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Riviera and French News Friday 10th February 2017

UPDATE 18:00

Border - The farmer and social activist, who helped migrants cross the French-Italian border, has been given a 3,000 euro suspended fine. The court in Nice found Cédric Herrou guilty of meeting migrants on Italian soil and bringing them to France. M Herrou has vowed to carry on helping migrants and lambasted local authorities here for their role. President of the County Council Eric Ciotti has responded angrily to comments made by M Herrou against local authorities, which he said were bordering on defamatory and racist and that he is considering legal action.

Attack - Police have foiled another potential terror attack after arresting four people, including a teenage girl, in Montpellier this morning. Bomb-making material was found at one of their addresses and its believed the four were planning an attack on Paris. Meanwhile, families of victims of the July 14th attack in Nice have moved tributes to the victims at the band stand in Nice, to St Laurent du Var to protect the objects from continuing bad weather.

Tourist - France remains the most visited country in the world with 83m visitors last year, just short of the record 85m in 2015. However, terror attacks over the last two years, mean the government will invest more heavily in tourism marketing worldwide to make sure France maintains its crown as the globes top tourist destination.

BUSINESS

One of Germany's most senior banking regulators has warned London that it is likely to lose its role as the gateway to Europe for vital financial services. The executive board member of the Bundesbank said that even if banking rules were equivalent between the UK and the rest of the EU, that was still miles away from access to the single market.

Household goods giant Reckitt Benc-kiser, manufacturer of Durex, has agreed to buy US baby formula maker Mead Johnson for $16.6bn. Mead Johnson makes infant formula and had sales of $3.7bn in 2016.

Renault has reported record annual revenues, rising 13.1% to 51.2bn euros. Their 3.2 million vehicles last year put them ahead of French rival Peugeot Citroen.

SPORT

Athletics - The Court of Arbitration for Sport has found Russian Mariya Savinova guilty of doping over three years from July 2010. As a result they have annulled all her results from those three years, including her London 2012 800m Gold Medal and banned her from the sport until 2019.

Formula 1 - Ferrari have cancelled a Pirelli wet-weather tyre test following a heavy crash with Sebastian Vettel. The four-time champion did about 40 laps at Ferrari's test track before yesterday’s crash, when he lost control of the car, but walked away unhurt.

Rugby - This weekend is the second round of the Six Nations with Italy against Ireland at 3.25 tomorrow afternoon in Rome, followed by Wales against England in Cardiff at 5.50. France host Scotland at the Stade de France on Sunday at 4pm.

Football - Some key matches in the English Premier League this weekend include Saturday’s clash between Arsenal and Hull, Manchester United against Watford, and Liverpool taking on Spurs.

UPDATE 07:00

Nice Attack - The Secretary of State, Juliette Méadel,who’s in charge of assisting the victims of the Nice Terror Attack has announced that 1,062 people have received a financial settlement. 2,420 cases were opened by the FGTI, the guarantee fund for victims of terrorism and other offences. Méadel announced that 6.7 million euros has been paid to 523 victims while 1,358 cases remain outstanding.

Tribute - Meanwhile, families of the victims and volunteers have started moving the numerous objects left as a tribute to the victims of the Nice Attack at the band stand in Nice. The objects were packed up on Thursday and moved to Saint Laurent du Var. The move announced by the city of Nice and supported by the association “Promenade des Anges” is an attempt to protect the objects, especially from bad weather.

Michelin Star - Several restaurants in the region have received their first Michelin star after the guide announced its new listing on Thursday. Among them are “The Olive Tree” in Saint Tropez, “The Palmeraie” in La Croix Valmer and “The Saint Martin” in Vence.

Bugatti Chiron - The Bugatti Chiron has made an appearance on the streets of the Principality. The car which has a 1.,500 horsepower is described as a supersonic car which can reach speeds of 420km/h and could be yours for 2.4 million euros.

National

Police Investigation - An initial French police investigation has reportedly found insufficient evidence to support allegations that a 22-year-old black man was sexually assaulted with a police truncheon. The outcome of the internal police inquiry emerged after violence flared in the northern suburbs of Paris and elsewhere in France.

