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Riviera and French News Thursday 14th September 2017

Local

Olympic Games – It has been confirmed that Paris will host the 2024 summer Olympic Games. The city had fallen short with bids for 2008 and 2012. 2024 will mark 100 years since it was last held in the French capital. French President Emmanuel Macron will travel to Marseille on the 21st September with Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee to visit the sailing venues for the 2024 Games.

Beach - Some of the most well-known beach establishments in Golfe Juan including Tetou and Chez Nounou appeared in front of the Administrative Court on Wednesday. They were appealing an order to demolish the private beaches, despite the fact some have existed for over a hundred years. The court will deliver its decision later this month.

Herrou - Local human rights activist, Cedric Herrou, who is known for smuggling migrants from Italy into France, is once again in police custody. He’s facing a charge of ‘aggravated violence and kidnapping’, which has been made by a man currently in prison for professional smuggling. Police are inspecting M Herrou’s home while he is in detention.

Nice Chateau - Work has started on the Chateau in Nice. The project to improve the historical site which welcomes 1.2 million visitors each year will reportedly cost 267,000 euros, with the first stage being completed by the end of November

OGC Nice – Media reports say that  local politician Eric Ciotti has requested that the supporters of OGC Nice be allowed more flexibility in attending European Cup matches. Ciotti who met with the French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, on Tuesday "to talk about the situation of  Nice fans and asked for a relaxation of the rules which systematically opposed the group of Ultras Popular Sud". The request comes after Nice fans were forbidden to travel to Naples for the first round of the Champions League in August.

Trains – A new study has found TER train services along the coast are improving, with 90% of trains now running on time. The improvement follows a refusal by regional authorities late last year, to sign a new agreement with SNCF until train services improved.

National

Hurricane Irma – Emmanuel Macron has announced the establishment of "emergency aid" for the victims of hurricane Irma in Saint Martin and Saint Barts, according to reports in Le Parisien newspaper the French Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn has expressed her concern over fears of the development of epidemics on the islands one week after the hurricane hit the island with the main risk coming from water supplies.

Carbon tax credit fraud - A Paris court has jailed 12 people for terms of up to nine years for their part in a gigantic carbon tax credit fraud that cost the French state 146 million euros. Another 36 people are to face trial in a related case in a series of scams worth an estimated 1.6 billion euros in total. Millions of euros were swindled between 2006 and 2009 through a scam on the carbon quota market carried out largely by French-Israeli citizens in what has been dubbed the "fraud of the century".

Phones - France is considering a ban on mobile phones in schools. The Education Minister said today he intends to implement the plan which was included in President Macron’s election manifesto.

French court ban - A French court has banned a couple from giving their baby a name containing a tilde, ruling that the character ñ was incompatible with national law. The couple from Brittany wanted to call their newborn boy Fañch, a traditional name in the northwestern region which has its own language.

Business

The UK Finance Minister Phillip Hammond has said that the British government is aiming for a “bespoke” deal with the EU to protect the City of London after Brexit. Speaking at the annual UK Finance deal in London last night,Mr Hammond said  that financial services are the most important export to the EU and that Brussels would not be allowed to use Brexit to introduce “protectionist” measures designed to target the City. He said that a transitional period after the UK leaves the EU would be “integral”to achieving a smooth Brexit. There are concerns that London’s status as a European financial hub will be badly hit if the UK leaves the single market and other EU governments have been sounding out London-based financial firms to see if they can attract more business. The British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to make a keynote speech about the country’s future relationship with the EU in Florence on the 22nd of September.

Meanwhile,the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has said that “the wind is back in Europe’s sails” as he gave his annual state of the Union address on Wednesday. Speaking in the European Parliament,Mr Juncker said that there was a “window of opportunity” to build a stronger,more united Europe but that it “wouldn’t stay open forever”. He said that Europe’s economy was “bouncing back” and that the EU had to move beyond Brexit. Mr Juncker said that Britain’s decision to leave the EU  was regrettable but Europe would move on because Brexit isn’t everything.He added that Britain too would soon regret its decision to leave.

And-The US Department of Homeland Security has told all government departments and agencies to remove all security software from the Moscow-based firm Kapersky Lab from their IT systems. The Department says that it’s “concerned” about ties between company officials and Russian intelligence services. The decision comes ahead of a vote in the US Senate to prohibit the government’s use of Kapersky’s products. Kapersky Lab has repeatedly denied that it has links to the Kremlin. The firm has more than 400 million customers worldwide but has never succeeded in becoming a major supplier to the US government.

Sport

Football-There were 8 ties in European Champions League groups E,F,G and H last night with Liverpool only managing a 2-2 home draw with Sevilla. In Group F,Manchester City made it 9 goals in the last two games as they trounced Feyenoord 4-0 in Rotterdam while in Group G Monaco drew 1-1 at Leipzig.In Group H,Tottenham ended their Wembley hoodoo with a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.

There was 1 game in the English Championship last night.Fulham beat Hull City 2-1. In the Europa League tonight Nice are away at Zulte Wagarem in Group K while Everton face Atalanta in Group E  and Arsenal host FC Koln in Group H.

Formula 1-Valtteri Bottas has signed a new contract at Mercedes that will see him continue racing for the world champions next season. The 28 year old Finn is currently in third place in this season’s drivers’ championship and won his first ever races in Russia and Austria earlier this year. Meanwhile,media reports suggest that McLaren will announce that Fernando Alonso has signed a new contract and that the team will use Renault engines next season in a double deal at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.

Rugby Union-England will play New Zealand for the first time since 2014 as part of next year’s autumn international at Twickenham. England will host South Africa on November the 3rd 2018 before playing the All Blacks on November the 10th.The programme will also feature Tests against Japan and Australia.

Weather

Partially cloudy with  moderate westerly winds. Top temperatures 24-27 degrees .

Overnight lows of 17 degrees on the coast and 12 degrees with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend- Showers developing on Friday,lasting into saturday with highs of 20-24 degrees.

Finally

Gentlemen, if you want to get a second date, you may want to put some Drake on. A new study has found that women find men more sexually attractive after listening to 'highly arousing' music.

The findings suggest that music has the power to influence human behaviour with regard to partner selection. Researchers from the University of Vienna looked at the effect of music on sexual attraction.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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