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Morning News Monday 1st May 2017

Local

Presidential Elections - The mayors of Nice, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Vence, Saint-Laurent-du-Var and 14 other towns of the Côte d'Azur have appealed to voters to "block the National Front" in the wake of the Presidential Elections. The President of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region Christian Estrosi has launched a call to vote for Emmanuel Macron declaring that beyond the second round of the Presidential Election the Republicans will be committed to working alongside the centrist candidate. Meanwhile just over a hundred people gathered at Place Garibaldi in Nice on Sunday in protest against the National Front.

Road Accident - A 35 year old man has been killed after losing control of his scooter. The accident happened in the early hours of Saturday morning in Antibes. According to reports the victim hit the central reservation after having lost control of his bike.

Mountain Rescue Services - Three rescue operations have been carried out by the mountain helicopter service in Alpes Maritimes region. Rescue services intervened in the Valmasque, Menton and the Gorges du Loup on Sunday after three people suffered falls while out hiking.

Migrants - French and Italian protesters have gathered in Ventimiglia in support of helping migrants. Nearly 150 people demonstrated outside the train station on Sunday demanding more support for migrants.

Visit to your GP - A visit to the doctor’s will increase as of today following new guidelines introduced last year. A visit to your local GP will now cost 25 euros instead of 23.

National

Protests - France is on extra high alert today as workers and protesters use the traditional 1st May marches to stage a show of force against the far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. Up to 250 events have been planned across France on a day of symbolic importance in the Front National calendar when it holds its annual gathering to honour the party’s heroine, Joan of Arc. In Paris, union leaders and political militants have urged a massive turnout to march between three of the capital’s most symbolic squares: from Place de la République to Place de la Nation via Bastille, in opposition to the FN and Le Pen.

Macron - Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has told the French Newspaper Le Monde that a win for French centrist Macron would be a global ‘victory’. Speaking about his opposition to Brexit, and the challenges facing the left in France and the UK. Blair said Macron represents a [centrist] spirit, a spirit which has echoes in every European country and in the western world in general.

Business

Chinese manufacturing activity continued to expand in April but at a slower pace than in March according to the latest data. The Chinese National Bureau of Statistics says that the Purchasing Manager’s Index PMI came in at 51.2 in April-down from a near five-year high of 51.8 the previous month.A figure above 50 indicates expansion. The first quarter of 2017 has seen an acceleration in China’s GDP as well as a rebound in retail spending. Robust trade data has also eased concerns about the strength of the economy following last year’s slowdown. Reuters has reported that 21st Century Fox is in talks with the private equity Blackstone Group to buy Tribune Media-one of the largest US television station operators. The report says that Blackstone would provide the cash while 21st Century Fox would provide the TV stations for the joint venture. Last week,the Financial Times reported that Nexstar Media Group is also carrying out due diligence on Tribune Media and might make a bid for the company this week. The potential bid for Tribune Media from Fox and Blackstone comes less than two weeks after the US Federal Communications Commission voted to reverse a 2016 decision that limits the number of television stations that some broadcasters can buy.

And-Italy’s Economy Minister has said that a sudden collapse of the loss-making national airline Alitalia would be a great shock to the country. Speaking on Sunday,Carlo Calenda said the sudden closure of the airline would be a shock for GDP-much greater than the scenario that is currently being looked at. Last week the Italian government threw Alitalia a lifeline by offering a bridging loan of 400 million euros to see it through a process whereby an administrator will decide if it can be sold as a going concern or should be liquidated. The minister said that he hoped that the bridging loan would lead to a buyer than can provide essential travel services to Italians picking up the ailing airline.

Sport

Formula 1-Valtteri Bottas has won his maiden Grand Prix after taking the chequered flag for Mercedes in Russia on Sunday. The Finn started on the second row and got the jump on both Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferraris at the start and although he faced some late pressure from Vettel he held on to win. Lewis Hamilton,who’d struggled for pace all weekend could only manage fourth place and is now 20 points behind Vettel at the top of the drivers’ championship while Bottas suddenly moves into contention 10 points behind Hamilton in 3rd place. Next stop Spain on the 14th of May and then it’s Monaco on May the 28th.

Football-There were 4 games in the English Premier League on Sunday with Chelsea maintaining a 4 point lead over Spurs at the top of the table following a 3-0 win at Everton.Spurs won the London derby against  Arsenal at White Hart Lane 2-0. In the other games Manchester United were held to a 1-1 home draw by Swansea and Middlesbrough staved off relegation for another week with a battling 2-2 draw against Manchester City. There’s 1 game tonight.Liverpool can solidify third place in the table if they win at Watford.

Boxing-Anthony Joshua says that he plans to keep his feet on the ground and “work on his weaknesses” following his sensational 11th round victory over Wladimir Klitschoko at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night. Joshua won a savage contest which many have said was the best heavyweight title fight in years to become both the WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion. A number of fight options now present themselves for the 27 year old including a rematch with Klitschko and a showdown with fellow Briton Tyson Fury.

Rugby Union-There was 1 game in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.Bath thrashed Gloucester 44-20 to take the battle for the fourth play-off place down to the final day of the regular season with Gloucester now out of the running for a top 6 finish.

Tennis-Rafael Nadal has set down another marker for the French open with victory in the Barcelona Open. Nadal followed up his tournament win in Monaco with his 10th Barcelona Open title as he brushed Dominic Thiem aside 6-4 6-1.

Weather

Cloudy with rain at times this morning and possibly some thunder in places. Clearing this afternoon with a moderate to strong south westerly wind developing.

Top temperature 19 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 7 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Partially cloudy with the chance of some showers at times.Highs of 17-18 degrees.

Finally 

If you are living in a Melbourne apartment but have always wanted to live in a huge old castle then this could be your chance.

The eccentric owners of a 15th century German castle with 23 rooms wants to trade it for a Melbourne property.

Lord James Richard Welsh and his wife are seeking to switch their castle for a slice of the high life in the world’s most liveable city.

Their 4000sq m property, in a small village in a winegrowing region in northern Germany Is about two hours’ drive south-west of the German capital Berlin and is worth about $1.09 million (750,000 euros).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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