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Riviera and French News Friday 10th March 2017

UPDATE 18:00

Burglary - Residents around Tour de Mare near Fréjus have been warning an increasing spate of burglaries in the area. It follows an incident this morning when a retired couple returned to their apartment to discover theives taking a safe from their wall. On discovery, the burglars attacked the elderly couple and made their escape.

Fall - A 60 year old man has died after falling from a third floor apartment in Antibes yesterday afternoon. The victim, the consierge of the building, was cleaning a terrace to one of the apartments when he lost his balance and fell.

Fire - 28 firefighters from Menton and Nice were called to a house fire in Castellar last night. The fire broke out at 10.30 and it took firemen two hours to extinguish. No-one was hurt.

TRAFFIC
Drivers are reminded that the Nice to Paris bike race starts tomorrow, meaning rolling road closures will be in place. The race will leave Nice at lunchtime with roads closing 20 minutes ahead of the cyclists, and reopening 10 minutes after. A list of route times is on today’s news-page of our website right now.

Expected Route Times:

Nice : 12 h 35
Roquestéron le Ranc : 14 h 25
Gilette : 14 h 55
Plan du Var : 15 h 10
Saint Jean la Rivière : 15 h 27
Lantosque : 15 h 37
Roquebillière : 15 h 45
Saint-Martin-Vésubie : 16 h,
La Colmiane :16 h 15
Saint-Sauveur :16 h 48
Arrive at the Col de la Couillole : 17 h 15

BUSINESS

VW and Tata have agreed to form a strategic partnership, to help both companies boost their car sales in India and emerging markets. VW's Skoda unit will lead the project as it recovers from its diesel emissions scandal. Tata Motors, which is India's largest vehicle company and owns Jaguar Land Rover, is also hoping to claw back domestic market share.

Carrefour, the world’s second-largest retailer, has pledged to grow sales and free cash flow this year, after posting a steeper-than-expected fall in 2016 earnings and and an almost 4% drop in profits. However, the company has kept its dividend unchanged at 0.70 cent per share.

The US Federal Reserve is almost guaranteed to hike interest rates next Wednesday after the unemployment numbers in the USA showed another drop this month. The rate is now 4.7%, down one percentage point from February.

SPORT

Formula 1 - Kimi Raikkonen has set the fastest lap of pre-season testing in Barcelona, beating his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Today’s lap of one minute 18.634 seconds was 0.39secs quicker than Vettel's time and faster than anything Mercedes have managed. It’s a sign Ferrari could be a real threat at the first race in Australia in two weeks.

Football - In this weekend’s Premier League matches; on Saturday  Bournemouth play West Ham, Everton play West Brom and Hull City play Swansea. On Sunday Liverpool play Burnley.

Rugby Union - In the Six Nations this weekend Wales play Ireland this evening at 9pm French time, then tomorrow afternoon, Italy take on France while England play Scotland.

UPDATE 07:00

Man dies from fall - A 60 year old man has died after falling from a third floor apartment in Antibes. The tragic accident happened shortly after 4pm on Thursday. The victim, the consierge of the building was cleaning a terrace to one of the apartments when he lost his balance and fell. The apartment in question was unoccupied at the time of the accident.

Lycée - Teachers from the Lycée Apollinaire in Nice have requested additional supervision to be put in place. Lessons were stopped on Thursday afternoon as more than half of the staff went to the Rectorate of Nice to lodge a complaint. The request comes after a fire extinguisher was set off by one of the students last week.

Court - A security cordon was thrown around the courthouse in Nice on Thursday morning after a suspicious package was found outside the building. After inspection by security forces, it was established to be an abandoned suitcase. Meanwhile, a 25 year-old man has appeared in front of the court for paintballing the Ligne Cote d’Azur buses on the Promenade des Anglais on Wednesday afternoon. The man is known to police and wears an electronic tracking braclet.

