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French and Riviera News Wednesday 28th November 2018

Local

Nice attack - As the investigation into the Nice Attack of July 14th 2016 continues, the General Inspectorate of the National Police visited police headquarters in Nice on Tuesday. Speaking to local media they confirmed that the next stage of the investigation was to see if there had been any discrepancies in the surveillance system ahead of the attack on the Promenade des Anglais.

Emmanuel Macron – French President Emmanuel Macron has said he will not abandon a controversial fuel tax, as he set out France's future energy strategy on Tuesday. Macron said he intends to change the "method" but not the course on the taxation of fuels. Speaking on Tuesday he added that there would be a process of consultation which would take place across the country involving associations, elected representatives and people from the Yellow Vest movement.  

Meanwhile protests were still being held at several motorway junctions in our area on Tuesday, including Brignoles, Le Muy, Puget-sur-Argens and Frejus with protesters remaining present on the roundabout at the entrance to Cannes. 

Jacques Médecin - Nice city council has voted unanimously in favour to change the name of the Rue de l’Opéra to Jacques Médecin despite some opposition from locals. Médecin died on November 17th, 1998 in exile in Uruguay. He was the mayor of Nice for a quarter of a century and was a controversial figure. The tribute was initiated by the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, who made his first steps in politics with Jacques Médecin.

National

Implant Files - France has called for tighter controls of medical prostheses at a European level. The "Implant Files", researched by over 250 journalists has revealed that implants including insulin pumps, pacemakers and breast implants are getting European safety certification with virtually no oversight.

Petition - An association calling for the reunification of the Loire-Atlantique to Brittany has delivered a petition of 100,000 signatures to local officials. “Bretagne Réunie” which requests the attachment of the Loire-Atlantique to Brittany said on Tuesday that the sufficient number of signatures could trigger the “right of option”, a legal device which allows a department to ask to leave one region in order to integrate another.The inhabitants of Loire-Atlantique would therefore be asked to vote by referendum on a possible attachment at the end of February 2019.

Eiffel Tower - Another piece of the Eiffel Tower has been auctioned off. This time it was one of 24 staircase elements dating back to 1889 which were removed in 1983. In 2014, one bidder bought a staircase to take it apart and sell the smaller pieces as individual souvenirs.

Business

President Trump has increased his attacks on General Motors,a day after the US carmaker announced major job cuts.

Mr Trump tweeted that he was “very disappointed” and looking to “cut GM subsidies including for electric cars”.

GM’s decision to halt production at a number of factories in the USA and Canada has come as a blow to Mr Trump who’s made rebuilding the US auto industry one of his administration’s main priorities.

General Motors has not responded directly but has defended its restructuring plan  which it said supported its ability to invest  for future growth  and position the firm for long-term success.

Meanwhile,Mr Trump has increased his criticism of US Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell whose policies he says are damaging the economy.

In an exclusive interview with the Washington Post,Mr Trump  said that so far,he was not a bit happy with his selection of Mr Powell as Fed chairman  adding that he thought the US central bank was “way off base” with what it’s doing.

President Trump has repeatedly criticised Mr Powell over the past few months  as well as the interest rate increases that he says are making it more difficult for his administration to finance its escalating deficits.

 

And-BMW is reported to be considering a second plant in the United States that could produce engines and transmissions.

The development comes following comments from the president of BMW Harald Krueger as well as suggestions that President Trump could impose tariffs on imported cars from next week.

BMW has a vehicle assembly plant in South Carolina  and is planning to open a factory in Mexico next year.

Mr Krueger said that the firm was “in the range” where it could consider a second location in the United States  adding that such a factory would provide a “natural currency hedge”.

Sport

Football-A last gasp winner by Maouane Fellaini gave Manchester United a 1-0 victory over Young Boys last night to put them through to the knockout phase of the European Champions League.

Fellaini scored in injury time to spare United’s blushes in an otherwise lackluster performance at Old Trafford.It was United’s first home goal in Europe this season.

Manchester City also progressed to the last 16 following a 2-2 away draw at Lyon.

In the other Champions League results last night-In Group  E AEK Athens lost two nil at home to Ajax  while Bayern Munich thrashed Benfica 5-1.

In Group F Shakhtar Donetsk were 3-2 winners at Hoffenheim and in Group G CSKA Moscow lost 2-1 at home to Viktoria Plzen and Roma were defeated 2-0 at home by Real Madrid.

Juventus join Manchester United as Group H winners after beating Valencia 1-0.

There are 8 more games tonight.In Group A Athetico Madrid host Monaco and Borussia Dortmund play Club Brugge.

In Group B PSV host Barcelona and Spurs play Inter Milan.

Group C  pairs Napoli against Red Star Belgrade and PSG against Liverpool and in Group D Lokomotiv Moscow play Galatasaray and Porto face Schalke.

Leicester City are through to the quarter finals of the League Cup in England after beating Southamton  6-5 on penalties.

In the English Championship last night Brentford lost 3-2 at home to Sheffield United.Hull and Norwich drew 0-0.Leeds beat Reading 1-0.Preston and Middlesbrough drew 1-1.Rotherham and QPR drew 2-2 and Sheffield Wednesday beat Bolton 1-0.

Norwich top the table by one point from Leeds with Middlesbrough a point further back in third.

Formula 1-The son of 7 time world champion Michael Schumacher has moved a step closer to following in his father’s footsteps by signing a deal to race in Formula 2 next season.

Mick Schumacher who’s 19 won the Formula 3 European title this season for Prema and will now step up to Formula 2.

Weather

Mainly fine with light to variable winds.

Top temperature 16 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 9 degrees on the coast and 5  degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Mainly fine tomorrow  with a high of 14-15 degrees.Rain on Friday with a high of 13.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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