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Morning News Thursday 15th June 2017

Local

H&M Group - Following several complaints from customers the mayor of Mandelieu La Napoule Henri Leroy  has addressed a letter to the headquarters of the H&M group requesting that staff are forbidden to wear the veil. Leroy claims that the veil “carries a political or religious sign” which is prohibited by the court of justice of the European Union. H&M management has reportedly responded to the letter explaining that internal rules allow each employee to dress as they wish within the limits set by law. The League of Human Rights also commented that they believe that Henri Leroy has misinterpreted the law.

Blood Donor Day - Collections have started in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region as part of World Blood Donor Day. Several points were set up in the region on Wednesday and will be installed for the next five days. The region is still not self-sufficient in blood. For this, it would be necessary to find 1000 donors every day.

Weather - With temperatures continuing to rise in the region, 38 degrees was recorded in Aix en Provence and 36 degrees in Avignon on Wednesday forecasters predict that the region may see the regional record of 40 degrees registered on June 29th in 1935 repeated by the end of the week.

World Cup - It’s been announced Nice will be one of the host cities for the next Women’s World Cup. The competition between 24 countries will be held in France in June 2019. Following the announcement from FIFA , Mayor Christian Estrosi said it was an honour for Nice to have been selected.

National

French President - French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Morocco on Wednesday on a 24-hour visit for talks on combatting terrorism as well as the Libyan conflict and Qatar's dispute with its Gulf neighbours. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Macron underlined the importance of security and intelligence-sharing between France and Morocco.

Baccalauréat - Some 720,000 candidates across France will be sitting their baccalauréat at 8am this morning. The first exam is philosophy which is widely regarded as one of the more challenging subjects on the French curriculum.

Favourite French Village - Kaysersberg in Alsace in northeastern France has been voted France’s favourite village. The French public voted for the picturesque village with its cobbled streets and stone chateau as part of the programme "Village préféré des Français" 2017. 12 other villages competed for the title runners up included the medieval village of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme in the Somme and La Roque-Gageac, a village bordering the Dordogne river in the southwestern department of Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Business

The US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by a quarter of one percent to their highest level since the financial crisis of 2008. The central bank voted to raise rates to a range of between one and one-and-a-quarter percent and also said that it would start to cut its bond holdings and other securities this year. The Fed cited continued US economic growth and strength in the job market as its reasons for raising rates. The increase had been widely anticipated as a result of the low unemployment rate although other economic indicators including inflation have  been weaker. Data released on Wednesday showed that US consumer prices fell unexpectedly in  May and retail sales dropped to their lowest level in 16 months.

The European Union law abolishing roaming charges comes into force today with  citizens travelling within the EU now able to call,text and browse the internet on their mobile devices at the same price that they pay at home. Until now,roaming or connection charges have been added to the cost of calls,texts and data consumption when consumers travelled from one EU country to another and connected to a mobile network. There is however a catch as calling another European country from home will still incur extra charges unless that country is included in a mobile contract. The European Commission says that the end of roaming charges is one of the “great successes of the EU”.

And-Volkswagen is to provide an extra two year guarantee for cars in Europe fitted with emissions cheating devices which it agreed to modify. On Wednesday,the European Union said that the firm would not be offering financial compensation to motorists but would extend guarantees instead. Volkswagen has been under intense pressure from the EU to sort the problem out and many motorists are unhappy with the modifications to their vehicles which  they say have resulted in a loss of power and performance. The two year guarantee will cover exhaust and emissions control parts. However,the firm is still likely to face European class lawsuits at some point in the future and is still under pressure from the EU to do more for customers.

Sport

Golf-The US Open starts at Erin Hills,Wisconsin later today with  world number one Dustin Johnson looking to make it back-to-back successes. Billed as one of Golf’s toughest tests,the 2017 US Open is set to push the world’s best players to their limits. It’s the first time that Erin Hills has staged a major  and the links-style layout will be the longest course in the championship’s history. Johnson will be grouped with previous US Open winners Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer in the opening round. There’s been much discussion about the knee high rough on parts of the course which is set to cause major headaches for some.

Cricket-England are out of the ICC Champions Trophy after being thrashed by 8 wickets by Pakistan. England batted first and could only manage 211 all out from 49.5 overs. Pakistan got to the total with ease in a total of 215-2 from just 37.1 overs. They go through to the final where they’ll play either India or Bangladesh who contest their semi-final at Edgebaston today.Play is due to start at 11.30.

Football-Southampton have sacked manager Claude Puel after just one season in charge. Puel was appointed in June 2016 and led Southampton to 8th place in the English Premier League and to the League Cup final. Puel is the third manager to leave Southampton in the past three years.

Tennis-Roger Federer’s Wimbledon preparations have been hit after he was knocked out of the grass Stuttgart Tournament by 39 year old Tommy Haas. Federer was playing his first match for 2 months and went down in three sets.

Weather

Clear skies in coastal areas.Some showers possible inland with light,variable or south westerly winds.

Top temperatures 26 degrees on the coast and up to 31-32 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 19 degrees inland with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Clear skies with highs of 26-32 degrees.