Morning News Tuesday 20th June 2017


Rail - The train line from Ventimiglia to Cannes is becoming increasingly dangerous for migrants. There was rush hour chaos on Monday after the body of a 27 year-old migrant, who jumped on the roof of the train in Italy, was discovered electrocuted, shutting down the line. So far this year, there have been multiple accidents on the tracks, with two migrants wounded and four killed by electrocution.

French Observatory of Apitology - Prince Albert of Monaco has shown his support for apiculture following a visit on Monday to the French Observatory of Apiculture in Mazaugues. The Prince who is very committed to protecting the environment and  biodiversity gave his support to the launch of the "Des Fleurs pour les abeilles" a campaign, intended to raise awareness amongst the general public.

French Grand Prix - It has been announced that the French Grand Prix will take place on June 24th 2018. The International Automobile Federation confirmed on Monday that the French Grand Prix will return to the Paul-Ricard circuit in the Var. The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has expressed his enthusiasm for the return of Formula 1 to France and in the heart of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region.

Elections - The new French parliament has the fourth largest number of female MP’s in Europe. After Sunday’s elections, 38% of the assembly are women, up from 26% in the previous French parliament. Only the Swedes, Finns and Spanish have more women MP’s. 

Heatwave - The Riviera is to escape the worst of a heatwave sweeping across France and northern Europe. Météo France has issued an ‘orange heatwave alert’ for twelve departments in the west and south-west, where temperatures are expected to reach up to 39°. That’s as hot as the severe heatwave of 2003 which killed over 14,000 people. In the Alpes-Maritimes, people are asked people to check on the elderly and authorities have announced they are to increase their forest fire watch in the coming days.


Champs Elysée – The French interior minister has confirmed that a man who drove a car into a police van on Paris's Champs-Elysees avenue on Monday is dead. Gérard Collomb said the incident had been "an attempted terror attack". A Kalashnikov rifle, handguns and gas bottles were found in the Renault Megane, as police confirmed that the car contained guns and explosives, saying that the driver's aim was to blow up the police vehicle. It has been reported that the suspected attacker was subject to an "S" file, meaning that authorities were at some point monitoring him for potential links to extremism.

Emmanuel Macron - The French president, Emmanuel Macron, will announce a new cabinet within days after his start-up centrist political movement swept to a commanding majority in parliamentary elections on a promise of renovating the country’s politics. The prime minister, Édouard Philippe, resigned on Monday as required after a parliamentary poll. Christophe Castaner, a government spokesman, told French media that Philippe would be reappointed at the head of the new government “over the next few days”.


The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has said that there will be “consequences” from Britain leaving the European Union. On the first day of talks in Brussels with his UK counterpart David Davis,Michel Barnier said that he was “not in the frame of mind to make concessions or to ask for concessions”. Mr Davis said that the talks had got off to “a promising start”. The UK appears to have conceded to the EU’s preferred order for the talks with trade negotiations not taking place until the divorce bill,citizens rights and the problem of the Northern Ireland border with the Republic of Ireland have been resolved. The EU has insisted that future trade relations can’t be discussed until the terms of the initial split have been agreed. The two parties will now meet for a week once a month with the next meeting scheduled for the middle of July.

Meanwhile,the chief executive of Rolls Royce has warned the British government about the dangers of a “hard” Brexit. Warren East says that “the further we get from the status quo,the harder it’s going to get”. Rolls Royce is one of many companies in the UK that want to be able to continue to move parts and staff freely between Britain and the EU. The government is still intent on leaving the customs union and the single market which could signal an end to free movement of labour and goods. Mr East says that the aerospace industry is very interconnected and there are other parts of it that operate across the boundaries between the UK and the EU. Business leaders have been ramping up calls for the government to seek a “soft” Brexit and also want a formal role in the divorce proceedings.

And-Boeing has maintained the pressure on its rival Airbus with the launch of the biggest version yet of its short-haul 737 jet. Plans for the 737 Max 10 aircraft were announced at the Paris Air Show on Monday. The new variant of the jet can carry up to 230 passengers and already has more than 240 orders from 10 customers. Boeing says that the new plane will have the lowest operating costs of any single-aisle plane ever produced.


Football-The president of Real Madrid has said that he will talk to Christiano Ronaldo about his future after the Confederations Cup. Ronaldo is said to want to leave Spain after being accused of tax fraud.He signed a new 5 year contract at Real Madrid last November but has been linked with a move back to Manchester United. Florentino Perez,who was re-elected as Real Madrid president on Monday says that Ronaldo is still under contract and he’ll discuss his future with him after the Confederations Cup.

Rugby Union-The British and Irish Lions play their final warm-up match ahead of the first Test against the All Blacks this morning. The Lions face the Chiefs with coach Warren Gatland insisting that he hasn’t yet decided on his team for the first Test in Auckland on Saturday. Kick off is at 9.35 French time this morning.

Tennis-Kyle Edmund has been knocked out in the first round of the Queen’s tournament in London. The British number two was beaten in three sets by Denis Shapovalov of Canada.He’ll now play Tomas Berdych in round 2. Meanwhile Nick Kyrgios has been forced to withdraw from Queens because of injury.The Australian slipped and fell at the baseline during his match against Donald Young and picked up a hip injury.He says that he’s confident that he’ll be fit in time for Wimbledon.

Formula 1-The French Grand Prix is back on the calendar for the first time in a decade and will be staged at Le Castellet in Provence on the 24th of June next year. Monaco will be on the 27th of May with the season starting in Melbourne on the 25th of March.The German Grand Prix is back at Hockenheim on the 22nd of July but the futures of both the Chinese and Singapore Grand Prix are in doubt after they were only listed as “provisional” on the schedule.Neither venue has yet reached a commercial deal on a new contract with the Formula 1 Group.

Racing-Royal Ascot starts today with glorious and hot conditions forecast for much of the meeting. The highlight will be the Gold Cup on Thursday but there are feature races every day during the five day meeting. Today’s big race is the St James’s Palace Stakes which is off at 5.20 French time this afternoon.


Clear skies with moderate west,south westerly winds.

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

Overnight lows of 21 degrees on the coast and 18 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Clear skies in coastal areas tomorrow with the chance of some thunder in the mountains.Clear skies across the region on Thursday with highs of 27-33 degrees.











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