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French News.Thursday.26.04.2018

Bike safety drive-The Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes has announced a new drive to improve road safety for users of motorbikes and scooters.

Last year,of the 55 people killed in road accidents in the department,31 were riders of motorbikes or scooters,a figure that represents 56 percent of total road deaths last year.

The Prefecture has signed an accord with several motorbike riding schools and associations to promote safety and offer riders discounts on protective clothing and other safety equipment that it hopes will see numbers of fatal accidents reduced.

 

Fatal fall-A 57 year old painter and decorator has been killed after falling 5 meters onto rocks at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

The man was killed after sustaining a severe head injury when he fell while painting a gate on the boulevard Dominique-Durandy.

Emergency services rushed the victim to hospital but he died a few hours later.

 

Electrocution-Police have released more details concerning a 17 year old boy who was electrocuted while trying to climb on top of a train at Hyeres station in the Var in the early hours of Tuesday.

It’s emerged that the boy,who was with two friends,attempted to climb on the roof of the train as part of a “silly stunt”.Unfortunately he made contact with an overhead power cable which resulted in him receiving 40 percent burns.

He’s being treated in hospital in Toulon and will be transferred to the serious burns unit of the Conception Hospital in Marseilles as soon as he’s well enough to be moved.

 

In a hurry-Police have apprehended a motorist who was caught doing 132 km/h in a 90 km/h zone who was driving without a license and was not wearing a seatbelt.

The offender,a 25 year old man was nabbed during a mobile radar check at Cadenet in the Vaucluse.He was also using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Later,during questioning,he attempted to use a false identity.

He’s been freed on bail and ordered to appear in court in Avignon in June.

 

Busted-A Spanish truck driver has been jailed for 8 years after his fruit and vegetable van was found to contain 991 kilos of cannabis resin.

Authorities arrested the man on the Millau Viaduct in November 2016 and the case has only just come before the courts.

Matias Martinez also admitted to carrying several previous large quantities of the drug from Spain to France where they were distributed across the south of the country.

Police estimate the total value of the drugs seized at 1.982 million euros.

 

Cat poisonings-Toxicology reports on 13 cats that were found dead in the grounds of an apartment building on the rue Marechal Bernadotte in the Pasteur area of Nice shows that they’d all been poisoned.

Authorities say that the cats,who were all found dead on the 21st of March had ingested a powerful insecticide in what looks to have been a deliberate act.

Police are still hunting for the perpetrator.

 

 

Go Ringo-The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is bringing his ‘Peace and Love’ show to Nice.

Ringo started the event 10 years ago and will be performing at the Hard Rock Café in Nice on the 7th of July with his All Starr Band.

The Peace and Love event has toured all over the world from Hawaii to New Zealand and all places in between.

 

 

In National News.

 

Macron visit-President Macron has concluded his state visit to the United States after addressing the joint houses of Congress in Washington.The French leader used his address to denounce nationalism and isolationism in what appeared to be criticism of the policies of Donald Trump.Mr Macron was given a three minute standing ovation at the start of his speech in which he set out differences on Iran,the environment and global trade.He left Washington saying that he thought he’d failed to convince President Trump about the merits of maintaining the nuclear deal with Iran.

 

I’m Free-The TF1 television group has announced that it has reached agreement with the telecoms operator Free on a new distribution deal following a stand-off that’s lasted several weeks.

TF1 has been waging a distribution war with the major telecoms operators this year and recently reached agreement with Orange,Bouygues and SFR over the payment for broadcasting its various channels via their platforms.

The group also wanted payment for catch-up services including “MYTF1”.

Free had been the last operator holding out but has now agreed a new deal in a battle thought to be worth some 100 million euros.

 

No butts-The government is reported to be considering a new tax on cigarette butts that looks like it will again increase the price of a packet of 20.

The State Secretary for the Environment wants to use new taxation to pay for cleaning up the millions of cigarette butts that are discarded daily  on the streets and says that smokers should be made to foot the bill.

It’s estimated that some 2 billion cigarette butts are discarded on the streets of Paris alone annually and the Minister is pushing to have the cost of disposing of them added to the price of a packet.

