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French and Riviera News Wednesday 20th June 2018

Local

Speed limit on French roads - Fifteen French deputies have filed a complaint to the French State Council against the implementation of new speed limits on French roads. The decree limiting the speed to 80 km/h on 400,000 km of secondary roads, is to come into force on July 1st. Those opposing the new measure argue that it is not based on any credible evidence and does not take into account accident zones. Despite months of protests by motorcyclists 'and motorists' and political debates, the decree was published on Sunday. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said he is  "ready to assume the unpopularity" of the new measure that will, according to him, save 300 to 400 lives per year.

Meanwhile Eric Ciotti, MP for the Alpes Maritimes in the French National Assembly has called for the removal of the motorway toll booths at Nice St Isidore. Mr Ciotti said that he had asked Elisabeth Borne, the Transport Minister, to close the toll and that such a measure would be more effective in terms of road safety than the new 80 km per hour speed limit. The government recently published its recommendations following a major accident at Nice St Isidore in 2015 which killed one person and injured eight others.

City of Cannes ordered to reimburse fine - The Administrative Court in Nice has ordered the City of Cannes to reimburse a mother who was illegally fined 11 euros on one of the city’s beaches for wearing a burkini. The incident which took place on July 28th 2016 saw police issue the fine in what has been considered by the court as “incorrect” behaviour from the police.  Like many other towns of the Côte d'Azur, Cannes adopted the ban following the attack in Nice on July 14th 2016  however the State Council, had suspended the ban calling for mayors to respect fundamental freedoms.

Societe Bains de Mer – Latest figures published for the Societe Bains de Mer here in Monaco have shown an increase in business of 16 million euros for 2017.  Chairman of the SBM Jean Luc Biamonti welcomed the news which shows an increase in business for a majority of the hotels and the casino in Monaco which are run by the SBM including the Hotel de Paris and the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel.

Permanent memorial for the July 14th victims - A consultation process has been started with victims of the July 14th attack in Nice regarding the construction of a permanent memorial.  The Association Promenade des Anges-July 14, 2016 has started a consultation process by sending an e-mail to the association’s members requesting their views on a memorial. The association says that the provisional memorial has now been in place for almost two years and that the time seems to have come to build a definitive memorial.  One of the questions to be decided is the location of any permanent memorial. The association’s members have until the 19th of August to submit their views.

Act of generosity – A couple from Draguignan have appealed in the local Nice Matin for a couple to come forward after an amazing act of generosity following their misfortune. The couple, who were left penniless after their belongings were stolen while dining at a restaurant in Nice, were left dumbfounded to discover that an anonymous couple had paid the bill for them.

Super Yacht A - The sun has returned to the Côte d’Azur and with it some of the world’s most eye catching yachts including the largest sailing yacht in the world ‘Super Yacht A’ which has dropped anchor in the Gulf of Saint Tropez.  ‘Super Yacht A’ owned by a Russian billionaire boasts a central mast which  is one hundred meters above sea level, bigger than Big Ben, and more than double that of the Statue of Liberty. According to reports, when the yacht is sailing in certain areas, especially near international airports such as Nice, it must notify air traffic control to avoid any accidents. The sailboat is a regular on the French Riviera and has already this season been spotted in Monaco and Antibes.

National

Marine Le Pen ordered to repay 300,000 euros - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been ordered to  repay nearly 300,000 euros to the European Parliament for funds paid incorrectly to an assistant.  The General Court of the European Union, rejected a bid by Le Pen on Tuesday to overturn a ruling that she had wrongly used parliamentary funds to pay an aide who was based at her party's headquarters in Paris. Following the decision Le Pen swiftly announced her intention to take the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union, the bloc's highest court.

Free rail travel for baby born on a Parisian train - A baby boy who was born on a Parisian train on Monday has been given free rail travel until he is 25 by the city's public transport company. Traffic had been interrupted on the commuter line "following the unexpected birth of a baby on a train" at the station. The network later congratulated the mother and offered the baby free travel.

