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Riviera and French News Monday 20th March 2017

UPDATE 18:00

School - It’s reported that the teenager behind the shootings at a school in Grasse last week had seen a phycologist, but was diagnosed as normal. The boy, who is in police custody, is said to be consumed with remorse asking for the welfare of his victims. Meanwhile students at the school returned to classes this morning.

Bikes - Bicycle helmets for children are to become mandatory in France from this Wednesday. The new law applies to all children under the age of 12, even if they're just passengers on a bike, and failure to wear one could result in a fine of €90 for the parents.

Election - The presidential election moves up a gear tonight as the top five contenders face-off in a TV debate a month before France goes to the polls. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, who are running neck-in-neck in the polls, are expected to come under attack from other candidates in the debate.

BUSINESS

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is to officially notify the EU next Wednesday that the UK is leaving Europe. Downing Street said she would write a letter to the European Council, saying they hoped negotiations on the terms of Brexit and future relations could begin as quickly as possible. An EU spokesman said it was "ready and waiting".

Latest figures from the Monaco Statistics Office show overall turnover, excluding financial and insurance activities, was down 1.2%. However, employment in the Principality rose for the third consecutive quarter and ended the year up 1.3%, and although Nice bombing in July led to a decline in overnight stays, average revenue per room rose. Also, the number of professional events has increased sharply by 43%, proving that Monaco remains an attractive venue for international conferences and conventions.

SPORT

Football - Arsenal have denied approaching Borussia Dortmund about appointing their manager Thomas Tuchel as a replacement for Arsene Wenger. The French manager's contract expires at the end of the season.

Formula 1 - Nico Rosberg, who retired after becoming world champion last season, wants to stay involved in motor racing, but says categorically that he won't be coming back as a driver.

Rugby - England trio Owen Farrell, Maro Ito.je and Joe Launchbury are among 12 players shortlisted for the 2017 Six Nations Player of the Championship Award. Last year's winner Stuart Hogg has been nominated again alongside Scotland team-mate Finn Russell, while scrum-half Conor Murray and back row CJ Stander are shortlisted for Ireland.

UPDATE 07:00

Road Death - A 55 year old man has died after losing control of his motorbike on the road from Biot to Antibes at the Marineland roundabout. The accident occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning, rescue services at the scene reported that the man had crashed after losing control of his vehicle.

Stabbing - A 43 year old woman has been stabbed to death in her apartment in Rue de Lépante in Nice. A man was arrested on the spot. Police have launched an investigation to determine the motive and exact circumstances of the attack.

Accident - A car has driven into the terrace of a bar in Juan-les-Pins. The accident happened in the early hours of Saturday morning. luckily the bar was closing at the time of the incident and no casualties were reported.

Bomb Scare - Terminal 2 at Nice International Airport was evacuated on Sunday afternoon after the discovery of an abandoned suitcase. Passengers were asked to leave the building as bomb disposal experts confirmed that the suitcase was not a threat.

Train journey - A five year old boy has been  found safe and well after he boarded a train on his own at Cannes  station. The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon when the family noticed their son was missing and alerted police. The boy had apparently boarded the train while his father was buying tickets. Police later collected the boy at Nice train station.

Rugby – Congratulations to the South African team who won the Saint Devote Rugby tournament at the week-end. The event was held here in Monaco on Saturday and attended by Prince Albert and Princess Charlene. 

National

Paris’s Orly Airport attack - The man shot dead at Paris’s Orly airport after attacking a soldier was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time. Investigators are still trying to understand the motive behind Saturday’s assault by 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, which led to a major security scare and the temporary closure of the capital’s second-busiest airport.

Presidential Election - France's Constitutional Council announced on Saturday that eleven candidates have been approved to run for French President. The eleven received the 500-plus signatures from mayors needed to compete in the first round of the election on April 23. With no candidate expected to win an outright majority at the first round, the two top contenders will go through to a decisive run-off on May 7th. This evening, five main candidates will go head-to-head in the first of three TV debates. They are: far-right leader Marine Le Pen, centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, Republicans nominee Francois Fillon, the Socialist Party's Benoit Hamon and Communist-backed candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon.

Business

The president of Uber is leaving the firm less than 6 months after being appointed. Reports say that James Jones has been frustrated that Uber is hiring a new chief operating officer and that he was not among the candidates. Mr Jones is also said to be leaving because of his unhappiness with issues around sexism and sexual harassment at the firm. His resignation takes effect immediately. Uber has suffered a spate of controversies this year,the most serious being an ongoing dispute over a culture of sexism and accusations of sexual harassment.

Oil prices have fallen back again this morning as rising US drilling and steady output from Opec nations put pressure on the already-bloated market. Brent crude was down by 29 cents to 51 dollars 47 cents a little earlier this morning with US West Texas Intermediate down 38 cents at 48 dollars 40. Traders say that prices are under pressure because of rising US drilling and ongoing high supplies from Opec,despite its pledge  to cut output by 1.8 million barrels a day along with other producers such as Russia. US drillers added a further 14 rigs in the week to March the 17th bringing the total count up to 631-the most since September 2015.

And-Reuters has reported that economists consider that the failure by the world’s financial leaders to agree on resisting protectionism and support free trade marks a setback for the G20 process and poses a risk for the growth of export-driven economies. Finance ministers and central bank governors from the G20 dropped a pledge to keep global trade free and open at the end of a two day meeting in the German town of Baden Baden. Instead,Reuters says that they only made a token reference to trade in their main communiqué by saying that the organisation will work together to strengthen the contribution of trade to their economies. Economists say that the weak wording on trade is a defeat for the German presidency of the G20 especially in light of the fact that Germany is one of the world’s strongest export nations and relies on open markets to maintain its prosperity.

Sport

Rugby Union-The 6 Nations is to review events at the end of the France versus Wales game in Paris on Saturday including an alleged bite on George North. France won the game 20-18 but there was controversy when 20 minutes of added time were played with a series of scrums near the Welsh line and France replacing Uini Atonio with scrum specialist Rabah Slimani 11 minutes into the added time period. The French team doctor said that Atonio needed to go off for a head injury and Slimani was allowed back onto the field despite having been previously substituted. England won the 6 Nations despite losing to Ireland in Dublin on Saturday and missing out on a second consecutive Grand Slam.

Football-There were 3 games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Spurs closed the gap on the leaders Chelsea to 10 points thanks to a 2-1 win over Southampton while Middlesbrough lost 3-1 at home to Manchester United and Manchester City and Liverpool drew 1-1. In the Scottish Premiership on Sunday Celtic moved to within 3 points of a sixth straight title following a 2-1 win at Dundee.

Cricket-The third Test between India and Australia in Ranchi looks to be heading for a draw. Australia are batting in their second innings and were still trailing India by 94 runs after the home side declared their first innings on a massive 603 for 9. India could still win the match if their spinners can do any damage on the final day.

Tennis-Roger Federer has won his 5th Indian Wells title with victory over Stan Wawrinka in the final. Federer won 6-5 7-5 to win the BNP Parisbas Open. The women’s final was won by Elena Vesina who beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets 6-7 7-5 6-4.

Golf-Marc Leishman has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Leishman closed with a 67 to end on 11 under par-one shot clear of the Americans Kevin Kisner and Charlie Hoffman who tied for second.

Weather

Partially cloudy with light easterly winds. Top temperature 18 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 12 degrees on the coast and 9 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Partially cloudy with a high of 17 degrees.Rain arriving on Wednesday evening.

Finally

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