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Morning News Tuesday 6th June 2017

Local

Nice Attack – The French  Interior Minister has announced that  President Emmanuel Macron will be in Nice on July 14th, one year after the Nice Attack. Ceremonies commemorating the attack are planned in the presence of the association “Promenade des Anges”. 86 people were killed and 434 injured on July 14th 2016 when a truck was deliberately driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais.

Muller Circus - Protestors have demonstrated in front of the Muller Circus in Le Luc in the Var. Monday saw several protestors gather on the site in what is the third protest in less than a week. The local council has confirmed that the circus will be leaving the site today. The Muller Circus has been part of a debate which began last Wednesday over the way they treat animals which take part in the show.  The issue had gained the support of American actress Pamela Anderson who was part of the protests which took place at the week-end in Le Luc

Nice Book Fair - A bookseller at the Nice book fair has been ordered to remove a copy of Mein Kampf. The book had been put on sale outraging a city councilor from Cagnes sur mer who ordered that the book be removed immediately . The stand manager told reporters that there was “nothing illegal” and accused authorities of censoring “cultural expression.” The councilor replied to his comments by saying that “Nazism is not a cultural expression.”

Cannes Film Festival - One week after the Cannes Film Festival and authorities have reported a record year for attendance with the number of visitors on the increase. Organisers are hoping to see a 200 million turnover be reached when figures are published in a few weeks time. Current figures show that 200,000 people attended with 32,000 accredited and 4,000 journalists from 85 different countries.

Festival du Chateau - The 71st Festival du Chateau has been cancelled. This year’s event which was due to take place on the 1st and 2nd July at the chateau in Nice is reportedly lacking funding however, plans are being made to reorganise a similar event next year.

National

London Terror Attack -The French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian confirmed on Monday that two French nationals are still missing following the London terror attack on Saturday. A minutes silence will be respected throughout the UK today at 11am local time in tribute to the victims of the attack which left seven dead and dozens wounded.

Banque Postale - The Banque Postale in France has launched a new payment system by voice recognition. Customers will now be able to pay online or over the phone by identifying themselves with a standard sentence. The system which secures online payments to ensure that the person making the purchase is indeed the identified card holder is used by downloading the application.

Business

The chief executive of British Airways’ parent company has said that human error caused the IT meltdown that led to travel chaos for 75,000 passengers at the end of May. Willie Walsh said that an engineer disconnected a power supply with the major damage caused by a surge when it was reconnected. Mr Walsh said that there would now be an independent investigation to “learn from the experience”. BA has two data centres which are around a kilometre apart.There are question marks over whether a power surge could hit both at the same time and some IT experts remain sceptical about the explanation. Mr Walsh has apologised for the incident which he said would never be repeated.

US President Donald Trump has said that he wants to privatise air traffic control operations and create a not-for-profit company to oversee functions currently handled by the Federal government. The White House says that the plan will modernise the US system,reducing delays and costs. The idea has been mooted in Washington for some years,without ever taking shape. Officials say that with Republicans in control of both Congress and the White House,its time to try again. The plan to privatise air traffic control was included in Mr Trump’s budget proposal.

And-Apple has unveiled a voice-activated loud speaker that’s powered by its virtual assistant Siri. The Apple HomePod speaker can respond to questions and control smart home gadgets such as lights.It will compete directly with similar devices by Amazon and Google which are already on the market. The announcement was made at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in California on Monday. The company has also unveiled the next version of its mobile operating system i OS 11 which will include a new setting for people who use their iPhone in the car.

Sport

Tennis-Andy Murray is through to the quarter finals of the French Open after a straight sets win over Karen Khachanov. The world number one came through 6-3 6-4 6-4 to set up a last 8 meeting with Kei Nishikori of Japan. In the women’s event the second seed Karolina Pliskova came though her 4th round match against Veronica Cepede Royg in three sets and she was joined by the 3rd seed Simona Halep who beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1 6-1.

Cricket-Australia were frustrated by the rain as their ICC Champions Trophy game against Bangladesh at the Oval was abandoned on Monday. Australia had got themselves into a strong position after bowling Bangladesh out for 182 in 44.3 overs and they had reached 83-1 when the rain came and no further play was possible. Today,England play New Zealand in Cardiff in Group A.Play is due to start at 11.30 French time this morning but the weather could once again be a factor.

Football-Eden Hazard looks set to miss the start of next season after having surgery on a fractured ankle. Hazard picked up the injury while training with Belgium and had an operation in London on Monday.His club,Chelsea say that everything went well but that the player won’t be able to return to training for 3 months.

Rugby Union-A former British and Irish Lions assistant coach has said that Warren Gatland is sending out the “wrong message” to his players on the tour of New Zealand. Eddie O’Sullivan says that Gatland is “reacting to stuff that he doesn’t need to react to “ and that it’s going to be a long tour. On Monday,Gatland reacted angrily to questions over his so called “Warrenball” tactics.He said that the Lions were in New Zealand to play attacking rugby. He also said that the players were still suffering from jet-lag and needed more time to prepare.

Weather

Partially cloudy with some showers inland and a moderate to strong westerly wind developing across the region. Top temperature 27 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 14 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Clear skies with highs of 25-27 degrees