France’s favourite village - And finally the village of Cassel in North Eastern France has been voted France’s favourite village for 2018. Fourteen villages each representing a French region were in the running. Among them, Roussillon in the Vaucluse and Lama in the Haute-Corse. But it was Cassel which charmed the public and won the title.

Business

A White House trade advisor has said that China is underestimating President Trump’s resolve to impose more trade tariffs unless Beijing changes its “predatory” trade practices.

Peter Navarro said that China has more to lose from a trade war.He said that Beijing imported 129.89 billion dollars worth of US goods last year while America purchased 505.47 billion dollars worth of Chinese products.

Mr Navorro said that if China thought that it could buy the US off “cheap” by selling a few extra products and being allowed to continue to steal our intellectual property and crown jewels then it was a miscalculation.

The trade confrontation between the world’s two powerful economies could disrupt global supply chains for the tech and auto industries which are heavily reliant on outsourced components.

 

General Electric is losing its place on the Dow Jones Industrial Average after more than a hundred years.

The development reflects a fall in the firm’s fortunes as well as changes to the US economy.

Wallgreens Boots Alliance will take GE’s place on the index which tracks the shares of 30 firms which are deemed to be representative of the US economy.

The change will take place on June the 26th.

GE’s share price has fallen by more than 50 percent over the past year and it’s announced a series of cuts in a bid to reposition itself.

 

And-The fashion retailer Asos is banning products which contain feathers,silk,cashmere and mohair from its website.

The firm says that it’s updated its animal welfare policy and will stop selling products using the banned materials by the end of January next year.

Asos has already banned fur,angora and other rabbit hair and products which use materials from vulnerable animals.

Brands including Gap,Topshop,Zara and Primark have also pledged to stop using mohair.

Sport

Football-There were 3 games at the World Cup on Tuesday with the hosts Russia all but assuring their place in the knockout phase thanks to a 3-1 win over Egypt in Group A.
In Group H Japan beat Colombia 2-1 and Senegal became the first African team to register a win at the tournament with a 2-1 win over Poland.


There are three more games today as the second round of group games gets into full swing.Uruguay play Saudi Arabia in Group A while Portugal play Morocco in Group B and Iran face Spain.

Cricket-England hit a world record 481-6 as they thrashed Australia by 242 runs in the third one day international at Trent Bridge to wrap up the series.
Alex Hales hit 147 and Jonny Bairstow 139 as they set the visitors an almost impossible target.
Australia could only manage 239 in 37overs.
England now hold an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series with 2 to play.

Tennis-Andy Murray too Nick Kyrgios to 3 sets on his comeback from injury but couldn’t pull off a win as he went down 2-6 7-6 7-5 to the Australian at the Queens Club tournament in London.
Murray was playing his 1st competitive match since Wimbledon and has slipped to 156th in the world rankings.
Afterwards he said that he’d been pleased with his performance and would continue to plot his best way forward.He said that he might play at Eastbourne next week but miss Wimbledon.

Formula 1-Red Bull will split with Renault at the end of the season and sign a two year deal with Honda.
The relationship between Red Bull and Renault has been tense since the turbo hybrid engines were introduced in 2014 and the team now feels that Honda will be more competitive than Renault next season.


Golf-The 5 time Open champion Peter Thomson has died at the age of 88.
Mr Thomson had been suffering from  Parkinson’s disease and died at his Melbourne home this morning.
He was the only player to win the Open three times in a row in the 20th century and won the tournament a total of 5 times between 1954 and 1965-a record only equalled by Tom Watson of the United States.

Racing-Frankie Dettori rode an opening day Royal Ascot treble for Trainer John Gosden although he was brought down to earth with a bump at the end after being handed a 7 day ban and a 4,300 pound fine for using his whip above the permitted level.
Dettori rode to victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes as well as the Coventry Stakes and the Wolferton Stakes.
Today’s feature race is the Prince of Wales’s Stakes which is off at 5.20 this afternoon.
 

Weather

Clear skies with perhaps a rumble of thunder in the mountains and light variable winds.

Top temperatures 28-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland with clear skies. Thursday and Friday -Fine and sunny with highs of 28-30 degrees tomorrow and 25-29 degrees on Friday.

 

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