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French and Riviera News Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Local

Missing person – Police in Menton have launched an appeal for 30 year old Emilien who has been reported missing since August 13th. Worried relatives from Lorraine are collaborating with the police after his belongings including credit card, travel diary and mobile phone were found. Emilien had been travelling for the past 11 months in Switzerland, Italy, Sardinia and Corsica. Described as being of slight build and having blue eyes and short brown hair police have asked anyone with any information to contact them on 04.93.28.66.00

Fire - A fire has broken out at the maintenance center of the Nice tramway. The blaze which is believed to come from an electrical transformer led to staff being evacuated at the Charles-Ginesy center west of Nice. The incident happened shortly after 5pm several. Firefighters at the scene said no casualties were reported.


Airbnb property owners in France face discrimination claim - Several French holidaymakers are preparing to file a discrimination complaint with France’s rights watchdog, claiming they were refused holiday rentals on online booking sites on the basis of their North African names. Samuel Thomas, of the anti-discrimination federation Maisons de Potes, said it intended to pursue cases through the courts. He said a homeowner could face a fine of up to €45,000 (£40,000) and three years in prison if convicted.

Cost of rental for students in Nice is on the rise - According to a recent study Nice, after Paris has become the most expensive city in France for students to find accommodation. Figures show that last year students paid an average of 570 euros per month in rental charges – 100 euros less than in the Capital. This year students can be expected to pay 17 euros more an increase of 2.9% over the last year.

National

Hostage - The family of Sophie Pétronin, a Frenchwoman taken hostage in Mali in late 2016, has appealed to Emmanuel Macron “not to let her die over there” and to meet with the family of the “last French hostage held in the world” at the Élysée Palace. Armed men abducted Pétronin, who ran an organisation assisting orphans in Mali, on December 24, 2016.  The 75-year-old, who has cancer and malaria, has been “held in the desert without treatment for more than 600 days”, according to her nephew adding that “Her health is deteriorating from one day to the next”. Macron said on July 13 that France was working “tirelessly” to locate Pétronin.

Migrants risking their lives to get to England according to French police - Police in the small French port town of Ouistreham have reported that hundreds of migrants are risking their lives every day to try and get to England. Around 200 mainly Sudanese refugees are camping around the port because of the ferry route to Portsmouth. With a heavy police presence in Calais, they are targeting ferries running from the town as a potentially easier way to hide on vehicles headed for the UK.

Business

The S&P 500 share index, which tracks the 500 biggest public companies in America, is set for a new record. By the end of trade, the benchmark index is set to have gone 3,453 days without a fall of 20% or more, marking the longest rally ever in US history. The positive run dates to 9 March 2009, when the world was reeling from the financial crisis. Overall the index has risen almost 325% in the period, lifted by companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.

Nike has removed a balaclava from its website after it was accused of "targeting gang culture for profit". An image showing a black model wearing the product - which covers the majority of the face and appears to have straps and pockets - was circulated online. Some people on Twitter described it as "distasteful" and accused the brand of "endorsing knife crime". Nike said it was "in no way condoning the serious issues of criminal and gang culture".

A multi-millionaire catering boss has left a "substantial amount" of money to Oxfam after dying alongside his family in a plane crash. Richard Cousins reportedly left £41m to the charity after he was killed with his fiancee, her daughter, and his two sons on New Year's Eve. The paper said his will specified the money should go to the charity because his two sons died with him. A spokesman for the charity said they were "extremely grateful" for the bequest. In its last annual report for 2016-17, the charity received £19.8m in gifts left to it through wills.

Sport

Football - Manager Jose Mourinho retains the full backing of Manchester United's board despite Sunday's 3-2 Premier League defeat at Brighton. The result and performance has attracted widespread criticism. Mourinho is the favourite to be the next Premier League boss to leave his job, with suggestions that former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is being considered as a potential replacement.

Rugby Union - England captain Dylan Hartley is fit to return for club side Northampton Saints after five months out with concussion. The 32-year-old hooker is in the side to face Glasgow in a pre-season friendly at Franklin's Gardens on Friday, and said he was "confident I will play rugby until I am 50". The concussion he suffered in March's Six Nations loss against Ireland was his third such injury.

Cricket - England are on the verge of a huge defeat by India in the third Test despite the defiance of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes on day four at Trent Bridge.

Formula One - Pierre Gasly says he was wearing only his underwear when he found out he will drive for Red Bull next year. The Frenchman, who is in his first Formula 1 season with Red Bull's junior team Torro Rosso, will replace Daniel Ricciardo when he leaves for Renault. Gasly, 22, received a phone call from Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko to confirm he will race alongside Max Verstappen.


Weather

Highs of 32 degrees in Nice and 34 in Saint Tropez with clear skies becoming increasingly cloudy with storms forecast inland in the Var and a light south easterly wind.

This evening going down to 21 degrees in Nice and 16 degrees in Rayol Canadel in the Var.

Outlook for Thursday and Friday starting of cloudy on Thursday in the Alpes Maritimes with highs of 31 degrees clear skies by the afternoon. In the Var possibility of storms on the coast in Hyeres. Friday clear skies and highs of 30 degrees across the region with a moderate south westerly wind in the Var and gusts of up to 60km/h.

Finally 

Showing off your knowledge might seem like a good idea when trying to impress a woman.

But recent research has shown that men deemed too clever are actually more likely to be turned down by the opposite sex.

While women want some intelligence in a man, it seems that you can have too much of a good thing when it comes to brains.

And chaps who are too physically attractive will not win plaudits with potential partners either.

A study by researchers at the University of Western Australia found that women did not want exceptionally clever or handsome men. But the same did not hold true for men – who are not put off by extreme levels of intelligence or good looks, they found.

Researchers asked hundreds of people what they found attractive in a potential romantic partner. Participants rated four qualities – good looks, cleverness, kindness and being easy-going.

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