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Morning News Thursday 27th April 2017

Local

Prison - Two men who left the scene of an accident in Beaulieu-sur-Mer have been jailed for 30 months with six months suspended. Police managed to identify the two after nine months of investigation. The accident happened in Beaulieu sur Mer in June last year in which the victim was left lying in the middle of the road after being hit by a car. The victim, a 22 year old man who worked in Monaco was on his way home when he was hit head on by the men who were at the wheel of a Mini Cooper. The investigation showed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. The victim is still recovering from his injuries.

Marseille - The body of a young woman and of a young man, both equipped with  lifejackets, have been found in Marseille. Around 1 pm on Wednesday the body of a 20 year old woman was found on the beach of Pointe Rouge by rescue services. A second body that of a 25 year old man was later found in the port of Madrague-de-Montredon. The two victims were both wearing lifejackets and a paddle was later found on the beach. An inquiry has been opened to find out exactly what happened.

Unemployment - Unemployment in the Alpes Maritimes has increased by 0.3% according to figures published on Wednesday. The number of non-active job seekers known as  category A increased by 0.3% for March 2017 and by 2.4% over one year.

Nice Tram - Traffic on the tramway in Nice was suspended on Wednesday following a violent incident between two passengers. According to reports the driver of the tram immediately stopped and police were called.

Mayor of La Guade - The former right-wing mayor of La Guade, near Nice, Michel Meini has been given a six month suspended prison sentence. The decision was announced by the court in Grasse on Wednesday. Meini had been prosecuted for failing to declare his taxes for several consecutive years.

Warning to Parents – Staff at a Lycée in Vence have warned parents of a new and dangerous game which appears to be taking place in some schools. The warning came after one student suffered burns to his neck after participating in the game which reportedly involves applying a heated lighter tip to the skin and seeing who can stand it the longest.

Bus Strike - Bus drivers in Toulon have gone on strike. Services are expected to be subject to delays and cancellations today and tomorrow. The drivers have called for action following negotiations over pay.

National

Presidential Candidates - Emmanuel Macron has tried to appease angry workers in northern France after visiting the Whirlpool factory. Macron was greeted by whistles and chants of "Marine President" on Wednesday after his rival in the race for the Elysée had made a surprise visit to the plant earlier in the day in an attempt to upstage him. Meanwhile hard-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon has come under fire for refusing to tell his supporters who to back in France's presidential run-off on May 7th after failing to make it to the second round himself. Le Pen appealed to Mélenchon’s voters to back her, accusing Macron of planning a war on their social conditions.

Chemical Attack - France has claimed it has proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government was responsible for the suspected chemical attack that killed 87 people earlier this month. French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault made the declaration after a secret service report was presented to a meeting of French defence heads on Wednesday.

Paris Police Officers - According to a report in Le Parisien newspaper a woman has miraculously been revived by Paris police officers an hour after she was declared dead by paramedics. Paramedics from the hospital in Paris were quick to the scene when a woman collapsed at home. The woman, who suffers from anorexia, had apparently had a heart attack, prompting her daughter to call emergency services for help. But when they arrived, they were unable to revive the woman and officially declared her dead. An hour later, police officers arrived on the scene and began to write a report into the cause of death, however the two officers noticed that there was some kind of movement in the 49-year-old woman's stomach. The police then took the woman's pulse and found that her heart was still beating. After half an hour of CPR, the woman was breathing again and she was quickly transported to hospital, where she is reportedly still recovering. 

Business

The US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that the administration is proposing to slash the rate of corporation tax with the aim of spurring economic growth. Mr Mnuchin unveiled the proposals on Wednesday which aim to cut the business rate tax from 35 to 15 percent.He said that the cuts would “pay for themselves” “through growth,deductions and closing loopholes”. However,leading economist say that the policy would add trillions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade. On Wall Street,Investors gave a lukewarm reaction to the proposals with many saying that they were short on specifics and faced a long road to enactment. Only the United States Congress can authorise major tax changes and Democrats immediately signalled that they would oppose the proposals as being fiscally irresponsible. The French Finance Minister has said that the City of London is at risk post-Brexit. In an interview with the BBC on Wednesday,Michel Sapin said there will be an “issue of sovereignty and security of European monetary markets and therefore the majority of the clearing houses cannot remain in London”. At the moment,nearly 80 percent of all foreign exchange trading and 30 percent of all bank lending in the EU flows through the UK. Mr Sapin said post-Brexit “there will be movement and that many of the financial institutions are preparing themselves towards that”. He added that “many believe that if the trading moves,jobs will move as well” and he didn’t see how it could be “a good thing for the City”.

And-Reports say that Deutsche Bank is considering moving as many as 4,000 workers out of the UK as a result of Brexit. On Wednesday,the firm’s chief regulatory officer Sylvie Matherat said that while Deutsche was “committed to the City of London “front of office people,who wanted to deal with an EU client,would need to be based in the EU”. She said that around 2,000 jobs would be affected with a further 2,000 positions linked to risk management also facing relocation. UK based banks can currently conduct business throughout the EU but could lose that right post-Brexit. Deutsche Bank said that it requires “clarity” for its UK based employees which amount to more than 9,000 staff.

Sport

Football-A long range Christian Eriksen strike gave Spurs all three points at Crystal Palace last night to keep the pressure up on Chelsea at the top of the English Premier League. Eriksen fired into the bottom corner from 30 yards on 78 minutes to reduce the gap at the top of the table to 4 points with 5 games to go. Also last night,Sunderland lost 1-0 at home to Middlesbrough which will mean that they’ll be officially relegated on Saturday if other results go against them while Arsenal grabbed a late winner against Leicester thanks to a Robert Huth own goal on 86 minutes.

Rugby Union-The Ireland and Leinster prop Mike Ross is to retire at the end of the season. The 37 year old has won 61 caps for Ireland after making his Test debut in 2009. He was part of two 6 Nations title-winning squads and represented Ireland in both the 2011 and 2015 World Cups.

Tennis-Maria Sharapova won her first round match at the Stuttgart Open after returning from a drugs ban. The former world number one beat Roberta Vinci 7-5 6-3 and will now face Ekaterina Makarova. The decision to give Sharapova a wild card entry to the tournament as well as to events in Madrid and Rome has been questioned by some players who feel that it’s unfair as she’s dropped out of the world rankings and shouldn’t even be allowed to compete in qualifying for the French Open.

Racing-Sizing John ridden by Robbie Power has won the Gold Cup at Punchestown to add to his success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last month. The 7 year old,trained by Jessica Harrington beat Djakadam by a short head. Coneygree led for most of the race but could only manage to finish in third.

Weather

Overcast with some light rain at times in the Alpes-Maritimes and light to moderate southerly or variable winds.

Top temperature 17 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 6 degrees inland with clearing skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Clear skies but windy in the Var with highs of 17-19 degrees.

Finally

Two cars got stuck at a filling station in West Lothian after driving into a freshly-cemented parking area.

The area at the BP garage on Edinburgh Road, Bathgate, was cordoned off, but one car drove through the tape and sank immediately into the wet cement. Another car that followed the first one suffered the same fate.

Onlooker Steven Moncrieff said: "You should have seen the look on the driver's face. The manager came out and didn't look overly pleased."

 

 

 

 

 

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