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Morning news Friday 7 July

Heatwave-Parts of the South of France reached 34 degrees Celsius on Thursday as a heatwave spread across the country.

Meteo France says that temperatures are 3-4 degrees above the seasonal average with the hottest recorded temperature , 34 degrees in Carros on Thursday afternoon.

The hot weather is expected to continue into the weekend with forecast highs of 35 degrees in places inland.Sunday should see temperatures fall by  a few degrees.

Authorities warn that children and the elderly should not overexert themselves and advise people to drink plenty of fluids but avoid alcohol.

Forest fire-A fire which broke out in the departmental park on the Grande Corniche between Villefranche-sur-Mer and La Trinite has been brought under control.

4 hectares of forest land was destroyed in the blaze which was first reported on Thursday afternoon.100 firefighters aided by 8 Tracker and Canadair water bombing planes were sent to the area and the fire was reported to be under control late last night.

The cause of the blaze is not yet clear.Authorities warn that because of the extremely dry and hot weather conditions,extreme care is required anywhere around forest land.

Sex offender jailed-A 47 year old caretaker from Grasse has been remanded in custody after police discovered 24,000 sex videos at his home showing graphic scenes of rape and child abuse.

The man already has a conviction for the sexual assault of a minor dating back to 1998.Reports say that the offender had been collecting the illegal videos for the past 10 years.

His lawyer asked for him to be allowed to remain at liberty pending full trial but the court in Grasse disagreed and ordered for him to be held in custody until his next court appearance later this month.

Psychiatric help-The Lenvel children’s hospital has set up a special counselling service for children and parents still traumatised by the terror attack in Nice on the 14th of July last year.

As the first anniversary of the massacre,in which 86 people were killed including 10 children approaches, psychiatrists are on hand to help parents explain to young children what happened.

Experts say that many people will be deeply affected by the first anniversary of the attack in which a crazed Islamist extremist ran down scores of people on the Promenade des Anglais in a truck during the Bastille Day celebrations.

The Lenval centre will be open until the 21st of July by appointment.

 

Renault Twingo chase-A man has appeared in court in Nice charged with theft and attempting to avoid arrest following a car chase in the city in the early hours of Monday.

Police gave chase to the Renault Twingo car after spotting it in Nice after it had been reported stolen in the village of Saint-Antoine de Ginestiere.The driver of the car attempted to evade police by driving the wrong way down the Voie Rapide.He collided with police cars four times before finally being arrested in Cimiez.

The suspect was found to be in possession of cocaine and was taken into custody.

 

In National News.

The end of the internal combustion engine-France has said that it will end the sale of all diesel and petrol powered vehicles by 2040.

The plan is part of ambitious targets agreed under the Paris Climate Accord and was set out by the French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot on Thursday.

Mr Hulot said that the solutions are already in place and that car manufacturers have what they need to support the promise.

He conceded that meeting the target would be “tough” but insisted that French manufacturers were well equipped to make the switch to electric.

The French government is planning to offer financial assistance to motorists who want to replace their diesel cars made before 1997 and petrol vehicles made before 2001.

The amount of the subsidy has not yet been revealed but it’s thought that it will be initially offered to those on lower incomes.

Autism plan-French President Emmanuel Macron is to lead a drive to into autism research in a bid to indentify the causes of the disease and ways to treat it.

600,000 adults and children in France suffer from autism and Mr Macron and his wife Brigitte have pledged to lead efforts to combat the disease.

French charities say that the disease is a scourge on France with more and more people suffering and much more needs to be done to combat it.

Business.

Samsung Electronics has posted its largest ever quarterly profit as a result of surging global demand for its memory chips.

The South Korean tech giant reported an operating profit of 12 billion dollars in the three months to June-up 72 percent on a year earlier.

The company said that sales climbed by 18 percent buoyed by strong sales of smartphones including the new Galaxy S8.

Analysts say that it appears that the firm has now recovered from the calamitous Galaxy Note 7 recall.

Meanwhile,some research suggests that Samsung will overtake Intel  as the world’s largest chipmaker by sales this year.

 

Microsoft says that it’s planning to cut thousands of jobs worldwide as it attempts to boost its presence in the cloud computing sector.

