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Morning News Friday 23rd June 2017

Local

Nice Attack Tribute - The association “Promenade des Anges” is leaving Nice today and heading for the Himalayas taking with them 86 blue white and red hand painted pebbles each bearing the name of the victims of the Nice attack. The “Himalaya project” set up by the association will see the pebbles placed 6000 meters in altitude in India.

Missing - Police in Menton are searching for an American woman believed missing for the past two weeks. Evelyn Garcia arrived in Nice on May 19th to make a permanent home on the Riviera. After staying at a number of hotels and AirBnB’s between Nice and Beausoleil, the 26 year-old woman then went missing on June 10th. Her bank accounts, phone and social media accounts have been untouched since. Anyone with information is asked to call police in Menton.  

Security in Saint Tropez - A complaint has been filed and police in Saint Tropez have launched an investigation as questions are asked about security after a 22-year-old British national was violently attacked on the Place des Lices at the weekend. The aggression occurred at 3.30am on Sunday as the young man, a surfing champion, in the company of his cousin was eating a sandwich on the main square of the town when he was unexpectedly and violently attacked by three men. Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Public Parking in Nice - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has presented new public parking measures for the city as of 2018. The measures will include free parking for the first half an hour with a fixed unchanged rate of 1 euro 30 an hour thereafter. A maximum duration of two hours parking in the same space will be implemented and fines for nonpayment of will be fixed at 16 euros.

Beach - The beach at Mandelieu La Napoule castle has been closed to the public until further notice due to excessive pollution in the water. Investigations are underway to identify the nature of the pollution and its origin.

Priciest Beach - Travel website, Travel Bird has created a list of the priciest places in the world to spend a day sunning yourself by the sea and 12 of them are right here in France.  According to information from local tourist offices and the Word Tourism Organisation, the site calculated that France's four most expensive beaches are in the south of the country. The priciest plage is Port Grimaud in the Gulf of Saint Tropez. Closely behind were the Plage de Santa Giulia, on the southern part of the island of Corsica, Paloma Plage in Saint Jean Cap Ferrrat and another beach in southern Corsica, Palombaggia.

National

Fête de la Musique - A man has died in Paris after jumping into the River Seine during the annual Fête de la Musique street music festival. The 35-year-old man voluntarily jumped off the Pont Neuf on Wednesday evening. Reports say he died of a heart attack at the scene. The Fête de la Musique festival is one of the biggest events of the year in France. It was started in 1982 by then culture minister Jacques Lang.

Michelin job cuts in France - Tyre giant Michelin has announced it is to cut nearly 2,000 jobs worldwide by 2021 as part of a reorganisation. The company plans to shed 1,500 staff in France, mostly by not replacing workers when they retire, and a further 450 in the United States. The announcement comes despite Michelin reporting a 43 percent rise in net profit for 2016 to 1.7 billion euros.

Accommodation for Asylum seekers - France is being forced to convert former low-cost hotels around the country into accommodation for migrants seeking asylum due to the growing pressure on existing structures. The scheme has been developed to deal with the huge shortage of housing for asylum seekers in France that has been exposed after authorities closed several refugee camps, in particular the notorious Calais ‘Jungle’ camp in October 2016. The centres will be temporary accommodation but with the aim of getting asylum seekers into more permanent accommodation.

Bus Drivers - Bus drivers in the western city of Nantes have been told they will be allowed to wear shorts after winning over company bosses by sporting skirts for a day in protest over strict uniform regulations despite the punishing heatwave.Bus drivers in the western French city of Nantes will now be able to wear shorts to work after company bosses relaxed strict rules. Bosses at bus company Semitan conceded and pledged to update its uniform policy.

 

Business

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has made what she described as a “fair and serious” offer to European Union leaders over the future rights of EU citizens. Speaking at the end of a dinner at the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels on Thursday,Mrs May said  a new “UK settled status” would allow EU migrants who’d lived in Britain for five years the right to stay and access health,education and other benefits. She added that the UK wanted to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK and the rights of UK expats in other European countries. Britain has not yet specified  what the “cut off date” for new EU citizens arriving in the country before Brexit would be but the Prime Minister said that she was willing to compromise. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Mrs May had made a “good start” but that many other issues remained to be resolved. Mrs May did not attend the part of the EU summit where other leaders’ discussed the wider implications of Brexit including future customs arrangements and the single market. A fresh round of talks between the UK Secretary for Exiting the European Union,David Davis and the lead EU negotiator Michel Barnier are scheduled for next month.

America’s 34 largest banks have cleared the first hurdle in the Federal Reserve’s annual stress tests. The banks have to show that they would be able to maintain enough capital in an extreme recession to meet regulatory requirements. In the Fed’s worst case scenario,the banks would suffer 383 billion dollars in loan losses but their level of high-quality capital would be substantially higher than the threshold that regulators demand. The tests were put in place following the financial crisis to strengthen financial capacity in the event of a major downturn. Some banks have been calling for the rules to be relaxed and the results of Thursday’s tests could help persuade policymakers to move in that direction.

And-Amazon has accused Walmart of trying to coerce its technology suppliers into shunning the firm’s cloud computing service. The row has developed following a report in the Wall Street Journal which said that other “unnamed” large retailers had asked vendors to shun Amazon Web Services. Amazon says that Walmart has been attempting to “bully” IT companies into picking a rival platform Tensions are increasing between Amazon and traditional retailers with the internet firm moving more and more into their markets.

Sport

Rugby Union-The talking is nearly over with the first Test between New Zealand and the British and Irish Lions being played in Auckland at 9.35 French time tomorrow morning. Much of the past few days has been dominated by controversial comments between the respective coaches but the talking will now have to be done on the pitch as the two sides square up in what’s promising to be a fantastic series. In other international action tomorrow,Fiji play Scotland,Australia host Italy,Japan play Ireland and South Africa play France.

Formula 1-Both McLaren cars will start at the back of the grid in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix for engine penalties. The sanctions follow a Honda engine upgrade in addition to earlier reliability problems. First practice for Sunday’s race is at 11am this morning with second practice at 3pm. Qualifying is at 3pm tomorrow with the race at 3pm on Sunday. Sebastien Vettel leads Lewis Hamilton by 12 points heading into the weekend but Hamilton has the bit between his teeth after having won convincingly in Canada two weeks ago.

Cricket-England play South Africa in the second Twenty20 international in Taunton today.Play starts at 6pm French time.England lead the series 1-0.

Tennis-Marin Cilic and Sam Querry are both into the last 8 at the Queen’s tournament in London. Cilic beat Stefan Kozlov of the United States in straight sets while Querry beat Jordan Thompson- the man who put Andy Murray out in the first round in three sets.

Racing-Big Orange won a thrilling Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday,beating defending champion Order of St George by a short head to win the feature race of the day.The 33-1 chance Harbour Law came in third. The big race today is the Coronation Stakes over a mile which is off at 5.20pm.

Weather 

Partially cloudy with light variable winds.

Top temperatures  27 degrees on the coast and 32 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Mainly fine in coastal areas with some thunder possible inland. Highs of 27-33 degrees.

Finally

Grabbing hold of your partner's hand while they're in pain really can make them feel better, according to a new study.

When lovers touch, their breathing and heartbeats synchronize and feelings of discomfort disappear, research has found.

Researchers tested the healing powers of a lover's touch by asking couples to take part in an experiment where women were subjected to pain.

They found that if her partner was allowed to hold her hand, she reported feeling lower levels of pain than if the couple merely sat next to one another.

Scientists believe that holding hands with a loved one activates an area of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex, which is associates with pain, empathy and heart functioning. 

 

 

 

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