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Morning News Wednesday 21st June 2017

Local

Accident - A 17 year old boy has been taken to hospital after falling from rocks in Theoule sur mer. The victim was airlifted to hospital in Cannes after suffering serious back injuries. Reports say  the boy fell about ten meters from the top of a rock above a cave.

Robbery - The driver of a Ferrari has had his 40,000 euros watch torn from his wrist while at the wheel of his vehicle in Saint Laurent de Var. The incident happened on Monday afternoon on the port of Saint-Laurent du Var. Police have launched an investigation after the two thieves fled the scene on a scooter

Protest - Hundreds of people have protested on Nice’s Place Garibaldi, against Emmanuel Macron’s planned pro-business reforms, which they describe as a massive social destruction plan. They say further protests, backed by the unions, are planned for the coming weeks, to protect worker’s rights contained in the Code de Travail.

Drought - The sudden rise in temperature combined with the absence of rain has led authorities in the Vaucluse region to issue a “drought” alert.  According to Météo France, the heat wave is set to continue, leading to an increase in water consumption as a result and the prefect wants to limit water consumption throughout the department to the absolute minimum. Meanwhile an air pollution alert has been issued in the Var region.

Bullying in Schools - The "No to bullying in schools” campaign has been introduced to more than 600 schools across France and 34 schools, colleges and lycées in Nice.The campaign was launched in 2013 and is organised by the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research. The "No to bullying" campaign aims to give a voice to young people allowing them to express themselves collectively on harassment through the creation of posters and videos.

Tourism - New figures from the Tourism Development Agency, show that outside of Paris, Nice is the No.1 most visited French city with foreign visitors. Last year 59% of hotel rooms in the city were booked by foreign tourists. Earlier this year, other figures revealed that Nice is on track for one of its best tourism years yet.

National

French Government - French Armed Forces Minister Sylvie Goulard has resigned in the light of a fake-jobs inquiry into her party and President Emmanuel Macron has asked Interior Minister Richard Ferrand to quit ahead of a post-election reshuffle. The choice of a new cabinet was supposed to be a formality but is turning into a much bigger shake-up. Macron accepted Goulard's resignation on Tuesday afternoon.

Champs-Elysées - French police have detained four members of the family of Monday's Champs-Elysées attacker, including his wife and father. Adam Dzaziri, 31, who died when he rammed his weapons-laden vehicle into a police van, had been on a police watchlist since 2015.

Nationality – According to interior ministry figures applications for French nationality by British citizens living in France has more than tripled. The figures, obtained by Le Monde newspaper, showed 1,363 Britons in France applied to become French citizens in 2016, compared with 385 the previous year – a 254% increase.

Business

A renewed slump in oil prices has put investors on edge in Asian trade this morning as crude fell to a 7 month low on continued fears of oversupply. The slide in energy costs has given a boost to bond prices and flattened yield curves with investors pricing in lower inflation for a longer period of time and the US dollar underpinned by safe-haven flows. The spread between yields on five-year US notes and 30 year bonds shrank to the smallest since 2007 with investors taking a hunch that the Federal Reserve might have to delay further hikes to interest rates. Crude prices fell by 2 percent on Tuesday as increased supply from several key producers overshadowed efforts by Opec to cut global output.

Ford is to move production of its new Ford Focus car to China in 2019 despite facing pressure from the Trump administration to keep manufacturing jobs in America. Ford says that its decision will not lead to layoffs in the US but the move marks another change of direction to its plans for producing the new focus. In January,Ford scrapped plans to move US production to a new plant in Mexico following criticism from President Trump. The firm currently makes the Focus in Michigan,Germany and China. Sales of the vehicle have been falling in North America while demand for larger models remains firm.

And-Global electronics makers are moving to stock up on memory chips to keep production lines running with the new Apple iPhone 8 due to launch later this year. Apple’s new product threatens to worsen a global squeeze on supply of memory chips and some manufacturers are said to be paying a premium to lock in longer-term contracts. Chip manufacturing technology is becoming increasingly complex,raising investment costs but at the same time leading to less output growth. Some chip prices have doubled or even trebled from a year ago.

Sport

Football-Advisors to the Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho say that he’s innocent of tax fraud and has had his tax affairs ratified by the Spanish Government. Mourinho has been accused by  prosecutors of defrauding Spain of 3.3 million euros in taxes while he was manager of Real Madrid between 2011 and 2012. Prosecutors say that he didn’t declare income from image rights in order to get “illicit benefit”. Mr Mourinho’s advisors say he denies the allegation and that all his tax affairs are up to date.

Tennis-Andy Murray has crashed out in the first round of the Queen’s tournament in London after being beaten in straight sets by the world number 90 Jordan Thompson of Australia. Thompson was only in the tournament as a lucky loser but he was too good for the world number one on the day as he came through 7-6 6-2. There were more shocks on Tuesday at the tournament with Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic also going out.

Cricket-England play South Africa in the first Twenty20 international in Southampton later today. Play starts at 7.30pm French time.

Rugby Union-The British and Irish Lions won their final warm-up game before the first Test against the All Blacks on Saturday with a comfortable 34-6 victory over the Chiefs. Coach Warren Gatland is due to announce his side for the first Test tomorrow and has said that nothing is yet set in stone. Fly half Owen Farrell remains an injury doubt with a quad strain.

Racing-Barney Roy was the shock winner of the St James’s Palace Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot on Tuesday with the pre-race favourite Churchill only managing 4th. The Richard Hannon trained 5-2 shot with James Doyle onboard came home by a length ahead of Lancaster Bomber and Thunder Snow. Today’s feature race is The Prince of Wales’s Stakes over a mile and a quarter which is off at 5.20pm French time.

Weather

Clear skies in coastal areas with some thunder possible in the mountains.

Light to moderate variable or westerly winds and a top temperature of 27 degrees in coastal areas and 32 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 21 degrees on the coast and 18 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Clear skies in coastal areas and the chance of more thunder inland.Highs of 27-32 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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