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Riviera and French News Friday 7th April 2017

Local

Anti-drug Operation - An important anti-drug operation has been carried out in Marseille. 18 people were charged by police on Thursday following the police operation which saw the seizure of 32 kilos of cannabis and 165,000 euros.

Stabbing - A 14 year old boy has been seriously injured after being stabbed. The incident between two high school students happened in La Seyne, in the Var on Thursday afternoon. Passers-by alerted police leading to an immediate arrest. According to reports the attack concerned the theft of a scooter.

Road Accident - An eleven year old boy has been run over on the avenue des Freres-Roustan in Golfe Juan. The accident occurred shortly after 11am on Thursday the victim was taken to hospital in Antibes his condition is reported to be stable.

Lane Closure - Two lanes were closed on the Promenade des Anglais on Thursday afternoon after an accident involving a bus a several vehicles. Traffic was diverted to the voie rapide as emergency services intervened, no casualties were reported. On the regions roads the Basse Corniche at Cap d'Ail is closed today due to work being carried out traffic will be diverted to the Moyenne Corniche. 

Fraud - A student on work experience at a hotel in Nice has been handed a ten month suspended sentence by the Nice Criminal Court. The young man, a trainee at a 3 star establishment on the Promenade des Anglais allegedly took clients bank details defrauding more than 4,000 euros in order to pay for a luxury holiday for his girlfriend. 

Humming Bird Project - Several items have been donated by well-known musicians to raise money for the victims of the terrorism attacks in Paris and Nice. The humming bird project has organised an online sale of items donated by artist including Venessa Paradis, Texas and Ozzy Osbourne. The sale will take place on the 30th April.  

National

Francois Fillon - France's conservative candidate François Fillon was hit in the face with flour on Thursday by a young man wearing a Fillon T-shirt as he prepared to address supporters in the eastern city of Strasbourg. The former prime minister was making his way to the stage in a hall in the eastern city of Strasbourg when a man in a T-shirt bearing the slogan "Students for Fillon" emptied a packet of flour on his face and down his suit. Security guards wrestled the man to the floor and one of the guards tore off the T-shirt. From the podium, Fillon later told the rally the incident was more evidence that he is "the target of a harassment" camapign.

Francois Hollande - A poll published on Thursday suggests that seventy percent of French people believe outgoing François Hollande was a “bad president”. The 62-year-old decided not to seek re-election in December after ratings showed that just four percent of the population approved of him. His five-year term has been marked by a series of terror attacks, stubbornly high unemployment and revelations about his private life that saw him photographed cheating on his partner in January 2014.

Business

The US dollar has dropped by three-quarters of a yen in Asian trade today,while sovereign bonds,gold and oil prices have rallied following President Trump’s decision to launch cruise missile attacks on a Syrian airbase in retaliation for for Tuesday’s suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town. The MSCI Index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shed 0.7 percent on the news  and S%P Futures slipped by 0.5 percent in an unusually sharp move for Asian trading hours. Investors are already concerned about Donald Trump’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart which are focused on North Korea and China’s huge trade surplus with the United States. Gold prices have risen by 1.2 percent to 1,266 dollars an ounce  while Brent Crude was up by 90 cents to 55 dollars 79.

BP has cut the pay award for its chief executive Bob Dudley by 40 percent. The move follows a revolt by shareholders who voted against Mr Dudley’s pay award for 2015 last year. BP says that the decision will “better align pay and performance”. In February 2015 the oil giant reported record losses and announced 3,000 job cuts.Despite that,Mr Dudley was awarded a pay package worth 20 percent more than his 2014 remuneration. At last April’s AGM,60 percent of shareholders voted against the pay award.

And-Unilever has announced plans to sell off its margarine business including Flora and Stork. The move comes as part of a wide-ranging review by the Anglo-Dutch firm which recently saw off a takeover bid from the US food giant Kraft Heinz. Analysts say that the sell off could raise as much as 6 billion dollars. Unilever is also intending to change its status as a dual-listed company in two countries.

Sport

Golf-Charley Hoffman of the United States leads heading into the second round of the US Masters at Augusta. The 40 year old,who’s only previously claimed one top 25 finish at a major,fired a first round 7 under par 65 including 9 birdies in tricky,gusty conditions at the Augusta National to lead by 4 shots from fellow American William McGirt. England’s Lee Westwood is two shots further back on 2 under while world number two Rory McIlroy is on one over. The tournament was rocked at the start by the withdrawal of world number one and Masters favourite Dustin Johnson because of a back injury. Johnson injured his back in a fall at his rental home on the eve of the tournament and withdrew on the first tee.

Formula 1-First practice for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai was disrupted because of a thick haze at the circuit and the fact that the medical helicopter was unable to take off. No driver managed more than 8 laps  but it was Max Verstappen in the Red Bull who set the fastest time ahead of Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll in the Williams. Second practice is at 8am French time with qualifying at 9am tomorrow and the race at 8am on Sunday.

Athletics-The Olympic women’s marathon champion has tested positive at an out-of competition drugs test. 32 year old Jemima Sumgong from Kenya is reported to have tested positive for the banned substance EPO in a test by the world athletics governing body the IAAF. Sumgong won the Olympic gold medal in Rio as well as the London Marathon where she was due to defend her title later this month.

Football-In the English Premier League this weekend. On Saturday Spurs play Watford in the lunchtime game.Manchester City play Hull.Middlesbrough host Burnley.Stoke play Liverpool.West Brom host Southampton.West Ham play Swansea and Bournemouth play Chelsea. On Sunday Sunderland host Manchester United and Everton play Leicester. Crystal Palace play Arsenal on Monday. There’s 1 game in the English Championship tonight.QPR play second placed Brighton.

Rugby Union-There are two games in the Aviva Premiership in England tonight.Sale play Worcester and Newcastle host Gloucester while in the Guinness Pro 12 Edinburgh play Connacht and Ulster host Cardiff Blues.

Tennis-France play Great Britain in the Davis Cup quarter finals in Rouen over 3 days from today. Both sides have some top players missing but France should have an advantage on the clay court surface. The first singles rubber is between Lucas Pouille and Kyle Edmund and that will be followed by Dan Evans against Jeremy Chardy.

Racing-The Grand National at Aintree is on tomorrow with 40 horses in the field and 5 in reserve,should there be any last-minute withdrawals. Vieux Lion Rouge and Definitly(sic) Red are the joint favourites at 10-1  while you can get 14-1 on Cause of Causes,More of That,Blaklion and One for Arthur. The top weight The Last Samuri is a 16-1 shot alongside Pleasant Company while you may like the sound of The Young Master at 25-1. The race is off at 6.15 French time tomorrow.

Weather

Clear skies with variable winds. Top temperature 21 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 13 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Fine and sunny with highs of 19-22 degrees.

 

 

 

 








 

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