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Morning News Friday 2nd June 2017

Local

Aircraft crash - Police in the Var have appealed for witnesses after the disappearance of a microlight plane. The aircraft crashed with one person on board in woodland between Draguignan, Fayence and Callas. Anyone who may have seen a small plane in trouble in the area is asked to contact the police by calling 17.

Education - The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi announced on Thursday that as of September schools in Nice will return to the four day week. Speaking to the local press, Estrosi said he had spoken with the French Education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer and that in principle it was agreed. The decision is due to be confirmed on June 8th at the meeting of the National Council of Education.

Tour de France - Marseille will for the first time host a time trial of the Tour de France on July 22nd. The time trial in Marseille will be just before the arrival on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.  Since its creation in 1903, the Tour de France has passed through the city 40 times.

Sir Stelios - Sir Stelios Haji Ioannou, creator of the low cost airline Easyjet and Monegasque resident, has joined Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg in the "Giving Pledge Group". Sir Stelios has pledged to give half of his fortune to his foundation "Stelios Philanthropic foundation" after his death. 

Les Voiles de l’espoir - “Les Voiles de l’espoir” or “Sails of Hope” will be taking place from the 10th to the 17th June. The event which is the largest organized nautical event for children who are in remission for cancer and leukemia will see more than a hundred children cross the Mediterranean coast between Grimaud, Saint Raphael, Cannes and Monaco. Supervised by more than 650 volunteers the event allows the children to discover the world of sailing and the sea.

National

Climate Policy - French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a take-down of President Trump's new climate policy, calling his decision a 'mistake' that threatens the world Macron said 'Wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility. Make our planet great again". Macron went on to say that there was no “Plan B” for Climate change as there was no “Planet B”.

Politics - French Interior Minister François Bayrou has outlined his proposals to clean up French politics but at the same time was faced with questions about accusations of dubious practices against Housing and Urban Planning Minister Richard Ferrrand at a press conference on Thursday. Bayrou told journalists that the law forbade him from commenting on individual cases and he would leave it to public prosecutors in Brest. An investigation was opened on Thursday morning into the accusations against Richard Ferrand.

Tanker Strike - The six-day strike that has caused fuel shortages in France should end by the weekend, according to the union that called the stoppage. After talks with transport ministry officials on Thursday, the CGT union said an agreement with the government would now be put to strikers for approval. The union called the strike, which has triggered panic buying at petrol stations on Friday 26th May , demanding wage increases and better working conditions for drivers.

Summer - With much of France already used to blue skies and scorching temperatures after the record breaking weather last week-end provisional forecasts suggest there'll be more to come this summer. According to meteorologists the country is set for a slightly hotter than average summer . While the official first day of summer is June 21st, weather forecasters count the season as beginning on June 1st and lasting until August 30th. 

Business

US coal producers have welcomed Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. Murray Energy-a coal mining company based in Ohio applauded the move,saying it was “an important part of the Trump administration’s broader environmental agenda” while the president of the US coal lobbying organisation said that the standards established under the previous Obama administration were “too stringent”. However,the move has brought sharp criticism from other industries who said that it would hurt the ability of US firms to work abroad and inhibit innovation. Jeff Immelt,the chief executive of one of America’s most powerful firms GE said that “climate change is real and that industry must now lead and not depend on government”. Meanwhile,Elon Musk, the boss of the electric car manufacturer Tesla said that he would quit his seat on White House advisory groups.He said that leaving the Paris Accord was not good for America or the world.

Oil prices have fallen back this morning on concerns that Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris Climate Accord could spark more crude drilling in the United States and stoke the global supply glut. Brent Crude fell by nearly half a percent on the news to 50 dollars 40 cents a barrel while West Texas Intermediate was down more than half a percent to 48 dollars 10. Market analysts say that Mr Trump’s decision could lead to a “drilling free for all” in the United States  and also see other signatories waver in their commitments to Paris.

And-Facebook has turned down a demand from shareholders for a report to be published about what the social media giant is doing to address the growing problem of fake news. Facebook says that a report is unnecessary and would not benefit the firm but shareholders continue to demand that the company shares more information with them about what it’s doing to address the circulation of fake news. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg addressed the issue as part of his remarks at the company’s annual meeting on Thursday and said that steps had already been taken,including making it harder for fake news spammers to make money from adverts. Facebook has said that its experimenting with its news feed and testing new features to make it easier to report questionable posts.

Sport

Tennis-Andy Murray has made it through to the third round of the French Open at Roland Garros after beating unseeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia in round two. Murray got off to a bad start,losing the first set but came back to win 6-7 6-2 6-2 7-6 to move into round three where he’ll face Juan Martin del Potro. The British number two Kyle Edmund is also through to round three after beating Renzo Olivo in straight sets.He’ll now face Kevin Anderson of South Africa. In the women’s event the second seed Karolina Pliskova made round three after beating Ekaterina Alexadrova in three sets and the third seed Simona Halep beat Tatjana Maria in straight sets.

Cricket-England have won their opening Group A match in the ICC Champions Trophy after beating Bangladesh by 8 wickets at the Oval. Bangladesh made a competitive 305-6 from their 50 overs but England got to the total with 16 balls to spare in a score of 308-2 including 133 not out from Joe Root. Today-New Zealand play Australia in Group A at Edgebaston.Play starts at 11.30 French time.

Football-Chelsea were paid 150.8 million pounds by the English Premier League after winning the title this season,50 percent more than the top earners the previous season. The extra money from a new TV deal saw a total of nearly 2.4 billion pounds paid to the 20 clubs in the League,up from 1.6 billion the previous year. There’s tight security in place in Cardiff ahead of the Champions League final tomorrow night.Juventus play Real Madrid.Kick off is at 8.45 French time tomorrow night. Mexico have beaten the Republic of Ireland 3-1 in an international friendly game played last night and there are two games tonight.Northern Ireland play New Zealand and France host Paraguay.

Rugby Union-The British and Irish Lions play their opening tour match in New Zealand against the Provincial Barbarians tomorrow morning.Kick off is at 9.35 French time tomorrow morning.

Racing-The Oaks and Epsom Derby take place today and tomorrow as the flat season gets into full swing. The Oaks is off at 5.30 French time this afternoon with the Derby at 5.30 pm tomorrow. The John Gosden trained Cracksman is favourite for the Derby with Aiden O’Brien’s Cliffs of Moher is also highly fancied.

Weather

Partially cloudy with the chance of some showers and scattered thunderstorms this afternoon.

Light variable winds and a high of 26 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 15 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Mainly fine in coastal areas with some showers inland tomorrow.Thundery showers in the Alpes-Maritimes on Sunday morning-clearing during the afternoon.Highs of 22-26 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

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