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French News.Friday.13.10.2017

 

Rail death-A 48 year old man has been killed after jumping onto the train tracks at near Cannes station and being hit by a high speed TGV.

Police say that the incident happened at around 10.30 last night and looks to be a suicide.

Train traffic was seriously disrupted in both directions following the incident.Services have now returned to normal.

 

Accidental shooting-A police officer from Nice is receiving counselling after accidently shooting a colleague during a training exercise at a military base near Toulouse.

Reports say that the officer accidently shot dead a 48 year old firearms instructor from Strasbourg although the exact circumstances of the incident are not yet clear.

20 officers from rapid intervention forces around France were taking part in the training exercise when the accident happened.Enquiries continue.

 

Dead dolphins-12 dolphins have washed up dead on beaches in the South of France over the past three weeks prompting marine scientists to launch an investigation.

French marine authorities say that the animals were found stranded between the iles d’Hyeres and Cap Sicie in the Var.

Surveillance has stepped up in the zone concerned although some marine experts think that the deaths are nothing out of the ordinary as in a normal year 80 marine mammals are found dead on the shores of the French Mediterranean coast and the concentration in the Var may just be a coincidence.

 

Republican exclusion-The Mayor of Nice is demanding that certain members of the Republican Party should be expelled for holding political views too close to the extreme right wing Front National.

In a letter to the General Secretary of the Party,Christian Estrosi says that certain high ranking officials have been adopting political views that go against the founding principles of ‘Les Republicains’.

The Mayor cites as evidence the failure of some members of the Party to endorse Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the French Presidential elections while at the same time calling on voters not to vote for the Front National candidate Marine Le Pen.

 

Vice Ring-Police in Nice have broken up a large suspected vice-ring and made 17 arrests.

A police spokesman says that authorities have been working on the case for some months and that some of those arrested are streetwalkers and suspected pimps.

Those being held can be questioned for 4 days before being charged or released.

 

Cheers-The Mayor of Ventimiglia has introduced restrictions on the sale of takeaway alcohol following several violent incidents in the town.

From now on,takeaway alcohol sales will be banned from 7.30pm until 6am,seven days a week.

French residents who cross into Italy to take advantage of cheaper prices for wines and spirits are advised to take the new restrictions into consideration.

There will be a complete ban on all alcohol sales between 2am and 6am expect for in licensed nightclubs.

 

Clamping-Police in Beausoleil have come up with a new solution to tackle the growing problem of motorbike and scooter parked illegally on pavements.

Following numerous complaints from pedestrians and shopkeepers,a new clamp has been devised for two wheeled vehicles that can only be removed on payment of a fine.

The scheme could soon be rolled out into other towns and cities across the French Riviera.

 

Tear down the wall-A man from Le Lavandou in the Var has fallen foul of the law for constructing an illegal wall that he says was put up to prevent flooding.

The defendant told a court in Toulon that the he built the wall to protect local residents following three episodes of severe flooding.

Authorities say that he didn’t have planning permission and that the wall must come down.

The court is still deliberating its verdict.

In National News.

Security checks-The French Interior Ministry has said that border checks with other Schengen members are to be extended until the 30th of April owning to a persistent threat of terrorism.

Extra checks have been in force since the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015.

The Interior Ministry says that risk analysis confirms the existence of a persistent level of threat adding that it feared that Islamic State is planning further attacks on French soil.

 

Fireworks-A number of Greenpeace activists have set off fireworks at a French nuclear plant after breaking in to underline its vulnerability to attack.

Police say that several people had  been detained at the plant near Cattenom on the border with Luxembourg on Thursday.

The plant operator EDF said that the group failed to gain access to the nuclear area and that the fireworks had been set off just inside the perimeter fence.

Greenpeace has been warning about security shortfalls at nuclear plants in France and in neighbouring Belgium.It highlighted in particular the dangers of spent fuel pools which are not encased in confinement buildings like reactors despite containing hundreds of tonnes of highly radioactive fuel.

 

It could be you-Friday the 13th is traditionally a day of bad luck in the English speaking world but in France it’s associated with exactly the opposite.

