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French and Riviera News Wednesday 4th July 2018

Local 

Marseille deaths-A 58 year old man has shot his former partner dead in the street in Marseilles before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life.

Police say that the drama occurred on the boulevard Saint-Loup in the city’s 10th district on Tuesday morning.The 54 year old woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the killer died of self inflicted wounds at around 5pm according to the state prosecutor.It’s reported that the man approached his ex partner in the street on a motor scooter and shot her 4 times with a 9mm pistol.

2017 Var Fires-A year after the devastating forest fires that destroyed more than 500 hectares of land at Cap Lardier and Cap Taillat in the Var, investigators believe that the blazes may have been started by a discarded cigarette end.

The fire broke out on the 24th of July last year and raged for several days before being brought under control by more than 130 firefighters.

Investigators have been searching for clues as to the origins of the fire and now think that a lit cigarette end may be the cause.

Beach warnings-With the busy summer holiday period upon us,authorities are warning beach goers of the dangers of drowning and the do’s and don’ts of bathing in the sea.

Visitors are reminded that the Mediterranean is not a swimming pool and that bathers should pay proper attention to sea conditions and heed advice or red warning flags in the event of strong winds.It’s also not advised to jump straight into the sea following a prolonged period of sunbathing because of the risk of thermal shock and also that children should never be left unattended in the water.

Dozens of people die in swimming accidents around France each summer,most of which could be avoided.

Bar raid-Police in the Var are appealing for witnesses after two men held up a bar tabac at Callas.

Several customers were in the bar when the masked and armed men burst in and demanded the takings before assaulting a member of staff.It’s thought that they got away with around 1,500 euros in cash as well as several cartons of cigarettes.They then made off in a car.

The incident was filmed on CCTV which is now being studied by police.

National

Police stress-A new report has suggested that the country’s police force is “in crisis”due to the combined stress of terrorist attacks,the migrant crisis and poor working conditions.

The report,which was compiled following a 6 month enquiry by the French Senate found that officers are faced with terrible working conditions, overwork and not enough time off.

Senators say that between 3 and 4 thousand new officers are required to improve the situation and that the service urgently requires new equipment including uniforms and vehicles.

Asylum-France is to offer asylum to some 80 refugees from the Aquarius rescue vessel  which has been at the centre of an immigration row.

The head of the French asylum office says that some 80 of the refugees will now benefit from the protection of France after officials carried out interviews of the 135 mainly African migrants aboard the charity boat.

France is also to grant asylum to a further 52 refugees who were rescued by the German charity boat Lifeline last month and was then stranded in international waters after picking up migrants in distress off the coast of Libya.

Business

Reuters is reporting that China is putting intense pressure on the European Union to issue a strong joint statement against President Trump’s trade policies at a summit later this month.

The report says that senior Chinese officials have proposed an alliance with the European Union and offered to open more of their domestic market to European firms as a gesture of goodwill.

It’s understood that one proposal is for China and the European Union to launch joint action against the US at the World Trade Organisation.

However,senior European diplomats are reported to have rejected the idea and a more moderate joint statement affirming the commitment of both sides to multilateral trading is expected.

 

Shares in Facebook have fallen by 2 percent after a report was issued suggesting that a US Federal investigation into the data breach linked to Cambridge Analytica is being widened and will include more government agencies.

Facebook stock slid by 18 percent in the seven trading days after the data scandal broke but it’s since gained around 27 percent.

The firm has faced intense scrutiny over the Cambridge Analytica scandal which saw the data of millions of users improperly accessed by the political consultancy firm.

The FBI,US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission have all joined the US Department of Justice in an investigation into the two firms and the sharing of users’ personal information.

 

And-In the UK,profits at the Telegraph Media Group halved last year as revenues from print advertising and circulation fell by 9 percent.

The publisher of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph said that pre-tax profits fell from 27.1 million pounds in 2016 to just 13.7 million last year.

Revenues declined by 17.5 million pounds to 285.7 million.

The newspapers are owned by the Barclay brothers who also own the Ritz Hotel.

There has been increasing speculation that the Barclay’s are seeking to sell the newspapers which they bought in 2004 for 665 million pounds from Conrad Black.

Sport

Football-Sweden will play England in the quarter finals of the World Cup after both sides came through their round of 16 knockout games on Tuesday.
Sweden beat Switzerland 1-0 in a lacklustre game that yielded few chances while England beat Colombia on penalties after the scores were tied at 1-1 after extra time


The line-up for the quarter finals is now complete.Uruguay will play France and Brazil will play Belgium on Friday while on Saturday Sweden play England and Russia play Croatia.

Tennis-Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have both made it safely into round two of Wimbledon as the crowds enjoyed another day of top tennis in continuing heatwave conditions.
Nadal beat Israel’s Dudi Sela in straight sets while Djokovic beat Tennys Sandgren 6-3 6-1 6-2.
In the women’s event both Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova were beaten in the first round and the 6th seed Caroline Garcia is also out after losing to Belinda Bencic.

Cricket-England’s unbeaten one day and Twenty20 summer came to an abrupt end on Tuesday after they were beaten by 8 wickets by India in the first T 20 international at Old Trafford.
England batted first and could only manage 159-8 from their 20 overs.
India reached the total in 18.2 overs in a score of 163-2 which included a magnificent 101 not out from KL Rahul.

Formula 1-Red Bull boss Christian Horner says that Daniel Ricciardo is close to signing a new contract.
The Australian is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with Ferrari and McLaren.
Horner says neither of the teams has shown serious interest and that there’s now a desire on both sides to keep the relationship going. 

Weather

Mainly fine in coastal areas-some showers possible inland with light to moderate variable winds.

Top temperatures 27-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland with cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Partially cloudy in  coastal areas- showers inland.Highs of 26-30 degrees.

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