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French and Riviera News Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Local

Missing Person - Police  have launched a missing person alert after the disappearance of 30 year old man from Grasse. Theo who is currently under medication for psychological disorders has not been seen since last Thursday after leaving the family home in the Saint Jean neighbourhood shortly after 8pm. The young man has long dark brown hair and green eyes. Police have appealed for anyone with any information to contact them on 04.93.40.91.91. Meanwhile police in the Var are still looking for 52 year old Béatrice Drubay who has not been seen since the 8th November. Anyone who may have any information can contact 04.98.03.53.00.

Heavy goods tax - The President of the Republicans of the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region, Renaud Muselier, has announced plans to  create a tax on heavy goods vehicles which transit through the region. Muselier was speaking at the first climate themed international meeting "Mediterranean of the future" which was held in Marseille on Tuesday and also attended by Prince Albert II of Monaco. The conference was focused on the shared commitment of Mediterranean stakeholders to combating global warming and achieving the goals set by the climate agreements, notably the Paris Agreement.

TV - Users of the TNT, free digital television service, who are based between Monaco and the Var, may experience no reception tonight, due to a change in transmission frequencies. If this happens to you, you’re requested to simply re-scan for channels on your set-top box, in order to restore service.

Meanwhile, the town of Menton is to be featured in a TV special called ‘Mediterranean Chronicals’. Many of the town’s historic sights, along with the importance of its position on the border with Italy, can be seen on France 3 this Sunday at 12.55.

Homeless - A Facebook group called Les Mailles du Cœur has been knitting woollen gloves, hats and scarves, which are to be given to the homeless in Nice. Over 250 people have joined the group to donate hand knitted items to the cause, and the proceeds of their work will be handed out to the homeless in mid-December.

Waste - Grasse  has announced it will become the first community in France to adopt Cliiink, a new waste collection system which hands out gifts, in return for selective sorting. The device allows those using the service to identify themselves using a smartphone app, with points being awarded for each container deposited. The accumulation of points can then be exchanged for gifts from local business.

National

Truckers block borders - Hundreds of truckers have blocked France's borders with Italy and Belgium on Tuesday, angry at EU rule changes that they claim fail to protect them from low-cost eastern European competition. Drivers began blocking the Frejus tunnel in Modane in eastern France at one point leaving more than 200 heavy goods trucks waiting to cross into Italy. Five truckers' unions wrote to President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday demanding a meeting.

Brexit - Some British nationals in some parts of France are reportedly being told by French authorities to wait until after Brexit to apply for permanent residency. Permanent residency permits, known as a carte de séjour, can be obtained if you have lived in France for five consecutive years. British nationals have the right to apply for a carte de séjour but ever since the referendum Brits have been reporting problems obtaining one. A spokeswoman for the department of Gironde confirmed to The Local on Monday that British citizens are being sent letters asking them to delay their applications.

National Front asked to close its bank account - France’s second largest bank has asked the French far-right National Front party to close all its accounts and take its business elsewhere. The bank, Société Générale told the party, led by Marine Le Pen, that it wished to end its 30-year “banking relationship”. It gave no specific reason for the decision. National Front officials said they were fighting the move and claimed that the party was being persecuted.

French language - The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has banned gender equal words from official government texts. The move has been seen as a blow against moves towards making French grammar and writing less macho for some his intervention has echoed that of one his predecessors Jean-Marc Ayrault who famously told his minister to stop using English.

Business

The car hiring firm Uber has admitted that it paid hackers 100,000 dollars to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed the personal information of some 57 million customers.
The covering up of the incident resulted in two Uber employees being fired with the firm saying that it “should never have happened”.
The breach occurred in September 2016 but Uber only became aware of it recently according to senior management.
The latest development adds to the company’s controversial recent past which has seen it face allegations of harassment as well as face a lawsuit alleging theft of trade secrets and multiple criminal probes by Federal investigators in the US.

The UK Finance Minster Phillip Hammond is to deliver his autumn budget today as sections of his own Conservative Party continue to call for his head.
Mr Hammond is under pressure to end austerity while at the same time taking into account the financial cost of Brexit.
He’s promised investment to make Britain “fit for the future”  as an “outward-looking,free trading nation” once it leaves the EU in 2019.
The Chancellor has also promised to support hard-pressed families with the cost of living and also to address shortages in housing.
The opposition Labour Party says that he should end austerity and boost public services.
Mr Hammond is due to start speaking at 1.30 French time this afternoon.

And-Apple has published an online paper on autonomous vehicles.
The firm’s science team has been working on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians while using fewer sensors.
It’s the first time that Apple has made any research into self-driving vehicles public.
The company’s researchers say that their results are “highly encouraging” although the firm is yet to spell out exactly what its ultimate ambitions are in the field.

Sport

Football-Liverpool squandered a 3-0 lead away at Sevilla in the European Champions League last night to end with a 3-3 draw.
The Reds looked to be coasting into the knockout phase before the home side staged a second half comeback.
Liverpool remain top of Group E but are not yet sure of qualifying.
The other game in the group ended Spartak Moscow 1 Maribor 1.
In Group F Manchester City who are already through,beat Feyenoord 1-0 while Napoli beat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0.
In Group H Besiktas made the knockout phase with a 1-1 draw against Porto while Monaco are out are being beaten 4-1 at home by Leipzig.
In Group G Apoel Nicosia were thrashed 6-0 at home by Real Madrid while Spurs beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 away to confirm their progression to the knockout phase.

There are 8 more games tonight.
In Group A CSKA play Benfica and Basel host Manchester United.
Group B pairs PSG with Celtic and Anderlecht against Bayern Munich.
In Group C Qarabag play Chelsea and Athletico Madrid host Roma while in Group D Juventus play Barcelona and Sporting Lisbon host Olympiakos.

There was practically a full programme in the English Championship last night although the leaders Wolves don’t play until tonight.
Aston Villa continued their recent good form with a 2-1 win over Sunderland.Cardiff kept up the pressure on Wolves with a 2-1 win at Barnsley.Brentford and Burton Albion drew 1-1.Preston were 2-1 winners at Bristol City.Derby beat QPR 2-0.Millwall and Hull drew 0-0.There was a ding-dong game at Bramall lane between Sheffield United and Fulham which ended in a 5-4 win for the visitors  while Bolton and Reading drew 2-2.


Cricket-
The England captain Joe Root has told his players  to expect a “hostile and intimidating” atmosphere in the first Ashes Test against Australia which starts in Brisbane tomorrow.
Root says that the players should not be scared of Australia despite the fact that they were beaten 5-0 on their last tour down under.
England are set to name several inexperienced players for the match including opener Mark Stoneman and Dawid Malan who’s only played two previous Tests.
Play at the Gabba starts at 1am French time tomorrow morning. 

Rugby Union-Wales will be without Liam Williams and Alex Cuthbert  for Saturday’s Test against New Zealand.
Williams has an abdominal injury and Cuthbert has picked up a calf problem.
No time frame for recovery has been issued for either player.

Tennis-The Australian Open will use a 25 second “stop clock” and players may be fined for retiring or playing below “professional standards” in the first round of Grand Slams from next season.
The changes are a bid to stop time wasting and players who are injured competing simply to pick up prize money.
The Grand Slam Board is also planning to reduce seeds from 32 to 16 from 2019.

Weather

Mainly fine with light south easterly winds.

Top temperature 16-17 degrees.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 7 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Mainly fine with highs of 16-17 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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