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French News.Friday.27.04.2018

Credit card theft-Two men from Marseille who are thought to be part of a gang that’s been stealing credit cards across France have been arrested.

The gang has been targeting mainly elderly victims and is thought to have accessed funds from more than 100 cards over the past few months.

The two suspects,aged 29 and 43 were arrested at their homes in Marseille following a nationwide enquiry.

 

Grasse incident-Police in Grasse have reported that a man attempted to steal an officer’s service revolver while a traffic enquiry was taking place.

The incident happened on the cours Honore-Cresp when two officers went to speak to a woman who was badly parked.While they were talking to her,a man who was known to the woman approached and intervened in the conversation.

The situation deteriorated rapidly with the man first verbally assaulting the officers and then becoming physically violent.He attempted to remove one of the officers’ service revolvers before being overpowered and taken into custody.He’s now been jailed for 18 months with 9 suspended after appearing in court.

 

Don’t turn left-Motorists in Draguignan are being warned not to turn left from the boulevard Clemenceau onto the boulevard Jean Jaures or risk a fine and losing three points from their license.

The practice has been common for a considerable period of time but now there’s a no left turn sign and a continuous white line across the road instead of traffic lights making it illegal.

There’s also a camera operating in the area to catch motorists breaking the law.

 

Rock me Amadeus-The technology firm Amadeus is to create 500 new jobs on the old site of Texas instruments in Villeneuve Loubet.

Amadeus bought the premises in 2015 and is investing 34 million euros in the project.

The Villeneuve Loubet site covers 20 hectares and has commanding views over the Mediterranean.

It paid 20 million euros to acquire the premises and is intending to move staff from its Sophia Antipolis centre to take up positions at the new site.

 

Neo Nazi-Police in Nice have arrested a 30 year old Neo-Nazi who was found to be heavily armed when apprehended on the Promenade des Anglais.

Alex Issaurat,who has 7 previous convictions for possession of illegal weapons was found to be carrying a tear-gas grenade,a chain with bolts on it and a telescopic baton.

He’s asked for time to prepare his case after appearing in court in Nice.

Mr Isssauriat was once employed as a security guard by the extreme-right wing National Front Party.

 

Red palm weevil-Authorities in Nice say that they’ve come up with a natural treatment to protect the city’s palm trees from the red palm weevil.

Hundreds of palms in Nice have been decimated by the insects which destroy the tree from the inside by burrowing inside the trunk.

Scientists have now found a naturally occurring fungus which destroys the insect without damaging the tree.Treatment on more than a thousand trees is due to get underway shortly.

 

In National News.

 

Air France-Air France staff have announced 4 new strike days in May.

The three main pilots unions have called on members to take industrial action on May the 3rd,4th,7th and 8th as part of a long running pay dispute with management.

Last week,the CEO of Air France KLM Jean Marc Janaillac threatened to resign if staff continued to reject his wage proposals.

The pay dispute has been unresolved since February and 11 days of strike action have already taken place costing the airline hundreds of millions of euros in lost revenue.

 

Tycoon charged-The billionaire French industrialist Vincent Bollore has been charged for alleged corrupt connections with the Presidents of both Guinea and Togo.

Mr Bollore was detained earlier this week and has been questioned by anti-corruption judges.

He’s been charged with complicity in the fraudulent misuse of funds,complicity in fraud and corrupting a foreign public servant.

The case centres around contracts for the management of container ports in Lome and Conakry on the Gulf of Guinea.

He denies any wrongdoing.

 

Security bill-Government figures published on Thursday show that the policing bill to settle the illegal occupation of the  Notre Dame des Landes site in western France has so far exceeded 5 million euros.

Scores of police have been battling with people who originally occupied the site in protest over a proposed new airport but refused to leave after the government scrapped the idea.

A crisis meeting chaired by the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was held earlier this week in a bid to find a solution to the conflict.One idea is to allow those people who’ve set up small farms on the site and are respecting Republican values to stay while forcing others described as “agitators” out.

 

Business.

 

Amazon has reported a 43 percent increase in revenues for the first quarter driven by growth in online shopping in the US.

The company beat Wall Street expectations with the results which included an increase in sales to 51 billion dollars.

Amazon also said that profit had more than doubled and that it expects the trend to continue in the second quarter.

Net profit rose to 1.6 billion dollars from 724 million at the same time last year.

 

Deutsche Bank is planning to make “significant” job cuts by scaling back its corporate and investment banking operations.

The Bank’s new chief executive Christian Sewing says that the job cuts “will be painful but regrettably unavoidable”.

The cuts will mainly come from the Bank’s US and Asia operations and could amount to thousands of positions being lost.

The news came after Deutsche Bank reported a sharp drop in first quarter corporate and investment bank revenues.

 

And-The book chain Waterstones has been sold to the US hedge fund Elliot Advisors for an undisclosed sum.

The chain’s chief executive James Daunt will stay in his role along with his key management team.

He says that the sale should allow Waterstones to grow much quicker.

Waterstones has 283 bookshops and 3,000 employees in the UK and Ireland as well as the Netherlands and Belgium.Total sales exceeded 400 million pounds last year.

 

Sport.

 

Football-Arsenal conceded a late goal against Athletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final game at the Emirates last night to leave the tie in the balance.

Lacazette put the Gunners ahead on 61 minutes only for Griezmann to equalise for the Spaniards on 82 minutes.Athletico will be more happy with the result having scored what could be a precious away goal.

The other tie last night ended Marseille 2 Red Bull Salzburg 0.

 

In the English Premier League this weekend.

On Saturday Liverpool play Stoke.Burnley play Brighton.Crystal Palace host Leicester.Huddersfield play Everton.Newcastle play West Brom.Southhampton host Bournemouth and Swansea play Chelsea.

On Sunday West Ham host Manchester City and Manchester United play Arsenal.Spurs play Watford on Monday.

 

Formula 1-First practice for Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix takes place at 11am this morning with Sebastien Vettel looking to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship and world champion Lewis Hamilton still looking for his first race of the season.

Second practice is at 3pm this afternoon with qualifying at 3pm tomorrow and the race at ten past two on Sunday afternoon.

 

Rugby Union-There’s 1 game in the Aviva Premiership tonight.Leicester play Newcastle.

 

Tennis-Rafael Nadal has won his 40th straight match on clay to move into the last 8 of the Barcelona Open.

Nadal,who secured an 11th title here in Monte Carlo last weekend,beat fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia Lopez 6-1 6-3 to set up a meeting with Martin Klizan of Slovakia.

 

Weather

 

Partially cloudy with light to moderate variable or easterly winds.

Top temperatures 20-23 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 13 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Mainly fine tomorrow with highs of 20-22 degrees.Rain on Sunday with a high of 19.

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Finally.

 

A Chinese university has decided to liven up its annual sports day by hosting a grenade-tossing event, it's reported.

According to the China Youth Daily newspaper, the North University of China in the city of Taiyuan, northern Shanxi province, has decided to introduce a "500-gram grenade toss" to its track and field event in May.

One teacher, Li Jiangxi, told the paper that the school had noted the earlier reluctance of students to take part in annual javelin and discus contests.

However, after the school decided to replace these contests with the grenade toss, Ms Li said that there had been a surge of interest.

"Students rushed to sign up," she said. "Some came late and didn't qualify; they seemed really disappointed."

"He told reporters that he liked throwing items; however, when he signed up for the sports event last year, he found that javelin and discus did not suit him".

 

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