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Morning News Wednesday 10th May 2017

Local

Explosive Device - A series of security measures have been announced by the authorities in Nice today after it was announced that the explosive device dating from the Second World War and located in front of the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, will be detonated in a controlled explosion. The bomb was discovered last Thursday by a diver and reportedly has firing devices that were activated when dropped by the US air force more than 70 years ago. The operation started this morning at 6.30. Neither vehicles nor pedestrians will be able to circulate within 300 meters on either side from Place Guynemer to Avenue des Phocéens.  Swimming, diving and sailing is forbidden within a two kilometer perimeter and restaurants located on the seafront will remain out of bounds until the end of the operation which will last until midday.

Armed Man - Police officers have been deployed in Nice in an attempt to stop an armed individual. The incident happened on Tuesday morning in the centre of the city. Office workers reported the presence of an armed man between Rue Pastorelli and Hotel des Postes. Depsite the police operation lasting an hour officers were unable to locate the man.

Marion Maréchal- Le Pen - Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the niece of defeated far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is to quit politics. Ms Maréchal-Le Pen, who is an MP for the National Front, had been seen by some as a future leader of the party. She is the granddaughter of FN founder Jean-Marie Le Pen. According to Le Figaro, Ms Maréchal-Le Pen will make the announcement today on her intention not to stand for a new term in parliamentary elections in June. She will also quit her position as president of the National Front in the south-eastern region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Christian Estrosi – Following Christian Estrosi’s resignation as President for the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region Renaud Muselier, the delegate president of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur and European deputy has been unanimously nominated by the ‘Les Republicans” and is expected to succeed him at the head of the council. The choice is yet to be validated by a vote.  

National

Manuel Valls - French Socialist former Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said he wants to sign up to President-elect Emmanuel Macron's party to fight next month's parliamentary elections. Mr Valls said the Socialists were dead and "I will be a candidate for the presidential majority". Emmanuel Macron won the presidency on Sunday and his new party has begun picking candidates for the June vote. Mr Valls resigned as prime minister when he stood unsuccessfully in the race to be Socialist presidential candidate and later backed Mr Macron to be president.

Migrant Camp - Police have evacuated a tent camp in northern Paris where more than 1,600 migrants, were living in squalid conditions. Hundreds of police moved in at dawn on Tuesday to remove the migrants, camped between major access roads into the French capital. The settlement at the Porte de la Chapelle area was located just metres from a new refugee transit centre set up by Paris city authorities late last year to take asylum-seekers off the streets but which has limited space available.

Robbery - According to reports two men armed with a club have got away with €900,000 of goods after robbing a luxury watch shop in Paris. The two men targeted the luxury watch shop near the Champs-Élysées on Tuesday morning at around 11am. The men fled the scene on a motorbike, with a passerby capturing their escape on camera.

Business

The US Commerce Secretary has said that the economy will fall short of the Trump administration’s 3 percent growth target this year. In an interview with Reuters,Wilbur Ross said that growth will only start to accelerate when all regulatory,tax,trade and energy policies are fully in place. Mr Ross said that the 3 percent target is certainly not achievable this year and blamed Congress for “slow-walking everything”. The Commerce Secretary said that the Trump administration would try to use existing tools to aggressively enforce trade rules and insist on fairer treatment for US goods rather than adopt the “slash and burn” approach that Mr Trump discussed on the campaign trail last year. Reuters says that the comments appear to represent another move towards the centre by the administration.

The Australian government has unveiled a new budget which includes a surprise rise in taxation on the country’s 5 biggest banks. The Australian Treasurer,Scott Morrison has also announced savings in education which will see students pay a greater share of the cost of degrees. Infrastructure projects,health and housing affordability are also high on the government’s agenda. Mr Morrison said that 6.2 billion Australian dollars-that’s 4.6 billion US dollars,would be raised over the next four years by the new levy on the big 5 banks. The head of the Australian Bankers’ Association called the tax an “attack on jobs and growth”.

And-Walt Disney has announced an 11 percent increase in first quarter profits,buoyed by attendance at its theme parks and resorts. Disney says that profits came in at 2.4 billion dollars although revenues were muted-up by just 3 percent year-on-year to 13.3 billion dollars. The company’s chief executive Robert Iger said that he was pleased with the results and that Disney remains on course for “modest growth”. The company’s television networks which include ABC,Disney and the sports-focused ESPN are the biggest earners,accounting for more than 40 percent of the firm’s total revenue in the last financial year.

Sport

Football-Monaco have been knocked out of the European Champions League at the semi-final stage by Juventus. Monaco lost 2-1 on the night in Turin to lose the tie 4-1 on aggregate. Juventus will meet either Real Madrid or Athletico Madrid in the final in Cardiff on June the 3rd. They play their semi-final second leg tonight with Real Madrid already 3-0 up.

Cycling-The triple Tour de France winner Chris Froome was unhurt after reporting that he’d been “rammed” by a car driver while out training at Beausoleil near his Monaco home on Tuesday. Froome said that he was rammed by an impatient driver who followed him onto the pavement.He reported the incident to police but was unable to recall the car’s registration number. The 31 year old is not taking part in the Giro d’Italia but is set to compete in the Tour warm-up event the Criterium du Dauphine next month. Meanwhile Bob Jungels of Luxembourg leads following the 4th stage of the Giro d’Italia. Jan Polanc of Slovenia won stage 4 which finished on Mount Etna. Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas has moved up to overall 2nd after finishing stage 4 in third place.

Tennis-Andy Murray is into the 3rd round of the Madrid Open as he continues his build up for Roland Garros. The world number one saw off Marius Copil in round 2 6-4 6-3.He’ll now face either Borna Coric or Pierre-Hugues Herbert in round 3.

Formula 1-Mark Webber has said that Jenson Button is going to get a “wake up call” when he steps in for Fernando Alonso at the Monaco Grand Prix. Button is making a one off return to the sport but is not planning to come back on a regular basis. Webber told Autosport Magazine that the former world champion didn’t seem to be very interested in his return and that he would likely get a few surprises.

Weather

Quite cloudy with the chance of some showers this afternoon and light to moderate easterly winds.

Top temperature 20 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 11 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Sunshine and afternoon showers tomorrow.Sunny periods and possible thunderstorms on Friday.Highs of 18-21 degrees.

Finally

A dairy firm is advertising the 'best summer job in the world' - DJ'ing and serving ice cream from a custom camper van for £24,000-per-year.

Yeo Valley is looking for two outgoing recruits to get behind the wheel of a silver ice cream van and attend festivals and events throughout the UK, including Valleyfest.

At least one of them must be able to DJ to entertain the crowds while the other dishes out treats from the firm's new range of organic ice cream.

The jobs will be based at Yeo Valley's HQ in Blagdon, Somerset, which is hailed for having the best staff canteen in the UK with panoramic views over the Mendip Hills.

 

 

 

 

 

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