the 1st of October.

King of the castle ?-Sotheby’s International has announced that the famous Chateau de la Barben is up for sale for 15 million euros.

The castle,which is a classed historic monuments is one of the most famous buildings in the region and is situated between Salon-de-Provence and Aix in the Bouches-du-Rhone.

It was first mentioned in a book of titles and properties from the Abbey of Saint-Victoire in Marseilles  in 1064 and was originally built to defend the surrounding countryside from attack by local warlords.

The grounds cover 758 hectares and it has 10,000 square meters of landscaped gardens.

Since 1963,its been owned by the Pons family.

In National news today.

Another heatwave-Much of France has been sweltering in heatwave conditions again over the past 24 hours with temperatures climbing to 37 degrees in  parts of the south west on Tuesday.

Central areas of the country hit 35 degrees  and even areas in the far north reached 31 degrees as the heatwave blanketed practically all areas.

The weather has broken in northern areas  this morning with violent storms accompanied  by torrential rain in some areas  and localised flooding reported in places.

Macron jackpot-The party of French President Emmanuel Macron is set to become the richest political group in the country following his success in May’s election.

Under French political party funding laws,the Republique en marche will receive a total of 100 million euros in public money over the next five years.

The first cash will kick in next year with annual payments of 20.5 million euros from 2018 until 2023.

Business

The US banking giant Goldman Sachs has been hit by a 40 percent slide in bond trading revenues echoing similar declines at other major banks.

Goldman says that revenue from fixed income trading ,commodities and currencies came in at 1.16 billion dollars for the second quarter as the US Federal Reserve increased interest rates and cut back on its bond buying programme.

Total net revenues for the first half of the year came in at 15.91 billion dollars-a rise of 12 percent.

The bank posted profits of 1.83 billion dollars for the quarter-down from the 2.2 billion in the first quarter and only slightly higher than the figure it reported for the same quarter last year.

Lockheed Martin has reported better than expected profits on the back of increased sales of its F-35 fighter jet.

The firm,which is the biggest supplier of defence equipment to the US military reported a 5 percent increase in second quarter profits to 942 million dollars.

The company is building the F-35 in partnership with a number of other countries including the UK.

Lockheed also said that sales in its aeronautics business,which is its most important division were up by almost 20 percent in the second quarter.

It’s raised its sales and profit forecasts for the year as a whole.

And-Harley Davidson Motorcycles has slashed its sales forecast for the year as its shares fell by nearly 8 percent in New York.

The iconic bike manufacturer says that it now expects to sell between 241,000 and 246,000 machines this year-down from 262,221 last year.

A decade ago,Harley Davidson was selling 350,000 bikes annually.

It’s been facing increased competition from cheaper rivals in India and Japan.

Sport.

Neway Tour de France report.

Michael Matthews of Australia won stage 16 of the Tour de France on Tuesday as Chris Froome retained the overall race lead as he bids to win three Tours in a row.

The 165 kilometre stage between Le Puy-en-Velay and Romans-sur-Isere came alive in fierce crosswinds as Matthews held on to win in a photo finish from Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Froome leads overall by 18 seconds from Fabio Aru with Romain Bardet of France in third place.

It’s crunch time today as the riders get into the Alps for stage 17 which is 183 kilometres between La Mure and Serre Chevalier.

If Froome’s rivals are going to take the yellow jersey from him then it will have to be today or tomorrow and it’s expected that both Aru and Bardet will try to put him under pressure.

Golf-The Open champion Henrik Stenson has said that he’ll “sky dive with the Claret Jug” if he wins the tournament again this year.

The Swede won the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon by 3 shots from Phil Mickelson last year but has not been in the best of form over the past few months.

This year’s tournament,which starts at Royal Birkdale tomorrow is seemingly wide open with a number of form golfers in with a chance of winning the big prize which will be paid in US dollars this year because of the falling value of sterling.

Cricket-England’s Gary Ballance will miss the third Test against South Africa after suffering a fractured finger.

Ballance was struck by a Morne Morkel bouncer during the second Test and saw a surgeon last night.It’s hoped that he could be fit for the 4th Test.

England’s men may have come a cropper in the second Test against the Proteas but the country’s women’s team has showed them how to do it as they made the World Cup Final on Tuesday.

The hosts won a nervy semi-final by 2 wickets against South Africa in Bristol and will now face Australia in Sunday’s final at Lord’s.

Rugby Union-The Pro 12 will be expanded to 14 teams next season with 2 South African sides included.

The Cheetahs and the Southern Kings will both join the league after losing their Super Rugby status.

The 6 year deal will benefit the Pro 12  with an extra 6 million pounds in revenue from the South African Rugby Union as well as more television money.

The new Pro 14 league will kick off in September and will be made up from two conferences of 7 teams.

Weather

Clear skies with perhaps a shower in the mountains.

Top temperatures 28 degrees on the coast and 31 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 19 degrees inland with cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Sunshine and possible showers with highs of 26-30 degrees.

Finally.

A thief has stolen thousands of pounds worth of prize-winning cheese from an agricultural show.

Eleven blocks of Cheddar, each weighing about 20kg, were taken from the Yeovil Show at the weekend.

A £500 reward has been offered by one cheesemaker for the safe return of his two winning cheeses.

Show organisers said the most valuable cheese stolen was mysteriously returned to the site on Tuesday.

Event director Sam Mackenzie-Green said her team was "shocked" to discover two separate thefts during Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

She said "nothing like this has ever happened before" but added they had a "strong lead" as to who the culprit may be.

The Yeovil Show began in the 19th century. It closed in the 1960s but was revived last year.

The show attracted 23,000 visitors over Saturday and Sunday with the prize Cheddar marquee one of the key attractions.

 









 

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