 

Marseille – Cassis - As of today you can register for the Marseille-Cassis 2017 race. The race will take place on Sunday 29th October, last year saw more than 15,000 runners take part if you wish to participate go to www.marseille-cassis.com.

Oranges - Citrus fruits in the Principality are being used to create a new authentic orange liqueur. Since December Philip Culazzo has been transforming oranges from all over the Principality in Rue de la Turbie in Monaco. L’Orangerie, the name of the liqueur, came about when Culazzo realized the number of oranges which were going to waste, speaking to the local press he points out that “families from Monaco use to make marmalade and orange wine from the bitter oranges”. Born in Ireland Philip Culazzo has lived in the Principality for seven years - L'Orangerie now has about forty customers in the Principality including hotels, restaurants, bars, as well as private individuals.

National

French Presidential - Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has taken the lead for the first time in polling before the French presidential election, beating the far right’s Marine Le Pen in the initial round. The Harris Interactive poll showed Macron taking 26% of the vote  – a six-point gain in two weeks – compared with 25% for National Front leader Le Pen, who had long been leading in the first round.

Border Wall - France's government has fired a word of warning at the French-Swiss group LafargeHolcim which is reportedly ready to sell its cement to build US President Donald Trump's controversial border wall. The wall Trump promised to erect along the US-Mexico border, valued at tens of billions of dollars, is at the center of a diplomatic crisis between Mexico City and Washington and is provoking criticism around the world.

Business

Home rental company AirBnB has raised $1billion dollars of investment funding in a deal that values the firm at $31 billion dollars. The San Francisco-based firm disclosed the investment in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commision. AirBnB did not comment on how it would use the funding, but is expected to expand its operations globally. It has grown rapidly since its launch in 2008, and currently operates in 65,000 cities worldwide.

And – The Head of the European Central Bank has said that the outlook for eurozone growth is "more optimistic. Accordingly, the central bank has raised its economic growth forecasts for this year and next, to 1.8% in 2017 and 1.7% in 2018. That compares with previous forecasts of 1.7% and 1.6% respectively. The comments came as borrowing costs were kept on hold in the 19-nation bloc, despite a pick-up in inflation.

Sport

Football - England goalkeeper Joe Hart says he is "surplus to requirements" at Manchester City and does not see himself playing for the Premier League club again and Manchester United were held to a draw by FC Rostov in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie in Russia. In this weekend’s Premier League matches on Saturday  Bournemouth play West Ham, Everton play West Brom and Hull City play Swansea. On Sunday Liverpool play Burnley.

Rugby Union – In the Six Nations this weekend Wales play Ireland this evening and on Saturday afternoon Italy play France and England play Scotland.

Formula One – Lewis Hamilton believes Ferrari are "very close" to Mercedes after Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of pre-season testing. Vettel beat Mercedes' previous benchmark by 0.286 seconds but said Mercedes remained favourites ahead of the first race in Australia on 24-26 March.

Weather

Clear and sunny across the Alpes Maritimes and the Var with  highs of 19 degrees in Nice, 21 degrees in Antibes and Toulon and 22 degrees in Saint Tropez with a moderate south westerly wind. Going down to 8 degrees in Nice this evening and 7 degrees in the Var.

The weekend – Saturday starting off fine and sunny with highs of 17 in the Alpes Maritimes and 18 in the Var clouding over in the afternoon across the region with a moderate south easterly wind. Sunday partially cloudy and slightly cooler with highs of 15 degrees. 

Finally

There are few things that strike dread into the heart of any houseproud type than an uninvited guest.  But while you start fretting about the the peeling paint in the hall when someone drops by unannounced, what are they really looking at?

An Interiors website has carried out a survey of its users to find out the most common things people notice when they visit someone else's house and the seven things guests notice about your home are -  1. Art and books 2. Light sources 3. Furniture arrangement 4. Scents 5. Messiness and clutter 6.  Plants and greenery 7. Colour of the walls.