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Morning News Thursday 13th July 2017

Local

Fatal road accident in Cagnes-sur-mer - Two men aged 24 and 27 years old have been killed in a road accident. The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning in Cagnes-sur-mer when their scooter hit a street lamp head on. Both victims were from Antibes. Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Forest Fire in the Var - 85 firefighters have been deployed to tackle a forest fire at Gassin in the Var. The fire, which broke out on Wednesday afternoon was soon brought under control - 5000 m² of vegetation was burned. Meanwhile authorities in the Var are to decide today whether firework displays planned for July 14th in the region are to be cancelled due to the dry weather and possible strong winds which have been forecast by Meteo France.  

Paris Match – The French magazine “Paris Match” has come under fire after planning to publish photos of the Nice Attack. Photos of the attack which were due to be published today have been deemed indecent and upsetting. A request to ban the publication has been issued.  

Pamela Anderson’s restaurant in Ramatuelle – The actress Pamela Anderson has closed her restaurant in Ramatuelle in the Var ten days after its opening. The actress who had wanted to promote Vegan food in the region and had collaborated with French chef Christophe Leroy, Anderson reportedly said that due to a “disagreement and lack of respect” the venture between the two had come to an end. 

Thieves - Police have arrested a Romanian couple in Beaulieu-sur-mer, believed to be behind a number of  robberies along the coast. They operated with the woman approaching mainly elderly people in markets, and after engaging them in conversation,they would steal watches and jewellery as she hugged them goodbye. Then her husband would drive her off with the proceeds of the robbery. Police believe the couple operated along the coast between Nice and Menton, and are appealing for other victims of the scam to come forward.

Smoke - The League Against Cancer and the town of Villeneuve-Loubet have signed an agreement to set up 44 new smoke-free areas. It means there are now 121 zones throughout the region that are smoke free with  the Alpes-Maritimes department making up a large proportion of the 684 available nationwide.

Nice - The city of Nice is inviting everyone to take part in a special tribute on Friday for the victims of last year’s July 14th attack. People are invited to the Quai des Etats Unis between 9am and 8pm Friday, to write a message on a stone painted red, white and blue. The stones will be laid out to form a message 170 meters long and 8 meters wide, visible from the sky. At 8pm, the message will be filmed by a drone and unveiled on the giant screens along the Quay.

National

Asylum requests in France - France has announced plans to cut the processing time for asylum requests and boost housing for refugees while "systematically" deporting illegal economic migrants. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the "action plan" for dealing with tens of thousands of people who arrive in France each year. France, which received 85,000 asylum requests last year, is grappling with a system that President Emmanuel Macron has described as "completely overwhelmed".

French Airports - Several airlines have called for action from the French government after queues at border checks at both Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly airports have topped two hours in recent weeks. The queues have led to airlines having to delay numerous flights. This week representatives of airlines headed to the French Prime Minister’s office at Matignon to appeal for help to remedy what they describe as a "thrombosis" at France’s airport borders.

Donald Trump’s visit to Paris - American President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive this morning in Paris for his first official visit to France as President of the United States. Today's program includes a military ceremony at the Invalides, a visit to Napoleon's tomb, an interview at the Elysée Palace and dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant in the Eiffel Tower.

Business

The head of the US central bank has said that interest rates are likely to remain historically low over the longer term. On her first day of testimony to the US Congress on Wednesday,Janet Yellen said that the Federal Reserve was looking to normalise its policies,neither boosting or limiting economic activity. She said that the Fed’s key lending rate would not have to rise “much further” to reach that a neutral level adding that rates would rise gradually over the next few years. Ms Yellen said that the Fed was committed to relying primarily on interest rates as its key policy tool and noted that many of her colleagues thought that one further rate increase would be warranted this year. The United States has told South Korea that it wants to renegotiate a 2012 free trade agreement as it’s “lopsided”. The announcement  is the latest protectionist move by President Donald Trump  who also wants to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement and is threatening to impose tariffs on foreign products including steel. In January,Mr Trump withdrew the United States from the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership. The 2012 free trade agreement with South Korea was signed by former President Barack Obama who said that it would boost US businesses. South Korea is a major US trade partner  with an exchange of goods and services totalling some 144.6 billion dollars last year.

