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Morning News Monday 10th July 2017

Local

Promenade des Anges - One of the founders of the association « Promenade des Anges » is to appear in court in Nice. The former spokesperson for the association which was set up to help victims of the Nice attack is accused of embezzlement. The news comes as the association and local authorities prepare the commemoration of the attack on July 14th.

Hiking accidents in the region - A 45 year old man has been air lifted to hospital in Cannes after suffering an ankle injury while walking in the hills behind Nice. The incident which occurred on Saturday is the second in the area in less than 48 hours as earlier in the day a 39 year old woman was also taken to hospital after suffering a fall.

Coco Beach Restaurant Nice - The emblematic restaurant Coco Beach has been destroyed by a fire. The incident happened shortly after 10pm on Friday. Forty firefighters battled the blaze which broke out as people gathered in the restaurant – no injuries were reported. Created in 1936 and located between the port and the Cap de Nice, Coco Beach, offered breathtaking views of the bay and had just reopened after being sold and completely renovated.

Mayor of Marseille - The former mayor of Marseille, Robert-Paul Vigouroux has died at the age of 94. A neurosurgeon, Vigouroux had succeeded Gaston Defferre after his death in 1986 and was mayor of Marseille until 1995. He was considered to be the initiator of several major development projects in the second largest city of France, notably the Euroméditerranée district.

National

Weather Alert - Météo France has extended an orange weather alert for Paris and Central France until midnight tonight. Thunderstorms hit the French capital on Sunday with heavy rainfall causing flooding on the Paris metro.

Terror suspect - A 42-year-old Frenchman has appeared in court accused of plotting a terror attack with two Belgian brothers who were found to be in possession of firearms. Police sources say the man, whose name has not been made public, was arrested near the north-eastern French city of Lille.

Artwork destroyed - Police in the French city of Lyon were left red faced after destroying a 400 square metre art installation that they mistook for an illegal cannabis plantation. Officers were patrolling along the Cours de Charlemagne in the centre of the city when they stumbled upon the plants which they believed to be an illicit cannabis plantation.

Business

The Chinese shipping giant Cosco is to buy its Hong Kong rival OOIL for 6.3 billion dollars. The deal  will make Cosco the world’s third largest shipping firm with more than 400 vessels. OOIL’s majority owner has accepted the deal although it will still require regulatory approval. The development is the latest in a series of mergers in the shipping industry which has resulted in the top 6 firms now controlling almost two thirds of the market. Overcapacity and slowing demand has been leading to major changes with the Korean shipping firm Hanjin filing for bankruptcy last year while CMA CGM of France bought Neptune Orient Lines of Singapore.

Kuwait Airways and Royal Jordanian have become the latest airlines to allow passengers to take laptops in the cabin on US-bound flights. Both carriers say that they’ve worked with US officials to tighten security checks on flights from Kuwait and Jordan. The US imposed the ban on laptops and larger tablets in March on direct flights from 8 mainly Muslim countries as a response to concerns that bombs could be concealed in the devices. Last week,Ethihad,Turkish Airlines,Emirates and Qatar Airways secured exemption from the ban. Airlines in Morocco,Saudi Arabia and Egypt are yet to announce a lifting of the ban.

And-In the UK,government ministers are seeking to make it harder for British tourists to make bogus food poisoning claims. The news comes after travel industry chiefs and Spanish hotels complained about a huge rise in false insurance claims. They’ve warned that heavy payouts could lead to British holidaymakers paying higher prices and being barred from some resorts. The government has said that it will reduce the cash incentives of bringing cases against holiday firms. Meanwhile,the UK Justice Ministry says that British tourists who are found guilty of making a fraudulent claim could face up to three years in jail.

Sport 

Neway Tour de France report.

Rigoberto Uran won stage 9 of the Tour de France through the mountains to Chambery on Sunday with Chris Froome retaining the leader’s yellow jersey as two of the big riders on the Tour were forced to pull out of the race as a result of heavy crashes. Geraint Thomas of Team Sky suffered a broken collarbone after falling early on in the stage while Richie Porte was involved in a nasty accident in which he suffered a fractured collarbone and pelvis.Both riders will miss the rest of the Tour. Froome leads Fabio Aru by 18 seconds in the overall classification with Romain Bardet of France in third place 51 seconds behind the leader.

Today is a rest day before the riders cross to the Dordogne on Tuesday for a mainly flat 178 kilometre long stage between Perigueux and Bergerac.

Formula 1-Valtteri Bottas held on to win the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday after coming under late pressure from Sebastien Vettel with Daniel Ricciardo third and Lewis Hamilton only managing 4th place after starting in 8th because of a five place grid penalty. Bottas led from the start and was mainly untroubled before the final few laps when Vettel started to close the gap at the front.Ricciardo also faced late pressure from Hamilton but held on for the podium place. The result means that Vettel holds a 20 point lead over Hamilton at the top of the drivers’ championship with the British Grand Prix looming next Sunday. Bottas has also put himself back in the mix with his win yesterday and is 15 points behind Hamilton in overall third.

Cricket-England have thrashed South Africa by 211 runs with a day to spare in the first Test at Lords. Moeen Ali was man of the match taking 6-53 in the second innings to give him a ten wicket haul for the match as the tourists were bowled out for just 119 in their second innings. England take a one nil lead in the four Test series with the second Test starting at Trent Bridge on Friday.

Football-Wayne Rooney has rejoined Everton on a free transfer from Manchester United 13 years after he moved in the other direction. Rooney has signed a two year deal at Goodison Park  and will wear the number 10 shirt.

Tennis-It’s the second week of Wimbledon with both Andy Murray and Johanna Konta looking to make the quarter finals today. Murray plays Benoit Paire of France in his 4th round match while Konta plays Caroline Garcia. There are 8 men’s and 8 women’s 4th round matches today in a packed schedule with specatators queuing over the weekend in a bid to get hold of the remaining tickets.

Weather

Clear skies with  moderate westerly winds across the Var.

Top temperatures 28 degrees on the coast and 33 degrees in places inland.

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

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies with highs of 28-34 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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