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French News.Monday.23.04.2018

SNCF-The latest in a series of rolling rail strikes on the rail network is underway with commuters facing reduced services today and tomorrow.

Locally only two in 5 regional services are expected to be operating with one in three TGV trains in operation.

The strike will end at 8am on Wednesday with more industrial action scheduled for next weekend.

Meanwhile Air France says that it expects to have to cancel 25 percent of flights today as a result of continuing industrial action by staff over pay.

 

Road rage-A 50 year old man is in a critical condition in the Pasteur 2 hospital in Nice this morning following a road rage incident on the Promenade des Anglais on Sunday evening.

Police say that the incident happened at around 5.30 on Sunday after two men became involved in an argument following an incident on the road.One of the men pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed the other in the throat.He’s been arrested while the injured man managed to make his own way to hospital before collapsing.Enquiries continue.

 

Cannes fire-Three occupants of an apartment in Cannes have had to be rehoused after fire completely destroyed their flat on the avenue Marechal Koening.

Thick smoke was seen spiraling into the sky in Cannes as a result of the fire which broke out on Saturday evening.The three occupants managed to escape but fire fighters were unable to prevent the premises from being gutted.The cause of the blaze is not yet clear.

 

Montferrat-Fire fighters have been called out to attend a blaze near Montferrat in the Var during which 5,000 square meters of woodland was destroyed.

Authorities say that much more damage could have occurred if it had been windy but they managed to get to grips with the situation before it became too serious, The public is warned of the dangers of fire to woodland because of the recent unseasonably hot weather.

 

Cannes theft-A woman has been arrested after being caught shoplifting at Galeries Lafayette in Cannes.

Police were called to the store after security staff noticed that t  50year old woman had taken two bottles of perfume worth 200 euros from the shelves and attempted to leave the store with them concealed in her bag.

She was taken to the local police station where she was found to be in possession of a cheque book that was stolen in a robbery in Marseille on the 21st of March.Several of the cheques had been used to purchase goods.Enquiries continue.

 

Have you seen Rosy ? - The owner of a cockatoo from Saint Raphael is growing increasingly concerned for the safety of the bird.

Rosy is pink with white wings and was last seen in the Plaines area of the town on the boulevard Christian Lafon on Wednesday.Anyone who may have seen the bird is asked to call 06 47 07 60 17.

 

In National News.

 

Macron state visit -President Macron starts a state visit to the United States today where he will continue to attempt to strengthen his growing bond with Donald Trump.

Mr Macron is the first foreign leader to be honoured with a state visit since Mr Trump entered the White House.

Before leaving for Washington,an aide to Mr Macron said that the visit comes a a time of extremely close relations between France and the United States with regular exchanges between the two leaders.

Last year,President Trump was a guest of honour in France during the Bastille Day national holiday.

 

Immigration bill-The French National Assembly has passed a tough new immigration bill that aims to tighten the rules around asylum.

The bill shortens the deadline for asylum application deadlines and doubles the time for which illegal migrants can be detained.

A one year jail sentence can now be imposed on  people who enter the country illegally.

President Macron’s ruling centrist party says that the new bill will speed up the process of claiming asylum but opposition parties and human rights groups say that the measures go too far.

 

Anti semitism alert-300 French politicians and celebrities have signed a declaration against anti-semitism and have warned that media silence on the subject  risks undermining democracy and the French way of life.

Those signing the declaration include the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy,the former Prime Minister Manuel Vals and the film star Gerard Depardieu.

They express concern about a new wave of anti semitism in France and a rise in radical Islamisation.

There have been a growing number of attacks on French Jews and organisations in recent years,most recently the murder of an elderly Jewish woman in Paris last month.

 

Vals for Barcelona ? The former French Prime Minister Manuel Vals has expressed an interest in running to become mayor of Barcelona.

Mr Vals was born in the city to a Catalan father and a Swiss-Italian mother.He’s reported to be interested in running as a candidate for the Spanish centre-right Ciudadanos Party and has been a vocal critic of the drive for Catalan independence.

Manuel Vals was French Prime Minister between 2014 and 2016 and staged an unsuccessful attempt to become the socialist candidate at last year’s French Presidential election.He was also turned down by Emmanuel Macron’s La Republique en Marche Party.

 

Business.

The Chinese Commerce Minister has said that China opposes all forms of protectionism and will firmly safeguard the world’s multilateral trading system.

