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Riviera and French News Monday 13th November 2017

Local

Fire at a young workers hostel in Valbonne - A fire has broken out at a young workers hostel in Valbonne. About twenty residents were evacuated following the blaze which broke out on Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

Accident on the Grande Corniche - Two people have taken to hospital in Nice following a collision on the Grande Corniche. The accident involving a motorcyclist and a car occurred on Sunday afternoon not far from the Nice Observatory. Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the accident and appealed for any witnesses to come forward. Meanwhile in La Seyne in the Var Karim Ferrand a local council official has been hospitalised after his scooter collided with a wild boar on the RD 66 on Saturday night.

A8 Motorway - The A8 motorway was closed to motorists after a car was reported to be travelling the wrong way westbound between La Turbie and Saint Isidore. Several exits were closed on Sunday evening at 9.30pm for an hour following the incident.

Passenger stopped with 3 kilos of cocaine at Nice airport - Customs at Nice airport have arrested a 20 year old Brazilian after finding 3 kilos of cocaine in his suitcase. The man who was on a flight from Zurich to Nice was reportedly on his way to Frejus in the Var.

No Finish Line - This years No Finish line was off to a great start here in Monaco on Saturday with 1,000 more runners participating at this year’s event. Individuals or teams are invited to run or walk on a 1.4km circuit in Fontvielle which is open 24 hours over eight days. Every kilometer completed equals 1 euro donated to charity. No Finish Line 2017 will close at 4 pm on Sunday, November 19th.

National

Paris terror attacks - French President Emmanuel Macron will today visit the targets of the 2015 Paris terror attacks. On its second anniversary Macron will visit the Stade de France and the Bataclan music venue.  Two years after the attacks, the only surviving suspect is still refusing to talk to investigators about his role in the attacks which left 130 peole dead. Salah Abdeslam, France’s most closely watched prisoner, played a key part in organising logistics for the terrorists, but his exact role remains a mystery. The 28-year-old has remained silent since he was arrested in Belgium in March 2016.

Iran’s nuclear deal - Iranian government officials have said that Iran's nuclear deal is "not negotiable". His comments come in response to remarks by French president Emmanuel Macron. In an interview published last week Macron called for vigilance towards Tehran over its ballistic missile programme and regional activities.

Brexit - The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said he is planning for the possible collapse of Brexit negotiations with the UK. Mr Barnier was talking to French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche days after giving the UK a two-week deadline to clarify key issues. He stressed that failing to reach an agreement was not his preferred option. The UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has said it is time for both sides "to work to find solutions".

Business

Asian shares have slipped back this morning with investors questioning whether US Republicans will be able to hammer out a quick deal on tax reforms. On Friday,the S&P 500 ended an 8 week winning streak as investors took profits after Republican senators announced a new tax plan that differed from that of the House of Representatives. So far there are few signs of a compromise with the head of the House of Representatives tax writing committee opposing a proposal from Senate Republicans that would increase taxes for some middle class Americans. Further discussions are due today but the disagreement has unsettled markets which have been rising on hopes of the biggest shakeup to the US taxation system since the 1980’s.

Sterling has slipped this morning following reports that around 40 Conservative members of Parliament are ready to sign a letter of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May. Mrs May’s cabinet has been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment,the behaviour of former International Development Secretary Priti Patel and comments made over the detention of a British citizen in Iran  by the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. The pound fell  by 0.5 percent against the dollar following the report and to 1 euro 12.5 cents as doubts continue  over Mrs May’s ability to deliver Brexit and further concerns that future trade talks with the EU could collapse ahead of a summit next month. Mrs May is to meet European business leaders in London today who are expected to tell her that they want to see real progress on a future trade relationship as well as a transitional arrangement that can be implemented quickly.

And-Boeing has announced the sale of 40 747 Dreamliner planes to Emirates on the first day of the Dubai Airshow. The chairman of the airline said that the Dreamliner had been chosen over the Airbus A350 in a major coup for the American manufacturer. The deal is worth around 15 billion dollars at current list prices. Emirates is already Boeing’s biggest customer with 167 of the firm’s 777 jet already in service and a further 164 on order. Meanwhile,Airbus has been in intense negotiations with Emirates over the sale of A380 jets. The Franco-German firm needs to up its orders for the plane which is the biggest passenger aircraft in the skies. Emirates currently has 142 of the planes but its last order for the Superjumbo was more than two years ago.

Sport

Football-Northern Ireland’s World Cup dream is over after they were held to a 0-0 draw in Switzerland in the second leg of their qualifying playoff to lose the tie 1-0 on aggregate. Northern Ireland had the better of the game in Berne last night in shocking conditions on a sub-standard pitch but it was the controversial penalty awarded to Switzerland in the first leg which was the difference in the end and it’s Switzerland who’ll be travelling to the World Cup Finals in Russia next year.

The other playoff last night ended Greece 0 Croatia 0-Croatia qualify 4-1 on aggregate.

Tonight,Italy and Sweden meet in the second leg of their qualifying playoff.Sweden lead 1-0 from the first leg.

Formula 1-Sebastien Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday to make sure that he finishes second in the drivers’ championship behind Lewis Hamilton. Vettel controlled the race after getting past pole sitter Valtteri Bottas at the start.The Finn finished second with Kimi Raikkonen third. Hamilton provided most of the excitement in the race as he carved his way through the field to finish fourth after having started at the back of the grid owing to a crash in qualifying. The final race of the season is in Abu Dhabi on November the 26th.

Tennis-Roger Federer got off to a winning start at the season ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. The world number two beat Jack Sock of the United States 6-5 7-6 in the Boris Becker Group with the other match between Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic ending in a 4-6 6-3 6-4  win for Zverev. Today Rafael Nadal plays David Goffin in the Pete Sampras Group and Dominic Thiem plays Grigor Dimitrov.

Rugby League-England will play Papua New Guinea in the quarter finals of the World Cup after beating France by 36 points to 6 on Sunday. In the other games Papua New Guinea thrashed the USA 64-0 and Ireland beat Wales 34-6.

Rugby Union-England have a lot of work to do to improve their game ahead of Saturday’s autumn international against Australia at Twickenham. Coach Eddie Jones said that he was far from impressed with the 21-8 win over Argentina and there’s room for improvement all round. Ireland were the team of the weekend with a scintillating 38-3 win over South Africa in Dublin while Scotland edged Samoa 44-38,Wales came unstuck against Australia again 29-21 and France were outclassed by New Zealand 38-18 in Paris.

Weather

Clear skies with a strong Mistral across the region with gusts of 85 km/h in the Var and 100 km/h in mountain areas of the Alpes-Maritimes.

Top temperature 17 degrees.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 2 degrees inland with clear skies and some frost in places.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies with highs of 16-18 degrees.

 

 

 

 

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