French and Riviera News Wednesday 2nd September 2020

Local 

Coronavirus - According to the latest figures from the Regional Health Agency the number of coronavirus cases in the Alpes Maritimes continues to rise in those over forty as well as the under twenties.

Since August 21st, the region has been classified as a red zone with the threshold currently standing at 106.6 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Five people are in intensive care in the Alpes Maritimes and eighteen cluster cases have been declared.

In the Var one person has died this week from Covid-19 and 49 patients are currently hospitalised.

Monaco – Meanwhile in Monaco 2 new cases of Covid-19 were reported on Tuesday bringing the total number of residents affected by the virus to 140. Four people remain in hospital of which two are in intensive care and 43 residents are being cared for by the Home Monitoring Centre.  

Yacht confined to port in Monaco - The 90-meter yacht Lionheart owned by Lady Tina Green, has been confined to Port Hercules in Monaco after two positive cases were detected among the crew members. New PCR tests which were carried out on Monday have since come back negative.

Fourteen yachts have been confined by the Monegasque authorities since the start of the Covid-19 crisis. Either because they came from an area deemed to be at risk, or because positive cases were declared on board.

Holiday maker taken to hospital - A 60-year-old holidaymaker has been taken to hospital after having a heart attack in the swimming pool of the holiday village in the Pradet in the Var. Emergency services intervened on Tuesday morning after members of staff raised the alarm. The man was taking to the hospital Sainte-Musse.

Young man films women at campsite in Fréjus - A young man from the Paris region has been arrested after being caught filming, with his mobile phone, under the doors of the shower rooms reserved for women at a campsite in Fréjus.

Spotted by a policeman the 33-year-old was arrested and placed in police custody.

Glue bird traps - Hunters in the Var have expressed their anger following the announcement by French President Emmanuel Macron on August 27th that France was putting an end to the controversial practice of trapping birds on glue-covered twigs.

The suspension followed a warning to France from the European Commission that it could face legal action at EU level if the practice continued.

In France, s five region in the South-East are concerned the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence , Alpes Maritimes , Bouches-du-Rhône , Var and Vaucluse.

National 

Charlie Hebdo trial - The trial for the January 2015 attacks on French magazine Charlie Hebdo, opens in a Paris court today, after more than five years of investigations and delays due to the coronavirus epidemic.

In what is set to be a landmark trial for France, 14 defendants face a variety of charges related to helping perpetrators carry out attacks that killed 17 people over three days in January 2015.

Possible alternative to a vaccination against Covid-19 - A team of French researchers have announced that they have come up with a possible alternative to a vaccination against Covid-19 which could possibly be in the form of a nasal spray and may be ready by the end of the year.

Professor Philippe Karoyan, at the Sorbonne Univeristy in Paris said that it is “now up to governments and/or pharmaceutical companies to put money into it to take it to the next level of testing”.

The research team, headed by the Professor, has spent 18 hours a day, every day, for the past five months working on this alternative remedy.

157 million goes to a French person - One person in France has woken up happy this morning after scooping the 157 million euro jackpot on Tuesday.

Last night’s Euromillion marked the third biggest win in France since its beginning in 2004.

Business

Analysts say that the latest rally in US stocks probably still has more room to run with factors such as the forthcoming Presidential election and ongoing geopolitical tensions with China already being taken into account by investors.

Tuesday’s gains on Wall Street came on the back of the best August in decades for global equities.

The US dollar also edged higher against a basket of currencies on Tuesday after having initially fallen earlier in the trading session.

The Federal Reserve’s recent comments that it’s willing to tolerate periods of higher inflation to compensate for the persistent inability to meet its 2 percent target has been weakening the attraction of holding dollar assets meaning that the greenback is likely to depreciate further over the coming weeks and months.

Meanwhile ,the strength of the euro is causing the European Central Bank some headaches as it struggles to shore up the eurozone economy.

The euro has surged by 12 percent against the dollar in the past 5 months and climbed above 1 dollar 20 for the first time in two years on Tuesday.

A strong single currency is making exports more expensive and depressing price growth by making imports cheaper.

 

A spokesman for the fossil fuel giant Exxon Mobil has said that the firm is considering job cuts “worldwide”.

The news  comes as Exxon announced a voluntary job reduction programme in Australia today.

In a statement to Reuters ,spokesman Casey Norton said that the firm  “had evaluations underway on a country-by-country basis to assess possible additional efficiencies to right-size the business and make it stronger for the future”.

Fossil fuel firms have been coming under increasing pressure owing to lower prices and falling demand.

They’re also being encouraged to invest more in green energy although a recent report suggested that only one in ten firms had seriously increased investment in environmentally friendly projects.

 

And-The consumer products giant Unilever has announced that its to invest a billion euros to eliminate fossil fuels from its cleaning range by 2030 thus cutting down on carbon emissions created by the chemicals used in their making.

Unilever says that instead of using petrochemicals ,constituents made from plants and other biological sources would be substituted to generate the products.

Chemicals used in the firm’s cleaning and laundry products currently amount to 46 percent of its carbon emissions and the switch will eliminate emissions by a fifth.

Unilever has been facing unprecedented demand for cleaning products in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Sport

Cycling-Primo Roglic won stage 3 of the Tour de France on Tuesday as Julien Alaphilippe retained the leader’s Yellow Jersey.

Roglic emerged from the peleton just before the end of the mountain stage from Sisteron to Orcieres-Merlette to cross the line first ahead of a bunch of rivals which included Alaphilippe and Adam Yates of Great Britain.

The stage failed to create any major gaps at the top of the field with Alaphilippe holding a 4 second advantage over Yates at the top of the general classification.

Roglic is in third place overall ,7 seconds behind the leader.

Today’s 5th stage is 183 kilometers between Gap and Privas without any major climbs which should allow the sprinters to come to the fore.

Tennis-Andy Murray staged an impressive comeback at the US Open last night as he came from two sets down to beat Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan and move into round 2.

The 33 year old came through in five sets 4-6 4-6 7-6 7-6 6-4 ,saving a match point in the process.

He’ll now play the 15th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in round 2.

In the women’s event .Serena Williams blasted into round two with a 7-5 6-3  win over fellow American Kristie Ahn as she seeks a record equalling 24th Grand Slam while there were wins for 10th seed Garbine Mururuza and the 7th seed Madison Keys too.

Cricket-Pakistan have beaten England by 5 runs in the final T20 international at Old Trafford to square the series.

Pakistan made 180-4 from their 20 overs including 86 from  Hafeez.

England came up just short on 185-8 from their 20 overs with Moeen Ali making 61.

Snooker-The 7 time world champion Stephen Henry is coming out of retirement after receiving a mixed-invitational tour card to play on the World Snooker Tour for the next two seasons.

The 51 year old won 36 ranking titles during a 27 year career before retiring in 2012.

Hendy said that he’d missed the buzz of competition snooker although he has “no expectations” in terms of performance.

 

Weather 

Mainly fine in coastal areas ,some showers inland in the Alpes-Maritimes with light south easterly winds.

Top temperature 26-27 degrees.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 15 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Mainly fine with highs of 25-28 degrees.

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