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Morning News 27th June 2017

Local

Appeal for witnesses following accident at Riquier Train Station in Nice - Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward concerning an accident on Sunday in which a woman of foreign nationality was hit and killed by a train at Riquier train station in Nice. The accident occurred at around 9.45pm anyone with any information is asked to call 04.92.17.21.58

Unemployment figures for the Alpes Maritime - According to recent figures the number of jobseekers in the Alpes Maritimes has increased for the month of May. Figures released by the government on Monday showed a 0.7% increase. 

Place des Lices Saint Tropez - A young couple from Gassin have been  attacked on the Place des Lices in Saint Tropez. The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday morning. It is the second such attack to happen on the main square on the town. Just last week a young British man was  beaten on the same spot by three individuals. Police have launched an investigation into the attacks which have shocked local residents.

A8 Motorway - Parts of the regions motorway the A8 will be closed this week due to work being carried out. The slip road at Cagnes sur mer and the exit at Nice Airport will be closed between 9pm and 5am until Friday. Drivers wishing to access the A8 will have to use the Villeneuve Loubet slip road.

Port of Nice - The mayor of Nice has announced plans to improve noise and air pollution on the Port of Nice. New measures are to be introduced to track air pollution as well as a new traffic plan in order to manage the flow of vehicles from the ferries. The new plans for the port which generated a 12 million euro turnover last year are to be implemented this summer.

Bus - The #100 bus route from Nice to Menton via Monaco, is to receive an upgrade, with conversion to a double-deck bus service. The new buses will be decked out in the joint colours of Monaco and the Alpes-Maritimes department, and will enter service during the summer.

Air France - Air France has celebrated the 40th anniversary of its  IT headquarters in Valbonne. In the presence of its CEO the group which was one of the first to settle in Sophia Antipolis in 1977 took the opportunity to inaugurate its renovated datacenter. The 25-hectare site has 900 employees, including 500 employees who develop and maintain the application base and 200 others working on the datacenter.

Aperitif in Nice - Lonely Planet travel guides has published a list of the most beautiful squares in France to have an aperitif and Place Rossetti in Nice figures in the ranking. The place Rossetti is ranked 7th out of the top ten 10 as one of the most beautiful places in France to sit and have an aperitif.

National

Brexit - The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has laid out the country's post-Brexit offer to EU nationals living in the UK and has also made some key pledges for tens of thousands of British expats living in France. In a speech to the British parliament on Monday, May laid out the UK’s offer to EU nationals living in the country after Brexit. She made key pledges on pensions and health adding that the British government will continue uprating pensions, meaning they will not be frozen as they are for elderly British nationals living in countries like Canada and Australia. The prime minister also pledged that payment of disability benefits and health cover would continue for Brits in the EU after Brexit.

Hinkley Point - EDF is carrying out a "full review" of the costs and schedule of Britain's controversial Hinkley Point nuclear power plant following an announcement made on Monday. The project to build Britain's first new nuclear plant in a generation, awarded to a French-Chinese consortium, has been dogged by controversies. EDF said that "a full review of the costs and schedule of the Hinkley Point C project is in progress.” The company said the review would be finished "soon" and results would be published when it was completed.

Art Collection for Paris - One of the world's biggest art collectors has announced plans for a spectacular new museum in Paris, cementing the city's claim to be a modern art capital. French billionaire Francois Pinault will show his €1.25 billion collection of modern masters in the domed Bourse de Commerce. The new gallery, which he said would open in early 2019, is within sight of the Pompidou Centre, which houses Europe's largest modern art collection. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called the museum "an immense gift" to the French capital and told reporters that it would help put the city back at the top of the modern art tree.

Business

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that she wants EU citizens to stay post Brexit as she outlined plans which she said were designed to put their anxiety to rest”. Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday,Mrs May said that all EU nationals lawfully resident in the UK for 5 years will be able to apply for “settled status” and be able to bring over spouses and children. Those who arrive after an as-yet-unagreed date will have two years to “regularise” their status but with no guarantees. The opposition Labour Party says that the government should have made a unilateral guarantee of security to EU citizens in the aftermath of the Brexit vote last year. The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier says that the proposals do not go far enough.

Shares in the firm that made the cladding used on Grenfell Tower in London have fallen sharply in New York. Shares in Arconic-formerly known as Alcoa fell by 6 percent to 24 dollars and 01 cent after the firm said that it would stop selling Reynobold PE cladding used in high-rise blocks. Arconic says that it is the right decision because of the inconsistency of building codes across the world. Dozens of people died in the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower on the 14th of June. Arconic supplied the suspect cladding for use in Grenfell despite publicly warning that the panels were a fire risk for tall buildings.The extent of the firm’s responsibility remains unclear.

And-The US activist shareholder Third Point LLC has taken a 3.5 billion dollar stake in Nestle and has urged Europe’s largest food maker to boost returns as demand for its products weakens. Shares in Nestle rose by 4.8 percent on Monday,touching a record high after Third Point disclosed its position on Sunday night in a letter to shareholders. It says that it wants Nestle to improve margins,buy back shares and get rid of non-core businesses including its 27 billion dollar stake in L’Oreal. Third Point’s 40 million shares make it Nestle’s 8th largest shareholder and hopes that the added investment will spur the company to change.

Sport

Rugby Union-The British and Irish Lions play their latest tour match in New Zealand against the Hurricanes at 9.35 French time this morning with several places in the next Test against the All Blacks on Saturday to be decided. George North and Jonathan Joseph both have the opportunity to put themselves in contention for a Test place with big performances today and Rory Best captains the side. Courtney Lawes will start at lock while Jack Nowell plays at full back.

Formula 1-Eddie Jordan has said that Sebastien Vettel’s swerve into Lewis Hamilton at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was like a “headbutt in a football match”. Vettel was given a ten second stop-and-go penalty for the incident and Jordan says that he’s not sure if it merits any further action. What is certain is that there is now an added edge to the battle for the drivers’ championship and we can expect some massive duels between the two as the rest of the season unfolds. Vettel was also given 2 penalty points on his racing license for the offence.3 more at the Austrian Grand Prix would rule him out of Silverstone.

Sailing-New Zealand have beaten the defending champions Team USA to win the 35th America’s Cup by 7 races to 1. The Kiwi’s dominated the best of 13 series and secured the overall win in the first of Monday’s races in Bermuda. The America’s Cup has only been held by 4 nations-New Zealand,Australia,the USA and Switzerland.

Weather

Mainly fine in coastal areas,some showers possible inland this afternoon and light to moderate south easterly winds. Top temperarture 28 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 19 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Unsettled with sunny periods and scattered thunderstorms tomorrow,partially cloudy on Thursday.Highs of 22-26 degrees.

Finally 

Regarded as “the most important Aston Martin ever produced”, the DBR1 is expected to become the most expensive British ever car sold.

The 1950s classic, once raced by Sir Stirling Moss, has never been sold at auction before and has a £15million-plus price tag .

The Aston Martin DBR1 is considered to be the firm’s equivalent to the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO and Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR.

The Ferrari 250GTO currently holds the record for the most expensive car of all time having sold at auction for $38million (£30m) in 2014.

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