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Morning News Friday 9th June 2017

Local

Women drowns in Lake - A 24 year old handicapped woman has drowned in the Lac de Sainte-Croix. The incident happened on Thursday afternoon. The victim was part of a group who were visiting the lake in the town of Salles-sur-Verdon. Authorities have opened an investigation into whether the necessary security measures were respected. 

Memorial inaugurated in Nice - A new memorial created to honour  the victims of the Nice Attack has been inaugurated. The temporary memorial located in the garden of Villa Massena, in Nice was inaugurated on Thursday and represents a secure and conducive place for meditation while awaiting the creation of the final memorial.

Plans for a new Park in Nice - The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has announced plans to create a new landscaped park in the La Plan du Var. The green space will span 30 hectares making it two and a half times bigger than the Promenade du Paillon.

Air bnb rentals Nice - Nice city council has announced plans to introduce new regulations for Air bnb rentals in the city. The new law would mean that all Air bnb rentals must be declared to the town council. This measure has already been implemented in some French cities such as Paris and Bordeaux. It will be presented at the Nice city council meeting on June 30th. 

National

Legal Action - A Frenchwoman suffering from chronic respiratory problems has sued the French state, accusing it of failing to protect her from air pollution in Paris. Clotilde Nonnez, an asthmatic 56-year-old yoga teacher, told French press agency AFP that she had "nearly died" during a spike in air pollution in the capital in December 2016. Her lawyer Francois said his client was seeking 140,000 euros for the damage to her health. Air pollution is blamed for around 48,000 premature deaths in France each year.

Cosmetic Products - A leading French consumers group has again sounded the alarm on high street cosmetic products, telling the public some 1,000 of them should be avoided and 23 should be pulled off the shelves immediately, due to the "undesirable" or even illegal substances they contain The list, published by the French consumer group UFC-Que Choisir features everything from perfumes, make-up products, shower gels, deodorants, tooth pastes and creams.

Business

The pound has fallen sharply this morning as traders react to the shock UK general election result. Sterling fell as low as 1 US dollar 27 cents from its level late on Thursday as it appeared that Theresa May’s Conservatives would not win an outright majority in the House of Commons and would have to govern with the help of the Democratic Ulster Unionist Party to remain in office. Mrs May’s personal position as party leader and Prime Minister  is also under threat after she called a snap election to strengthen her negotiating position on Brexit and squandered a 20 point lead over Labour in the opinion polls. A short time ago,the pound was trading down 1.5 percent against the dollar at 1 US dollar 27.6 cents. Against the euro,sterling has fallen by 1.2 percent to 1 euro 13.5 cents.

Britain now appears to be gripped in a period of political uncertainty which may cause immense difficulty as the country attempts to negotiate its way out of the European Union. Without a majority in the House of Commons or having to rely on support from the DUP,Theresa May will not be able to push through her ideas for Brexit and there will be increasing opposition to her plans from not only a resurgent Labour Party but also the Scottish Nationalists and even from more moderate members of her own Conservative Party. The Liberal Democrat politician Sir Vince Cable who’s returned to the House of Commons after winning back the Twickenham seat has said this morning that “the whole Brexit approach will have to be rethought” and suggested that both the single market and customs union membership will now be “back on the table”.

And-The Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on Theresa May to resign. Labour’s resurgence in the election has thrown the UK into political turmoil but Mr Corbyn says that people had voted “for hope for the future”. The party’s shadow foreign minister Emily Thornberry has suggested that Labour could form a minority government but this seems unlikely at the moment. Mr Corbyn said that Theresa May had “called the election because she wanted a mandate but she had ended up with lost Conservative seats,lost votes,lost support and lost confidence”. He added that he thought that was enough  for her to go and “actually make way for government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country”.

Sport

Tennis-Jelena Ostapenko has become the first unseeded player to reach the final of the French Open. The 20 year old Latvian beat Timea Bacsinzky of Switzerland in Thursday’s semi-final at Roland Garros and will play the 3rd seed Simona Halep in Saturday’s final. Halep beat Karolina Pliskova in three sets. Its men’s semi-finals day today.Andy Murray plays Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal is up against Dominic Thiem.

Formula 1-First practice for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix starts at 4pm this afternoon with Lewis Hamilton looking to get back into winning ways after a disappointing Monaco. Hamilton trails Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel by 25 points in the drivers’ championship and needs to close the gap this weekend. Meanwhile Fernando Alonso has indicated that he will leave McLaren at the end of the season if he can’t see signs of them producing a winning car by September. Alonso says that he is in Formula 1 to win and if you are not in a competitive position then maybe you leave.

Cricket-Sri Lanka produced a masterful run chase to stun India and win by 7 wickets in their ICC Champions Trophy Group B game on Thursday. India batted first and made a challenging 321-6 from their 50 overs.Sri Lanka got to the total with 8 balls to spare in a total of 322-3. Today in Group B New Zealand play Bangladesh in Cardiff.Play is due to start at 11.30 French time this morning.

Football-There are a stack of World Cup qualifiers over the weekend starting tonight with France away in Sweden in Group A. Tomorrow,Northern Ireland visit Azerbaijan in Group C and Scotland host England in Group F. On Sunday in Group D the Republic of Ireland host Austria and Wales are away in Serbia.

Rugby Union-The British and Irish Lions play their third tour match of New Zealand tomorrow at Crusaders.Kick off is at 9.35 French time. Meanwhile in international friendly games tomorrow Italy play Scotland,South Africa host France and Argentina play England.

Sailing-Great Britain have been eliminated from the America’s Cup after losing 5-2 to New Zealand in the best of 9 race semi-final. New Zealand led 3-1 overnight and took the first race on Thursday before Great Britain pulled one back.New Zealand then won the decisive race to give them an unassailable lead.

Weather

Clear skies with light variable winds.

Top temperature 25 degrees on the coast and 28n degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 16 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Clear skies with highs of 25-31 degrees.

 

 

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