And-Irish business leaders are calling for a 1 billion euro EU state aid programme to protect firms in the event of a hard Brexit. The Irish Business and Employers Confederation(IBEC) says that if the UK leaves the customs union,it will “massively disrupt trade” leaving Irish firms exposed. IBEC  says that an aid programme would help firms through an “adjustment” period. The UK is Ireland’s largest trading partner with business between the two countries supporting nearly half a million jobs and generating 60 billion euros according to figures from the British Irish Chamber of Commerce.

Sport

Neway Tour de France report.

Marcel Kittel came out top again on stage 11 of the Tour de France as he crossed the finishing line in Pau in a sprint finish ahead of the Dutchmn Dylan Groenewegen with Edvald Boasson Hagen in third. It was the German’s 5th stage win on this year’s Tour as he continues to lead the race for the sprinters’ Green Jersey. Chris Froome retains the overall race lead with an 18 second lead over Fabio Aru and with Romain Bardet of France in third.

Things get tough today on stage 12 as the riders enter the Pyrenees. Today’s stage is 214.5 kilometres between Pau and Peyragudes and features 5 categorised climbs in the final 100 kilometres which should separate the men from the boys.

The riders will ascend by a staggering 3,000 metres in the final  part of the stage which is sure to shake up the overall classification.

Tennis-Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have both crashed out of Wimbledon at the quarter final stage. Murray,who was clearly suffering from the hip injury that’s been giving him trouble in recent weeks,lost in 5 sets to Sam Querry of the United States while Djokovic pulled out with an elbow injury at the start of the second set of his match against Tomas Berdych. Roger Federer is into the last four following a 6-4 6-2 7-6 win over Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic is through too after beating Gilles Muller in 5 sets. Federer will now play Berdych in Friday’s semi finals while Cilic faces Querry. It’s ladies semi-finals day today with Johanna Konta bidding to become the first British woman to reach a Wimbledon singles final since 1978 when she plays Venus Williams. The other match is between Garbine Muguruza and Magdalena Rybarikova.

Formula 1-The Mayor of London has said that he’s interested in the British Grand Prix being held in the city. Sadiq Khan was speaking after Silverstone announced that it was exercising a break clause in its contract with Formula 1 and would cease to hold the race from 2019 if a new contract can’t be negotiated. On Wednesday evening,Formula 1 cars were paraded through Trafalgar Square in London as part of the build-up to this weekend’s British Grand Prix. Mr Khan says that “if Formula 1 want to speak to me,then I am listening”.

Racing-Tommy Carberry,who won the Grand National as both a rider and a jockey has died at the age of 75. Mr Carberry,who is the father of jockeys Paul,Nina and Phillip was one of the great figures of jump racing. He won the Grand National in 1975 on L’Escargot,beating Red Rum and trained Bobbyjo,ridden by his son Paul to win the big race at Aintree in 1999.

Weather

Mainly fine with light,variable winds in the Alpes-Maritimes and a moderate to strong westerly persisting in coastal areas of the Var with gusts of up to 60 km/h.

Top temperatures 28 degrees on the coast and up to 34 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend.Clear skies with highs of 28-33 degrees.

Finally 

One holidaymaker decided to forgo his luggage allowance for something he felt was far more important. When he checked in for a domestic flight in Melbourne, he also decided to check in a can of beer.

The can of Emu Export Lager was tagged up with a barcode and sent to the cargo hold for passenger Dean Stinson. And amazingly, despite being so small, the can arrived at Perth after a four hour flight in perfect condition.

Dean was then able to pick it up from the conveyor belt, as other travellers collected their suitcases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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