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French and Riviera News Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Local

Fundraising - Residents, colleagues and friends from the Bon Voyage area in Nice have launched a fundraising campaign to help the family of the five year old boy who died from a seizure on Monday. Staff, friends and colleagues remain in shock following the incident which occurred at the Bon Voyage nursery school.

Anti-drugs operation - Police have revealed that a major anti-drugs operation took place in Carros last week. Police said that one hundred personnel had been involved in the operation. Ten people were arrested, of which eight have reportedly been charged with drugs related offences.

Jellyfish - Thousands of jellyfish have been spotted in the port of Menton. One diver observed the rare site posting photos on social media. Head of the marine awareness association Stephane Jamme said there are “more and more jellyfish compared to previous years” adding that “this is due to overfishing of their predators and pollution”.

Student in court - A 19 year old student from Juan-les-Pins has appeared in Nice Criminal court accused of buying a Porsche Cayenne with a fake bank cheque of 74,000 euros and using a false identity. A few days later he refused to stop at a police checkpoint and was involved in an accident with another car. The student was released by the court pending a further appearance next month.

Parking - Nice town hall has announced that street parking places reserved for delivery vehicles will be made available for parking by all motorists after midday. Parking will be limited to two hours.  The new policy is not yet in effect it’s planned to begin as of April 15th.

Pet owners - Pet owners moving between London and the south of France now have access to a new transport service as part of the global easyGroup brand. EasyPet ensures dogs, cats and other small animals are delivered to their new home in style and comfort. With their trademark orange vans the service runs between London and Monaco, with possible stop-offs at a number of major cities along the route. EasyPet is the latest in a number of sectors to join the easy brand. Others include easyHotel, easyBus, easyCar, easyProperty, easyOffice, easyFoodstore, easyCoffee and easyGym. The easyGroup aims to support a variety of services that offer consumers more value for less.

Football - Nice striker Mario Balotelli has reached an agreement with the Olympique de Marseille. The Italian star is expected to start playing for the club after completing his medical. Balotelli has not played since December 4th for Nice. OM hopes to see him give a boost to their club after nine games without a win.

Cycling - The International Cycling Union (UCI) has decided to ban the painkiller tramadol from March 1st due to its side effects. The measure will come into effect on 1st March with the first checks being carried out ahead of the Paris-Nice which starts on March 10th.  Any riders found to be using the drug will be disqualified and fined

National

France and Germany - France and Germany have drawn strong criticism from nationalist and populist parties across the continent following the renewal of their vows of postwar friendship, aimed to show that the traditional engine powering the EU project is still strong. The French president and German chancellor, signed the 16-page update to the 1963 Elysée treaty on Tuesday.

Marion Maréchal - Riot police gathered outside the Oxford University Union on Tuesday night ahead of a speech and Q&A session with French far-right activist Marion Maréchal - the niece of National Front leader Marine Le Pen. Tensions grew as approximately 100 protesters shouted and chanted at police.  During her speech on Tuesday night at the union, which is comprised largely of Oxford University students, she compared the 'yellow vest' protesters rallying throughout France to Britons who voted to leave the European Union.

Snow - Light snow fell on the French capital on Tuesday, causing some minor travel and transport disruptions and closures of monuments, as well as leading some enthusiasts to go snowboarding and take pictures. A winter storm began to spread from the Atlantic coast at daybreak on Tuesday, covering Normandy, the Paris region and northern France with up to four centimetres of snow.

American R&B star – US singer Chris Brown has been released without charge in Paris after being questioned on suspicion of rape. An investigation into the alleged incident is continuing, the Paris prosecutor's office said. The star and two other men were arrested on Monday after a 24-year-old woman alleged she was assaulted in a hotel in the city earlier this month. After his release, Brown took to social media to deny any wrongdoing.

Business

The Chinese tech giant Huawei has warned that it may turn away from Western countries  if it continues to face restrictions.

