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Morning News Thursday 11th May 2017

Local

Politics - It’s the moment of truth for the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron and “La Republique En Marche” as they announce their 450 candidates for the legislative elections. Macron will make the announcement today at 2.30 this afternoon. A reported 450 candidates will be confirmed instead of 577, the number initially announced by the party’s general secretary Richard Ferrand. Meanwhile Left wing Jean-Luc Mélenchon announced on Wednesday that he would run as a French parliamentary candidate in Marseille, a city he doesn’t live in, but which heavily backed him in his unsuccessful bid for the Presidency last month.

Swimming Pool Fire – It’s been reported that the fire which destroyed the public swimming pool in Roquebrune Cap Martin on Saturday was caused by lightning. Experts have determined that the cause was not criminal but accidental.

Muller Circus - The Muller Circus in Villeneuve-Loubet has come under fire from the town’s local council for not respecting certain conditions. The Circus was granted permission to set-up in Villeneuve-Loubet however the size of the encampment and unsuitable conditions for animals did not meet local health and safety standards.

Hop - To mark the beginning of the summer season the airline Hop! Air France has launched a new promotion offering flights at 39 euros one way in France and Europe. From Nice the offer is valid for Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Paris-Orly and Toulouse. Reservations must be made between before the 16th May for departures between 1st July and 15 October 2017.

National

Francois Hollande - In his final speech as president, François Hollande called on France to fight hate speech and announced a new working group that will be put in charge of designing a memorial and a museum for victims of slavery. Speaking at a ceremony in Paris to commemorate the abolition of slavery, and accompanied by French President-elect Emmanuel Macron, Hollande warned France not to forget the “darker” moments of its long history.

Charlie Hebdo - The French magazine Charlie Hebdo has come under criticism after its front page published on Wednesday shows Emmanuel Macron holding the belly of his apparently very pregnant wife. "He's going to make miracles happen," reads the accompanying text. Emmanuel Macron's wife Brigitte, has come in for sexist and ageist abuse in recent weeks with Macron telling Le Parisien newspaper that reports about his relationship amounted to “misogyny.”

Best Baguette - The crown for the best baguette in Paris has been awarded going to a bakery in the 13th arrondissement. The annual Grand Prize for the best baguette in Paris has been awarded to the Brun bakery, which will be officially recognized for its win by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo at the Fête du Pain (Bread festival), which begins on Saturday outside the Notre Dame cathedral.  All baguettes entered for the prize are submitted to a rigorous judging process and strict criteria. They must measure between 55 and 65 centimetres in length, weigh between 250 and 300 grams, and have a salt content of no more than 18 grams per kilo of flour.

Business

Shares in the owner of Snapchat have fallen heavily after it reported disappointing growth in the first three months of the year. In its first results since its floatation,Snap said that the number of active users rose by just 5 percent to 166 million compared to the final three months of 2016. The figure was 36 percent higher than at the same time last year but two million short of expectations. The news sent Snap shares tumbling by more than 20 percent in after-hours trading in New York. The firms adjusted loss of 188.2 million dollars was 10 million dollars higher than analysts had expected with net losses spiralling to 2.2 billion dollars from 104.6 million due to costs associated with the floatation earlier this year.

Profits at 21st Century Fox have fallen in the first quarter,weighed down by flat cable advertising and less success at the box office. Rupert Murdoch’s firm said that profits fell by 5 percent to 799 million dollars but executives remained upbeat,pointing to rising revenues and its bid to take full control of Sky TV in the UK. 21st Century Fox already owns 39 percent of Sky and its 11.6 billion pound bid for the rest of the company is currently being examined by UK regulators. The company’s share price dipped initially on the news in after-hours trading before recovering to where they ended  regular trading  at 27 dollars 90.

And-The owner of Pret a Manger  is reported to be considering a range of options including floating its business in New York. Bridgepoint Advisors is said to be in the process of appointing advisors to examine the company’s next step. Pret a Manger is seeing demand for its products grow in the US where sales at its 74 outlets passed 200 million dollars for the first time last year. The company opened 50 new shops last year  including 5 in the US with strong growth reported in breakfast food and coffee sales.

