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Riviera and French News Friday 3rd March 2017

Local

Ski Accident - A 9 year old child has fallen 5 meters from a chairlift in the ski resort of Salle-les-Alpes in the Hautes Alpes. The incident happened on Thursday morning, the young skier of Belgian nationality injured his pelvis in the fall and is receiving hospital treatment in Briancon. Police are investigating in order to determine if the fall was due to a technical problem or human recklessness.

Assault - The high school student who  assaulted a Jewish teacher in Marseilles in January 2016 has been sentenced to 7 years in prison by the Children's Court of Paris. The boy,who was 15  at the time of the incident had been radicalised and said he acted on behalf of the Islamic state.

Processionary Caterpillars - It’s that time of year again which sees the return of processionary caterpillars. Many can be found building their cocoons in the pine trees in Antibes and other parts of the Cote d’Azur. The caterpillars can pose a danger to children, dogs and some adults, causing eye damage and severe allergic reaction. Dog walkers and people with small children are advised to avoid places where pine trees grow, including municipal parks, private gardens and roadsides.

Rosé Wine – Good news for all those lovers of the Rosé wine. The export of rosé wine from Provence has reportedly increased by 23% in one year. 2016 saw a turnover of 1.44 billion euros being an excellent year for vintage rosé.

National

Emmanuel Macron - En Marche's candidate Emmanuel Macron announced on Thursday evening that if he were under investigation he would renounce to being a candidate in the presidential election, unlike his right-wing rival, François Fillon. Asked what he would do if he were in the situation of candidate François Fillon, who said he would continue his campaign, Macron said he would give up"The same way that, in principle, a minister must leave the government if he is charged. "

Teacher suspended - A teacher in central France has been suspended after he read passages of the bible to his primary school pupils. The teacher was suspended from his school after reading Bible passages to pupils aged between nine and eleven. The headmaster reportedly decided to suspend the teacher after receiving an anonymous letter of complaint from parent’s who objected to the teacher’s lessons. Education authorities have been accused of overreacting and the local mayor said the suspension was a “disproportionate measure”.

Business

Shares in Snap-the owner of the Snapchat messaging app have soared on their first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Snap shares rose from their initial price of 17 dollars to 24 dollars 48 at the close of trade on Thursday,a rise of more than 40 percent. The firm’s IPO was the biggest by a US tech firm since Facebook floated in 2012 and has turned its founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy into multi-billionaires. Snapchat allows users to send images and messages which then vanish. Investors who have bought the company’s shares will not get any voting rights and some analysts have warned that the firm is overvalued.

The president of the Confederation of British Industry CBI has warned that leaving the EU without a trade deal would be “irresponsible”. Paul Drechsler says that he agrees with the British Prime Minister Theresa May that a deal could be done but it is “wrong” for others to suggest that the only choice is to leave without one. He said that both UK and European firms fear this as the “worst case scenario”. The pro-Brexit group Change Britain has accused the CBI over being “wrong,time and again over Europe” and said that it should be “more optimistic” about the UK. Mr Drechsler’s comments follow similar warnings issued by the British Chambers of Commerce and the former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne earlier this week.

And-The value of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin has exceeded the price of an ounce of gold for the first time. Demand for Bitcoin has been growing rapidly this year and the digital currency closed at 1,268 dollars on London while a troy ounce of gold stood at 1,233 dollars. The current value of Bitcoin is being attributed to surging demand in China where authorities have warned that its being used to channel money out of the country.

Sport

Football-Fernando Torres is reported to be “stable and conscious” in hospital following a sickening collision during Athletico Madrid’s game against Deportivo last night. The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker fell heavily after an 85th minute challenge with Alex Bergantinos and was carried from the pitch unconscious. He’ll remain under observation in hospital but Athletico say that he should make a full recovery.

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

Formula 1-Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari set the fastest time in pre-season testing in Barcelona on Thursday with the Red Bull of Max Verstappen second quickest. Lewis Hamilton didn’t run on Thursday as a result of an electrical problem with his Mercedes while team-mate Valtteri Bottas was 8th quickest. The final day of the first pre-season test was also used to see how the Pirelli tyres reacted in wet conditions.

Cricket-West Indies play England in the first of 3 one day internationals in Antigua today. Ben Stokes returns to the West Indies for the first time since he hit the headlines for punching a dressing room locker in Barbados but says that he’s “grown up” since then. Play starts at 2.30 French time this afternoon.

Rugby Union-Billy Vunipola could be set for an early return to the England side after being passed fit to play for his club side Saracens on Sunday. The England number 8 has been out since November with a knee problem but has recovered much quicker than expected and he could be drafted into the squad to for the Calcutta Cup match against Scotland on March the 11th.

Tennis-Andy Murray saved 7 match points at the Dubai Championships against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany before finally making it into the semi finals. Murray lost the first set 6-7 and eventually took the second following a mammoth tie-break which went 20-18.He then won the third 6-1 to take the match 6-7 7-6 6-1 and set up a last 4 meeting with Lucas Pouille of France.

Weather

Partially cloudy with moderate easterly winds. Top temperature 16 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 12 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with rain spreading across the region.

The weekend-Rain tomorrow morning,clearing during the afternoon.Partially cloudy on Sunday with a high of 16 degrees.

Finally

If trying to order dinner or find your hotel abroad fills you with fear due to your abysmal grasp of foreign languages, don't panic.

A new in-ear gadget claims to be able to translate speech. The system, dubbed the Pilot, will cost $249 and go on sale later this year. It uses two earpieces, one worn by each person in the conversation.

It is claimed to be the first 'smart earpiece' capable of translating between two languages, and was shown off at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

It will support five languages: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, with other being added as upgrades at a later date. 

 

 

 

 

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