Francois Fillon - François Fillon’s lawyers have called on financial prosecutors to drop an enquiry into allegations their client’s wife earned hundreds of thousands of euros in taxpayer money for work she did not do. The scandal – which revolves around allegations by a French newspaper Le Canard Enchainé has threatened to derail Fillon’s run for the presidency.

Eiffel Tower - Authorities in Paris have announced plans to protect the Eiffel Tower with bulletproof glass walls. The move comes as part of a plan to prevent attacks at the monument. The project will cost 20 million euros and will be built later this year. 

Business

Shares in Twitter have fallen by 12 percent after the company reported that fourth quarter losses had almost doubled. The social networking site said that it made a loss of 167 million dollars in final quarter of the year-up from 90 million at the same time in 2015. The site had 319 million active users- 4 percent up from last year but advertising revenue fell to 638 million dollars. Revenues and user numbers both fell short of analysts’ expectations. It was the firm’s slowest quarterly revenue growth since it became a publicly listed company in November 2013. The chief executive of Apple,Tim Cook has said that the company is “very optimistic” about the UK’s future post-Brexit. At a meeting with the British Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street on Thursday,Mr Cook said that the UK would be “just fine” outside the European Union.

Apple is planning to build a new headquarters in London. Mr Cook’s comments came as a report by the US Chamber of Commerce said that many US firms had been delaying UK investment decisions on concerns over future trade rules. Apple currently supports around 300,000 jobs in the UK and is planning to employ 1,600 people at its new Battersea Power Station headquarters when it opens in 2021.

And-Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has reported a loss for the final quarter of 2016 amid a difficult environment for print advertising. News Corp made a loss of 219 million dollars in the quarter between September and December compared with a profit of 106 million dollars for the same period in 2015. However,the company said that subscriber numbers were growing at some of its news outlets including the Wall Street Journal which now has more than 2.1 million paid subscribers-including 50 percent on digital.

Sport

Rugby Union-It’s the second round of the 6 Nations this weekend with Italy against Ireland at 3.25 tomorrow afternoon in Rome and Wales against England in Cardiff at 10 to 6. France host Scotland at the Stade de France on Sunday at 4pm. The roof will be open in Cardiff-at England’s request for the big match tomorrow.Both George North and Dan Biggar have been named in the starting line-up for Wales but will face late fitness tests. England have named Jack Clifford of Harlequins in the back-row in place of Tom Wood while Jack Nowell starts in place of Johnny May on the wing. Ireland bring back Donnacha Ryan and Cian Healy into the pack for the match against Italy but Jonathan Sexton still isn’t fit. Scotland travel to France on Sunday looking for their first win at the Stade de France since 1999 and looking to build on their opening round win over Ireland at Murrayfield.

Football-In the English Premier League this weekend. On Saturday Arsenal play Hull.Manchester United host Watford.Middlesbrough host Everton.Stoke play Crystal Palace.Sunderland play Southampton.West Ham host West Brom and Liverpool play Spurs. On Sunday Burnley play Chelsea.Swansea host Leicester and Manchester City play Bournemouth on Monday.

Racing-An inquest into the death of the former jockey Walter Swinburn has heard that he fell from his bathroom window. The 55 year old won the Derby 3 times and was best known for his partnership with the legendary Shergar. Mr Swiburn suffered from epilepsy which he developed following a fall in a race in Hong Kong in 1996. The coroner ruled that his death had been an accident after hearing that he fell 3 and a half metres from the window to his death at his home in London’s Belgravia on the 12th of December last year.

Weather

Mainly overcast with some bright spells this afternoon and light to moderate variable winds.

Top temperature 12 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 7 degrees on the coast and 4 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

The weekend-cloudy with a high of 12 degrees tomorrow.Partially cloudy with a high of 16 on Sunday.

Finally

An inspirational woman, 104, claims that the secret of her long life is eating a chocolate bar every day.

The Great Grandmother who has nine great grandchildren, carried on driving until the age of 94, and only moved into a care home four years ago.

She says it’s her daily dose of chocolate it what has kept her so happy and healthy –

A traditionalist, Jessie often goes for a plain bar of Dairy Milk.

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