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Morning News Monday 15th May 2017

Local

Emmanuel Macron - Emmanuel Macron has become France’s youngest ever president, officially taking over from François Hollande. Macron declared that the world and Europe needed a strong France at his swearing-in as French president on Sunday. The ceremony was followed by a review of  troops and a visit to the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Arc de Triomphe. At the start of the ceremony former Prime Minister Laurent Fabius greeted Macron as "a man of his time", adding that he now faced the task of leading France.

Train Network - Traffic on the region’s train network between Carnolès and Roquebrune Cap Martin has returned to normal after a man was electrocuted on the roof of a train shortly after 6.30pm on Sunday. The victim, reportedly a migrant suffered burns to both legs. Traffic was brought to a halt in both directions while rescue services intervened.

Start up - A start up company on the Riviera has launched coffee on tap. Azuréené-196° launched the “nitro-café” after six months of marketing. The company hopes that soon many customers will be served coffee similar to a pint of beer.

Rally - Anthony Puppo from Fayence in the Var has won the Antibes Côte d’Azur Rally. The former karting driver came first at this week-ends rally at the wheel of his Skoda Fabia R5.

AS Monaco - AS Monaco look set to win the French championship title after beating Lille 4-0. Three points ahead of Paris St.Germain and with a very good goal difference there are two more games to play before they are officially crowned champions.

National

Cyber Attacks - French carmaker Renault is the latest major organisation to be hit by the massive wave of cyber attacks sweeping the globe. The company confirmed on Saturday that it had been affected and were assessing the situation to try and find a solution.

French Journalist - A top French journalist who had been suspended from broadcasting for calling on the public to vote for Emmanuel Macron to stop Marine Le Pen was back on air on Sunday. Audrey Pulvar, one of France's best-known broadcast journalists, was suspended by the CNews channel on 27 April after signing a petition entitled "Feminists, we don't want the National Front. We're voting for Emmanuel Macron.” The channel argued that she had violated journalistic ethics by saying which candidate she would vote for.

Robbery - Thieves have stolen a crown studded with 1,791 jewels from a religious art museum in central France. The Museum of Fourvière in the city of Lyon confirmed the theft of the Crown of the Virgin, which is estimated to be worth over one million euros.

Business

Microsoft has said that a cyber-attack that’s hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a “wake-up call”. The computing giant says that software vulnerabilities held by governments had caused “widespread damage”. The latest virus,which has affected a number of public services in many countries including the National Health Service in the UK and trains in Germany,exploits a flaw in a version of Microsoft first identified by US intelligence. Many firms have had IT experts working over the weekend to try and tackle the ramsomware which demands 300 dollars to be paid in Bitcoin to un-encrypt computer files. More than 200,000 computers have been affected around the world so far and there could be further problems when people return to work today after the weekend. Microsoft has criticised the way that government store up information about security flaws in computers.It said that it had issued a Windows security update in March but that many users were yet to run it.

The Chinese government is to invest tens of billions of dollars as part of an ambitious economic programme to rebuild ports,rail networks and roads. The Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged the equivalent of 124 billion dollars for various projects which have been grouped together under the title ‘Belt and Road Initiative’. At a summit of world leaders in Beijing,Mr Xi said that “trade is the important part of economic development”. The plan aims to expand trade links between Asia,Africa,Europe and beyond and was first unveiled in 2013. Mr Xi has assured Western diplomats that the plan,which has been described as the new Silk Road,is not simply an attempt to promote Chinese influence globally.

And-Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to extend crude output cuts until March next year in their latest efforts to rebalance the market. The countries two oil ministers say that the next round of cuts will be on the same terms as the existing deal and have pledged to do whatever it takes to reduce global inventories to their five-year average. Under the current deal Opec and other oil producing nations including Russia pledged to cut output by almost 1.8 million barrels per day during the first half of the year. News of the fresh joint deal has sent crude prices up by more than 1.5 percent in Asian trading this morning.

Sport

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton is right back in the hunt for the world championship after securing a stunning victory in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday. The Mercedes star was on pole position for the race but got jumped by Sebastien Vettel in the Ferrari at the start. However,a clever strategic switch by Mercedes put Hamilton onto medium tyres in a bid to allow Hamilton to catch Vettel towards the end of the race.They then delayed the first pit stop for Valtteri Bottas which meant that he was able to hold Vettel up for a couple of laps allowing Hamilton to close the gap. He eventually passed on lap 44 and held on to win with Vettel in second and Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull finishing third to claim his first podium of the season. Bottas finished with no points after suffering engine failure on lap 39. Vettel leads the drivers’ championship with 104 points from Hamilton on 98 and Bottas on 63. Next stop Monaco on May the 28th. Riviera Radio will be live on air from 8am on Grand Prix Saturday with all the action and interviews over the entire weekend.

Football-Spurs played their last game at White Hart Lane on Sunday and ended with a 2-1 win over Manchester United in the English Premier League. In the other games on Sunday West Ham were thrashed 4-0 at home by Liverpool and Hull joined Middlesbrough and Sunderland in being relegated after losing 4-0 at Crystal Palace. The first leg of the Championship play-off semi-final ended Huddersfield Town 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0. The first semi-final first leg tie between Fulham and Reading on Saturday ended in a 1-1 draw.

Cricket-Australian cricketers could take strike action if a contract dispute is not resolved in a move which could affect the Ashes series against England later in the year. Cricket Australia has offered salary increases but players would no longer receive a percentage of revenue. The offer has been rejected and Cricket Australia says that it will not pay players after the 30th of June. The Australian Cricketers Association says that players’ will not respond to threats and that strike action could be staged from July.

Tennis-Rafael Nadal has won the Madrid Open for the 5th time to move into the world’s top 4. Nadal beat Dominic Thiem 7-6 6-4 as he continued an impressive build up to the French Open at the end of the month. The Spaniard will be going for a 10th title at Roland Garros.

Golf-Kim Si-woo OF South Korea has won the Players Championship at Sawgrass,Florida after firing a 3 under  par 69 on the final day to end on 10 under. The 21 year old is the youngest player to ever win at Sawgrass and held off the challenge of both Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen who tied for second on 7 under. Rory McIlroy had a disappointing tournament and ended on 2 over.

Cycling-Geraint Thomas’ chances of winning the Giro d’Italia have taken a huge hit after he was involved in a crash caused by a police motorbike 15 kilometres before the end of the 9th stage of the race. Nairo Quintana won the stage with Thomas ending more than 5 minutes behind the new race leader. Adam Yates of Great Britain who started in overall third place was also involved in the crash.Both riders have now slipped outside the top ten classification.

Weather

Partially cloudy with light variable winds.

Top temperature 23 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 12 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Fine and sunny with highs of 23-25 degrees.

Finally 

A school in the UK has been forced to cancel sports day and ban children from the playing field because of rabbits.

Teachers say children have suffered injuries as a result of tripping on rabbit holes. Attempts to cull the colony using ferrets, gas and even guns have failed.

Pupils at the middle school, aged between nine and 13, have now been barred from the field for the rest of term.

Headteacher Craig Watson wrote to parents saying: "You may be aware of the ongoing timeshare arrangement we have with rabbits and our school field."