Forest Fire in Le Col de Vence - Fire fighters have managed to control a forest fire in Le Col de Vence which broke out on Monday afternoon. A reported 15 hectares had already burnt when the fire service halted the operation before nightfall on Monday evening.
Arrest - Police have arrested the gang behind the recent high-profile jewellery robberies at Winston Jewellers in Cannes in January and Cartier in Monaco in March. The eight people arrested in Vallauris, Cannes and Antibes, were believed to be highly organised, and planning more robberies in St Tropez.
Security measure introduced in the Var region - Authorities in the Var have forbidden the wearing or handling of replica firearms in public places. As of the 30th June imitation weapons are strictly forbidden throughout the region the move comes in an attempt limit the risk of disturbances to public order and security.
Second World War bomb discovered in Cavalaire - An American bomb dating back to the second World War has been discovered on a private property in Cavalaire in the Var. Workmen on the site made the discovery while building a swimming pool. The device is to be neutralized on Thursday.
Shooting in Toulouse - Two people on a motorcycle have opened fire on a group of people killing one and wounded six others in the French city of Toulouse. The shooting happened on Monday night and police believe it to be part of a gangland feud.
French Politics - In an address to a joint session of France’s parliament at the chateau de Versailles, French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed a one-third reduction in the number of lawmakers in both houses of parliament. Macron said the change would have a "positive effect on the general quality of parliamentary work". He also proposed that the electoral system be changed to allow more proportional representation "so that all tendencies are fairly represented in parliament". Macron said he wanted all the "deep transformations... that our institutions badly need" to be completed within a year. He also added that the state of emergency which has been in place since the attacks in Paris in November 2015 would be lifted this autumn speaking to both houses of parliament Macron said "I will re-establish the freedoms of the French people by lifting the state of emergency this autumn, because these freedoms are the precondition of the existence of a strong democracy.”
Airbnb - Paris authorities are aiming to introduce a new law that will force those who rent apartments on Airbnb to register the property with the City Hall first. The new rule which looks set to be voted through unanimously by the Paris City Council this week, aims to target landlords flouting France's 120-day legal limit set for renting out primary residences.
The US Federal Reserve has said that Chair Janet Yellen received hospital treatment while on holiday in London over the weekend but is planning to resume her work schedule this week. Ms Yellen received treatment for a urinary tract infection although it’s not clear how serious the problem was. Janet Yellen is the most powerful woman in world finance.She had a health scare in 2015 which was put down to dehydration following a long speech. The 70 year old Fed Chair was in London for a conference last Tuesday and then spent a few days in the city holidaying with her family. Two senior British government ministers have said that the UK will continue co-operating with the European Union on medicine testing post Brexit. The Business Secretary Greg Clarke and the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt both say that such a deal would “be in the interests of public health and safety”. In a letter to the Financial Times the ministers say that the UK would like to find a way to continue to collaborate with the EU. There are concerns that Brexit might cause delays in UK patients getting new drugs. Currently,the London based European Medicines Agency authorises drugs for use across the European Union. The agency is expected to move out of the UK post Brexit,raising uncertainty over whether Britain will need to develop its own separate drug approval system.
And-Shares in the electric car maker Tesla have risen after the company said that its new Model 3 car will be ready by Friday-two weeks ahead of schedule. Tesla’s founder Elon Musk says that the new 5 seater car has passed all of its regulatory tests with production reaching 20,000 vehicles a month by December. The Model 3 car is Tesla’s lowest cost vehicle to date. Shares in the firm rose by 2 percent on the news.
Neway Tour de France Report.
Peter Sagan won stage 3 of the Tour de France on Monday as Great Britain’s Geraint Thomas retained the leader’s yellow jersey. Sagan won the uphill sprint battle to secure the stage win ahead of Michael Matthews of Australia. Defending champion Chris Froome finished 9th but has moved ominously up to 2nd in the overall classification,12 seconds behind Thomas.
Today’s 4th stage is 207.5 kilometres between Mondorf-les-Bains and Vittel.There are 4 climbs of varying difficultly but nothing too challenging and it should terminate in a bunch sprint finish.
Tennis-Andy Murray is through to the second round of Wimbledon following a comfortable straight sets win over Alexander Bublik.Afterwards,the world number one said that he’d been having ice baths every night to be fit for the tournament.He also revealed that he was a big fan of Peppa Pig. Also on Monday there were first round wins for the 4th seed Rafael Nadal and the 12th seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga but the 5th seed Stan Wawrinka is out.He was beaten by Daniil Medvedev in 4 sets. In the women’s event the 6th seed Johanna Konta moved into round 2 with a straight sets win over Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei while two time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova beat Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-3 6-4. There were also first round wins for Simona Halep and Venus Williams.
Formula 1-Sebastien Vettel will face no further action over his collision with Lewis Hamilton at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Vettel has admitted full responsibility for the incident and has been warned by the FIA about his future conduct. Battle resumes at the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.
Cricket-The South Africa captain Faf du Plessis will miss the first Test against England which starts at Lord’s on Thursday. Du Plessis returned home to attend the birth of his first child and will not fly back in time for the start of the series. Dean Elgar will captain the side for the first time.
Clear skies with light to moderate south easterly winds.
Top temperatures 26 degrees on the coast and 30 degrees inland.
Overnight lows of 19 degrees on the coast and 17 degrees inland with clear skies.
Wednesday and Thursday-Clear skies,highs of 26-31 degrees.
A Mexican mayor has married a Crocodille in a bizarre ceremony as part of an age old tradition to 'bring luck' to local fishermen.
The female crocodile - known as 'The Princess' - was baptised subsequently dressed in a custom-made wedding dress and had her jaws clamped shut for the big day. She also wore a veil as she was paraded through streets, accompanied by band music.
After the procession, the reptile was married to the mayor of San Pedro Huamelula Victor Aguilarand in the town hall.
The croc got hitched as part of a ritual which has been practised by the Chontal Indians since 1789. According to custom, the crocodile is regarded as a princess, and it's believed she will bring peace and prosperity to their community.