In consequence,the French National Lottery prize carries a jackpot of 13 million euros tonight.in addition to the top prize there will be 50 guaranteed prizes of 20,000 euros through the use of special codes on tickets.

Perhaps though,you’d prefer to aim higher ? In which case,the estimated euromillions lottery jackpot tonight is worth 31 million euros.

You have to be in it to win it !

 

Business

Ryanair is to challenge a deal by Lufthansa to buy parts of the failed German carrier Air Berlin.

The budget Irish airline says that it will take a complaint to European competition authorities as the deal is a “stitch-up” designed to strengthen Lufthansa.

The German carrier has bought parts of Air Berlin in a deal worth 210 million euros after its previous backer Etihad said that it would not give it further financial support.

Lufthansa says that it plans to use the acquisition to expand its Eurowings budget airline business.

 

A slump in the bond market has affected two of America’s biggest banks.

JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup had both warned that trading revenues would be weaker compared to a post-Brexit surge last year.

JP Morgan Chase said that profits were up by 7 percent to 6.7 billion dollars while Citigroup announced an 8 percent increase in profits to 4.1 billion dollars.

Both banks also took a hit from recent natural disasters and the two are setting aside more money to cover credit losses.

Profit expectations at both JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup exceeded expectations although analysts are not expecting their shares to change significantly this year.

 

And-The head of Amazon Studios has been put on immediate leave of absence following allegations that he harassed a producer and ignored a claim of sexual assault made by an actress against movie mogul Harvey Winestein.

Roy Price’s removal creates uncertainty about the direction of Amazon Studios with the firm investing in more video content than ever before.

A report by the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday said that Price had lewdly propositioned the producer Isa Hackett in 2015.

Neither Mr Price or Isa Hackett have commented on the report.

 

Sport.

Football-The Scottish FA has announced that Gordon Strachan has left his job as manager of the national side by mutual consent.

Strachan has been in charge of Scotland since 2013 and failed to take the side to either the Euro 2016 finals or next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.

Alex McLeish,David Moyes and Paul Lambert are among the names mentioned as a replacement although the Scottish FA is likely to take its time in making an appointment.

 

The English Premier League is back in action this weekend following the international break.

The big game tomorrow is the lunchtime kick off between Liverpool and Manchester United at Old Trafford and that’s followed by Burnley against West Ham.Crystal Palace against Chelsea.Manchester City play Stoke.Swansea host Huddersfield.Spurs play Bournemouth and Watford play Arsenal.

On Sunday Brighton play Everton and Southampton host Newcastle.Leicester play West Brom on Monday.

 

There are two games in the English Championship tonight.Birmingham play Cardiff and Bristol City host Burton Albion.

In the Scottish Premiership tonight St Johnstone play Rangers.

 

Rugby Union-The European Champions Cup competition gets underway this weekend.

In Pool 1 tonight Ulster host Wasps while there are some interesting match-ups over tomorrow and on Sunday including Racing 92 against Leicester in Pool 4 and the all English clash between Northampton and Saracens in Pool 2.

 

Cricket-Ireland will host Pakistan in their first home Test in May 2018.

Ireland and Afghanistan were awarded Test status in June when they became the 11th and 12th full members of the ICC.

Cricket Ireland says that its excited to be welcoming Pakistan to Ireland for the inaugural Test match next year.

 

Weather

Mainly fine with light variable winds.

Top temperatures 22-24 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 15 degrees in coastal areas and 12 degrees inland with clear skies.  

The weekend–Clear skies with highs of 21-24 degrees.

 

Finally.

Avocados could soon become even more popular after a Spanish company announced it is launching reduced-fat avocados for the first time.

Isla Bonita claims their Avocado Light has up to 30% less fat than ordinary fruits.

They also say it ripens faster, and oxidises - or goes that weird shade of brown - slower.

The avocados are grown under special soil and climate conditions to provide the same nutritional benefits with less fat.

Avocados are a foodie hit for their rich and creamy texture caused by their high fat content - an average fruit has between 20-30g of fat.

Most of this is monosaturated fat, which has been linked to the reduction of cholesterol and lowered risk of cancer and heart disease.





 

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