Writing in today’s edition of China’s ruling Communist Party official newspaper,Zhong Shan said that China will quicken the pace of reform and implement its pledge to open up banks,securities and insurance besides easing foreign ownership rules on cars,ships and aircraft.

The minister’s comments echo President Xi Jinping’s pledge earlier this month tom open up  China’s economy to foreign investors and competition amid growing trade friction with the United States.

Meanwhile,Reuters is reporting today that the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin may visit China in the near future in an attempt to ease trade tensions.

 

Michael Bloomberg has said that he will pay 4.5 million dollars to cover the lapsed US financial commitment to the Paris Climate Accord.

The billionaire businessman and former Mayor of New York said that he had a responsibility to help improve the environment because of President Trump’s decision to pull out of the deal.

Mr Trump sparked international condemnation when he pulled out of the deal last June.It makes,in effect the US the only country not to be part of the Paris Accord.

Speaking on CBS on Sunday,Mr Bloomberg said that “America made a commitment and as an American,if the government’s not going to do it,then we all have a responsibility”.

 

And-In the UK,a Committee of MP’s has warned that a free trade deal with the EU post Brexit will be “crucial” for the country’s food and drink industry and failure to secure one would be “disastrous”.

The Business,Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee says that a no-deal outcome would have a “seismic impact” and that a free trade deal should be the number one priority.

The 28.8 billion pound food and drink industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector employing some 400,000 people.

The chair of the Committee Rachel Reeves says that the success of the industry has been highly dependent on participating in the EU single market and customs union.

 

Sport.

DOTTA IMMOBILIER MONTE CARLO ROLEX MASTERS REPORT.

Rafael Nadal has won a record 11th Monte Carlo Masters title with victory over Kei Nishikori in Sunday’s final at the Monte Carlo Country Club.

Nadal was in no mood to mess around on the court Rainier III as he beat the world number 36 from Japan 6-3 6-2 in 94 minutes in front of a packed house.

The victory means that the 31 year old Spaniard retains the world number one spot.He would have been replaced by Roger Federer if he’d lost the final.

He’s now won 36 straight matches on clay and will be favourite to win Roland Garros again this year.

 

Football-The FA Cup final will be between Manchester United and Chelsea.

United booked their place in the final with a 2-1 win over Spurs on Saturday while Chelsea beat Southampton 2-0 on Sunday.

The final at Wembley will be played on Saturday the 19th of May.

 

There were three games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Arsenal beat West Ham 4-1.Stoke and Burnley drew 1-1 and the champions Manchester City thrashed Swansea 5-0.

 

There’s one game tonight.Everton host Newcastle.

In the Scottish Premiership on Sunday Rangers beat Hearts 2-1 to move up to second in the table.

 

Rugby Union-Racing 92 will play Leinster in the European Champions Cup final.

Racing made it through after beating Munster 27-22 on Sunday.

Leinster beat Scarlets on Saturday.

The final will be played in Bilbao on May the 12th.

 

Athletics-Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya has won the London Marathon for the third time.

Kipchoge finished in a time of 2 hours 4 minutes and seven seconds with Ethiopia’s Tola Shura Kitata second and Great Britain’s Mo Farah in third in a new British record time.

The women’s race was won by Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya in a time of 2 hours 18 minutes and 31 seconds with Brigid Kosgei of Kenya second and Tadelech Bekele of Ethiopia third.

 

Air Race-Australia’s Matt Hall has won the second leg of the Red Bull Air Race world championship in Cannes.

Large crowds gathered along the Croisette with many others watching from boats at sea as Hall crossed the line in a time of 57.692 seconds with Matthias Dolderer of Germany second following an intense 4 hour battle in the sky  and Michael Goulian of the United States in third.

The pilots now move on to Japan for the third leg of the race next month.

 

Weather

Partially cloudy  with light variable or westerly winds.

Top temperature 20-24 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 15 degrees on the coast and 12 degrees inland with cloudy skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Partially cloudy with highs of 19-23 degrees.

 

Finally

The mayor of Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek says that he sometimes tours the city in disguise so that he can see people's problems first-hand.

Albek Ibraimov told local media that he changes into old clothes and wears a false beard so that the locals don't recognise him.

"I dress in old clothes, so that no one will know," he said, "I wear a beard, take off my tie and I go and look, and see how things actually are."

He made the claim while discussing a major fire that destroyed part of the city's largest market, Osh Bazaar, on 13 April.

His remarks were intended to show locals that he's not out of touch with the traders who are struggling in its aftermath.

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