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Riviera and French News Friday 8th September 2017

Local

Three year old falls from third floor - A three year old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after falling from the 3rd floor of an apartment block in La Valette du Var on Thursday afternoon. Firefighters rushed to the scene shortly after 5 pm. The little boy was evacuated by helicopter to La Timone hospital in Marseilles. The exact circumstances of the accident remain unknown according to police sources.

Singer teacher given an 18 year prison sentence - A singing teacher from Marseille has been given an 18 year prison sentence for sexually assaulting and raping young men. The offences were committed in 2013.The court heard that  he took advantage of his role as a teacher promising a future singing career in order to carry out the assaults.The accused continues to deny all the  allegations.

Missing person - A search is underway for an elderly man who has been missing from his home in the Roya valley since Sunday. Yves Maurice Martin-Jarrand, who is 86 years old, was seen last Sunday in Breil sur Roya and in Tende but he is also accustomed to taking the train regularly to Nice and Antibes.  Anyone with information is being asked to contact the police in Breil sur Roya.

Plant killer - The plant killer Xylella Fastidiosa has been identified in the Alpes Maritimes. The recent outbreak has affected shrubs on private properties in Antibes, Villeneuve-Loubet, Mougins and Biot. Previous outbreaks of the killer disease were reported in 2015 and 2016.

National

Hurricane Irma - The French government has said that four people were killed on the island of Saint Martin as Hurricane Irma swept across parts of the Caribbean. Emergency workers previously put the death toll at eight. St Martin, an island resort which is divided between France and the Netherlands, suffered the full fury of the storm, with 50 people injured in addition to the four casualties. French President Emmanuel Macron has said he will visit the areas affected by the hurricane as soon as possible.

Terror Plot - The French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb has revealed that following a chance alert by a local tradesman a terror linked bomb plot aimed to target banks has been exposed. Police were called on Wednesday to a flat in the southern Paris suburb of Villejuif, where they found explosives and chemicals. Three men have been arrested.

Emmanuel Macron and the EU - The French president Emmanuel Macron has pledged to lead a “rebuilding” of the European Union, warning that “sovereignty, democracy and trust are in danger” and that its citizens no longer understand the project. In a speech in Athens, Macron called for greater European Union cooperation and solidarity, reiterating his longstanding calls for an integrated eurozone with its own financial minister, parliament and a standalone budget to head off future crises. He warned the bloc must reinvent itself and become “more democratic,” more than “simply summit after summit” of officials shut away in crisis meetings.

Space Invader Artist - Police have arrested two men who allegedly posed as municipal workers and stripped Paris walls of mosaic works from a French urban artist known as Invader. The pair were detained as they were climbing a ladder, dressed in fluorescent green jackets. More than a dozen pieces from the artist had been torn from walls all around the city in recent weeks. Invader, whose real name is unknown, produces mosaic works using bathroom tiles that hark back to early video games such as the 1978 "Space Invaders". Some of his "invasions" have resulted in him being questioned by police, but copies of his works have often sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Business

The European Central Bank has raised its growth forecast for the year to 2.2 percent-the highest in a decade. The Bank’s president Mario Draghi says that the 19 nation eurozone grew faster than expected in the first half of the year. The Bank announced that it was keeping interest rates on hold and would be leaving its bond-buying stimulus programme unchanged for the time being. Markets reacted favourably to Mr Draghi’s comments. Analysts say that they expect the bank to start tapering its quantitative easing in the months ahead. The ECB is currently buying 60 billion euros of bonds a month as part of its QE programme.

BMW has announced a major shift into the production of electric vehicles. The German luxury carmaker says that by 2025 it plans to be manufacturing 12 all-electric vehicles and 13 hybrids. The firm’s first electric vehicle,the Mini will roll off the production lines in 2019. BMW’s announcement follows similar moves from Jaguar Land Rover which said earlier this week that every vehicle line launched from 2020 will have an all-electric or hybrid version,the first of which will be the Jaguar I-Pace  which will go on sale next year. In July,Volvo said that all its new models would have an electric motor from 2019.

And-Oil prices are hovering at near three-and-a-half month highs this morning as US refineries continued to start up again following Hurricane Harvey and the dollar declined. Brent Crude futures were trading up 28 cents at 54 dollars 48 a little earlier while US West Texas Intermediate was up by 11 cents to 49 dollars and 05 cents. US Gulf Coast facilities have been slowly recovering from the devastating effects of Harvey which hammered Texas and Louisiana. Further disruption to US production facilities is possible over the coming days with Hurricane Irma rapidly approaching Florida and Hurricanes Jose and Katia strengthening behind it and churning into the central Atlantic and southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

Sport

Tennis-The women’s final at the US Open will be between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. Stephens beat Venus Williams in 3 sets in the first semi to set up a final clash with Madison Keys who beat Coco Vandeweghe 6-1 6-2. It’s men’s semi-finals day today.Juan Martin del Potro plays Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson plays Pablo Carreno Busta.

Cricket-England  just about had the better of day 1 of the 3rd and final Test against West Indies at Lord’s.At the close,West Indies,who won the toss and decided to bat were bowled out for a paltry 123 but England then lost 4 wickets to close at 46-4. Play resumes at noon French time.

Football-The English Premier League is back in action this weekend following the international break. On Saturday,Manchester City host Liverpool in the lunchtime game and then it’s Arsenal against Bournemouth.Brighton against West Brom.Everton play Spurs.Leicester host Chelsea.Southampton play Watford and the late game is between Stoke and the leaders Manchester United. On Sunday Burnley play Crystal Palace and Swansea host Newcastle. West Ham play Huddersfield in the Monday night game.

Rugby Union-There’s 1 game in the Aviva Premiership tonight.Sale play Newcastle while in the Guinness Pro 14 Edinburgh play Dragons and it’s Leinster against Cardiff Blues.

Cycling-Chris Froome has extended his lead over Vincenzo Nibali as the Vuelta a Espana reaches its climax. The four time Tour de France winner made a late burst on the 169 kilometre 18 stage to increase his overall lead to 1 minute and 37 seconds. There are two stages left before the riders enter Madrid. Froome is bidding to become only the third man in history to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta in the same season.

Weather

Mainly fine with light,variable winds.

Top temperatures 23-26 degrees.

Overnight lows of 19 degrees on the coast and 15 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Rain and possible thunderstorms developing across the region tomorrow.Mainly fine on Sunday but cooler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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