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French and Riviera News Wednesday 25th October 2017

Local

Unemployment - Unemployment figures published on Tuesday for the month of September have shown that the number of unemployed fell by 1.2% in the Alpes Maritimes region. 70,440 people were registered with Pôle Emploi at the end of September a decrease of 1.2% compared to the previous month.

Building evacuated in Nice - A building has been evacuated in Nice after a suspicious device was reported to police on Tuesday evening. As a precaution the building at 29 Rue Paganini in Nice was evacuated. Officers later confirmed the device was in fact a car battery. 

Shooting - A man is helping police with enquiries after a number of shots were fired at a building on Rue Albert Premiere in Nice on Monday night. It’s believed the man was drunk at the time and was shooting at a love rival, whose hand was injured in the incident.

Football fans - Four football supporters of  Olympique de Marseille have appeared in court in Marseille after violence broke out with police officers ahead of last Sunday’s game against PSG. The court sentenced the defendants to a fine of 300 euros. On Sunday, police were forced to use water cannon and tear gas just before the match which took place at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille.

“Moi(s) sans tabac” - "Moi (s) sans tabac" launched in November 2016 is here again. The campaign aimed at encouraging smokers to collectively stop smoking during the month of November was initiated by the French Ministry of Health and is conducted in collaboration with the Department of Social Affairs and Health and the Princess Grace Hospital Centre. Free kits to help smokers stop will be made available at chemists in the Principality as part of the campaign.

New way to travel to the regions airport “DriiveMe” – A new service has been launched which now makes it possible to travel to Marseille Airport or Nice Côte-D'Azur Airport by car for 1 euro. “DriiveMe” offers a turnkey car rental service for 1 euro. The only additional charge is the fuel and the toll charge. Customers, via the application or the website, choose their destination and pick up a vehicle at an agency. Many cars and commercial vehicles are put online every day at a price of 1 € for 24, 48 or 72 hours.

National

French President Emmanuel Macron's push for a new EU tax on internet giants has met resistance from Ireland. After a meeting in Paris, Macron and the Irish Prime Minister admitted they had failed to reach an agreement on how to ensure that tech giants pay more tax in Europe. France needs the backing of all EU members in order to achieve its tax goal. The meeting between the two leaders was the first between since they both took office this year.

Butter - International demand for butter is leading to an increased shortage here in France in local supermarkets. Retailers are also struggling with a huge price increase, where the price of butter has gone from €2,500 to €7,000 a ton, over the last year alone.

 Wine Production - The International Organisation of Vine and Wine, the OIV, has said it expected an 8% decrease in global wine production for 2017. The international producer group has forecast the worst global harvest since 1961. The cause being the weather after key wine-producing countries such as Italy and France have been hit by both hot and cold weather.

Are the French Pessimists? - According to two French academics from Grenoble the French are pessimists and are never more glum than when it comes to the world of work.  In 2011 a survey found that despite their relatively high standard of living, the French were the most pessimistic people in the world and according to the academics, a significant portion of the blame lies with the French education system.  The professors say that the way children are taught in schools in France gears them up for future gloominess in their professional lives.  

Business

AT&T has missed Wall Street estimates with its quarterly results as it lost customers to traditional and online competitors and fewer subscribers updated their devices ahead of Apples launch of the iPhone X. America’s second largest wireless provider said that competition in the growing market for video entertainment on phones had affected results  and that it lost 89,000 US video subscribers in the quarter. AT&T is in the process of buying Time Warner for 85.4 billion dollars in a deal that it hopes will transform the firm into a media powerhouse that can bundle mobile services with video.The deal is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The company also reported 900,000 fewer phone upgrades than at the same period last year which negatively impacted wireless equipment revenue.

McDonalds has reported better than expected third quarter sales as it continued to push back against its rivals. Revenues fell by 10 percent to 5.75 billion dollars after the firm sold Asian restaurants but sales in North America jumped by 4.1 percent with global sales up 6 percent. The results follow menu tweaks and increased mobile delivery. Net profit jumped by 48 percent to 1.9 billion dollars compared to the same period last year.

And-Global wine production is expected to fall to its lowest level in more than 50 years according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine. The OIV has blamed the decline on extreme weather in Italy,France and Spain-the world’s top three producers. Total world output is expected to fall by 8 percent this year to 247 million hectolitres. The fall in production could see prices rise and reduce a global surplus caused by a slump in demand in the wake of the financial crisis. Italy is the worst affected producer with volume expected to fall by 23 percent this year to 39.3 million hectolitres. In France,production will be down by 19 percent to 36.7 million hectolitres.

Sport

Football-There were six 4th round ties in the League Cup in England on Tuesday night with the misery continuing for Crystal Palace as they were beaten 4-1 at Bristol City of the Championship. In the other results Arsenal beat Norwich 2-1.Bournemouth beat Middlesbrough 3-1.Leicester beat Leeds 3-1.Manchester United were 2-0 winners at Swansea and Manchester City were taken to a penalty shootout by Wolves before coming through 4-1.

There are two more ties tonight.Chelsea host managerless Everton and Spurs play West Ham.

In the Scottish Premiership last night Hamilton and Partick drew 0-0.Hibs beat Hearts 1-0 in the Edinburgh derby and St Johnstone and Ross County drew 0-0.

Rugby Union-Scotland have called up 10 uncapped players to the squad for the autumn internationals as coach Gregor Townsend prepares for his first home matches in charge. 36 players are in the squad although Townsend insists that it’s not a time for experimentation. Among the new faces are the Sale winger Byron McGuigan and the Glasgow forwards Scott Cummings and Jamie Bhatti. Wales have also announced a 36 man squad for their autumn internationals with New Zealand born Hadleigh Parkes included even though he’s not eligible for the first three games. Parkes will become eligible on residency grounds on the 2nd of December-the day that Wales play South Africa. The uncapped quartet of Elliot Dee,Sam Cross,Leon Brown and Owen Watkin are also included.

Tennis-The third seed Karolina Pliskova has thrashed the Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 6-2 6-2 to make the semi-finals of the season ending WTA Finals in Singapore. Pliskova took just 62 minutes to win the match and ensure that she will finish top of the White group. Venus Williams also won in a marathon 3 setter against Jelena Ostapenko,finally coming through in 3 hours 13 minutes 7-5 6-7 7-5. She’ll now play Muguruza for the second qualifying place tomorrow.

Weather

Clear skies with light to moderate variable winds Top temperatures 23 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 13 degrees on the coast and 8 degrees inland with clear skies.  

Thursday and Friday–Clear skies with highs of 21-25 degrees.A moderate to strong Mistral developing across the Var on Friday

 

 

 

 

 

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