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French and Riviera News Wednesday 30th May 2018

Local

Man shot dead in Menton - A man in his thirties has been shot dead in Menton. The victim was approached by two men at the entrance to his apartment shortly after 8.30pm on Tuesday. Police are  looking for the gunman and have opened an investigation into the shooting which they believe to be part of a drug trafficking dispute.

Meanwhile a man is recovering in hospital in Nice after being shot at while on his motorbike in Mougins. Police, who are still searching for the culprit, are investigating to establish whether  the incident was a deliberate attack.

Strike action in the Var – Refuse collectors in the Var have called for strike action. Union representatives of the Pizzorno Group have filed a strike notice from the 18th to the 30th June. Similar action in February saw rubbish left in the streets with local authorities seeking to find a solution ahead of the planned strike in June.

Diversion on the region’s coast road this morning - The coast road at Cap d’Ail will be closed to traffic today from 10am to 4pm due to work being carried out on the entrance to the tunnel following rock fall. Traffic will be diverted to  the “Moyenne Corniche” with the bus service from Menton to Nice terminating at Place d’Armes in Monaco.  

National

Shooting in Belgium - A minutes silence will be held today in the Belgian city of Liege following the shooting of two police officers and a passer-by. The gunman carried out the terrorist related attack on Tuesday. Belgium has been on high alert since a Brussels-based Islamic State cell was involved in attacks on Paris in 2015 that killed 130 people and Brussels in 2016 in which 32 died.

Eric Woerth - The former French Minister Eric Woerth has been placed under investigation into the illegal funding of Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign. Woerth, currently chairs the Finance Committee of the National Assembly. Former President Nicolas Sarkozy was indicted last March for "passive bribery", "illegal financing of election campaign" and "concealment of embezzlement of public funds".

European Union - The EU has passed a law which will require that firms comply with local standards when they post workers temporarily to another EU country. The revised rules which have been adopted by the European Parliament mean posted workers will be entitled to the same level of pay as their local counterparts. Under the new rules, firms sending workers to another EU country will have to cover their travel, board and accommodation costs - not deduct those costs from the workers' salaries.

Business

The prospect of fresh elections in Italy and the possibility that eurosceptic parties might strengthen their position has battered markets and raised concerns over the stability of the eurozone.
As well as volatility on the equity markets,a sell-off it Italian bonds raised the yield on two-year debt breach the two percent mark.
Short-term Italian bonds suffered their biggest one-day jump in 26 years raising the cost of borrowing for the government.
Italian debt currently stands at 130 percent of GDP.
European banks exposed to Italian debt saw their share prices hit as well as some US banks including JP Morgan,Bank of America and Citigroup.

The White House has said that it plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on 50 billion dollars worth of Chinese imports “shortly” after mid-June.
The Trump administration said that it will publish a list of imports slated for tariffs by the 15th of June .
Trade talks between the US and  China are ongoing but critics had accused Trump administration of “going soft” on the issue after the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that tariffs were on hold while negotiations continued.
The US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is due to travel to China this week for further discussions.
China said that it was both “surprised and unsurprised” by the latest development and has called on the US to act in the spirit of earlier joint comments.

And-Sir Martin Sorrell,the former chief executive of the advertising giant WPP is planning to return to the London Stock Market with a new venture.
Sir Martin stepped down from his role at WPP following a board investigation into misconduct.
He’s now taking charge of a shell company-Derriston Capital and is planning to turn it into a new advertising venture.
An announcement is expected today including the naming of institutional investors who are due to put 11 million pounds into the venture to add to the 40 million already promised by Sir Martin from his own funds.

Sport

Tennis-Serena Williams came through her first round match against Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open in straight sets but said afterwards that there was “room for improvement”.
Williams came through 7-6 6-4 to set up a second round meeting with Ashleigh Barty of Australia.It was her first match in a Grand Slam tournament since she gave birth last September.
There were also first round wins for Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza  while in the men’s event Rafael Nadal and the British number one Kyle Edmund are both safely into round two.

Football-Wales were held to a 0-0 draw by Mexico in an international friendly while Scotland lost 2-0 in Peru.
A stack of international World Cup warm-up matches are being played over the next few days with England due to play Nigeria on Saturday.


Rugby Union-The England centre Ben Te’o has been ruled out of the tour to South Africa with a leg muscle injury.
Te’o is reported to require surgery on the quad muscle tear.
Jason Woodward,Piers Francis and Nathan Hughes have been called into the 34 man squad.
England will play 3 Tests against the Springboks starting at Ellis Park on June the 9th.

Weather

Sunshine and showers with possible thunderstorms later and light,variable winds.

Top temperature 24 degrees.

Overnight lows of 19 degrees on the coast and 17 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Sunshine and showers tomorrow,fine on Friday.Highs of 23-26 degrees.

Finally 

BRITS spend 20 days a year using social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Four out of five adults log on for 81 minutes a day, while six in ten spend 79 minutes playing games on apps.

Watching TV and films is the most time-consuming activity, clocking up two hours, 25 minutes for 68 per cent.

Eighty-five per cent use news sites daily, for an average 57 minutes. The same total bank online.

Another 82 per cent shop online, 59 per cent listen to music and 56 per cent read books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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