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Morning News Wednesday 28th June 2017

Local

Accident on the Promenade des Anglais - Two people have been taken to hospital in Nice after being hit by a vehicle on the Promenade des Anglais. The accident occurred shortly after 10.30pm on Tuesday when a motorist lost control of his car and hit the two pedestrians who were waiting at a crossing. Police later arrested the driver who tested positive for alcohol. 

Incident on La Salis beach in Antibes - A 50 year old man has been arrested after threatening holidaymakers with a handgun on the beach of La Salis in Antibes. The man who was under the influence of alcohol fled the scene as police officers attempted to stop him. He was later arrested and taken in for questioning.

Saint Laurent du Var Beaches - The beaches in Saint Laurent du Var have remained closed due to a technical problem with a nearby water treatment plant. The Promenade Landsberg and the Promenade des Flots Bleus were closed to swimmers on Monday as authorities carried out tests. As a precaution swimming is banned in the area until further notice.

Migrants - A group of 170 migrants, mainly Sudanese, have been arrested in Castellar on the mountain trail behind Menton. The arrests were made on Monday evening as many refugees headed across the Italian border due to lack of space at the Red Cross camp.

Jet Ski Accident in the Var - A 22 year old man from Rouen has had his hand torn off in a a jet-ski accident in La Seyne near Toulon in the Var. The accident happened on Tuesday afternoon firefighters at the scene attempted to save the severed limb the victim was taken to La Timone hospital in Marseille.

National

Beatrice Huret - A former supporter of France's anti-immigration National Front has escaped punishment for helping her Iranian refugee lover cross the Channel to Britain on a rickety boat. 44 year old Beatrice Huret, was found guilty at trial of helping Mokhtar -- whom she met while volunteering at the since-demolished "Jungle"migrant camp in Calais . Although prosecutors requested a one-year prison sentence for illegally assisting migrants and putting them in danger, the court in the town of Boulogne-sur-Mer, near Calais, ruled she should not face jail or a fine.

French Politics - Former French prime minister Manuel Valls announced on Tuesday that he was leaving the Socialist Party, with a source adding that he would now be allied to President Emmanuel Macron's centrist group. Valls, who was prime minister under Socialist president Francois Hollande from 2014 to 2016, was rejected by Socialist voters in the party's primary to choose a candidate for this year's presidential election.

Invitation - French President Emmanuel Macron has invited Donald Trump and his wife to attend the July 14th celebrations in Paris. In a telephone conversation on Tuesday Macron invited Trump to attend the parade that is held in the French capital every year on July 14th. The French president’s office said the US leader promised to examine the invitation.

Business

Companies across the world are reporting that they’ve been hit by a major ransomware attack. The advertising giant WPP is one of numerous firms to say that IT systems have been disrupted. The virus freezes a user’s computer until a ransom in untraceable Bitcoin is paid and some firms are reporting that even when they have paid,their systems have continued to be locked. Ukranian firms including the state power company and the main airport in Kiev were among the first to report the problem on Tuesday afternoon. Initially the attacks were confined to Russia,Ukraine and Poland but have since spread around the globe. Interpol says that it’s closely monitoring the situation and working with member countries. IT experts have suggested that the malware is taking advantage of the same security weaknesses used by the Wannacry attack last month.

Facebook says that it’s reached the milestone of 2 billion users with more than a quarter of the world’s population using the social networking site every month. The latest groundbreaking statistics come just 13 years after Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg while he was at Harvard University. The internet giant has now doubled its number of users in 5 years after announcing that it had 1 billion active monthly members in October 2012. The continued growth has confounded critics who said that Facebook would slow as rivals such as Snapchat stole its users. The company has been facing criticism for failing to adequately prevent violent and illegal content posted to its site and said last month that it was hiring an extra 3,000 staff to moderate content.

And-The  International Monetary Fund has cut its growth forecast for the United States amid uncertainty about White House policies. The IMF says that it now expects growth of 2.1 percent this year and next against previous estimates of 2.3 and 2.5 percent. The forecast is also well below the 3 percent targeted by the White House.

Sport

Football-The Germans have won on penalties-again ! Yes,the curse of the penalty shootout hit England’s under 21 side last night as they were beaten 4-3 on penalties by Germany in the semi-finals of the European Championships in Poland. The scores were tied at 2-2 after extra time but Germany edged through in the shootout and left England wondering just what they have to do to beat their arch rivals in a major competition.

Rugby Union-The British and Irish Lions squandered a 14 point lead as they drew their final tour game with the Highlanders 31-31 ahead of the second Test against the All Blacks on Saturday. Coach Warren Gatland will decide the team to play in the second Test tomorrow.Courtney Lawes had a good game for the Lions and may be in contention for a place on Saturday while Iain Henderson also impressed before he was sin-binned after 65 minutes for a dangerous clear-out. New Zealand lead the three match Test series 1-0 after having won convincingly in Auckland last weekend.

Tennis-Serena Williams has posed naked on the front cover of August’s Vanity Fair magazine. The star,who’s 6 months pregnant says that she didn’t know that she was expecting until she was sick at the side of the court while practicing. The 35 year old was photographed by Annie Lebowitz and is due to give birth in October.

Cycling-The Portugese cyclist Andre Cardoso has been suspended by his team just 3 days before the start of the Tour de France after failing a drugs test. The 32 year old tested positive for EPO and will now miss the big race. He was part of the Trek-Segafredo team that also includes the 2009 Tour winner Alberto Contador.

Weather

Overcast with some sunny intervals in the Alpes-Maritimes this morning then turning thundery across the region at lunchtime with showers lingering into the afternoon. Moderate westerly winds and a high of 26-27 degrees.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees on the coast and 16 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Mainly fine with highs of 24-27 degrees.

 

 

 

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