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Morning News Friday 14th July 2017

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Nice Terror Attack commemoration - Extensive traffic restrictions are in place in Nice for today’s commemoration. The MagnanPaillon and Congress tunnels will be closed, and the Cours Saleya market will close from mid-day. The city’s tram service will be also be  restricted with no service between Jean-Medicin & Garibaldi. There are restrictions to on-street parking, and car-parks in the area close to ceremonies on Place Massena and the Promenade will be closed. To encourage motorists to avoid Nice, there will be no payage in operation at the St Isodore  toll. There are four highlights, all open to the public. The first is the laying of red, white on blue stones, from 9am, on the Quay des Etats Unis which will form a giant message over 170 metres long. The July 14th parade is due to take place on Place Massena at 4.30pm, which will include an address from President Macron, a fly over by the French air force and a municipal tribute to victims, their families and emergency workers. This evening, a tribute concert featuring the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra and the Choir of the Opera will be performed on the Promenade du Paillon. Then at 10:34 pm, a minute of silence will precede a lighting ceremony on the Promenade des Anglais. People are asked to come at least three hours before each event, in order to pass all the security checks. If possible, do not take bags, but bottles of water are allowed.

Paris Match - A court has ruled that Paris Match does not need to pull an edition showing CCTV mages of the 14 July attack in Nice from France's newsstands but is forbidden from re-publishing it. The ruling, made late on Thursday, came after the Paris prosecutor called for the magazine to be removed from sale. The images show the moment a lorry, which killed 86 people, drove into crowds celebrating Bastille Day. A victims' group has accused the magazine of morbid sensationalism.

Firework displays in the Bouche-de-Rhone - Marseille and several other towns in the area have postponed today’s July 14th firework displays due to  forecast strong winds. Meteo France has said that winds could reach up to 70km hour with gusts of up to 80km hour.

Traffic - Today, has been classed as orange on the roads, meaning they will be “difficult” for most of the country. Saturday has also been classed as orange, with traffic at its worst in the central easten region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the southern region of Occitanie and the French Riviera, which have been classed as red. 

National

Donald Trump – French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump gave a joint press conference on Thursday as the US leader arrived to take part in Bastille Day celebrations. "The friendship between our two nations and ourselves is unbreakable," Trump said after bilateral talks focused on joint US-French efforts to fight terrorism in the Middle East and Africa. Meanwhile Donald Trump has been accused of sexism after he praised Brigitte Macron, the wife of the French president, for being in “such good shape”. Trump, who has come under fire for his remarks about women’s appearances, met French president Emmanuel Macron wife at Hotel des Invalides, where Napoleon Bonaparte and other French heroes are buried.

Kouign-Amann - A Canadian rapper has provoked anger amongst Bretons after comparing the French region’s famous Kouign-Amann cake to a doughnut. Mark Durksen said that the traditional Breton cake Kouign-Amann, made with layers of butter and sugar that looks like a cross between a croissant and a big muffin, was akin to a doughnut. He also suggested that they don’t come from Brittany at all but the French region of Canada.

Business

The Chair of the US Federal Reserve has said that widespread opioid abuse in America is tied to a fall in the share of people working or looking for work. Janet Yellen said that she wasn’t sure whether drug abuse is a cause of the decline or a symptom revealing more long standing economic problems. She added that technological changes and an aging workforce also contributed. The US Centers for Disease Control estimates that prescription drug abuse costs 78.5 billion dollars annually. The costs are related to health care,lost productivity and criminal activity. Ms Yellen was giving a second day of testimony to Congress and was asked questions about monetary policy,prospects for the economy as well as other issues.

Formula 1 has signed a global deal with the mobile app Snapchat to create exclusive content from Grand Prix races. The deal marks the sport’s  first commercial tie-up with a digital media service that appears on mobiles. The partnership starts this weekend at the British Grand Prix  via Snapchat’s ‘Our Stories’ format. Formula 1 is currently in the process of establishing a presence on several digital platforms. The material is intended to provide a different type of coverage from that seen via more traditional broadcasters.

And-The weakness of sterling is reported to be behind a surge in the number of tourists visiting the UK in the first three months of this year. Figures from the UK Office for National Statistics show that the number of holidaymakers visiting the country rose by 21.1 percent although the number of business travellers fell. There were a record 8.3 million visitors in the first quarter,nearly 10 percent higher than the same period in 2016. Tourists spend 4.4 billion pounds while in the UK-also a record amount.

Sport

Neway Tour de France report.

Romain Bardet of France won the gruelling stage 12 of the Tour de France from Pau to Peyragudes on Thursday as race leader Chris Froome struggled and lost the leader’s yellow jersey. Bardet mastered the 214.5 kilometre stage and climbed to victory while Froome cracked on the brutal uphill finish  ending seventh as Fabio Aru gained control of the overall lead by a margin of 6 seconds. Froome said afterwards that he didn’t have the legs to finish it off and made no excuses for his performance.

Today’s 13th stage should be easier on the legs although it still features three major climbs before a final downhill section. The Bastille Day stage is 101 kilometres from Saint-Girons to Foix and French riders are rumoured to be planning a major attack on the national holiday. Romain Bardet,the winner of the stage yesterday is only 25 seconds off the lead in third place overall and it will be interesting to see how much he’s got left in the tank after Thursday’s exploits.

Tennis-Venus Williams has reached her 6th Wimbledon singles final at the age of 37 as she played superbly to beat Johanna Konta in straight sets in Thursday’s semi final. Williams won 6-4 6-2 to reach another final 17 years after she won her first ladies singles title. She’ll play Garbine Muguruza in Saturday’s final.The Spaniard beat Magdalena Rybarinkova easily in the other semi final 6-1 6-1. It’s men’s semi finals day today.Roger Federer plays Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic faces Sam Querry. Federer is playing in his 12th Wimbledon semi-final  and is yet to drop a set in this year’s tournament.

Formula 1-First practice for Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone takes place at at 10am French time this morning as Sebastien Vettel and Lewis Hamilton get to grips on the track again. Vettel leads the drivers’ championship by 20 points from Hamilton who’s put himself under pressure after saying that Silverstone is a “must win race”. Valtteri Bottas is also in the mix,35 points behind Vettel and with victory at the Austrian Grand Prix last weekend still fresh in his mind. Second practice is at 2pm with qualifying at 2pm tomorrow and the race at 2pm on Sunday.

Cricket-The second Test between England and South Africa starts at Trent Bridge today with the home side looking to push home the advantage after winning the first Test at Lords last week. England are unchanged from the Lord’s Test while South Africa welcome back skipper Faf du Plessis. Play starts at noon French time.

Weather

Mainly fine with light,variable winds in the Alpes-Maritimes and a moderate westerly wind in coastal areas of the Var.

Top temperatures 28 degrees on the coast and 32 degrees inland.

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

The weekend-Clear skies with highs of 28-32 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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