 

Vroom Vroom-The French carmaker Peugeot Citroen has announced record sales for the first quarter of 2018 with its acquisition of the Vauxhall and Opel brands driving up volume around the world.

PSA says that sales increased by more than 42 percent in the quarter between January and March with a record 1.05 million vehicles sold.

The firm’s CEO Carlos Tavarez says that Peugeot Citroen is on track to sell 4 million vehicles this year.

PSA became Europe’s second largest carmaker last year behind Volkswagen after it bought Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors.

Business.

 

Facebook has reported a 50 percent jump in first quarter sales in the social media giant’s first results since a privacy scandal over users’ data emerged.

The company says that revenues rose to 11.9 billion dollars in the first three months of the year compared with 8 billion at the same time last year.

Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said that “despite facing important challenges,our community and business are off to a strong start in 2018”.

The firm said that advertising revenue rose to 11.7 billion dollars in the three months to the end of March-up from 7.8 billion in the same quarter a year ago.

First quarter profits also increased to 4.9 billion dollars from 3 billion at the same time last year.

 

A bidding war has broken out for control of Sky Television after the US cable giant Comcast made a formal 22 billion pound bid for the UK broadcaster that values it at 12 pounds 50 per share.

The intervention of Comcast is threatening Rupert Murdoch’s attempts to take full control of Sky.His 21st Century Fox company has already agreed to buy the 61 percent of Sky that it doesn’t already own for around 19 million pounds.

Sky now says that it’s withdrawing its recommendation for the Fox bid with chief executive Brian Roberts saying that “Sky is a great company and a great fit with Comcast”.

Rupert Murdoch is yet to respond.

 

And-Airbus and Dassault Aviation have signed a deal to develop and produce Europe’s next generation of fighter aircraft.

Franco-German owned Airbus is part of the consortium behind the Eurofighter while Dassault of France makes the Rafale jet.

The rival firms say that their joint European Future Combat Air System(FCAS) will replace the existing planes by 2040.

The French and German governments are yet to set out their exact requirements for the programme which will also include the manufacture of drones and communications technology.

Sport.

 

Football-It’s advantage Real Madrid following the first leg of the European Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich.

The Spanish giants came from a goal down to win 2-1 at the Allianz Arena to beat their German rivals and take an away goals advantage into the second leg next week.

 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the World Cup this summer after being stretchered off with a knee ligament injury during Liverpool’s Champions League victory over Roma on Tuesday.

The 24 year old is expected to be out of action for several months.

 

It’s the semi-finals of the Europa League tonight.Arsenal play Athletico Madrid and Marseilles host Red Bull Salzburg.

 

Tennis-A long awaited report into corruption in the game has found that there’s a “tsunami” of match-fixing affecting lower-level events.

The report found no evidence of a cover up of the issues by the sport’s governing bodies or the Tennis Integrity Unit but did say that it had found that 464 professionals out of 3,200 surveyed had first-hand knowledge of match-fixing.

The panel which compiled the report was led by Adam Lewis QC who said that there was a “very significant” problem at “lower and middle levels of the sport” which he described as a “fertile breeding ground for betting breaches”.

 

Weather

 

Cloudy with some bright spells later and light,variable  winds.

Top temperature 19-22 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 15 degrees with cloudy skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Cloudy again tomorrow,mainly  fine on Saturday   with highs of 19-22 degrees.

 

Finally

 

Iran is promoting a domestically-produced mobile messaging app, complete with a "Death to America" emoji, in an attempt to get millions of Iranians to abandon the popular Telegram service, which it blames for promoting unrest in the country.

Among the features on new app Soroush are a series of emojis featuring a chador-clad woman clutching a picture of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and placards wishing death to Israel, America and Freemasons.

The Soroush app is even the subject of a competition in the country's elite Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, where five lucky people will be given gold coins for signing up. The competition was announced on the Force's Telegram channel.

Ayatollah Khamenei has emerged as a champion of the new app, closing down his account on Telegram and telling users to do the same and sign up to the Iranian-produced service.

Some 50 million Iranians, attracted by Telegram's strong security and privacy features, use the app. But the authorities blame its use for the spread of anti-establishment protests in the country in December.

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