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Morning News Thursday 29th June 2017

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Nice Attack Tribute - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has announced that high security measures will be in place during a tribute to the victims of the Nice attack on July 14th. 86 light beams are to be launched as part of the ceremony which is to take place on the Promenade des Anglais one year after the atrocity  which cost the lives of 86 people.

Arrests - Four people aged between 17 and 25 have been arrested after stealing a vehicle from a villa in Roquebrune Cap Martin on Wednesday.The car was towed away after it had been badly parked and police caught the thieves after they called the pound in an attempt to retrieve it.Later it was  discovered that along with the Mercedes AMG car, luxury champagnes, computers and a  Bentley had also been stolen.

Airline - A new private air connection between the Riviera and London has been started. Surf Air is offering a unique subscription based way of flying, where from €2,000 a month, customers can take as many flights as they like, on their eight-seat private business jet.  The company are starting with a twice weekly route from Cannes-Mandelieu to London-Luton, but expect that to increase to daily flights with a new helicopter connection to Monaco as demand increases.

Pétanque in Marseille - The world Pétanque championship takes place on Sunday 2nd July in Marseille and organisers are expecting more than 150,000 spectators. 12 countries will be taking part in this year’s event which marks its 56thanniversary. The competition runs until Friday 7th July.

National

Labour Reform - The French parliament will discuss handing the government special powers in order to rush through its promised labour reform next month. With left-wingers vowing to fight the changes in parliament and outside, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe insisted that his government has the "political legitimacy" to enact them. The newly elected parliament is to hold an extraordinary session on 4 July to debate the most important pledges made by President Emmanuel Macron during his election campaign.

Cyberattack - France's national rail operator and the supermarket chain Auchan were among hundreds of companies worldwide hit by Wednesday's ransomware cyberattack. French police have launched an inquiry into the attack which started in Russia and the Ukraine, hitting dozens of firms, including a Russian oil giant and the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.

Fighter Jet - According to French media reports published on Wednesday the second-in-command of France's air force used a fighter jet to regularly fly to his country house in Provence for weekends. General Richard Reboul is reported to have used the aircraft around 10 times in the past year to travel from a training academy in Bordeaux, where he is based, to his country house in Salon-de-Provence about 600 kilometres away. The Defence Ministry has ordered an investigation into the report.

Business

The dollar has fallen to its lowest levels since the start of the year in Asian trade this morning following hawkish comments from a number of central banks on the future path of interest rates. In the UK,the Governor of the Bank of England,Mark Carney took many investors by surprise on Wednesday when he said that a hike in interest rates might be necessary as the economy came closer to running at full capacity while two top policymakers at the Bank of Canada suggested that rates could be tightened as soon as next month. Earlier this week the president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi said that stimulus might need to be toned down as the economy recovers. The euro hit a one year high against the greenback following the news and has gained more than 3 percent in value in as many days. The pound also rose against the dollar following Mark Carney’s comments.He said that the Bank of England would be discussing interest rates in the “coming months”. Tuesday’s global cyber-attack that hit companies around the world may have been started via corrupted updates on a piece of accountancy software. Experts are pointing the finger at a piece of Ukrainian tax-filing software as the source of the infection although the firm concerned is denying it. Companies in 64 countries were affected by the malware which infiltrates networks via email attachments that users click on in error. Microsoft has described the method as a “recent dangerous trend”. The shipping giant Maersk was one of the major corporations affected by the cyber-attack and said that it was unable to process new orders and was expecting delays to consignments. One of Europe’s largest port operators,Rotterdam said that it had been forced to use manual processes and many other firms including the advertising giant WPP and the Russian oil company Rosneft were also affected.

And-The UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley  is to announce later whether 21st Century Fox will be allowed to complete its takeover of Sky TV. The minister has asked the UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom to decide if the deal is in the public interest especially around the areas of media plurality and broadcasting standards. Fox currently owns 39 percent of Sky but wants to buy the rest and assume overall control.The deal has already been cleared by European Commission competition authorities but opponents say that the takeover will give Rupert Murdoch too much power in the UK media.

Sport

Football-6 people have been charged in connection with the deaths of 95 Liverpool supporters in the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989. Former police Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield is facing 95 charges of manslaughter and the former SouthYorkshire police chief inspector Sir Norman Bettison is also facing criminal charges. Campaigners say that the charges send a “message about accountability”. New inquests into the tragedy last year found that Liverpool fans had not been responsible for the dangerous situation at the Leppings Lane turnstiles which led to a crush and that those who died had been unlawfully killed.

Rugby Union-The British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has taken a gamble  by naming both Owen Farrell and Jonny Sexton in the side for the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington. Sexton will come in at fly-half with Farrell at inside centre.It’s the first time the combination has been attempted on the tour. Sam Warburton replaces Peter O’Mahony as captain and Maro Itoje is preferred to George Kruis. The Lions lost the first Test 30-15 and need to win on Saturday to avoid a series defeat.

Formula 1-Sebastien Vettel could face further punishment for his collision with Lewis Hamilton at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The FIA will meet on the 3rd of July to further examine the causes of the incident and to evaluate whether any further action is required. Vettel was given a ten second stop-and-go penalty for the incident for which Hamilton has been absolved of any responsibility. The Ferrari star was also given 3 penalty points on his super license taking his tally for the season to 9.An automatic one race ban would come into force should he get to 12.

Tennis-Andy Murray is the top seed in the men’s competition at Wimbledon which starts on Monday. The “big four” in the game are all named as the leading seeds with Novak Djokovic second seed,Roger Federer at three and Rafael Nadal 4. Angelique Kerber is the top women’s seed while Johanna Konta of Great Britain is seeded 6th.

Weather

Mainly fine with some scattered cloud but with a strong south westerly wind across the region gusting at up to 70 km/h.

Top temperature 27 degrees.

Overnight lows of 19 degrees on the coast and 15 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Partially cloudy and remaining windy tomorrow.Highs of 23-27 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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