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French and Riviera News Wednesday 7th March 2018

Local

Fireworks – Nice city council has announced that fireworks will be returning as part of the port festival. Fireworks had been banned from the capital of the Riviera following the Nice terror attack. The festival which was cancelled last year due to security reasons is now set to go ahead on June 9th.

Migrants found in the back of a delivery van - Nine migrants have been questioned by Police in Toulon after being discovered in the back of a delivery van. The driver alerted police on Tuesday morning after discovering the passengers amongst his load which he had collected in Italy. 

Former President of the National Front receives fine - The former president of the French National Front Party Jean-Marie Le Pen has been fined for derogatory comments made towards Roma people in Nice during a press conference given in 2013. The decision was announced by the court on Tuesday.

Carnival - Despite the snow, rain and security measures, the number of spectators at this year’s Nice Carnival was on the rise with nearby restaurants reporting good trade. Meanwhile, the Fete du Citron, which has just finished in Menton, is to sell off the 140 tons of citrus fruits. The fruits go on sale at 9am this morning priced at just €1,50 for 3 kilos of oranges or lemons.

Football - OGC Nice has invited mid-term children, under 12 years of age, to come and play football with them. This Thursday, a number of Nice players will be in Cimiez at the Roman amphitheatre, to play football with children for an hour or two. All are welcome.

I do like to be beside the seaside – It’s good news for residents on the Riviera as a recent survey has found that there is a 38% lower stress level amongst people who live by the sea. The study also suggests a higher life expectancy for those living by the coast.

National

Prison reforms - New reforms to French prisons have been presented and could see thousands of new jail cells and the use of electronic tagging being more widely used. The reforms being pursued by President Emmanuel Macron aim to solve some of the worst prison overcrowding in Europe. French jails are more overcrowded than those in Britain, with an average 115 inmates per 100 places.

Sexual harassment - The French government announced on Tuesday that sexual harassment on French streets or in public transport will be punished by a new on-the-spot fine of 90 euros. A government spokesman confirmed that the fines for street harassment would start at 90 euros, in line with a parliamentary report recommending a penalty of 90-750 euros, depending on how fast the offender pays up.

No screens for under threes - The French government has told parents to keep children younger than three away from screens. In the government's latest book of health-related advice for under-18s or "carnet de santé" in French several recommendations appear including no screen for under-threes and the 11 compulsory vaccinations.  

Business

The White House says that President Trump’s key economic adviser Gary Cohn has resigned.
The announcement follows days of speculation about Mr Cohn’s future in the administration following widespread reports that he had been angered by Mr Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium.
The 57 year old, who’s a former president of Goldman Sachs is a strong advocate of free trade.He’d been critical of Mr Trump on previous occasions including his reaction to a far-right political rally in Charlottesville,Virginia when it was reported that he’d drafted a resignation letter.
Mr Cohn said in a statement that it had been “an honour to serve my country,and enact pro-growth economic policies to benefit the American people”.

A deal to rescue the Weinstein Company from bankruptcy has collapsed at the last minute.
A team led by the businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet had been poised to buy the struggling film production and distribution company but the deal was reportedly terminated after it was discovered that the firm’s debt was 55 million dollars more than the 225 million that was originally disclosed.
Last week it was reported that the investor group was set to pay 500 million dollars for the Weinstein Company’s assets but the deal has been scrapped because of the viability of completing the transaction.

And-The chief executive of PSA Peugeot Citroen has warned that the future of the firm’s UK based Vauxhall division is under threat because of Brexit.
Carlos Tavares says that uncertainty over Britain’s exit from the European Union has placed in doubt the firm’s Ellesmere Port plant in northwest England.
Mr Tavares said that Peugeot Citroen could not invest “in a world of uncertainty”.
He said that no-one would make big investments without knowing what the final competiveness of the Brexit outcome will be.


Sport

6 Nations report in association with www.hollerjones.com

The England captain Dylan Hartley is doubtful for the 6 Nations game against France in Paris on Saturday.
The 31 year old hooker has some tightness in his calf and is being monitored before coach Eddie Jones announces his match day squad tomorrow.
Meanwhile ,wing Jack Nowell has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament with an ankle injury and Sam Underhill is out with a toe injury.

The Scotland hooker Stuart McInally has said that Saturday’s away trip to Dublin will be their toughest challenge yet.
McInally said that the feeling in the squad was positive and he believed that Scotland could beat Ireland in Dublin for the first time since 2010.
A win would give Gregor Townsend’s side with an outside chance of winning the Championship heading into their final game against Italy.

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Football-Real Madrid and Liverpool are both through to the quarter finals of the European Champions League.
The Spanish giants beat PSG 2-1 in Paris last night to take the tie 5-2 on aggregate while Liverpool shared a 0-0 draw with Porto at Anfield to take the tie 5-0 on aggregate.


There are two more Champions League ties tonight.Spurs host Juventus with the scores tied at 2-2 after the first leg while Manchester City play Basel leading 4-0 from the first leg.

Cardiff City are just 3 points off the top of the English Championship this morning after beating Barnsley 2-1 last night while Fulham kept up the pressure in third with a 3-0 win over Sheffield United.
The leader’s Wolves are away at Leeds United tonight.
In last night’s other games Birmingham lost 1-0 at home to Middlesbrough.Brentford were 2-0 winners at Burton Albion.Hull lost 2-1 at home to Millwall.Norwich City and Nottingham Forest drew 0-0.Preston beat Bristol City 2-1.QPR and Derby drew 1-1.Ipswich were 2-1 winners at Sheffield Wednesday.Aston Villa were 3-0 winners at Sunderland and Reading and Bolton drew 1-1.

Formula 1-The signs are not looking good for McLaren after their car broke down 3 times on the final day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.
The team says that battery problems and a hydraulic pressure fault caused the breakdowns with Stoffel Vandoorne completing the fewest laps of any driver on the day.

Cricket-England made 335-9 as they look to secure a one day series victory over New Zealand in the fourth match in Dunedin.
Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root both made centuries but New Zealand have been fighting back and had reached 303-4 with 5 overs to go.

Weather

Mainly fine with moderate to strong westerly winds and a high of 16 degrees.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 3 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Cloudy tomorrow with a high of 15.Partially cloudy on Friday with a high of 14 degrees

Finally 

Brittany in western France is set to hold the country's first festival dedicated to redheads, giving French bearers of the rare hair colour a chance to celebrate the flaming locks for which they often face unfair ridicule.

Regularly the victims of mockery, French redheads will soon have a chance to hold their heads up high at the first festival in France set to be held in their honour. 

Dubbed Red Love, the event will take place on August 25th in the city of Châteaugiron in the northwestern French region of Brittany. 

 

 

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