Morning News Wednesday 14th June 2017


Schools - Mayors in the Alpes Maritimes are to decide about changes to the school timetable. The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi recently announced he was  in favour of returning to the four day week. Town councils have until June the 23rd to submit their written decision

Dentists - Almost forty dentists have gathered outside the health insurance office on Rue Pertinax in Nice, to protest against what they describe as the destruction of quality French dentistry. They say rates imposed by the government are leading to a reduction in standards for patients.

Storm - As the Riviera experiences an early start to summer, Meteó France have placed twelve departments in the centre of the country on yellow alert, for storms  and a further six in the south-west for heatwave conditions. They say the Rhone Valley and the region around Lyon will be extremely hot with temperatures expected to reach 35 degrees.

Bonnard - To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of artist  Pierre Bonnard, the Bonnard Museum in Le Cannet has paid tribute to the painter, exhibiting a collection of masterpieces the exhibition runs until 17th September.


Brexit - The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has claimed the door to the EU will remain open to Britain during Brexit negotiations that get underway next week. In remarks that will be taken as an encouraging sign by opponents of a hard Brexit that there may be room for compromise, the newly elected French leader said the decision to leave the EU could still be reversed if the UK wished to do so.

‘N-Bomb’ drug - A young British woman has died in Paris after taking a substance she believed to be cocaine but turned out to be the new psychedelic 'N-bomb' drug.. It’s the first death in France related to the dangerous new designer drug.  The incident happened on Saturday April 29th but the  story has only emerged this week. After spending 11 days in a coma brought on by the drug the woman in her late 20s, who worked in marketing in London, died in Hospital in Paris.

Burgers - In a world first, McDonald’s in France is to offer its customers knives and forks. The burger giant described cutlery as an evolution. However the knives and forks will only be offered with their new premium gourmet burger.


The chief executive of Uber is to take time away from the company and may return in a diminished role. Travis Kalanick is taking a break following a review of management and practices at the firm which has been facing a number of scandals. On Sunday,the board of Uber voted in favour of recommendations from the review. Some of Mr Kalanick’s responsibilities could be shifted to other executives. In an email to staff,the chief executive said that his decision to leave is part of an effort to create “Uber 2.0” The email did not say how long that he would be away from the firm.

The European Union has unveiled a draft law which would give it the power to move the lucrative euro clearing business out of London and keep it in the EU after Brexit in 2019. London currently processes three-quarters of the trade in the financial sector,providing thousands of jobs. The law will decide whether London will have the right to carry on with euro clearing after the UK leaves the European Union. The City is currently the world leader for the clearing of all sorts of currency including the euro. Trillions of euros are handled through clearing houses every year,mostly through London.

And-In the United States the Trump Administration says that it wants to ease oversight of smaller banks and curb the powers of  the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The report,issued by the Treasury Department has outlined administration priorities for rolling back rules imposed on the financial sector after the 2008 financial crisis. The development comes just a few days after the House of Representatives approved a sweeping financial reform bill. The Senate has also started hearings on the measure.


Football-England were beaten 3-2 by ten man France on an emotional night in Paris which started with tributes from the crowd to the victims of the Manchester and London Bridge terror attacks. The friendly international was watched by the French President Emmanuel Macron and the British Prime Minister Theresa May. England opened the scoring through Harry Kane but were pegged back by France and trailed 2-1 at the break. Kane equalised from the penalty spot early in the second half after Varene had been sent off but France had the last laugh with Dembele scoring the winner on 78 minutes. In other international friendly games on Tuesday,Australia were beaten 4-0 at home by Brazil and Norway and Sweden drew 1-1.

Cricket-England play Pakistan in the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy in Cardiff. The home side have dropped Jason Roy who’s been in poor form with the bat with Jonny Bairstow set to take his place. Play is due to start at 11.30 French time.

Formula 1-There are growing reports that McLaren is to dump engine partner Honda and seek a deal with Mercedes from next season. McLaren’s racing director Eric Boullier has described the latest engine failure at the Canadian Grand Prix as “gut wrenching” and “absolutely not good enough”. Mclaren are yet to score a point in this year’s championship and Fernando Alonso has said that he’ll leave the team if it can’t show him its capable of winning races by September.

Rugby Union-The British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland says that the team “shot themselves in the foot”after conceding late penalties that led to the defeat by the Highlanders in Dunedin on Tuesday. It was the second defeat in 4 games for the Lions on their tour of New Zealand. Meanwhile,Stuart Hogg’s tour has been ended through injury.The Scot fractured a cheek bone following a collision during the victory over Crusaders and won’t be able to play again for several weeks.

Tennis-The 10 time French Open champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s Queen’s tournament to rest. Nadal rose to number two in the world rankings following his success at Roland Garros and said afterwards that he “hoped his knees held up” for the grass season. On Tuesday he said that his body needs to rest if he’s going to be ready to play Wimbledon.


Clear skies with light variable or westerly winds. Top temperatures 26 degrees on the coast and up to 30-31 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 21 degrees with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Similar with highs of 26-33 degrees


Unidentified frying object - A chippie has 'battered' away the competition to become the first restaurant in the world to send a portion of fish and chips into space.

Papas, based in Hull, celebrated being crowned Britain's favourite Fish and Chip restaurant earlier this year by shooting their haddock and chips into the stratosphere.

The fish and chip shop decided it was time to put their name in the record books by strapping the feast into a box and tying it to a weather balloon.














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