Huawei has been under scrutiny  from Western governments who have become concerned that its products are being used for spying activities.

The company denies the allegations and says that it follows regulations wherever it operates.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday,Huawei’s chairman Liang Hua said that his firm might transfer technologies to countries “where we are welcomed”.

The firm makes affordable smartphones and is also a world leader in telecoms infrastructure and in particular the 5G next generation of mobile phone networks.

 

Up to 2,800 jobs are under threat in the UK after Patisserie Valerie went into administration on Tuesday following a failed rescue attempt.

Patisserie Holdings Plc has appointed KPMG as administrators after admitting last week that it had found thousands of false entries in its books.

KPMG has said that it will try to keep 12 of the 200 Patisserie Valerie stores open as it seeks a new buyer.

Last ditch efforts by Luke Johnson,the chain’s founder to secure new finance from existing lenders came to nothing on Tuesday.

Mr Johnson,who is the firm’s largest shareholder,has extended an unsecured,interest-free loan of 3 million pounds to pay January wages.

 

And-The former British Chancellor of the Exchequer has said that he thinks that the UK will still be in the European Union after the 29th of March.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos,George Osborne said that he thought the UK would seek an extension to the Article 50 process and accused the government of playing “economic Russian Roulette”.

He said that he expected Parliament to step in to prevent the UK leaving  the EU without a deal but that the risk of Britain crashing out of the EU on the 29th of March was still a real threat.

Sport

Tennis-Serena Williams has been knocked out of the Australian Open in Melbourne by Karolina Pliskova despite holding 4 match points.

Williams was leading 5-1 in the final set of the quarter final but she then lost 6 games in a row to go down 6-4 4-6 7-5 and end her  bid for a record equalling 24th Grand Slam title.

Pliskova will now play Naomi Osaka in the last 4.She beat Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-1 to reach the semi finals.

In the men’s event,Milos Raionic of Canada is playing Lucas Pouille of France in the last 8 and Novak Djokovic is up against Kei Nishikori.

Cricket-The first Test between West Indies and England starts  at the Kensington Oval,Bridgetown,Barbados today at the start of a big year for the tourists.

England will be looking to knock the side into shape with the World Cup coming up as well as the Ashes against Australia.

The pitch at Bridgetown looks uneven and is likely to take some spin.Play is due to start at 3pm French time this afternoon.

South Africa have beaten Pakistan by 5 wickets in the second one day international in Durban.

Pakistan were bowled out for 203  with South Africa getting to the target easily in a total of 207-5 from 42 overs.

The series is tied at 1-1.

Football-The search for a missing Premier League player who was onboard a light aircraft that went missing near the Channel Islands on Monday night has been suspended.

Emiliano Sala was one of two people onboard the Piper Malibu plane which lost contact  off Alderney  and Guernsey police say that no trace of the craft has yet been found.

The 28 year old Argentine national had signed for Cardiff City from Nantes on Saturday  and his chances of survival are now said to be very slim.

The English League Cup semi-final second leg between Burton Albion and Manchester City is being played tonight.

The Premier League side’s passage into the final is little more than a formality.They lead 9-0 from the first leg.

Rugby Union-Jonathan Joseph has been added to the England squad which is flying to Portugal for training today ahead of the 6 Nations.

Joseph returned to action for his club side Bath last weekend following a long layoff with an ankle injury.

Brad Shields and Joe Launchbury have both been deemed fit to travel with the squad despite having issues with side and neck injuries.

England start their 6 Nations campaign against Ireland in Dublin on the 2nd of February.

Weather

Becoming cloudy with some rain on the coast and snow down to 200 meters in places.

Moderate easterly winds and a high of 9 degrees on the coast.

Overnight lows of 4 degrees on the coast and -2 degrees inland with broken cloud,some isolated showers and more snow flurries over higher ground.

Thursday and Friday-Mainly fine but becoming windy.Highs of 10-12 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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