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French and Riviera News Wednesday 19th September 2018

Local

Woman hit by train in Eze – A woman has died after being hit by a train at Eze. The region’s rail network came to a standstill on Tuesday evening following the incident which happened shortly after 7.30pm at the level crossing near to Eze train station. Passengers were asked to leave the train and services were halted between Monaco and Nice.

Road accident - Meanwhile a lorry driver has died on the A8 motorway after being hit by another vehicle on Tuesday afternoon. The lorry had pulled over onto the hard shoulder after exit 37, Puget sur Argens westbound. Traffic was reduced to two lanes while emergency services attended the scene.

Singer Saad Lamjarred - Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred has been detained in France after prosecutors successfully appealed against his bail terms over a rape charge. The 33-year-old was charged on 28 August with the rape of a woman in Saint-Tropez. Prosecutors in Draguignan, appealed against Mr Lamjarred's bail terms, which also prohibited him from travelling abroad. He is already facing rape allegations dating back to 2016 and was arrested in 2010 on suspicion of another assault. His hit Lmaallem is the most-viewed song by an Arab artist on YouTube. It has been seen more than 650 million times.

Trial - The murder trial of Monaco billionaire Helene Pastor has heard testimony from the police commissioner, who said it was unusual to arrive at a crime scene by taxi and then commit an execution using hunting cartridges. He said the amateur nature of the killing allowed police to precisely reconstruct the path of the killer on May 6th 2014 the day of the murder. It’s alleged the killer was paid €140,000, to murder the 77 year-old businesswoman, by her Monaco based son-in-law.

Mothers of Africa - A book project has been launched by the charity Mothers of Africa here in Monaco inviting people to donate second hand English reading books to be shipped to schools. The books can be dropped off on Mondays from 10am to 11am at the St Pauls Church Hall here in Monaco during the Mother and Baby Group. To find out more about the charity and enter a  competition to win two African bowls go to their website www.mothers-of-africa.org

 

National

Health - President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled plans to make France’s health care system, more efficient and sustainable for the next 50 years. He’s announced organisational changes at hospitals, in the recruitment of doctors, and a better use of digital technologies to provide health care to patients regardless of where they live. In a World Health Organization report comparing 191 countries in 2000, France was at the top of the list at No.1. However, the health care system is struggling with increasing costs and lack of doctors in some rural regions and poorer neighbourhoods.

Resignation - Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has announced he will stand down next year in order to run again for his old job as Mayor of Lyon. The resignation of Collomb, who is a political heavyweight and one of France's most loyal ministers, is seen as another blow for the President following the resignation of Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot last month.

Business

The Wall Street Journal has reported that China is to consider sending its vice-commerce minister to Washington next month for high level trade talks.

On Tuesday,the US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that the next move in the trade dispute between the two countries was “up to China” and there is a feeling among investors that both sides are holding back on ramping up tariffs in a bid to prevent a fully blown trade war.

China has responded to Washington’s latest penalties on 200 billion dollars worth of its goods by imposing its own tariffs on 60 billion dollars worth of US products.

The latest round of the dispute means that around half of all Chinese exports to the United States are now subject to the new duties while China has placed an extra 5 percent levy on US products including small aircraft,computers and textiles.

 

The electric carmaker Tesla has confirmed that the US Department of Justice is investigating public statements made by chief executive Elon Musk last month that he was considering taking the firm private.

The Justice Department has asked Tesla for documents about Mr Musk’s announcement and the company has said that it’s co-operating in the matter.

The probe comes on top of a civil investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission and several shareholder lawsuits.

Bloomberg has reported that federal prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation although the Justice Department has declined to comment.

Mr Musk surprised investors when he announced on the 7th of August that he planned to take Tesla private.He then abandoned the plan on the 24th of August.

There are suspicions that the two announcements were an attempt to manipulate Tesla’s share price.

 

And-Apple has paid the Irish government 14.3 billion euros following a ruling by the European Commission on illegal tax breaks.

Ireland’s Finance Ministry says that the payment is “a significant milestone” although Dublin insists that Apple was not given any special tax treatment.

In 2016 the European Commission ruled that the below 1 percent effective tax rate that Apple had paid in Ireland amounted to illegal state aid.

Apple has appealed against the ruling while the Irish Finance Ministry said that the government “fundamentally disagreed” with the Commission’s analysis.

The Ministry added however, that as committed members of the European Union,Dublin had always confirmed that it would recover the state aid.

 

Sport

Football-There were 8 games in the group phase of the European Champions League last night.
In Group A Monaco went down 2-1 at home to Athletico Madrid while Borussia Dortmund were 1-0 winners at Club Brugge.
In Group B Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick has Barcelona thrashed PSV 4-0 and Spurs went down to two late goals at Inter Milan in a 2-1 defeat.
Liverpool scored a late winner at Anfield to beat PSG 3-2 in Group C while Red Star Belgrade and Napoli shared a 0-0 draw and in Group D Schalke and Porto drew 1-1 and Galatasaray beat Lokomotiv Moscow 3-0.


There are 8 more games tonight.In Group E Ajax play AEK Athens and Benfica host Bayern Munich.
Group F pairs Shakhtar Dontesk with 1899 Hoffenheim and Manchester City against Lyon.
In Group G the champions Real Madrid play Roma and Viktoria Plzen host CSKA Moscow and in Group H Valencia play Juventus and Young Boys play Manchester United.

There was practically a  full programme in the English Championship last night.
Aston Villa beat Rotherham 2-0.Derby and Blackburn Rovers drew 0-0.Ipswich and Brentford drew 1-1.Leed beat Preston 3-0.Wigan beat Hull 2-1.Stoke beat Swansea 1-0 and West Brom were 4-2 winners over Bristol City.

Leeds United top the table with 8 points from 8 games.Brentford are second with 15 points with West Brom in third on 14 points.

Rugby Union-The former All Blacks,Wasps and Sale coach John Mitchell has been appointed as England’s new defence coach.
Mitchell joins the set up from Blue Bulls of South Africa after the English RFU reached a compensation agreement following lengthy negotiations.
He previously coached the England forwards under Sir Clive Woodward at the end of the 1990’s and will link up with the squad ahead of the autumn internationals.

Formula 1-The sport’s owners have signed a deal to sell sponsorship rights to betting firms.
The deal with the interregional Sports Group is worth a reported 100 million dollars and will allow Formula 1 to develop in-play betting markets during races.
Formula 1’s managing director Sean Bratches says that the deal will give fans “new ways to engage with the sport”.
Betting brands will be shown on physical and virtual trackside signage as well as with branded on screen graphics.

Weather

Clear skies with light southerly winds and a high of 26-28 degrees.

Overnight lows of 21 degrees on the coast and 17 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Mainly fine with highs of 27-30 degrees.

 

Finally 

People have the most fun at the age of 23 – but then lead boring lives by the time they reach 43. Work stresses and family responsibilities are blamed for taking the enjoyment out of life by our forties.  Three-quarters of those quizzed said they had less pleasure than they used to, with 43% complaining of a dull routine. 

More than one in 10 confessed to being branded the “fun police” by pals.  Cash concerns, tiredness and feeling self-conscious were among the main reasons for adults not going out to enjoy themselves. 

Over half those surveyed do not drink or party as much, while 49% admit they have less sex.

Only a quarter said they had had a good time in the last week, but another 24% said they had enjoyed some “fun times” during the last month. 

The research also found 2% of people said it had been more than five years since their last “thrilling” time. 

Half said they enjoyed themselves most on holiday, while 43% said it was hanging out with pals. 

 

 

 

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