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Morning News Thursday 1st June 2017

Local

Tram Accident – A five year old boy has been taken to hospital in Nice after being hit by a tram. The accident happened shortly after midday on Wednesday on the Avenue Virgile-Barel in the Saint Roch district. Firefighters say the boy suffered serious foot injuries but that his life was not in danger.

Tunnel Col de Tende - Theft and suspicion of faulty workmanship has led to work on the tunnel of the “Col de Tende” to be suspended by the Italian authorities. The tunnel which was built in 1882 had undergone important works in order to conform with new European standards and was due to be completed by April 2018. However Italian authorities have ordered that the construction  be stopped for five months in order to avoid a disaster. Seventeen people are reportedly involved, nine of whom are under investigation.

Scam - Police in the region are warning motorists of a scam which is currently being carried out along the Riviera. The scam involves organised gangs puncturing car tyres on parked cars and then while informing the driver of the damage another member attempts to steal any personal belongings in the vehicle. Several cases have been reported in Antibes, Cannes and Menton. 

Explosive devices - The Maritime Prefecture has reminded the public that safety measures and restrictions for swimmers and vessels are still in place today in the Gulf of Saint Tropez. The measures were set up on Tuesday as three explosive devices dating from World War Two were due to be neutralized. The operation is expected to last until Thursday.

National

State of Emergency - Amnesty International has said that French officials have used the state of emergency imposed after the Paris attacks of 2015 to curb peaceful demonstrations. The rights group says hundreds of decrees were issued under the emergency laws, banning public assemblies or individuals from protests. The state of emergency allows searches without a warrant and people to be placed under house arrest. It is set to expire on 15 July but President Emmanuel Macron has said he will ask parliament to extend it for the sixth time until November.

Paris Climate Agreement - Chinese and EU leaders are to agree a joint statement on the Paris climate agreement saying it is "an imperative more important than ever". A draft of the document, stresses the "highest political commitment" to implement the deal. It will be widely seen as a rebuff to the US, as President Trump prepares to announce today if the US is withdrawing from the accord. The joint statement will be published on Friday after a summit in Brussels.

Politics - French President Emmanuel Macron has called on his ministers to show "solidarity" and "responsibility" during a  cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The request comes as two face accusations of misconduct. The claims have cast a shadow over his plan to introduce a clean-government bill as two minister stand accused of misconduct – Territorial Minister Richard Ferrand in relation to his management of a group of mutual insurance companies and European Affairs Minister Marielle de Sarnez in relation to the employment of an assistant at the European parliament.

Business

British Airways board members are expected to demand an enquiry into the IT fiasco last weekend which left 75,000 passengers stranded with many still to be reunited with their baggage. BA is part of the wider IAG group which controls Iberian,Vueling and the new budget carrier Level. Sources say that the blame for the IT failure may eventually be laid at the door of group chief executive Willie Walsh. Senior company sources are said to have acknowledged that the failure was a big error and want to know why it was allowed to happen. The board is reported to be ready to order a third party enquiry into exactly what happened to make sure that best practice was followed.

Four international investment groups have called on investors to quit the tobacco industry. Axa,Calpers,Scor and AMP Capital have already sold or are in the process of selling their tobacco investments. They’ve pledged,along with 50 other firms with investments totalling 3.8 trillion dollars to “openly support tobacco control measures being taken by governments around the world”. Last year,Axa’s chief executive Thomas Buberl said that it makes no sense for Axa to continue its investments within the tobacco industry.He said that the human cost of tobacco is tragic and that its economic cost is huge. Tobacco kills more than 7 million people worldwide annually including around 890,000 people who are non smokers affected by second-hand tobacco smoke.

And-The pound has slipped in Asian trading this morning on continued fears that the Conservative Party might lose control of the House of Commons at next week’s general election. Sterling was down by 0.1 percent against the dollar after one poll carried out by YouGov for the Times newspaper on Tuesday suggested that there could be a hung parliament after the election and another,carried out by the same organisation and published this morning suggests  that the Conservative’s lead over Labour has slipped to three percentage points. Other polls continue to suggest that the Conservatives will secure an outright majority. Markets are jittery that an election upset would disrupt Brexit negotiations with the EU and also that a Labour government would introduce large increases in corporation tax.

Sport 

Tennis-Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are both through to the third round of the French Open at Roland Garros. Nadal,seeking his 10th title beat Robin Hasse of the Netherlands in straight sets while Djokovic disposed of Joao Sousa 6-1 6-4 6-3. In the women’s event the defending champion Garbine Muguruza survived a scare to beat the world number 99 Anett Kontaveit in three sets while Venus Williams,watched by sister Serena beat Kurumi Nara 6-3 6-1. Andy Murray will be bidding to reach round 3 later when he faces Martin Klizan of Slovakia.

Cricket-The ICC Champions Trophy gets underway today with the hosts England meeting Bangladesh in Group A at the Oval. Ben Stokes should bowl but is unlikely to complete his 10 overs as he struggles with a knee problem.He bowled in the nets on Wednesday but will undergo a fitness test this morning. Play starts at 11.30 French time this morning.

Rugby Union-Sam Warburton will captain the British and Irish Lions in their first tour match against the Provincial Barbarians on Saturday. Warburton has only just returned to full fitness following a knee injury but will take his place in an all Welsh back row. The Scottish trio of Greg Laidlaw,Tommy Seymour and Stuart Hogg all start and England’s Joe Marler is named in the front row.

Racing-The British Horseracing Authority is to ban an inexperienced rider from taking part in the Epsom Derby on Saturday. Gina Mangan was due to ride the 1000-1 shot Diore Lia in the big race but has only ever ridden one winner back in 2009. The BHA says that it has “a duty to place the welfare of participants both equine and human,first”. Prize money was to be donated to the Great Ormond Street’s Children’s Hospital but Diore Lia’s owner says that horse won’t run in the race now.

Weather

Partially cloudy in coastal area,some storms inland,possibly reaching the coast by  late afternoon.

Light southerly winds and a high of 25 degrees Celsius.

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

Friday and the start of the weekend-Partially cloudy with highs of 23-26 degrees.