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Morning News Monday 5th June 2017

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London Terror Attack - French President Emmanuel Macron has led the global condemnation of Saturday's terror attack in London. A French citizen was among those killed and the dozens of people injured included four French nationals. Mr Macron spoke by phone with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and said France was "more than ever at Britain's side". Latest reports confirm that twelve people have been arrested after the attack which left seven people dead and 48 injured. Paris's Eiffel Tower turned off its lights on Sunday night as a tribute to the victims of the attack. In a letter addressed to her Majesty the Queen,  Prince Albert of Monaco has expressed his deep sorrow and pain sharing his thoughts and prayers with the victims and their loved ones. Adding “We all stand in solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom”.

Arrest – Police in the Alpes Maritimes have arrested a man suspected of having strangled his companion in La Trinité district of Nice. The suspect was arrested on Sunday at Nice International airport as he arrived on a flight from Tunisia. He is believed to have fled to Tunisia following the incident.

Riviera Water Bike Challenge - The Foundation Francois-Xavier Mora’s team has won the Riviera Water Bike Challenge. The race which was organised in aid of the Princess Charlène Foundation took place on Sunday between Nice and Monaco. The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi and Prince Albert of Monaco asked for a minutes silence in memory of London’s attack’ victims. Prince Albert opened the race alongside the nine other teams.

Gare du Sud Nice - The old Gare du Sud train station in Nice is to be turned into a gourmet market. After renovation, the new hall was inaugurated on Saturday and is set to open in 2018. The Gare du Sud was built in 1892 and continued to operate as a station until 1991.

Water supply - Due to work being carried on the water network in Cavalaire sur Mer in the Var, the French water company Veolia has warned customers that the water supply will be cut off in some areas of the town on Tuesday from 8.30am to 5pm.

National

Paris Climate Agreement - Former French environment minister Ségolène Royal has said in an interview published Sunday that Donald Trump has set off a "climate Brexit" in announcing the US would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. "Trump's decision, which was dictated by an internal political choice, looks very much like a climate Brexit," said Royal. Royal was environment minister at the time of the Cop21 meeting in Paris that led to the deal.

French Politics - According to a survey published President Emmanuel Macron's new Republique en Marche party has stretched its lead in polls for this month's crucial parliamentary elections. The poll published by Le Monde daily showed Macron's Republique En Marche (Republic on the Move, REM) party and its allies surging ahead to 31 percent in the June 11 first round of the election, up from 24 percent in late April. The poll also showed French voters continuing to abandon traditional parties for the president's new centrist party.

Business

Delegates attending a global airline conference in Mexico have discussed the London terror attacks and debated travel restrictions as security became the focus of the meeting. The director general of the International Air Transport Association,Alexandre de Juniac says that the weekend’s violence in London could discourage travellers as similar attacks in Europe did last year. In an interview with Reuters,Mr de Juniac said that “In previous events in Brussels,Paris and Nice,air traffic has reduced coming from certain regions of the world”.He added that “it’s possible that there will be an impact following London,but it’s a bit too early to know how big it will be”. In the United States,President Trump has used the London attack as an opportunity to argue for an executive order that would temporarily ban entry into the country of people from 6 predominantly Muslim nations.The ban has been blocked in the courts but Mr Trump’s legal team has now asked the US Supreme Court to reinstate it.

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has been warned that her promise to tighten regulations on tech firms in the wake of the London attacks will not work. Speaking on Sunday,Mrs May said that areas of the internet must be closed because tech giants provide a “safe space” for terrorist ideology. Meanwhile in a television interview on Sunday,the UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that an international agreement was needed for social media companies to do more to stop radicalisation. The Open Rights Group said that social media firms were not the problem and warned that politicians risked pushing terrorists in the “darker corners of the web”by more regulation. Facebook,Twitter and Google say that they are already working hard to fight extremism.

And-A new report on alcohol consumption has shown that people are drinking less and that beer consumption is in decline. The International Wine and Spirits Record found that the global market for all alcoholic drinks contracted by 1.3 percent last year,driven by a 1.8 percent decline in beer sales. Cider sales were also down by 1.5 percent following several years of growth. The overall contraction of international alcohol sales is much bigger than the average fall of 0.3 percent in the previous 5 years. Beer was the biggest loser with sales down by 4.2 percent in China,5.3 percent in Brazil and  by 7.8 percent in Russia.

Sport

Tennis-Rafael Nadal and Novaj Dkokovic remain on course to meet in the semi finals of the French Open after both came through their 4th round matches at Roland Garros. Nadal made the last 8 with a straight sets victory over Roberto Bautista Agut while Djokovic beat the 19th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 6-1 6-3. Nadal is looking to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam event. In the women’s competition the defending champion Garbine Muguruza is out.She was beaten in 3 sets by Kristina Mladenovich and the 7 time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams lost to Timea Bacsinszky meaning that there will be a new ladies champion at Roland Garros on Saturday.

Cricket-India have beaten Pakistan  by 124 runs under the Duckworth Lewis Method in Group B of the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgebaston. India made 318-3 in a reduced 48 overs with Pakistan set a revised 289 from 41 overs.They were bowled out in just 33.4 overs. Today,Australia play Bangladesh in Group A at the Oval.Play starts at 2.30 French time this afternoon.

Football-The Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has fractured his right ankle while training with Belgium. The 26 year old will now miss Belgium’s friendly with the Czech Republic tonight and the World Cup qualifier against Estonia on June the 9th.

Golf-Rory McIlroy says that he’s recovered from a rib injury and will be able to compete at the US Open at Erin Hills,Wisconsin later this month. The injury played up at the South African Open in January and the world number two didn’t play again until March.He was also feeling some discomfort at the Players Championship at Sawgrass last month and was advised to take it easy. The US Open starts on June the 15th.

Weather

Partially cloudy with some showers inland and the chance of a rumble of thunder in coastal areas this afternoon.

Light variable winds and a high of 26 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 14 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Mainly fine with highs of 25-27 degrees.

 

 

 

 

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