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Morning News Wednesday 17th May 2017

Local

New Government - Emmanuel Macron has postponed the naming of his new government by 24 hours to give authorities time to ensure ministers are not compromised by any conflicts of interest or suspicious tax records. The Elysée Palace released a statement on Tuesday afternoon announcing the delay saying it was to allow France's High Authority for Transparency of Public Life (HATVP) to carry out the necessary background checks on ministers. The new government is expected to be announced at 3pm today.

October Floods 2015 - Families who lived in the hamlet of Carimai in Le Cannet before it was hit by the devastating floods in October 2015 have taken legal action. 22 of the 39 flood victim families have filed a complaint against X for "endangering the life of others". The hamlet which was badly affected by the deadly floods which claimed the lives of 5 people ,is due to be destroyed. The area has frozen in time- described by one ex-resident as a ghost village with embedded cars and abandoned rubbish.

Cannes - Special security measures have been announced for the Cannes Film Festival which starts this evening. They include Fanzones on the Croisette as well as special speed restrictions on the water in the Bay of Cannes. The festival opens this evening with Ismael's Ghosts - a French film starring Marion Cotillard. There are 19 films in competition for the Palme d’Or and the festival also includes a number of free open-air screenings of classic movies starting with All the Presidents Men on Saturday.

Francois Hollande - The former President of the Republic Francois Hollande has visited his brother in hospital in Antibes. Two days after leaving office ,Mr Hollande was seen at La Fontonne hospital on Tuesday afternoon. The ex-head of state was visiting his older brother Philippe who lives in the Cannes area.

Weather - Météo France has announced that temperatures are up to four degrees above average for May, recording 25 degrees in the shade near Nice and 27 inland on Monday. The warm spell here is also heating up northern cities with record May temperatures of 33 degrees in Bordeaux and 28 degrees in Paris.  However, a stormy patch is expected on Friday, after which temperatures will return to normal for the weekend.

OGC Nice - The town of Nice has honoured its football team OGC Nice thanking them for a great season in the gardens of the Villa Masséna on Monday. With one last match to play on Sunday in Lyon Nice look set to finish 3rd in the French Champions League.

National

New Government - Leaders of France's mainstream right have said that President Emmanuel Macron's choice of one of their members as prime minister is "bad for democracy" as they struggled to avoid more defections from their party, the Republicans. The new Prime Minister Edouard Philippe defended his decision to accept the appointment during an interview on TF1 saying "that the situation we are in is sufficiently unique for us to try something that has never been tried.” The government was set to be announced on Tuesday – but has now been postponed until today at 3pm.

Facebook - French digital watchdog CNIL has said it has fined Facebook for snooping on users without their knowledge, following a probe of the social network in cooperation with other European regulators. Following a two-year investigation, CNIL said on Tuesday that it had slapped a penalty of 150,000 euros on Facebook Inc and Facebook Ireland, for "several breaches of the French Data Protection Act".

2024 Olympics - It has been announced that French President Emmanuel Macron will attend the International Olympic Committee’s vote in Lima on September 13th that will determine the host city for the 2024 Olympics. Paris is battling with Los Angeles for the right to stage the Games in 2024. 

Business

Shares in the owner of TJ Maxx have fallen on disappointing quarterly sales. TJX-which also owns chains including Marshalls and HomeSense said that sales at its stores open for at least 1 year rose by only 1 percent in the first quarter. TJX also said that profits would decline in the current quarter,further clouding the outlook for the US retail industry. Stores in many retail sectors are facing increasing pressure from online competitors who are claiming an increasing share of consumer spending. Discounters have been holding their own in recent years but even they are now feeling the pressure from internet firms. Shares in TJX closed down 3 percent on the news in New York.

The Lloyds Banking Group is expected to return to the private sector today with the UK government set to say that it has sold its remaining shares. 8 years ago,the government bailed Lloyds out after pumping 20 billion pounds into the business. At the height of the financial crisis,UK taxpayers owned 43 percent of Lloyds but the government will announce today that its being wholly returned to the private sector. By contrast,the other bank that the government bailed out during the financial crisis,Royal Bank of Scotland,is still 73 percent owned by the taxpayer.

And-EasyJet has announced a wider than expected loss for the first half of its financial year,partly due to the impact of the lower pound and the timing of Easter. The budget airline says that it lost 212 million pounds in the 6 months to March.That compares with a loss of 21 million pounds at the same time a year ag when Easter was in March and the pound hadn’t been affected by the Brexit vote. The company says that its performance has been “resilient” and that the losses were in line with market expectations.

Sport

Football-The race for the European Champions League places in the English Premier League will go to the final day of the season after Arsenal and Manchester City both won last night. Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-0 while City beat West Brom 3-1. Liverpool will guarantee themselves a spot in the Champions League if they beat Middlesbrough on the final day while Arsenal will miss out if Manchester City draw or win their last game. Reading are through to the Championship play-off final after beating Fulham 1-0 last night to take the tie 2-1 on aggregate. They’ll play the winner of the second semi-final between Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield which is being played tonight.It’s 0-0 after the first leg. There were 2 games in the Scottish Premiership last night.Motherwell beat Kilmarnock 3-1 and Ross County beat Hamilton 3-2. In the Scottish Premiership play-off semi-final first leg last night Dundee United and Falkirk drew 2-2.

Tennis-Andy Murray’s trials and tribulations on clay continue after he was beaten in the second round of the Italian Open. The world number one was beaten 6-2 6-4 by Fabio Fognini and is certainly struggling for form ahead of the French Open which starts on May the 28th. Maria Sharapova will not be given a wild card for the French Open  and will not compete at Roland Garros. The 30 year old Russian was ranked too low to gain direct entry to the second grand slam of the year as she continues to return from a 15 month drugs ban. The French Tennis Federation says that while there can be a wild card awarded for players returning from injury,it’s not possible in cases of doping.

Cycling-Geraint Thomas finished second in the time trial at the Giro d’Italia on Tuesday just two days after being involved in a crash on stage 9. Thomas clocked 51 minutes 26 seconds for Team Sky-49 seconds behind Tom Dumoulin. Dumoulin has now taken the overall race lead from Nairo Quintana.Thomas is up to 11th after falling back to overall 17th following Sunday’s crash

Weather

Clear skies with light variable winds. Top temperature 26-27 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 19 degrees on the coast and 15 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Partially cloudy tomorrow with a high of 25 degrees.Sunshine and showers on Friday with a high of 21-22 degrees

Finally 

When women say they need their beauty sleep, they might just be right.

A study has found that losing just a few hours of sleep really does make females less attractive.

Having four hours of sleep – the amount famously taken by Margaret Thatcher – makes women appear less attractive and more unhealthy, according to a study in which people were asked to grade photographs of women who had suffered two nights of restricted sleep.


 

 

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