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French and Riviera News Wednesday 26th September 2018

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MigrantsFollowing negotiations on Tuesday an agreement has been reached between France, Portugal and Spain over the 58 migrants on board the rescue ship Aquarius. Under the terms of the agreement the Aquarius will dock in Malta and France will welcome 18 of the migrants, Spain 15, Portugal 10 and Germany 15. France’s Minister of Interior Gerard Collomb, said on Tuesday that European solidarity should be exercised in Malta, "as the nearest port" to accommodate refugees.

78 year old in critical condition after being run over by a bus - A 78 year old woman has been seriously injured after being run over by a bus. The incident which occurred in Saint Laurent du Var has left the victim in a critical condition in hospital. Police have opened an investigation. According to preliminary reports the woman was trying to get on the bus at the time of the accident.

Road Close - The old town in Nice is to be further pedestrianised, as the road between the Opera and the Quai des Etats Unis is set to close from next Monday Oct 1st. The city is closing the access road for six months to measure its effectiveness.

Snow - Although we’ve just slipped into autumn, the ski resort of Valberg is already thinking snow. This season they are hoping to open early after the purchase of 70 snow canons at a cost of €2m. Half have already been installed, with the work expected to be completed by the first week of November.

Influencer Awards Monaco - Monaco is to welcome, for the first time, the most influential talents from the web. The 2018 Influencer awards is to take place on October 7th. The gala dinner will be hosted by its ambassador Pauline Ducruet, granddaughter of the late Princess Grace of Monaco at the Meridien Beach Plaza. The ceremony will reward inflencers in all categories from fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, food, travel, art and photography, parenting and health and fitness. .

National

France’s former Prime Minister to run for Mayor of Barcelona - France's former Prime Minister Manuel Valls has announced his candidacy for mayor of Barcelona, ending months of speculation over his intentions to enter the race. Valls, who has dual French and Spanish citizenship and his increasingly outspoken views against Catalonian independence. After months of speculation, Valls officially announced his intention to run on Tuesday.

Father given three month suspended sentence - The father of a child who was dramatically rescued after dangling from a Paris balcony has been given a three-month suspended sentence. Convicted of neglecting his parental responsibilities, the man has also been ordered to take a course in being a better parent. Migrant Mamoudou Gassama dubbed as “Spiderman” at the time scaled four floors of the building with his bare hands to save the four year old, who was left unsupervised. Gassama has since been given French citizenship and personally thanked by President Emmanuel Macron.

First street harassment fine in France - A 31 year old man who was drunk has been given a 300-euro fine for sexual aggression under a new law in France against street harassment. The man reportedly slapped a woman's bottom on a bus near Paris, and made lewd remarks about her appearance. The fine is the first imposed under the legislation aimed at deterring predatory remarks and harassment such as wolf-whistles. The law which was passed in August, allows for on-the-spot fines of up to 750 euros.

Business

The US chipmaker Qualcomm has accused Apple of sharing its technology with rival suppliers including intel in a theft intended to improve the performance of non-Qualcomm manufactured chips.

The complaint which has been made in a California court,is the latest clash between the two firms.

Qualcomm supplied Apple with processors and other hardware for its iPhones for many years but recently the tech giant has been building its business relationship with intel.

Qualcomm alleges that Apple stole its chip-making secrets and passed them on to Intel which may have cost it billions of dollars in lost revenue.

Apple and Intel have declined to comment.

 

The head of Argentina’s central bank has resigned after just three months in the job  amid reports of  a row over policies to restore confidence in the ailing economy.

Luis Caputo had only held the position since June and his resignation sent the peso further down in value against the dollar.

Argentina is in the process of finalising a 50 billion dollar bailout from the International Monetary Fund.

The country is in the grip of a major recession with interest rates at 60 percent and the peso halving in value since the start of the year.

 

And-Ryanair says that it’s been forced to cancel 190 out of its 2,400 scheduled flights on Friday because of strike action being taken by trade unions in Spain,Belgium,the Netherlands,Portugal,Italy and Germany.

The airline says that the cancellations will affect some 30,000 passengers who have been notified by text or email.

The long-running industrial action by Ryanair staff is centred on working conditions.

Employees say that the airline’s policy of employing them under Irish legislation creates insecurity and blocks their access to state benefits in their home country.

 

Sport 

Football-Manchester United’s troubles are continuing after they were dumped out of the third round of the League Cup at home last night by Derby County of the Championship.

The scores were tied at 2 all at the end of play and Derby went on to win 8-7 on penalties.

In the other League Cup results last night Blackpool beat QPR 2-0.Bournemouth were 3-2 winners over Blackburn Rovers.Burton Albion beat Burnley 2-1.Fulham were 3-1 winners at Millwall.Oxford United lost 3-0 at home to Manchester City.Middlesbrough beat Preston 4-3 on penalties.Leicester beat Wolves 3-1 on penalties and Crystal Palace were 3-0 winners at West Brom.

There are 5 more ties tonight including Liverpool against Chelsea at Anfield.We’ll bring you the results tomorrow morning.

Formula 1-The Mercedes Boss Toto Wolff has said that he takes “no comfort” in Lewis Hamilton’s 40 point lead over Sebastian Vettel heading into this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton has won three of the last 4 races but Wolff says that there are still plenty of points to play for  and that there is no “naïve optimism” about the situation.

Mercedes have a good track record at Sochi and have won all four races staged at the venue so far.

Sauber have signed the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi to partner Kimi Raikkonen next season.

The 24 year old has been placed at the Swiss team by Ferrari as he’s a member of their young driver programme.

Marcus Ericsson loses his seat but will stay at the team as reserve driver.

Rugby Union-Warren Gatland says that he wants to leave the Wales job on a high as he prepares for his final year in charge of the team.

Gatland will leave Wales after the World Cup next year and has said that he thinks the side can win the tournament.

He said that he’d loved his time in Wales  and as the year goes on then it will really come home to roost that it’s his final year.

Weather

Clear skies  with a moderate to strong east north easterly wind across the region.

Top temperature 25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 12 degrees  with clear skies and the wind dropping away.

Thursday and Friday-Clear skies with highs of 23-26 degrees.

Finally 

A new study has found that men are more likely to cheat if they are college educated or work in a bar. 

Bartending also makes women more likely to cheat - but if they went to college, they're less likely to. 

That is according to a new study by researchers in Sweden, who surveyed hundreds of thousands of couples for more than 20 years. 

Headhunting was the other profession most commonly associated with affairs. 

Researchers believe the restaurant business - and headhunting - inspires more affairs because employees spend more time with their colleagues of the opposite sex. 

When it came to education, though, they were stumped: they couldn't find any reason why it affected men and women differently.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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