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Morning News Monday 12th June 2017

Local

French Elections - The French President Emmanuel Macron's party is heading for an overwhelming victory in the French parliamentary elections after Sunday's first round. Results marked a historic collapse of the Socialist Party and a clear setback for the Republicans and the National Front. A record abstention was recorded at 51%, meaning only one out of every two voters voted. In the Alpes-Maritimes, Le Republique en Marche gained 28% of votes followed by the Republicans with 27% and the National Front with 19% of votes.

Drowning - A 69 year old Italian man has drowned in his swimming pool at his home in Vidauban in the Var. The accident happened on Sunday afternoon. According to reports the victim suffered a heart attack. It’s the second drowning in the region in less than four days. On Friday a 24 year old handicapped woman drowned in the Lac de Sainte-Croix. Today The Princesse Charlene of Monaco Foundation will be holding a water safety day here in Monaco. Schools in the Principality will participate in the event which is aimed at raising public awareness about the dangers of water and to teach children preventive measures, and teach them to swim. According to The World Health Organization there are an estimated 360,000 annual drowning deaths worldwide.

Demonstration – Nearly a thousand bikers have demonstrated on the Place Massena in Nice. The motorcyclists from Menton and Grasse gathered in Nice on Saturday afternoon. The protest was against new measures which have been introduced as well as the poor state of public highways and the privatisation of speed cameras.

Red Cross Record - The region’s Red Cross charity Gala has raised a record 57,000 euros. The event which took place on Saturday at the Cap Eden Roc Hotel in Cap d’Antibes managed to raise 6,000 euros more than last year’s event and welcomed more than 240 guests. Funds raised will be donated to the medical centre, invested in social aid and also emergency and rescue equipment. The Red Cross also works closely with the Promenade des Anges association to help the children and families of the Nice Attack.

Swimming record - A top Malaysian swimmer has won the men’s 400m freestyle at the Mare Nostrum Tour event in Monaco. The event which took place on Saturday saw 23 year old Welson Sim break his own national record of 3:50:33 clocking 3:49.48. Sim swam for Malaysia at the Rio Olympics last year and is only the second Malaysian to win on the Mare Nostrum Tour.

National

Champs-Elysées Attack - Three more men have been charged with involvement in supplying the weapon which was used by the Champs-Elysées attacker Karim Cheufri to kill police officer Xavier Jugelé on April 20th. In total four suspects have been charged with directly or indirectly helping Cheufri, who was shot dead after killing Jugelé and wounding two other police officers on the central Paris avenue.

Roaming Charges - Roaming charges by telecoms companies will be lifted in Europe as of June 15th. The important source of revenue for telecom companies will raise pressure on operators in a tight market. According to reports roaming charges within and outside Europe account for an average of around five percent of sales for telephone operators in Europe. The impact of the new measure will differ for corporate and individual clients.

The Waltz - “The Waltz” a bronze by French artist and sculpture Camille Claudel has sold for a record figure for a piece of its size. The bronze auctioned on Sunday for 1.18 million euros represents a couple dancing with a woman dressed only in a long skirt, and a man completely naked, had been judged indecent and relegated in a closet by the family of her first owner, Joseph Allioli.

Business

A snap poll of 700 members of the UK Institute of Directors has found that the uncertainty caused by the general election vote has led business confidence to “sink through the floor”. The poll found that members were suffering from a “dramatic drop” in confidence as a result of the hung parliament and that they saw no way to resolve the political impasse quickly. The poll also found that members had “no desire” for another election this year which they considered would have a negative effect on the UK economy. The 700 members who responded to the survey said that they wanted a rapid agreement with the European Union on transitional arrangements for Brexit along with clarity on the status of EU workers in the UK. Meanwhile,some UK business leaders are calling on Theresa May to rethink her Brexit stance. The Confederation of British Industry is planning to canvas its members regarding the implications of a hung parliament for business while the former British Finance Minister George Osborne has said that he doesn’t believe that a majority of Members of Parliament now favour a “hard” Brexit.

The CBI is calling on both European and UK negotiators to put the economy and people at the heart of the Brexit negotiations while leading economists say that the election result has reduced the risk of a hard Brexit in 2019 and increased the chance of the UK remaining inside the single market. The leader of the Scottish Conservative Party Ruth Davidson,who’s election success north of the border is now crucial to Theresa May’s clout at Westminster is also making her presence felt after saying that she wanted “cross-party support,with free trade and economic advancement at the heart of the Brexit deal”,

And-The pound has stabilised on Asian markets this morning while remaining at its low after last week’s shock election result. Sterling was trading at 1 US dollar 27.4 cents earlier today with analysts suggesting that the likelihood of a minority Conservative government might stave off further falls in the currency. On Friday,the pound slid by 1.7 percent against the dollar-its biggest one day fall in 8 months. Global currency markets are watching how the UK’s post-election uncertainty pans out  and will be focusing on what it means for the country’s exit from the European Union.

Sport

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton has won a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix for the 6th time as he closed the gap on rival Sebastien Vettel  at the top of the drivers’ championship to 12 points. Hamilton started on pole and controlled the race from start to finish with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas finishing second and Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull third. Vettel could only finish fourth after after dropping to the back of the field when he needed to change his front wing which was damaged by Max Verstappen at the start. Next stop Azerbaijan on June the 25th.

Tennis-Rafael Nadal has become the first man in the open era to win a Grand Slam tournament 10 times. Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka in straight sets in the final of the French Open at Roland Garros to win the tournament for a record 10th time.He now moves above Pete Sampras on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners into second place behind Roger Federer.

Football-There were several World Cup qualifying games on Sunday.In Group D the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 with Austria while Wales drew 1-1 in Serbia. In Group G Italy thrashed Liechtenstein and Spain were 2-1 winners in Macedonia.

Cricket-India have crushed South Africa by 8 wickets to reach the semi finals of the ICC Champions Trophy. South Africa could only manage 191 after being bowled out in 44.3 overs. India got to the total with ease,reaching 193-2 in just 38 overs.They join England and Bangladesh in the last 4 with the final place being decided today when Sri Lanka play Pakistan in Group B in Cardiff.

Rugby Union-The British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has admitted that he could miss the first Test against New Zealand if he can’t prove he’s in good enough form. Warburton missed the victory over Crusaders on Saturday with an ankle injury but he’ll captain the side against Highlanders in Dunedin tomorrow. He says that competition for places is stiff and he still feels that he’s a bit “undercut”.

Cycling-Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark has won the Criterium du Dauphine as the build-up for this year’s Tour de France continues. The Dane took victory with an attack on the summit of Sunday’s final stage. Richie Porte of Australia finished in overall second with Daniel Martin of Ireland in third place. Chris Froome could only manage overall fourth. The Tour de France starts in Dusseldorf on July the 1st.

Weather 

Clear skies with light to moderate south westerly winds.

Top temperature 26 degrees Celsius on the coast,up to 33-34 degrees in places inland.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies and not quite so hot inland.The chance of some thunder in mountain areas tomorrow.

Finally 

A teddy bear rose 100,000ft into space after being tied to a helium balloon by a group of school children. Roffa reached the stratosphere and travelled 18 miles before the balloon exploded due to altitude pressure. He was launched by pupils at King’s Rochester Preparatory School field in Boley Hill, Kent, who recorded his journey using a GoPro camera.

Footage shows the curvature of the earth taking in the Thames Estuary, the Isle of Wight and across the English Channel to France.

Roffa was in the air for around four-and-a-half hours and the GoPro stopped recording an hour before he was found in Hadlow, near Tonbridge.