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Morning News Thursday 22nd June 2017

Local

Temperature - Temperatures in parts of France could reach 37°C today, posing serious health and safety risks. Meteo France has issued an Orange heatwave alert to 66 departments, warning residents to seek a climate-controlled space and avoid going out during the hottest hours of the day. Beyond heatstroke, authorities worry that the high temperatures could elevate already high pollution levels in some major French cities.

Accident - A 47 year old woman has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after being hit by a scooter. The accident happened on Wednesday afternoon in Nice on the Place Massena. The tramline was temporarily suspended while emergency services attended to the victim.

School - Parents at the Pont du Lys school in Juan les Pins, have called on school authorities to remove asbestos found under floors in the building. The town hall says the law only mandates removal of asbestos from ceilings, not floors, and that tests on the building show the material presents no danger to pupils. However, they will maintain regular checks on the quality of the air in the school.

Pamela Anderson - Actress Pamela Anderson has announced she is opening a pop-up restaurant in Saint Tropez for the summer. The former Baywatch actress, a regular on the Riviera, announced that she and French chef Christophe Leroy, have teamed up to open ‘La Table du Marche’ that will serve vegan food for just 50 days from 4th July. She has also issued an open invitation to President Macron to come and dine.

National

French Government - The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has named a group of relative unknowns to senior government cabinet posts over traditional allies after a series of high-profile resignations. Four cabinet members have resigned this week after being put under preliminary investigation in two separate scandals, leaving Macron’s Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, under pressure to find replacements while maintaining a pledge to maintain gender and party-political parity. François Bayrou, president of the MoDem party, – allies of Macron’s La République en Marche – who stepped down on Wednesday, was replaced by Nicole Belloubet, a figure almost unknown to the wider public and the first woman nominated to France’s constitutional council.

Bus Drivers - Bus drivers in Nantes have sported skirts to work to show bosses their anger over being banned from wearing shorts despite the heatwave. The bus drivers denounced unacceptable conditions of work and made their point by wearing skirts for the day.

Business

The British Prime Minister Theresa May is in Brussels today to address EU leaders on her plans for Brexit and in particular the issue of expats’s rights. On Wednesday,measures to enable Brexit dominated the Queen’s Speech at the State opening of Parliament as the government set out its plans for the next two years. The UK is due to leave the EU by the end of March 2019 but the Conservatives are still trying to secure enough support in the House of Commons to pass their programme. Both the UK and EU say that they want to come to an arrangement to secure the status of some 3.2 million EU nationals living in the UK and 1.2 million Britons in continental Europe. Issues such as the single market and customs union will not be discussed officially at today’s summit but there are widespread divisions inside the UK parliament and even among the two main parties over whether Britain should take the option of a ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ Brexit.

A study carried out by Reuters has found that the instant messaging app WhatsApp is becoming one of the main ways that people discover and discuss news. The research,carried out by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism covered 34 countries in Europe,the Americas and Asia as well as Taiwan and Hong Kong. Use of the messaging app appears to differ widely between countries with 50 percent of those surveyed in Malaysia saying that they used WhatsApp for news at least once a week while the figure in the United States was only 3 percent. The digital study also indicated that the Brexit debate has led to growing mistrust of the UK’s media with 43 percent of respondents saying that the news couldn’t be trusted.

And-Reports this morning say that Harley Davidson Motorcycles is lining up a bid for its Italian rival Ducati in a deal that could be worth 1.5 billion euros. Several other firms are interested in Ducati.which is being put up for sale by its current owner Volkswagen and a deal with Harley Davidson would bring together two of the most famous names in motorcycling. Media reports say that the US firm has hired Goldman Sachs to work on the deal with a tentative bid to come next month. Volkswagen is unloading Ducati as part of a strategic overhaul following its emissions scandal.

Sport

Rugby Union-Peter O’Mahony will captain the British and Irish Lions in the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday. The Ireland flanker gets the nod to lead the side over Sam Warburton who’s only been named on the bench. Liam Williams of Wales and Elliot Daly of England are surprise inclusions alongside Anthony Watson in the back three and Owen Farrell is named as fly half despite concerns over his fitness. The All Blacks will be captained by Kieran Read who returns after injury.

Tennis-The three time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been declared bankrupt by a court in London. The 49 year old German owes a large sum of money to a firm of private bankers and the court found that there was not enough credible evidence that he could pay. Mr Becker’s lawyers had asked for a final chance to pay with the funds from remortgaging a property in Majorca. The star said that he was “surprised and disappointed” by the decision and that his earnings are well publicised and that he clearly has the means to repay the debt. Jo Wilfred Tsonga is the latest big name to go out of the Queen’s tournament in London. The French star lost in straight sets to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov are now the highest seeds left in the competition.

Cricket-England have thrashed South Africa by 9 wickets in the first Twenty20 international in Southampton. South Africa made 142-3 from their 20 overs with England getting to the total for the loss of just 1 wicket in 14.3 overs.

Formula 1-Monisha Kaltenborn has left her position as team principal of Sauber. The 46 year old became the sport’s first female boss in 2012 after being appointed by Peter Sauber. She’d been in dispute with the owners Longbow Finance over the running of Sauber.

Racing-Highland Reel won the big race on the second day of Royal Ascot as the crowds continued to bask in the early summer heat. The 9-4 shot with Ryan Moore on board outpaced Decorated Knight and Ulysses to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. Today’s big race is the Gold Cup over 2 and a half miles which is off at 5.20 French time this afternoon.

Weather

Partially cloudy with some showers and possible thunder inland this afternoon.

Moderate easterly or variable winds and a high of 27 degrees on the coast and 32 degrees inland.

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

Friday and the start of the weekend-Mainly fine with highs of 27-33 degrees.

 

 

 

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