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French and Riviera News Wednesday 27th September 2017

Local

Unemployment figures - Latest unemployment figures published have shown an increase in the number of job seekers in the Alpes Maritimes region with an additional 600 people registered in August. On a national level the increase in 0.6%.

Shooting - A 50 year-old man, has been shot dead by police in Draguignan, after turning a gun on a bailiff, who was evicting him from his home in the Var. The incident happened on Tuesday morning. The bailiff injured in the exchange of gunfire is recovering in hospital.

Nice Tramway - The city of Nice has put a 3D interactive map of the city’s future tramway online. People are invited to discover line 2 of the tramway which part of is due to be in service in less than a year according to reports.

Statue - French actress Brigitte Bardot will be honoured on Thursday in St Tropez, where a 2.5 metre statue of her will be unveiled on her 83rd birthday. Bardot made her name by starring in the 1956 film And God Created Woman, filmed in the town, and has lived in villas surrounding the town ever since. The statue will sit opposite Le Musée de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma.

Airport - Nice Cote d’Azur Airport has announced four new routes due to take off this autumn. The routes include direct connections to Romania, Faro in Portugal, Hamburg in Germany and a new twice weekly long-haul route to Doha in Qatar.

Winner - A young woman, on her first visit to Casino Ruhl in Nice, has won almost €35,000 with her first fifty cent bet. The 18 year-old says she plans to spend the winnings on funding her medical studies.

AS Monaco - AS Monaco have had a disappointing result in their Champions League match against FC Porto losing 3-0 on Tuesday night. With only one point in two days Monaco are in third place in their group.

National

Emmanuel Macron - The French President, Emmanuel Macron, has set out his plans for a “profound transformation” of the EU with deeper political integration to win back the support of disgruntled citizens. In what was hailed on Tuesday as one of the most pro-European speeches by an EU leader in years, he spoke up for common EU policies on defence, asylum and tax, called for the formation of European universities, and promised to play Ode to Joy, the EU anthem, at the Paris Olympics in 2024.

State of Emergency - Rights groups including Amnesty international and Human Rights Watch as well as Muslim associations in France have aired their concern as France’s state of emergency comes to an end. A new counter-terrorism bill is expected to be voted into law next month as lawmakers currently debate the proposed new powers that will come into use when France ends its nearly two year state of emergency in November. The state of emergency has been heavily criticised by rights groups and the United Nations notably by allowing police to place dozens of people under house arrest, and raid homes without consent from a judge.

Truck drivers - Scores of petrol stations were running dry in parts of France on Tuesday on the second day of a truckers protest. Although the government insists there is no danger of shortages, motorists were fueling the problem by panic buying. Early on Tuesday, the petrol-availability app Essence reported that 149 stations across France had run out of fuel, while another 235 were running low.  The vast majority of these were in northern and western France. The Ministry of Transport has promised to hold talks with union leaders on Thursday. 

Lip Balms - A leading French consumer group has warned consumers of the dangers of using certain Lip balms after tests found that they contained toxic substances. Half of the 21 products put to the test by UFC Que-choisir were discovered to have potentially harmful ingredients, including lip balms from large cosmetic brands Garnier, La Roche Posay, Carmex, and Le Petit Marseillais. 

Business

The engineering giants Alstom and Siemens are to tie up their rail operations. Alstom of France and Germany’s Siemens say that the merger will create a new “European champion in the rail industry”. The new group,which will be led by Alstom’s chief executive Henri Poupart-Lafarge will be called Siemens Alstom  and is expected to compete against China’s state-backed operator CRRC. Alstom makes TGV trains in France while Siemens makes the equivalent ICE inter-city trains that run on German long-distance routes. The French government,which owns around 20 percent of Alstom will shed its stake as part of the deal.

The aerospace firm Bombardier has said that the US Commerce Department’s preliminary ruling against it in its row with Boeing as “absurd”. The Canadian firm says that Boeing is seeking to use US trade laws to “stifle competition” after an interim tariff of nearly 220 percent was proposed on the import of its C-Series jet to America. Boeing had complained that its smaller rival got unfair state subsidies from the UK and Canada,helping it to win the order. There are fears in the UK that up to 4,100 jobs could be at risk in Northern Ireland should the tariff be applied. A final ruling by the US International Trade Commission is due in February.

And-The chair of the US Federal Reserve has said that interest rates should continue gradually despite concerns over the path of inflation. Janet Yellen was speaking in Cleveland,Ohio on Tuesday. She said that the Fed may have “misspecified” its models for inflation and “misjudged” key facts like the underlying strength of the labour market  and whether inflation expectations are as stable as they seem. Analysts’ say that the message appears to be that even if the Fed is wrong about inflation,gradual rate increases won’t result in a big mistake on monetary policy.

Sport

Football-It was a mainly good night for the English clubs playing in the European Champions League last night although Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow in Group E where the other game ended Sevilla 3 Maribor 0. In Group F Manchester City beat Shaktar Dontesk 2- while Napoli beat Feyenoord 3-1. Monaco had a poor night at the Stade Louis Deux-beaten 3-0 by Porto in Group G with the other game ending Besiktas 2 Leipzig 0 and in Group H Spurs won 3 nil at Apoel Nicosia with Harry Kane scoring a hat-trick while Borussia Dortmund were beaten 3-1 at home by Real Madrid.

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

In the English Championship last night the leaders Leeds were beaten 3-1 at Cardiff who replace them at the top while Preston move up to fourth on the back of a 2-1 win at Hull City. In the other results last night Barnsley and QPR drew 1-1.Brentford and Derby drew 1-1.Bristol City beat Bolton 2-0.Burton Albion lost 4-0 at home to Aston Villa.Ipswich beat Sunderland 5-2.Middlesbrough lost 1-0 at home to Norwich.Millwall beat Reading 2-1 and Fulham were 3-1 winners at Nottingham Forest.

Cricket-Ben Stokes will not play for England against West Indies in the 4th one day international at the Oval today after being arrested in connection with an assault at a Bristol nightclub in the early hours of Monday. The all rounder was held by police on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and has been ruled out of selection for today’s match. Several leading figures in the game including the former England captain Michael Vaughan say that it’s time Stokes changed his lifestyle.He is expected to be named in the Ashes squad which will be announced today. The 4th one day international against West Indies starts at 1.30 French time this afternoon.

Formula 1-Pierre Gasly is to replace Danill Kvyat for Toro Rosso at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix. The 21 year old Frenchman who won the GP2 series last season says that it’s a great opportunity for him to prove himself. Toro Rosso say that Gasly will be given a chance over the next few races. Kvyat has failed to impress this season and has scored just 4 points from 14 races.

Weather

Clear skies with light south easterly winds. Top temperatures 24 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 17 degrees on the coast and 14 degrees inland with partially cloudy  skies.  

Thursday and Friday –Clear skies  with highs of 22-25 degrees.

Finally 

According to a new study when it comes to doing household chores, women are more likely to take on the brunt of the task – regardless of how much they work outside of home, and how much they earn.

Researchers investigating the balance of household tasks examined how this shifts between partners across three stages of life.

While women were found to consistently do more housework irrespective of other factors, male involvement was influenced by the demand of other responsibilities, such as work hours and child rearing. The new findings highlight the continuing disparity in the sharing of domestic tasks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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