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French and Riviera News Wednesday 8th August 2018

Local

Two year old drowns in swimming pool - A two year old girl has drowned in a swimming pool in the Vaucluse. The incident happened around 10am on Tuesday morning. Emergency services were unable to revive the toddler who was on holiday in the region. Police have launched an investigation to determine the exact circumstances and whether the pool was properly secured.

Weather - Meteo France has placed 39 departments on an orange weather alert due to violent storms which hit the north of the country on Tuesday afternoon. Hail and strong winds of gusts of up to 120km/h caused travel chaos on the rail network with trees falling on tracks leaving 1,500 passengers stranded at several train stations in Caen, Lisieux and Paris Saint-Lazare. Meanwhile 46 departments remain on a heat wave alert today including the Alpes Maritimes and the Var which will see highs of 33 degrees – storms are forecast for late afternoon and most of tomorrow.

Campaign against smutty postcards - Smutty postcards with pictures of women wearing bikinis are a typical feature of French seaside resorts. But in the wake of an anti-sexual harassment movement in France, their days may be numbered. The group Femmes Solidaires has said in a statement that “They contribute to a culture of rape, impose a degrading image of women, and help legitimise and trivialise violence against women.” The group is now demanding that publishers stop printing and selling the cards and has called for support from Marlene Schiappa, France’s gender equality minister, who has been leading a fight against sexual harassment and violence. Lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill banning sexual harassment and cat-calling in the street in France allowing on-the-spot fines of up to 750 euros.

Emmanuel Macron in Bormes les Mimosas - French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte have visited the village of Bormes Les Mimosas in the Var. Members of the public greeted the couple who are currently on holiday at Fort Brégancon. The couple had previously visited Bormes on Friday accompanied by the British Prime Minister and her husband.

National

HSBC announces plans to move several offices from London to Paris - As Britain braces for its exit from the EU in March 2019, HSBC has announced that seven of its Europe-focused offices will move from London to Paris early next year. The largest British and European bank, HSBC announced these changes in a statement issued by its French subsidiary. The transfer will take place at the end of the first quarter of 2019, just before the UK leaves the EU in March.

Business

Tesla boss Elon Musk is considering taking the electric-car firm private, a move he claimed was the "best path forward" for the company. Mr Musk said de-listing from the stock exchange meant Tesla would no longer be pressured into making short-term decisions to appease investors. In an unusual move, Mr Musk first made the announcement on Twitter rather than via an official regulatory disclosure. Mr Musk said investors backed the plan which requires a shareholder vote. He said shareholders would be offered $420 per share - around a fifth higher than the current price. Mr Musk claimed to have secured funding to buy out shareholders, but did not offer any further detail. However, he also warned that "a final decision has not been made" about the move.

And - Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal has taken a 2.3% stake in Snap, buying $250m (£194m) worth of shares in the social media company. The investment came as the company struggles to build investor confidence in its Snapchat messaging service. The number of daily active users fell 2% in the most recent quarter to 188 million, from 191 million at the end of March. The firm also faces competition for digital ads from giants like Facebook. Despite the fall in the number of users, the firm said revenues were up and its losses had declined in its second quarter.

Sport

Football - Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for a world record fee for a goalkeeper of £71m.

And - Liverpool had a comfortable 3-1 victory over Torino at Anfield to end their pre-season on a high note on Tuesday night.

Cricket – England batsman Ollie Pope says he will not feel out of his depth when he makes his debut in the second Test against India at Lord's on Thursday. Meanwhile there are reports that a "shot clock" could be introduced to improve the pace of play, according to a group of leading figures in the sport. The MCC World Cricket committee, said it was concerned at declining over rates.

Formula One - F1 team Force India have agreed a deal to come out of administration, saving all 405 jobs at their Silverstone base.

Tennis - Novak Djokovic made a successful start to his Rogers Cup campaign in Toronto in his first match back on the ATP Tour since winning Wimbledon last month.

Weather 

Today’s weather highs of 32 degrees in Antibes and Menton, 30 degrees in Nice, risk of storms by the afternoon for most of the Alpes Maritimes. Going down to 23 degrees this evening.

In the Var - in Saint Tropez and Rayol Canadel highs of 33 degrees clear skies going down to 17 degrees tonight.

The outlook for Thursday highs of 30 degrees with storms forecast in the Alpes Maritimes and highs of 31 for the Var with rain forecast.

Finally 

We are told that hard work can lead to more promotions, a higher pay raise and general overall happiness.

But a new study has revealed that working too hard is not just bad for your overall health, but also for your career path.

Researchers from the University of London and Europe Business School found that employees who consistently put in extra effort reported poorer well-being as well as being unsatisfied with job security and promotions.

The team says that if employers relieve some of the pressure off of their employees - by letting them choose when and how they work - companies will see more productivity and loyalty from their workers.

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