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Morning News Monday 8th May 2017

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French President - Emmanuel Macron has been elected the 8th President of the 5th Republique with just over 66% of votes according to figures released this morning. The 39 year old centrist candidate is the country’s youngest ever President. Supporters gathered in their thousands to celebrate outside the Louvre museum in central Paris and addressing the crowd, Macron declared: “Tonight you won, France won. Everyone told us it was impossible, but they don’t know France.” Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen who claimed nearly 34% of the votes. According to the figures France saw one of the highest number of abstentions since 1969 with one in four French citizen’s not voting. In the Var an important region for the National Front, Macron beat the party with just over 50% of votes as well as in the Alpes Maritimes where he saw a clear victory in the second round compared to the first round with more than 60% of votes.

Shooting - A thirty year old man has been shot dead in Toulon. The incident happened at 10.30pm on Sunday while the man was leaving his home in the north of the city. Police believe the incident to be a settlement of accounts and have opened an investigation the victim was known to the police services.

Diving Incident - A 55-year-old woman has been taken to hospital in Nice following a diving accident on Sunday afternoon. The woman was air lifted to safety while diving in Theoule sur mer.The victim is from the Paris region and was part of an organised group who were diving off the region’s coast line. The woman is reported to be in a stable condition.

Road Accident - A 3-year-old boy is in a serious condition after being hit by a car in Valdeblore. The accident occurred on Sunday afternoon and the child was taken to Lenval hospital in Nice. Police have called for any witnesses to come forward.

Fire - The public swimming pool at Roquebrune Cap Martin  has been destroyed by a fire. The blaze broke out on Saturday afternoon, no injuries were reported. The old structure had been closed since 2015 and was due to be renewed in September. 

Rose Festival - The Villa Rothschild in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat has extended its “Rose festival” and will be open today, a bank holiday in France. After a week-end in which exhibitors put on show some of the most beautiful flowers and plants, visitors have one last opportunity today.

National

Models - Super-thin models and secretly airbrushed photoshoots will soon be a thing of the past in French fashion as authorities have passed new measures to protect young people from the dangers of anorexia. A new law entered into force on Saturday, which compels all models operating in France to provide a doctor's note certifying that their Body Mass Index (BMI) is not too low and that they are in overall good health.

Baguettes – Fans of French baguettes and pastries in the United States are discovering a new place to spend their dough, courtesy of a French baker Eric Kayser. The Frenchman, who launched his first "Maison Kayser" in Paris in 1996, plans a new cafe/restaurant near the Empire State Building later this spring, with two more in Washington coming later in the year, the chain's first US boulangeries outside of the Big Apple. The shops, which display crafted desserts and breads and serve soup and light meals, are positioned to take advantage of America's growing demand for better food.

Business

The euro has risen following Emmanuel Macron’s convincing victory in Sunday’s second round of the French Presidential election. The single currency rose by 0.2 percent against the US dollar although reaction was muted as investors had been expecting Mr Macron to prevail. The result has reassured markets over the future of the European project.The incoming President is also expected to try to cut corporation tax and make changes to the labour market. However,there’s a word of caution from many analysts’ who say that Mr Macron’s inexperience may count against him and that he may not be able to execute properly some of his well-intended policies. A lot will be riding on next month’s legislative elections and whether the new President will be able to garner a majority from his fledgling ‘En Marche’ political movement.

The new Sunday Times Rich List has shown that the UK has a record number of billionaires. There are 14 new billionaires on the list out of a total of 134. The brothers Sri and Gopi Hinduja are the country’s richest people with a total fortune estimated at 16.2 billion pounds-up 3.2 billion pounds on last year.They make their money investing in property,healthcare and oil and gas. Others on the list include the Duke of Westmister who is the only British born billionaire in the top 10 and the world’s richest person under the age of 30 and Alisher Usmanov who owns 30 percent of Arsenal Football Club.His fortune has increased by more than 4 billion pounds to an estimated 11.79 billion pounds.

And-Australia is to hold an enquiry into competition in the country’s financial system. Australia’s four largest lenders-Commonwealth Bank of Australia,Westpac Banking Corp,ANZ Banking Group and National Australia Bank have come under fire in recent months following several scams involving misleading financial advice,insurance fraud and interest rate rigging. The latest enquiry is one of a number of new measures being taken by the Australian government aimed at alleviating public concerns about the power of big banks. The four banks together control 80 percent of Australia’s lending market and have posted record profits for several years.

Sport

Football-There were two games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0 while Liverpool dropped points at home in a goalless draw against Southampton. On the final day of the English Championship on Sunday Blackburn Rovers joined Wigan and Rotherham in being relegated to League 1. Newcastle go up to the Premier League as champions with Brighton runners-up. Reading,Sheffield Wednesday,Huddersfield and Fulham go into the play-offs.

In the Scottish Premiership on Sunday Partick Thistle lost 2-1 at home to Rangers and Aberdeen were 2-1 winners at Hearts.

Cricket-England have beaten Ireland by 85 runs in the second one day international at Lords to take the series 2-0. England made 328-6 from their 50 overs before restricting Ireland to 243 from 46.1 overs.

Rugby Union-It was the final day of the regular Aviva Premiership season on Sunday.Wasps ended top of the pile with Exeter,Saracens and Leicester in the play-off positions. In the Guinness Pro 12 Munster,Leinster,Scarlets and Ospreys finished in the top 4 positions.

Tennis-Ilie Nastase has been banned from attending the French Open following his behaviour at last month’s Fed Cup match between Romania and Great Britain. Nastase is currently under investigation by the International Tennis Federation for comments he made about Serena Williams’ unborn child. The 71 year old has already been told that he won’t be welcome at Wimbledon this year and now the organisers of Roland Garros have followed suit.

Racing-Winter has won the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket to give trainer Aiden O’Brien a third double in the Guineas. O’Brien won the 2,000 Guineas with Churchill on Saturday and also won both classics in 2005 and 2012. Winter with Wayne Lordan on board beat Rhododendron into second place with Daban in third.

Weather

Clear skies with light to moderate south westerly winds.

Top temperature 22 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 9 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Partially cloudy tomorrow.Overcast on Wednesday.Highs of 18-22 degrees.

Finally 

A student who left a pineapple in the middle of an art exhibition as a prank was left shocked after curators put the fruit inside a glass case.

Ruairi Gray, 22, left the exotic fruit in the middle of Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University after buying it for £1 as a 'joke' and the next day it was put on show at the centre of the display.

Red-faced officials removed the pineapple after realising their mistake - but it had already been on display for two days fooling hundreds of students as well as lecturers who are said to have praised the genius of the work.

Now a picture of the hilarious pineapple prank has gone viral racking up thousands of retweets.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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