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Morning News Tuesday 11th July 2017

Local

Woman found dead in swimming pool in Vallauris - Police have launched an investigation into the death of a woman in her thirties. The victim was found dead in a swimming pool in Vallauris on Saturday night. The exact circumstances remain unknown although police believe the woman may have accidentally drowned. An autopsy is to be carried out to find the exact cause of death.

Train Network - The train network between Marseille and Lyon came to a standstill on Monday evening after a tree fell onto the line cutting off the power supply. The incident happened shortly after 5pm.Coaches were made available to passengers to continue their journey while the SNCF technical team cleared the track and carried out repairs.

Promenade des Anglais - Work on the Promenade des Anglais is nearly complete with all three lanes being open to traffic as of Saturday. After months of work and 18.8 million euros of investment the promenade will welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and families of the victims of the Nice attack in a ceremony on Friday a year since the attack which claimed 86 lives and injured many others

National

Tourists robbed at Charles de Gaulle Airport - A group of Americans were among 19 tourists who were robbed by masked men armed with tear gas as they waited outside their hotel at Charles-de-Gaulle airport to the north of Paris. The robbery took place outside the Novotel Hotel at Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport on Saturday morning. The attackers reportedly sprayed the shocked tourists with tear gas before robbing them of their luggage and personal belongings. One tourist who tried to fight them off was left with hand injuries.

Labour Law Reform - France's parliament has taken the first steps in asking permission to pass controversial labour law reforms by decree. Monday saw the beginning of what promises to be a stormy debate, even if the government is certain to win the vote. A decree is a measure passed by the cabinet that comes into immediate effect without being submitted to parliament - the move has led to trade unions and opposition parties accusing the government of trying to short cut the debate on labour reform, an issue which met massive opposition under the last government. Meanwhile in French politics Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot announced on Monday that France is to close up to 17 nuclear power stations in order to reach the government's target of 50 percent nuclear power by 2025.

Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump – According to reports the French president Emmanuel Macron will wine and dine his American counterpart Donald Trump in a plush restaurant on the second level of the Eiffel Tower when the US president visits Paris this week. The US president is due in Paris on Thursday, ahead of attending the annual parade on the Champs-Elysées to mark July 14th.

Business

Shares in Amazon have risen in anticipation of strong sales during the firm’s heavily promoted summer discount day. A forecast by JP Morgan has suggested that Amazon could hit 1 billion dollars in sales on its Prime Day event.The share price index helped the wider tech-heavy Nasdaq index to rise on Monday although there was weakness in other sectors. Amazon’s Prime sales event started last night and offers discounts on a wide range of items from diamond stud earrings to chewing gum. If the forecast of 1 billion dollars in sales is reached it will represent a 55 percent increase over last year. Shares in Sony have risen by 1.7 percent after the latest instalment of the Spider Man film franchise beat expectations at the North American box office. Spider Man: Homecoming took 117 million dollars in its opening weekend,topping industry estimates of 80-110 million dollars. Sony Pictures,which owns the rights to the Marvel comic character said that the figure was the second largest in its history behind Spider Man 3. The good takings come amid a summer slowdown at the US box office with takings down by 8 percent. The film cost 175 million dollars to produce and has already grossed 250 million in global sales.

And-Shares in Abercrombie and Fitch have fallen sharply after the clothing retailer said that it had broken off talks with potential buyers. The firm has been struggling with falling sales and said that it was considering selling itself two months ago. However,shares plunged by 21 percent on Monday after the company said that it had ended talks with potential suitors and that its own business plan represented a better bet for shareholders than a sale. Abercrombie reported a loss in May with sales down by 4 percent year-on-year.

Sport

Neway Tour de France report.

The riders are back in the saddle today following Monday’s rest day with the Tour de France moving to the Dordogne. Chris Froome is the overall leader with an 18 second gap back to second placed Fabio Aru and with Frenchman Romain Bardet back in third. After Sunday’s brutal 9th stage through the French Alps to Chambery during which both Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte had their race ended after suffering serious falls,today’s 10th stage is a lot less challenging and should see a sprint finish. It’s 178 kilometres over a mainly flat course between Perigueux and Bergerac.

Tennis-Rafael Nadal is out of Wimbledon after a marathon 5 set match against the 16th seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Muller won the first two sets before Nadal won the 3rd and 4th to level the match. The two then slugged out the 5th set with Muller eventually coming through 15-13 to win the match and move into the quarter finals. Andy Murray is also through to the last 8 after beating Benoit Paire of France in straight sets and Roger Federer is through too.He beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-2 6-4. Sam Querry,Tomas Berdych , Marin Cilic and Milos Rainic also made the last 8 but Novak Djokovic will have to play his 4th round match today as there wasn’t enough time for him to get on court on Monday.

In the women’s event Johanna Konta of Great Britain beat Caroline Garcia of France in three sets to make the quarter finals while world number one Angelique Kerber was beaten in three sets by Garbine Muguruza. Simona Halep beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets to make the last 8 and Svetlana Kuznetzova,Venus Williams,Coco Vandeweghe and Jelena Ostapenko also made it into the business end of the draw.

Rugby Union-None of England’s British and Irish Lions players will be released to play for the Barbarians against New Zealand at Twickenham in November. It’s been suggested that the Barbarians could select a team similar to the Lions side that drew the series in New Zealand but England Rugby say that no players will be released.

Weather

Partially cloudy with the chance of some thundery showers inland and moderate south westerly winds.

Top temperatures 28 degrees on the coast and up to 34 degrees inland.

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

Wednesday and Thursday-Clear skies with highs of 29-36 degrees tomorrow,a little cooler on Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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