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French News.Tuesday.24.04.2018

SNCF-The latest two day strike by rail employees continues today and is due to end at 8am tomorrow morning.

Locally only two out of five services will be operating with one in three TGV services running.

More strike action is scheduled for the weekend.President Macron has said that he won’t back down in face of the strikes and says that reforms to the rail network are absolutely necessary.

Meanwhile,Air France says it will have to cancel around 25 percent of flights again today as staff continue industrial action over a pay dispute.

 

Car fire-Traffic on the A8 motorway ground to a halt on Monday after a vehicle caught fire on the Paillon Viaduct near Nice.

It took fire fighters some time to bring the fire under control with the motorway closed for a period.

Traffic returned to normal at lunchtime.The roads should be slightly less busy this week because of the school holidays.

 

Road rage-Police are continuing to question a man who stabbed another motorist repeatedly in the throat following a road range incident on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

The victim is still described as being in a serious condition today after making his own way to hospital following the incident which happened at around 5.30 on Sunday afternoon.

Police are studying CCTV footage to get a clearer idea of what happened in the run-up to the attack.It appears that the dispute started after the victim was attempting to park his car.

The Mayor of Nice,Christian Estrosi has condemned the incident and has said that the full force of the law should be directed against the perpetrator.

 

Motorbike accident-A 60 year old motorcyclist has been seriously injured in an accident near Ramatuelle in the Var.

Police say that the man was rushed to hospital unconscious after coming off his bike near the hotel des Bouis on the RD93.

He was airlifted to hospital in Toulon where his condition is described as serious.The cause of the crash is not yet clear.

 

Zebra crossing-A woman and her grandson have been injured after being struck by a motor scooter on a zebra crossing in Saint-Laurent-du-Var.

Police say that the incident occurred on the boulevard Georges Pompidou opposite the town hall at 4pm on Monday when a 16 year old who was riding the motor scooter failed to stop on a zebra crossing.He was carrying two passengers illegally and has been interviewed by police.The 57 year old woman suffered a fractured tibia in the accident while the child sustained minor injuries.

 

Shark rescue-Emergency services have rescued a small blue shark that was found in the old port of Menton on Monday afternoon.

A member of the public called emergency services after seeing the shark,which measured around 1 meter 20 swimming near the quayside.Firemen captured the shark using a slip knot and towed it back out to sea where it was released.

 

In National News.

 

Macron visit-President Macron has started a three day state visit to the United States where he’s been welcomed by President Trump.On the first day of his trip,Mr Macron and his wife Brigitte visited the Lincoln Memorial before taking part in a tree planting ceremony with the US leader on the south lawn of the White House.Mr Macron will be using his visit in an attempt to persuade the President not to pull out of Syria and not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal.

 

MP resigns-A former socialist MP has resigned from President Macron’s ruling centrist party after the National Assembly voted in favour of the government’s controversial immigration bill.

MP’s voted by 228 to 139 with 24 abstentions in favour of the bill which reduces the time allowed for asylum applications and brings into force a one year jail term for people entering France illegally.

Jean-Michel Clement was one of those voting against the new legislation and he resigned from Mr Macron’s La Republique en Marche party following the vote.

Left wing MP’s have been particularly critical of the new immigration bill which they say is a violation of human rights.Some on the right wing of French politics think that the legislation doesn’t go far enough.

 

 

Putting on the Ritz-Luxury furniture from the legendary Ritz Hotel in Paris has been sold at auction for an industry world record of 7.3 million euros.

The hotel,which has been called home over the years to a number of celebrities including Ernest Hemingway and Coco Chanel sold a total of 10,000 pieces of furniture and décor.

Among the lots were stools from the Hemingway Bar along with a 19th century bath-tub,sofas and a harp from the Proust Lounge.

The hotel has collected a vast array of furniture since it was opened by Cesar Ritz in 1898.

In 1997,tragedy befell the Ritz when Diana Princess of Wales,who had been staying there.was killed in a car accident in a Paris road tunnel while being pursued by paparazzi photographers.

 

Business.

 

Profits at the parent company of Google have jumped by 73 percent in the first quarter as revenues from internet advertising soared.

Alphabet says that first quarter net-income came in at 9.4 billion dollars-up from 5.4 billion in the same period last year.

Alphabet also benefitted from a 3 billion dollar boost following a change in accounting rules as well as a 1.1 billion dollar lift as a result of currency exchange movements.

Revenue rose by 26 percent to 31.1 billion dollars.

The strong results came despite concerns that rising costs and regulation could undermine the search giant’s performance.

 

European regulators are planning an investigation into Apple’s planned 400 million dollar purchase of Shazam.

The European Commission says that the findings of an initial probe have led it to conclude that Apple may encourage users of the music recognition app to switch to its own music streaming service following a takeover.

Shazam,which was developed in the UK,lets users identify song titles and artists with their smartphone.The app already presents users with links to Apples iTunes store to buy music.

The deal would be Apple’s biggest acquisition since it bought the headphone maker and streaming service Beats for 3 billion dollars in 2014.

 

And-Facebook is facing more criticism after it emerged that it considered profiling its users’ personalities and using the information to target advertisers.

Media reports say that a patent filed by Facebook described how personality characteristics including emotional stability could be determined from users’ messages and status updates.

The company says that it has never used the personality test in its products although the patent was filed in 2012.

Facebook is embroiled in  privacy scandal over the use of its data by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

Sport.

 

 

Football-Liverpool play their European Champions League semi-final first leg tie against Roma at Anfield tonight.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has urged fans to respect the Roma players and fans and has said that any repeat of the crowd scenes that saw the Manchester City coach pelted with missiles before the two sides met in the quarter finals will be unacceptable.

The match kicks off at 8.45 tonight.

 

There was 1 game in the English Premier League last night.Everton beat Newcastle 1-0.

 

There are two games in the English Championship tonight.Cardiff will be looking to get back into the automatic promotion spot when they travel to Derby who still have designs on the playoffs while Nottingham Forest host Barnsley.

 

Rugby Union-The England captain Dylan Hartley will miss the tour to South Africa after failing to recover from concussion.

Hartley hasn’t played since sustaining a head injury in last month’s 6 Nations defeat against Ireland and will also miss the rest of the season for his club side Northampton.

 

Formula 1-A Spanish FIA official has played down rumours that the Grand Prix in Barcelona could be in jeopardy.

The Circuit de Catalunya’s contract expires next year but the official scotched media reports that the future of the race was under threat.

 

Weather

 

Partially cloudy  with light easterly  winds.

Top temperature 19-23 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 12 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Mainly fine  with highs of 19-23 degrees.

 

Finally

 

A cinema in New Zealand has banned people from wearing pyjamas, onesies and dirty boots to screenings, in a move designed to raise dress standards.

Hawera Cinemas said in recent months it had seen an increasing number of patrons attending in nightwear.

It announced the ban in a Facebook post, adding the clothes did not encourage the right "vibe".

Kirsty Bourke, manager at Hawera Cinemas said over the last two months the cinema has seen "an increase in customers wearing pyjamas and customers wearing dirty gumboots and work boots, so like many restaurants and clubs we decided to adopt a dress code

 

 

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