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Riviera and French News Monday 10th April 2017

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A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a 35 year old man in Nice on Saturday morning. The suspect was reportedly arrested at Nice Cote d'Azur Airport.  It's believed the victim was in a car at the Magnan crossroads, along with two passangers, when he was stabbed by an assailant.


The body of a woman had been found at a residence in Flayosc.  Reports say that the woman was 76 years old and of German nationality.  Her body was found in a hot tub. An autopsy will be carried out later but foul play is not suspected.


Several graves have been vandalised at a cemetry in Nice over the weekend.  It's believed the vandalism, which involved the destruction of several religious and funeral objects, was carried out by one person at the Cimiez Cemetry on Sunday.

 

 

In National News

Le Pen-There have been violent protests on Corsica ahead of a visit to the island by the extreme right-wing Front National leader Marine Le Pen.
12 arrests were made before Le Pen was due to make a campaign speech at the town hall in Ajaccio.
The latest opinion polls ahead of the first round of voting in the first round of the French Presidential election on April the 23rd of April show that the race is tightening with Le Pen neck-and-neck with the centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron.
Polls suggest that Mr Macron will beat her comfortably in the runoff two weeks later.
The Corse Matin newspaper reports that a crowd of around fifty people gathered outside the Ajaccio town hall before the meeting chanting anti National Front slogans.
Some of them managed to enter the town hall where they clashed with Le Pen’s security personnel.

FN Denial-Meanwhile,Marine Le Pen has denied that the French state was responsible for the wartime round-up of Jews at a Paris cycling stadium who were then sent to Nazi death camps.
In an interview with LCI television on Sunday,the Front National leader said that she thought “generally speaking” that “if there are people responsible,it’s those who were in power at the time,it’s not France”.
Both former President Jacques Chirac and his successor Francois Hollande have apologised for the role that French police played in rounding up more than 13,000 Jews at the Vel d’Hiv cycling track following orders from Nazi officers in 1942.
Madame Le Pen told LCI that “France has taught our children that they have reasons to criticise the country and only too see,perhaps,the darkest aspects of our history”.She said that she wanted them to be “proud of being French again”.

Business.

The BBC is reporting that top executives at Shell knew that money paid to the Nigerian government for a vast oilfield would be passed to a convicted money launderer.
The Corporation says that Shell also had reason to believe that the money would be used to pay political bribes and that the deal was concluded while the firm was still operating under a probation order for a separate corruption case in Nigeria.
Shell has been active in Nigeria for more than 60 years and the OPL 245 oilfield off the country’s coast holds an estimated 9 billion barrels of crude worth nearly half a trillion dollars.
Shell says that it doesn’t believe that any of its employees acted illegally.

The Wall Street Journal says that Mondelez International is seeking to replace its chief executive as the food maker faces shareholder pressure and a shift towards healthier eating habits.
The paper says that the firm,which makes Oreo cookies,Trident chewing gum and Ritz Crackers among many brand name products,has hired the recruiting company Heidrick & Struggles to look for a replacement for Irene Rosenfeld.
Revenue at Mondelez fell by 12 percent last year as important emerging market economies faltered and consumers sought healthier foods.
The company’s flagging share price has spooked some investors who are putting pressure on the firm to make changes at the top.

And-In the UK,the payday lender Wonga has suffered a data breach which may have compromised the details of more than 245,000 of its customers.
Wonga says that it’s “urgently investigating illegal and unauthorised access to the personal data of some of its customers”.
The company says that it started contacting customers on Saturday and was offering support through a dedicated phone line.
The stolen information includes names,addresses,phone numbers,bank account numbers and sort codes.

Sport.

Golf-Sergio Garcia has won his first major after beating Justin Rose in a playoff to win the US masters and secure the coveted Green Jacket.
The 37 year old Spaniard and Rose both finished on 9 under par in the final round with Garcia winning the sudden-death play-off at the 18th hole.
Charl Schwartzel of South Africa finished in third place with England’s Paul Casey and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland both in the top 10.

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton has squared the drivers’ championship after winning the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on Sunday.
Hamilton dominated the race to win for the first time this season.Sebastien Vettel in the Ferrari finished second with Max Verstappen in the Red Bull in third.
The race could have been tighter had it not been for a crash on lap 4 involving Antonio Giovinazzi which prompted Hamilton to put for dry tyres under the cover of the safety car.
The signs are though that Ferrari-and Vettel in particular are going to take the fight to Mercedes this season and the next race in Bahrain can’t come soon enough.

Football-There were two games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Manchester United kept up pressure on the top 4 with a 3-0 win at rock-bottom Sunderland while Everton ended Leicester’s recent unbeaten record with a 4-2 win at Goodison Park.

There’s one game tonight.Crystal Palace play Arsenal at Selhurst Park.

In the Scottish Premiership on Sunday,Aberdeen lost 3-0 at home to Rangers.

Rugby Union-There was 1 game in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.Wasps just pipped Northampton by 32 points to 30.


Athletics-The women’s Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe has said that doping should be made a criminal offence.
Radcliffe was speaking after it emerged that the current Olympic and London Marathon champion Jemima Sumgong had tested positive for EPO in an out of competition check.
Speaking to the BBC on Sunday,Radcliffe said that “the costs for those who cheat have got to be made much greater”.

Weather

Clear skies in coastal areas,possible showers inland with light,variable winds.
Top temperature 22 degrees Celsius.
Overnight lows of 13 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with clear skies.
Tuesday and Wednesday-Mainly fine in coastal areas,more showers possible inland.

Finally-Cabin crew on a Turkish Airlines flight celebrated the arrival of an extra passenger at 42,000ft  when a woman gave birth to a baby girl.
Passengers also assisted at the birth, which took place soon after take-off on a flight from Guinea's capital Conakry to Istanbul via Ouagadougou.
The mother and baby, named Kadiju, were taken to hospital when the Boeing 737 landed in the Burkina Faso capital.
Both are now reported to be tired but in good health.
Most airlines allow expectant mothers to travel until they are 36 weeks pregnant but require a signed letter from a doctor from 28 weeks onwards which confirms the expected date of birth.

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