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Morning News Monday 3rd July 2017

Local

Shooting in Avignon - Eight people have been injured in a shooting outside a mosque in Avignon. Worshippers leaving the mosque  were approached by two hooded suspects at about 10.30pm on Sunday. The suspects, carrying a handgun and a shotgun, arrived in a Renault Clio before opening fire on the crowd. Police said they were not treating the incident as a terrorist attack.

Car chase in Nice Sunday Morning - A motorist has been arrested by police in Nice after refusing to stop during a routine  check. Police chased the driver who was at the wheel of a Ferrari on Sunday morning through the west of the city. The vehicle was eventually stopped after officers fired at its tyres. Reports say that the car which had been hired  had not been returned to the car rental company. The motorist is due to appear in court today or tomorrow.  

Police appeal for witnesses in the Var - Police in Saint Raphael in the Var have appealed for witnesses after two individuals were taken to hospital after a fight broke out on the sea front on Sunday afternoon. The brawl which involved several young people resulted in two people being injured- one seriously. Anyone with any information is ask to contact police on 04.94.51.90.00.

Rescue operation off the coast of Sardinia - The French skipper of a sailing boat and two passengers have been rescued 70km off the Sardinian coast. Rescue services were called out shortly after 5.30pm on Sunday after the Crossmed were alerted by the boat’s distress beacon. The boat was located by a Falcon aircraft from the French Navy base in Hyéres. The skipper and passengers were airlifted to hospital.

Electric car overturns on the Port of Monaco - A forty year old man has been taken to hospital after his electric car struck a safety barrier and turned over on the port of Monaco. The accident reportedly occurred at 10.30pm on Saturday.The victim was treated by emergency services at the scene and taken to the Pasteur Hospital in Nice after suffering serious injuries.

Palm Beach Casino Cannes - The Palm Beach Casino in Cannes has moved, marking the end of an era. The mythical Palm Beach Casino which closed in 1991 but was then reopened in 2002 by the Partouche group will relocate to the Croisette in Cannes to host weddings, parties and business lunches.

Annual Cheese contest in the Alpes Maritimes - Cheese makers have gathered in Chateauneuf de Grasse for the annual cheese contest. The event which took place on Sunday saw 30 cheesemakers participate and a hundred cheese products. The competition, organised by the Alpes-Maritimes cheese syndicate judges the cut, the texture, the appearance and of course the taste. The results are to be announced on July 10th.

National

Man charged for stealing army rocket launchers - French police have charged a 23-year-old man in southern France for allegedly stealing army rocket launchers and a stock of armour-piercing shells from a freight train. The theft happened at the end of June as the train travelled between an army logistics base in Miramas near Marseille and another base in Brienne-le-Chateau east of Paris, the source said. Investigators found that the weapons were inside cases that were "neither sealed nor secured".

French Politics - The French President Emmanual Macron will today deliver his mandate in front of parliamentarians gathered at Versailles. Macron has recently come under criticism from both right and left opposition accused of behaving like a “Republican Monach”. Today’s speech will take place at 3pm.

Fashion Week - Haute couture fashion week began in Paris on Sunday with a markedly different look to previous seasons. The most significant incomer was Rodarte, a collection of pastels, petals and pinkness. The show took place in the 16th-century Port-Royal Abbey.

Business

Iran has said that the French energy firm Total will sign a contract worth around 5 billion dollars to develop a new offshore gas field in the Gulf. The deal would be the biggest foreign investment with Iran since most economic sanctions were lifted last year. Iranian oil ministry officials say that the deal to develop the South Pars gas field will be signed in Tehran today with Total getting a 50.1 percent stake.China’s CNPC will have a 30 percent stake with the rest going to Iran’s Petropars. Total had been planning to sign the contract several months ago but decided to wait and see if the Trump administration would re-impose sanctions on Tehran. The French firm was one of the biggest international investors in Iran before sanctions were imposed in 2006. The United States has told India that Westinghouse Electric will emerge from bankruptcy by the end of the year and be sold.

India has been closely watching the situation as it seeks to continue civil-nuclear co-operation with the United States and secure the construction of 6 new Westinghouse reactors in Andhra Pradesh which have been left in limbo since the Japanese owned firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March. Westinghouse ran into trouble after an estimated 13 billion dollars of cost overruns at two US nuclear projects which have cast a shadow over the entire civil nuclear industry. Industry experts are suggesting that there could be some form of US involvement or backing for Westinghouse,which is owned by Toshiba to avoid any sale to a Chinese or Russian buyer which would be unpalatable to Washington.

And-The Scottish government is backing a UK plan to leave an international agreement on fishing access. The British government is leaving the London Fisheries Convention which was signed more than 50 years ago and allows vessels from 6 European nations to fish between 6 and 12 miles from the UK coast. The UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove says that leaving the London Convention is an important part of “taking back control” of fishing. The Scottish Fisheries Secretary says that he supports the move and that Scotland has been calling for it for some time. However,the European Commission says that the London Fisheries Convention has been “superseded by EU law” while the Irish minister for agriculture,food and the marine said that the move was “unwelcome and unhelpful”.

Sport

Neway Tour de France Report.

Marcel Kittel of Germany won stage 2 of the Tour de France on Sunday in a sprint finish at the end of the 203.5 km stage from Dusseldorf to Liege. The German just outpaced Andre Demare of France with Andre Greipel of Germany finishing third. Geraint Thomas of Great Britain retains the leader’s yellow jersey heading into stage three but defending champion Chris Froome was involved in a crash as the peloton came off a roundabout. Froome said that he was ok after the incident but that he had “lost a little skin from his backside”.He’s currently 6th in the overall classification.

Today’s 3rd stage is 212.5 kilometres from Verviers to Longwy and features a final uphill drag that should rule out the sprinters and could see Thomas retain the overall race lead.

Tennis-Wimbledon starts today with defending champion Andy Murray in action on Centre Court. Murray plays Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in round one and says that he’s fit again after suffering with a hip problem. In the ladies event,the defending champion Serena Williams is absent as she’s expecting her first baby. Petra Kvitova will play the first ladies match on Centre Court against Johanna Larsson of Sweden. The weather in SW19 should be dry for the first few days but rain is expected later in the week.

Rugby Union-Sean O’Brien has been cleared to play in the final Test for the British and Irish Lions against the All Blacks after being cited for striking. O’Brien was accused of striking Waisake Noholo during the second Test in Wellington but cleared by a 3 man disciplinary panel on Sunday. The Lions pulled off an amazing victory at the Westpac Stadium on Saturday to level the series and take it into a decider at Eden Park,Auckland on Saturday.

Golf-Tommy Fleetwood of England has won the French Open at Le Golf National. The 26 year old carded a final round bogey free,five-under-par 66 to reach 12 under and win by one shot from Peter Uihlein of the United States.

Weather

Clear skies with light southerly winds.

Top temperature 27 degrees on the coast and 31 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees on the coast and 16 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies with highs of 27-31 degrees.

Finally 

A police officer has been placed on restricted duties for a year over an allegation he stole a colleague's biscuits. The male PC allegedly offered the biscuits around the office after he found an open packet on the side. 

He was subsequently taken off the streets in Kingston, South West London, in June last year after being accused of theft.  

The Metropolitan Police confirmed a male officer ended up being placed on restricted duties over the allegations and said the investigation is still ongoing. 

 

 

 

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