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Morning News Friday 16th June 2017

Local

Gunshots - A resident of Saint-Laurent-du-Var has been questioned by police after firing gunshots at a group of young people who were making too much noise outside  his building. The incident happened on Thursday evening in the Pugets district of Saint-Laurent-du-Var. Nobody was injured - several shots were fired puncturing the tyres of vehicles parked nearby.

Golfe Juan Beaches - Beaches in Golfe Juan have been closed to swimmers due to traces of oil. The city’s authorities decided to close the beaches on Thursday afternoon after traces of oil washed ashore, police evacuated the area and have set up barriers.

Rail Strike - Due to a national rail strike in Italy today no trains will be running between Ventimiglia and Menton and a number of trains scheduled from Menton to Monte-Carlo have also been cancelled. There will be a knock-on effect on this evenings commute from Monaco to Nice, with the cancellation of the normally very busy 4:19 pm service.

Charity Match - The “Match of legends” takes place on Saturday as former French footballers as well as players from OGC Nice and AS Monaco gather at the Allianz Riviera in Nice at a charity meeting for the families of the victims of the Nice Attack.

Monte Carlo Television Festival - The Monte-Carlo Television Festival opens this evening here in Monaco at the Grimaldi Forum. The festival runs until the 20th June. 

National

French Elections - A candidate for France's conservative party, Les Republicans, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, has been left unconscious after clashing with a protestor while out campaigning for this weekend’s parliamentary elections in Paris.  Kosciusko-Morizet, was insulted by a man while visiting a market in central Paris on Thursday.After falling, she blacked out for several minutes possibly after hitting her head, before being revived by emergency services. Her aggressor, a middle-aged man, left the scene immediately.

Strike Action - Journalists and technicians at the TV network France 24 have staged a walkout, accusing their employers of reneging on a deal on working conditions. More than 120 staff at the news channel stopped work for 24 hours on Thursday and picketed its headquarters in protest at what they claimed was the company’s refusal to implement a 2015 agreement addressing “unsociable and unhealthy” hours.

Best Restaurant - A food website has revealed a league table of the best cities for restaurants in France and the rankings may surprise a few people. Bordeaux has been crowned the best place to eat in France ahead of cities generally considered to be the gastronomic hubs of French cuisine, Paris and Lyon.  Bordeaux is home to an impressive selection of restaurants, even star chef Gordon Ramsey couldn't resist the allure of the city's gastronomic scene, opening Le Pressoir d’Argent Gordon Ramsay located on the first floor of the stunning Le Grand Hôtel. This isn't the first time Bordeaux's appeal has grabbed headlines. In 2016 a survey showed that it is the city Parisians most want to move to and in August 2014 Bordeaux and its surrounding region was voted as the "best place to work" by the French.

Business

Eurozone finance ministers have struck a deal to unlock the latest tranche of bailout cash for Greece Greece will receive 8.5 billion euros which will help avert a fresh debt crisis next month when the country’s next 7 billion euro repayment on loans is due. The payment is still subject to parliamentary approval in some countries and the director of the International Monetary Fund,Christine Lagarde has said that she’ll propose an approval in principle to her board. The IMF has said that it wants clarity on longer-term debt relief for Greece once the current funding scheme which is worth up to 86 billion euros,runs out next year.

And-The Bank of England has kept interest rates on hold at a quarter of one percent although three of the rate-setting committee voted for a rate rise. The 5-3 vote to keep rates on hold was the closest since 2007 and comes with UK inflation close to a four-year-high of 2.9 percent. News of the vote pushed the pound up by more than a cent against the dollar although it fell back later. The more hawkish tone of some of the bank’s members reflects growing concern about inflation which has accelerated faster than expected over the past few months and is now forecast to exceed 3 percent this year.

Sport 

Golf-Rickie Fowler leads by 1 shot heading into the second round of the US Open at Erin Hills with England’s Paul Casey  and Xander Schauffele in joint second.Fowler carded a first round 7 under par 65 to equal the lowest US Open first round score. Defending champion Dustin Johnson is way off the pace at 3 over and world number two Rory McIlroy had an even worse time of it,ending on 6 over par.

Cricket-India have cruised into the final of the ICC Champions Trophy with a 9 wicket victory over Bangladesh at Edgebaston. Bangladesh batted first and made a solid 264-7 from their 50 overs but India never looked like being under pressure as they got to the total in a score of 261-1 in 40.1 overs. India will play Pakistan in the final at the Oval on Sunday.

Rugby Union -  There’s more international action this weekend. Tomorrow-Australia play Scotland,Japan host Ireland,the USA play Georgia,South Africa play France ,Argentina host England and Canada play Romania. The British and Irish Lions are also in action in their latest tour match against the Maori All Blacks.

Weather

Clear skies with light to moderate variable or westerly winds.

Top temperatures 28 degrees on the coast and up to 33 degrees inland.

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

The weekend-Similar tomorrow.A little cooler on Sunday with highs of 27-31 degrees.

 

 

 

 

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