Morning News Monday 19th June 2017


Parliamentary Elections - President Emmanuel Macron has won a commanding majority in France's parliamentary election, sweeping aside traditional parties and securing a powerful mandate for pro-business reforms. With nearly all votes counted, La République en Marche, alongside its MoDem allies, won more than 300 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly. The winning margin is lower than some expected, with the turnout down from 2012. In the Alpes-Maritimes, the Republicans won 6 seats while La République en Marche  secured only 3.

Speeding - A motorist in the Var has had his Porsche confiscated by police and faces a hefty fine after being caught speeding. The incident happened on the RDN7 in Roquebrune sur Argens. The driver was reportedly driving at 165km on a road limited to 90km/h.

Criminal Court - Monaco’s Criminal Court has been told that a 33-year-old Israeli living in Russia kept a wallet containing 12,000 euros he had found in a hotel in Monte-Carlo. The resident, reportedly committed the offence last August and was quickly apprehended by the police using video surveillance. When arrested, the defendant said that the wallet had contained 7,500 euros, but added that he was prepared to make up the difference in the two amounts. The court has decided on a suspended prison sentence of 15 days.

Bullfighting - Renowned Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino has died in hospital  after being gored by a bull during a fight in southwestern France. The 36-year-old stumbled in the bull ring after catching his feet in his cloak and was gored by the animal, whose horn punctured his lung. The Basque fighter was performing at the Aire-sur-l'Adour bullfighting festival in France.


Surgeon - Christian Cabrol, the pioneering surgeon who performed Europe’s first heart transplant, has died in Paris. He was 91. A visionary in the field of cardiology, Cabrol passed away at the Pitié-Salpêtrière in eastern Paris, the same hospital where he performed the historic transplant in April 1968. Throughout his distinguished career, the French surgeon completed nearly 2,000 transplants and was instrumental in raising awareness of the importance of organ donation.

Climate Change - France has pledged €30 million euros to fund the work of up to 50 climate change researchers. The move comes two weeks after President Emmanuel Macron criticised his US counterpart Donald Trump for pulling out of the UN's Paris climate agreement - calling on US climate scientists and entrepreneurs to "come and work in France on concrete solutions for climate". On Saturday, the French environment ministry said in a statement that Minister of Higher Education Frederique Vidal and investment commissioner Louis Schweitzer "have decided to set up a priority research program for the fight against climate change".


The UK Brexit Secretary David Davis is heading to Brussels today for the first official talks on exiting the European Union. Mr Davis is calling for “a deal like no other in history” and says that there is “a long road ahead” but predicts “ a deep and special partnership” between Britain and the European Union. Initial talks will focus on the status of expats,the UK’s divorce bill and the Northern Island border. The negotiations are due to start at noon today and Mr Davis and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier are due to give a joint press conference at the end of the day. Meanwhile,5 major UK business bodies have come together to call for continued access to the EU single market until a final deal has been agreed. In a letter to the UK Business Secretary Greg Clark,the British Chambers of Commerce,Confederation of British Industry,EEF,Federation of Small Businesses and Institute of Directors  have urged the government to “put the economy first”.

Airbus has unveiled plans to upgrade the world’s largest passenger jet with room for more seats and greater fuel efficiency. The A380Plus was announced ahead of the Paris Airshow and will have a new wing design intended to improve aerodynamics. Airbus also says that the new plane has been optimised to allow up to 80 extra seats with “no compromise on comfort”. The firm has been struggling with orders for the existing A380 as more airlines opt for smaller twin-engine jets which cost less to fly and maintain. The plane maker says that the new version will burn up to 4 percent less fuel thanks to new winglets which are designed to reduce drag.

And-Oil prices have fallen back in Asian trade this morning as high supplies of crude despite an Opec-led initiative to cut production affected market sentiment. Continued signs of faltering demand have also stoked weak sentiment with Brent crude down by 0.23 percent to 47 dollars 26 and US West Texas Intermediate down 0.25 percent to 44 dollars 63. Prices for both benchmarks are down by 13 percent since mid May  when Opec extended a pledge to cut production by 1.8 million barrels per day in a bid to prop up prices. The main factor driving prices down is a steady rise in US production which is undermining Opec’s efforts to tighten the market.


Golf-The American Brooks Koepka has won the US Open at Erin Hills,Wisconsin. Koepka equalled the lowest winning score of 16 under in a final round of 67 which included three successive birdies from the 14th hole. Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and overnight leader Brian Harman tied for second on 12 under par with England’s Tommy Fleetwood finishing 4th on 11 under. 27 year old Koepka had only previously won twice on the European Tour and just once on the PGA Tour.He scooped prize money of 2.1 million dollars with the victory.

Cricket-Pakistan have thrashed India by 180 runs to win the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval. Pakistan batted first and made a challenging 338-4 from their 50 overs. India couldn’t live with that and were bowled out for 153 from just 30.3 overs to give Pakistan a famous victory.

Motorsport-Porsche have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the third successive year. Porsche’s second car took the victory after the German manufacturer’s first car suffered a terminal problem with 4 hours of the race remaining. Timo Bernhard and the New Zealanders Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber were at the wheel in the winning car in what was Porsche’s 19th outright victory at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Football-Celtic have been seeded in the European Champions League qualifying rounds. The draw for the first five qualifying round ties will be made later today and the Scottish Champions could face the winner of one of those ties in the second qualifying round. The first qualifying round first-leg ties will be played on the 27th and 28th of June with the return legs on the 4th and 5th of July followed by second qualifying round ties on the 11th and 12th of July.

Tennis-The warm-up for Wimbledon gets underway at the Queen’s Club in London with searing heatwave conditions forecast for the early part of the week. World number one Andy Murray is the defending champion and says that winning the tournament again would be a big boost to his Wimbledon hopes. Jo Wildred Tsonga,Tomas Berdych  and Grigor Dimitrov are also competing.


Clear skies with light to moderate south easterly winds.

Top temperatures 28 degrees on the coast and up to 32 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 18 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies with highs of 28-35 degrees and the chance of some thunderstorms in the mountains on Wednesday.











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