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Morning News Wednesday 26th April 2017

Local

Terror Plot - Five people have been arrested in Marseille suspected of having been in contact with the two suspected terrorists who were arrested last Tuesday. Anti-terror police made the arrests on Tuesday as part of the investigation into a terror plot which was being planned ahead of the Presidential elections.

Christian Estrosi - According to a report in Le Monde newspaper, the President of the Alpes Côte d’Azur region Chrisitan Estrosi has called for  members of the Republican Party who refuse to make a very clear choice in not voting for Marine Le Pen must be excluded. Estrosi was quick to announce his intention to vote for Emmanuel Macron after the results of the first round and at the time was reportedly shocked that Eric Ciotti “continues to call to fight against Emmanuel Macron, when we are faced with the National Front in the second round”.

Domestic Accident - A 52 year old man has been airlifted to hospital after severely cutting his leg while handling a chainsaw. The accident happened at the victim’s home in Tende on Tuesday. Rescue services managed to reach the man and he was taken to hospital in Nice.

Circus - An online petition has been launched addressed to the mayor of Roquefort Les Pins in protest against the animals being used in the local circus. There was reportedly an altercation between members of the public and the local police on Tuesday afternoon at the town’s football stadium which is where the animals are being kept ahead of the event.

European Immunization Week - As part of the European Immunization Week which takes place this week, the city of Nice has set-up an information point on the Promenade du Paillon as well as vaccination clinics in the city’s hospitals.   The European Immunization Week was launched by the World Health Organisation in 2005 in order to increase awareness to all ages. Over 200 countries worldwide now take part.

Cannes Film Festival - It has been announced that the American actor Will Smith, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, French actress Agnès Jaoui and German director Maren Aden will be part of the jury of this year’s 70th Cannes Film Festival. The Festival takes place from the 17th to the 28th May.

France 3 - The production team of the daily programme on France 3 “Midi in France” has been filming from the quay of Golfe Juan. Filming continues today and tomorrow and members of the public are invited to assist the live broadcast.

National

Fine - A French far-right mayor has been fined 2,000 euros for "incitement to hatred and discrimination" for tweets and statements targeting Muslim schoolchildren. A Paris court fined the mayor of Béziers Robert Ménard 2,000 euros and awarded damages with interest of between one and 1,000 euros to six anti-racist groups who had brought the case. The fine was higher than the 1,800 euros called for by the public prosecutor, who said the controversial mayor had "pointed the finger at children who he describes as “weight on the national community". According to French law, incitement to hatred can mean a fine of up to 45,000 euros and one year in prison.

Tribute - Etienne Cardiles the partner of Xavier Jugelé the police officer who was shot dead on the Champs-Elysées in Paris last week has delivered a moving speech at his funeral which was held on Tuesday. Politicians and dignitaries attended and President François Hollande led the tributes.

Business

The French billionaire businessman Bernard Arnault has made a move to combine the Christian Dior fashion house with the luxury goods maker LVMH. Mr Arnault is the boss of LVMH and is the largest shareholder in Christian Dior. The 11.73 billion euro deal would see the Arnault family offer to buy the rest of Dior that it doesn’t already own. LVMH would also buy Dior’s high-end fashion line for 6.5 billion euros. The deal has been welcomed by investors who have been calling on Mr Arnault to simplify the structures of both LVMH and Dior. Shares in Christian Dior rose by 11 percent on the news on Tuesday with shares of LVMH up 4 percent. Mr Arnault has a fortune of some 51 billion dollars according to Forbes.As well as LVMH and Christian Dior,he also has stakes in Hermes and the French supermarket chain Carrefour.

Coca Cola says that it’s to cut 1,200 jobs due to falling demand for its fizzy drinks. Sales of the firm’s carbonated drinks fell by 1 percent in the first quarter as consumers continue to turn away from sugary drinks. Both Coca Cola and its main rival PepsiCo’s sales have taken a hit in recent quarters. Coca Cola says that the job cuts will start in the second half of the year and continue into 2018. The firm says that it is increasing cost-cutting targets by 800 million dollars  and that the majority of savings will come from corporate job reductions.

And-The troubled Italian airline Alitalia has called an emergency shareholders meeting for tomorrow after a planned recapitalisation effort was hit by workers rejecting cuts proposed in a  new job deal. Shareholder support for the recapitalisation was dependent on workers accepting wages and job cuts but union members voted against the deal on Tuesday. The move has plunged Alitalia back into a funding crisis. Etihad Airways owns 49 percent of Alitalia with the Italian banks UniCredit and Intesa also holding large stakes.

Sport 

Football-Chelsea are edging closer to the English Premier League title following a 4-2 win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge last night which extends their lead over Spurs at the top of the table to 7 points. There are 3 games tonight and Tottenham can close the gap at the top to 4 points again if they beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. In the other games Arsenal play Leicester and Middlesbrough host Sunderland.

Formula 1-Research is to be concentrated on a drivers’ transparent shield device instead of the controversial ‘halo’ in a bid to finalise a frontal head protection system. The decision to prioritise a forward clear screen was taken on Tuesday. The FIA is committed to introducing additional head protection for drivers next season. A spokesman said that the halo device would still be used next season if a shield doesn’t work.

Cricket-England have named Mark Wood in their one day squad for the series against South Africa and the Champions Trophy. Wood returns after missing the winter tour of India following ankle surgery. Liam Plunkett,who’s yet to play this season for Yorkshire is also included.

Tennis-Maria Sharapova returns to action today after being handed a wildcard for the Stuttgart Open. The 30 year old Russian’s 15 month ban for using the banned substance Meldonium is now over and she will compete in the first round of the tournament. The decision to allow Sharapova a wildcard to compete is not welcomed by all as since the ban,she no longer has a world ranking  and would need to reach the final in Stuttgart to be eligible for French Open qualifying.

Weather

Overcast with outbreaks of rain and light,variable winds.

Top temperature 17 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 13 degrees on the coast and 9 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Cloudy tomorrow,partially cloudy on Friday.Highs of 15-18 degrees.

Finally

A group of friends in an English town stopped to capture footage of an unusual sight on the street -- a man walking an emu on a leash.

The video, posted to Twitter , shows a man taking a leashed emu for a walk during the weekend outside the Bay Horse pub in Chorley, England.

The astonished onlookers shout questions at the man about his "ostrich," and he explains the animal is actually an emu.

 

 

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