Sport 

Football-The final of the European Champions League will be between Real Madrid and Juventus. The Spanish giants saw off the challenge of their city rivals Athletico last night despite losing the second leg 2-1.They go through to the final in Cardiff 4-2 on aggregate. Arsenal have kept alive their chances of a top 4 finish in the English Premier League with a 2-0 away win at Southampton last night.Sanchez and Giroud scored the goals-both in the second half. It’s the semi-final second leg ties in the Europa League tonight. Lyon host Ajax trailing 4-1 from the first leg while Manchester United take a 1-0 advantage into the home leg of their tie against Celta Vigo.

Formula 1-The Mercedes star Valtteri Bottas says that he’ll be going all out to win every race this season as he tries to put the pressure on team-mate Lewis Hamilton and championship leader Sebastien Vettel. The Finn won his first grand prix in Russia two weeks ago and heads into Spain this weekend in a good frame of mind and raring to go.

Cricket-The new stadium in Perth will not be ready to host the 3rd Ashes Test between Australia and England and it will be played at the WACA instead. Cricket Australia has confirmed the delays to the 60,000 seater stadium but its hoped that work will be completed in time for the 5th one day international against England on January the 28th. The Ashes series starts in Brisbane on the 23rd of November. There was some good news for England on Wednesday ahead of the busy international programme.Former skipper Alistair Cook made a century for Essex against Sussex as his side won by 10 runs in the One-Day Cup.It was Cook’s second one day century of the season.

Cycling-Chris Froome was back on his bike on Wednesday following his reported ‘ramming’ incident in Beausoliel near his Monaco home on Tuesday. The 31 year old posted a picture of his mangled bike after saying that he had been rammed by impatient motorist while out training. A new bike has now been flown in and the three-time Tour de France champion has been able to resume his build up for the summer. Fernando Gaviria has won stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia after another rider ‘celebrated’ winning the stage too early. Luka Pibernik punched the air when crossing the finish line-but he’d forgotten that the route looped back for another lap in Messina. Gaviria eventually crossed the line to take his second win of this year’s event. Bob Junkels is still the overall leader with Geraint Thomas in second.

Rugby Union-England have been placed in a tough pool for the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Eddie Jones’ side will be in Pool A with France,Argentina,Americas 1 and Oceania 2. Pool A is made up from Ireland,Scotland,Japan Europe 1 and the play-off winner between Europe 2 and Oceania 3. Pool B will be contested from New Zealand,South Africa,Italy,Africa 1 and the repechage winner while Pool D is made up from Australia,Wales,Georgia,Oceania 1 and Americas 2.

Tennis-Novak Djokovic is through to the 3rd round of the Madrid Open. The world number two was playing his first match since parting company with his coaching staff.He beat Nicolas Almagro in three sets and will now play Feliciano Lopez. Rafael Nadal is also through to the third round.He beat Fabio Fognini 7-6 3-6 6-4.

Weather

Mainly overcast with some brief sunny intervals and some showers developing mid-afternoon. Strong easterly winds gusting at up to 70 km/h and a top temperature of 20 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 11 degrees inland with cloudy skies and the wind dropping.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Sunshine and showers tomorrow-better on Saturday.Highs of 18-21 degrees.

Finally 

After months without a sighting, the Loch Ness monster appears to be back and ready to be found. For eight months there were no reports of the mysterious creature in the Scottish lake, prompting concerns the infamous 'monster' was dead.

But like buses, two have now come at once, as within days, two tourists have take videos of a creature that could be Nessie.

The video shows what looks like a head and a long neck poking out of the tranquil water in the Scottish loch.

It was spotted by Rob Jones, 35, from North Wales, who uploaded the video to YouTube to find out if anyone knew what it was. 

Speaking to the Scotsman, he said: 'I saw it quite far across the Loch near the castle, but by the time I stopped the van, It was very close and other people stopped to take photos too. 

'Sadly I don’t believe in monsters, but would love to know what it was.'