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Morning News Tuesday 9th May 2017

Local

Christian Estrosi - The President of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region, Christian Estrosi has announced that he will be resigning from his current position with the intention of returning to being the Mayor of Nice.Mr Estrosi says that his decision has nothing to do with any intention of being part of the new government but is to serve his city and his region. A city council meeting has been scheduled for early next week to mark the occasion of Estrosi’s return as mayor.Mr Estrosi was previously mayor of Nice from March 2008 to June 2016.

President – Prince Albert of Monaco has congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his presidential win, saying Monaco will continue to work with France on jobs, terrorism and the continuation of European ideals.

Fire - Eight people have been rescued from a bus which caught fire on the Avenue Cap de Croix in Nice on Monday. The fire broke out at around 5.45 pm engulfing a Lignes d'Azur bus and two cars. Rescue services reported no injuries and traffic returned to normal shortly afterwards. An investigation into the cause of the blaze has been opened.

Explosive Device - The Maritime Prefecture has announced that the explosive device dating from World War II which was found last Thursday located 50 meters from the beach in Nice will be destroyed mid-week. According to reports, given its state and geographical location it can’t be treated on the spot and will be moved further out and destroyed. The operation will depend on weather conditions.

Voting - While some people in the region have voted Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron or not at all, others have taken a sporting aspect to the election. Brandon from Saint Isidore in Nice and an OGC Nice supporter voted for Mario Balotelli while Cedric put ten euros in the ballot box on which he had written: "Proud of my euros - No to the franc, No to Marine. Emmanuel will make a good President".On the other side of the note he had written that if it was given to the Nice Matin, he would make a donation to the Jules Bianchi Association. 

National

Security Alert - The Gare du Nord train station in the French capital Paris has reopened after a security alert. Platforms were evacuated and the area cordoned off by heavily armed police late on Monday evening. No details have been given about the operation but local media report that police were looking for three suspects. France is under a state of emergency since the Paris attacks of 2015. Security had been stepped up across the country for the second round of the presidential election, which happened on Sunday. The Parisien newspaper said the operation focused on a train from Valenciennes, in northern France.

En Marche - The general secretary Richard Ferrand of the "En Marche" movement has announced that the 577 candidates from the party will be announced by midday on Thursday. During a press conference on Monday Ferrand said that the party had been renamed "La Republique En Marche" with Catherine Barbaroux taking over from Emmanuel Macron as interim President. Meanwhile France’s new President appeared in a 90 minute film shown on French TV last night. The documentary, made over the past year shows his campaign in the run up to the elections. A French comedian on Paris based Europe 1 has reportedly mocked the 39 year old President as footage showed him having a bar of chocolate snatched out of his hands by his 64 year old wife and being refused an item at a motorway services because “it’s part of a kids menu.”
 

Business

A woman who alleges that she was sexually harassed at Fox News has asked UK regulators to block 21st Century Fox’s planned purchase of Sky TV. The legal team representing Dr Wendy Walsh says that the deal would allow Fox to bring a “culture of sexual and racial harassment to the UK”. The UK regulator Ofcom is examining the 11.7 billion pound bid for Sky. Fox says that it’s addressed the allegations made by Dr Walsh and has made fundamental changes. Three of Fox News’ most senior male staff have recently left the company following allegations of sexual harassment and mismanagement. Fox says that the actions have led to an overhaul of the channel’s leadership,management and reporting structure.

The euro has slipped back against the US dollar following Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French Presidential election. The single currency hit a six month high in the immediate aftermath of the election result but has since slipped back. Investors had widely expected Mr Macron to beat the extreme-right wing candidate Marine Le Pen. Mr Macron is planning tax reforms and changes to the labour market. But there are concerns as to whether he’ll garner enough parliamentary support to implement them. Despite the fall on Monday,the euro is still 2.5 percent up against the dollar since the first round of voting in the French Presidential election.

And-The owner of Dulux paint has rejected a third takeover offer by its US rival PPG Industries,leaving the door open to a hostile bid. Akzo Nobel says that the 26.9 billion euro bid undervalues the firm and shows a “lack of cultural understanding of the brand”. Some Akzo shareholders favoured the deal but the firm has been urged to reject a merger by the Dutch government as well as workers. PPG says that it’s disappointed by the decision and would review its response.

Sport

Football-Chelsea have moved to within one win of the English Premier League title after beating Middlesbrough 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last night. The defeat condemns ‘Boro to Championship football next season where they’ll join Sunderland who have already been relegated. Chelsea will win the title if they beat West Brom at the Hawthorns on Friday night. Monaco will be attempting to overturn a 2-0 deficit when they play Juventus in Turin tonight in the second leg of the European Champions League semi-final. The winners of the tie will play either Real Madrid or Athletico Madrid in the final in Cardiff.

Formula 1-The Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that there are “no magic bullets” to understanding Lewis Hamilton’s car problems. Hamilton has won just one of the opening four races of the season and finished 4th in the last race in Sochi. Wolff says that Mercedes have been  “unpicking what happened to understand why they couldn’t get the car in the right window so that he could feel comfortable with it”.He added that Mercedes would have to “give him the right tools that he needs to do the job in the next races”. The world championship moves to Spain this weekend before coming to Monaco at the end of May.

Rugby Union-The Lions coach Warren Gatland has offered to speak to the England full-back Mike Brown about his omission from the squad. Brown was left out of the 41 man squad to tour New Zealand and called the lack of an explanation “disappointing”, Gatland says that he’s more than happy to talk to the player if he feels he’s been hard done by.

Tennis-Eugenie Bouchard has beaten Maria Sharapova in the second round of the Madrid Open. Bouchard has been one of the most vocal opponents of Sharapova’s return to the circuit following a 15 month drug ban and she put her words into actions on court as she saw off the 31 year old Russian in three sets 7-5 2-6 6-4.

Weather

Partially cloudy with light southerly winds and perhaps a shower inland.

Top temperature 22 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 13 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Quite cloudy at times with the chance of some showers at times.Highs of 17-21 degrees

Finally 

One of Britain’s oldest men has said his daily bowl of porridge is to thank for his long life.

Albert Taylor, who celebrated his 107th birthday on May 4, is the eighth oldest person in Britain – and he says his daily portion of porridge is what keeps him on the move.

Albert, from Kingswinford in the West Midlands, has two sons Roger and Robert and three grandchildren.

‘He spends one week looking after himself,’ Robert said. ‘Then, he will spend the week with me. I’ll look after him, recharge his batteries.

‘He’s the eldest of seven children, and the rest have passed away. ‘He puts his longevity down to porridge.’