The company is facing increasing competition from Amazon and Google and most of the job cuts will come in sales as it puts more emphasis on cloud services.

The majority of the cuts are expected to come outside the United States but the firm has not provided any more details.

Microsoft currently employs 121,000 people globally.

 

And-Volkswagen is recalling around 770,000 vehicles worldwide due to a problem with braking control systems.

The German manufacturer says that the problem was detected in anti-lock brake systems and the cars will be given a software update.

Cars affected include Volkswagen,Audi and Skoda  in which the anti-lock braking system may not work properly in some driving conditions.

Sport.

Neway Tour de France report.

Marcel Kittel of Germany won stage the 6th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday in a sprint finish with Chris Froome retaining the leader’s yellow jersey.

Kittel had a clear run in the final 200 meters at the finish line in Troyes as he outpaced Arnaud Demare of France and Andre Greipel who finished third.

Froome finished in the peloton and retains a 12 second overall lead over Geraint Thomas in the general classification.

Today’s 7th stage is 213.5 kilometres between Troyes and Nuits-Saint-Georges.

The first 135 kilometres are a gentle climb before a big drop followed by another climb before the course levels out for the last 35 kilometres or so.The sprinters are expected to contest the finish again.

 

Tennis-The ladies 3rd seed Karolina Pliskova has crashed out of Wimbledon after being beaten in 3 sets by the world number 87 Magdalena Rybarikova.

The Slovakian came through 3-6 7-5 6-2 in the second round and said afterwards that she was “speechless”.

Top seed Angelique Kerber is through to round three after beating Kirsten Flipkens 7-5 7-5.

In the men’s event both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic made quick progress into the last 32.Federer beat Dusan Lajovic in straight sets while Djokovic swept past Adam Pavlasek 6-2 6-2 6-1.

 

Rugby Union-The third and decisive Test between New Zealand and the British and Irish Lions is being played in Auckland tomorrow.

The Lions coach Warren Gatland says that his players have a chance to “leave a legacy” by beating the All Blacks and has warned that the best may yet be to come from his side.

New Zealand were clearly rattled by last weekend’s defeat in the second Test but they’re bound to come out fighting tomorrow.

The match starts at 9.35 French time.

 

Cricket-The new England captain Joe Root led from the front as he finished day 2 of the 1st Test against South Africa at Lord’s on 184 not out.

England won the toss and decided to bat and it looked like it could all go horribly wrong when they slumped to 74-4 just before lunch.

After that,Root and Ben Stokes took control with Stokes out for 56 before Moeen Ali joined Root at the crease.He finished on 61 not out with England in a strong position on 357-5.

 

Formula 1-First practice for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix takes place at 10am this morning as the battle between Sebastien Vettel and Lewis Hamilton resumes.

Vettel leads Hamilton by 14 points going into Spielberg and there’s no love lost between the two after what happened in Azerbaijan two weeks ago.

Second practice is at 2pm with qualifying at 2pm on Saturday and the race at 2pm on Sunday.

Weather.

Clear skies with  moderate westerly winds.

Top temperatures 28 degrees on the coast and 35 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 21 degrees on the coast and 19 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Partially cloudy tomorrow with some showers possible in the Var during the afternoon and some thunderstorms in the mountains.Sunshine and showers on Sunday and several degrees cooler.

 

Finally.

 

A Soviet-era anti-aircraft gun in a public park in Russia's far north has been leaking radiation over 150 times the safe level.

It only came to light recently, although the Second World War monument has been on public display in the city of Arkhangelsk for  four years. The discovery was made by local man Dmitry Surin, who said that he had decided to check the city's main landmarks with his portable radiation counter "out of sheer interest".

He certainly did not expect to see such high figures, and promptly shared his findings on a popular social network site. The park, commemorating the victory over Nazi Germany, is popular with locals and tourists, and children especially like clambering over the gun installation.

Dmitry rang the Emergencies Ministry and was surprised with the swift reaction. "They took me seriously, and the incident response team arrived within half an hour. The gun was removed by midnight," he said.

People on social media have reacted with dismay to the news that the monument was dangerous. "It was standing there for years, and kids were constantly climbing on it. It's horrible," said one.

 

 

 

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