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Riviera and French News Tuesday 18th April 2017

Local

Plane Crash - Five people, including three French nationals, have died after a Swiss-registered light aircraft crashed into a supermarket warehouse in the Lisbon suburbs on Monday. The pilot and three passengers who were aboard the aircraft, plus a man who was at the warehouse at the time were killed instantly and three other people were slightly injured. The light aircraft had just taken off on a flight to the southern French city of Marseille when it crashed. Local authorities in Marseille later confirmed that a well-known surgeon and his wife from the city were among the five victims.

Motorway Accident - An investigation has been launched into Monday’s accident on the A8 motorway which resulted in one man being killed and two others slightly injured. The accident occurred at 4.30 on Monday morning 4 kilometres after  exit 47 Villeneuve-Loubet. According to reports two cars crashed but due to the debris scattered on the road several other vehicles were involved. The Russian driver of  a Bentley Convertible registered in Monaco died in the crash. Police have called for any witnesses to come forward.

Nice Airport - Part of Terminal 2 at Nice International Airport was evacuated for an hour on Monday due to a suspect bag. Several flights were delayed while security officers attended to what later transpired to be a forgotten suitcase in the boarding lounge.

Meeting - The President of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region Christian Estrosi has been hissed at during Francois Fillon’s meeting in Nice. 5,000 people had gathered at the Palais Nikaia in Nice on Monday to see French Presidential candidate François Fillon in what has been reported as a “lively meeting” in which Fillon called for solidarity six days ahead of the first round of the Presidential Elections. 

National

Skiing Accident - An American skier has died after falling hundreds of metres during a trip with friends to France's highest mountain Mont Blanc. The accident happened on Sunday afternoon when the 37-year-old skier fell "hundreds of metres". According to an initial investigation by specialist mountain police the skier made a "technical error" that resulted in his fatal fall. He is believed to have died instantly.

French Election - The French Presidential election’s two frontrunners held competing campaign rallies in Paris on Monday. With polls suggesting than any two of four candidates could make the runoff, centrist Emmanuel Macron packed out the 20,000-seat Bercy arena while the far-right’s Marine Le Pen addressed around 5,000 people at the Zenith concert hall.

Business

Netflix grew slower than expected in the first three months of the year but insists that the opportunity for future growth is “gigantic”. The streaming firm says that it added 4.95 million new subscribers in the first quarter-fewer than the 5.2 million that it had forecast.In the US,the firm added a third less subscribers than in the same period last year while overseas subscriptions fell by 22 percent. Netflix has blamed the falls on shifting some of its most popular shows into the second quarter and says that it still expects to add 8.15 million new customers in total for the first half of the year. The company added that it expected to reach 100 million subscribers globally by this weekend. Shares in Netflix fell by 3 percent in after-hours trading with investors disappointed by the slower-than-expected growth.

The UK cereal company Weetabix is expected to be sold to the US firm Post Holdings for 1.8 billion dollars. The Financial Times says that a formal announcement is expected later today. Weetabix has been made in the UK since 1932 and is currently owned by the Chinese firm Bright Food which bought a 60 percent stake in 2012. Post Holdings is the third largest cereal firm in the US and owns brands including Great Grains,Golden Crisp and Coca Pebbles. Weetabix was family owned until 2004  when it was bought by the private equity firm Lion Capital.

And-The US Vice President Mike Pence is meeting the Japanese Deputy Prime Minister in Tokyo today in a bid to open doors for US made products in Japan as well as to attract Japanese infrastructure investment in the United States. Mr Pence is also attending a working lunch with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe which has focused on security issues amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Pence has been joined in Japan by the US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross who is seen as being more hard line on trade  and is currently engaged in talks with the Japanese Trade Minister. Vice President Pence is on a ten day tour of Asia on the instructions of President Trump who wants to boost US trade to the region despite abandoning the 12 nation Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP).

Sport

Tennis-Kyle Edmund won the all British clash in the first round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters on Monday beating his Davis Cup team mate Dan Evans in straight sets. Edmund won 7-5 6-1 to set up a second round meeting with crowd favourite Rafael Nadal who’s seeking his 10th Monte Carlo title. Andy Murray was courtside to watch his Davis Cup team-mates slug it out.He’ll play his second round match tomorrow. Play starts again at 11am on the Court Rainier III with the first round match between the 11th seed Lucas Pouille and Ryan Harrison of the United States and that’s followed by an all French second round clash between Adrian Mannarino and the 7th seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.World number two Novak Djokovic is in action after that in his second round match against Gilles Simon of France. Out on the Court des Princes play starts with the first round match between Gilles Muller of Luxembourg and Tommy Robredo of Spain and that’s followed by the first round match between Benoit Paire of France and Tommy Haas of Germany. If you’re driving in to attend the tournament then please use one of the numerous carparks on the port area,many of which will offer a flat parking rate for the day on presentation of your match ticket.There’s a free bus shuttle service running from the port to the Monte Carlo Country Club. The easiest way in though is by train with special services operating from all main line stations to just by the Monte Carlo Country Club. Some tickets are available online by going to www.montecarlotennismasters.com

Football-Arsenal won the only English Premier League match on Easter Monday with a 2-1 win at Middlesbrough which keeps their hopes of a top 4 finish alive. Brighton and Hove Albion have secured a return to the top flight of English Football for the first time in 34 years after beating Wigan 2-1 while their other rivals for automatic promotion from the Championship faltered. Newcastle appear to be having the late season jitters after they were beaten 3-1 at Ipswich while Huddersfield could only manage a 1-1 draw at Derby. Leeds United slipped outside the Championship play-off places after losing 1-0 at Wolves and in the other results Fulham beat Aston Villa 3-1,Barnsley and Brentford drew 1-1,Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola resigned after his side were beaten 2-0 at home by Burton Albion,Blackburn and Bristol City drew 1-1,Cardiff beat Nottingham Forest 1-0,Norwich were 3-1 winners at Preston,Sheffield Wednesday were 2-1 winners at QPR and Reading beat Rotherham 2-1.

Rugby Union-Some of England’s 6 Nations winning side are set to miss out on a squad place for the Lions tour to New Zealand. The BBC says that it’s learned that Joe Launchbury and Jonathan Joseph will not be selected while Dylan Hartley has a 50-50 chance of being selected. The Lions coach Warren Gatland will announce his squad for the tour tomorrow.

Racing-Our Duke won the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday in a first success for trainer Jessica Harrington. Harrington won the Cheltenham Gold Cup last month with Sizing John. Bless the Wings finished second with Abolitionist finishing in third.

Weather

Clear skies with light to moderate easterly winds in the Alpes-Maritimes and moderate westerly winds in the Var. Top temperature 21 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 7 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Partially cloudy in coastal areas tomorrow with perhaps some showers inland.Clear skies across the region on Thursday with highs of 18-21 degrees.

Finally

The world’s most famous monster has gone “missing” with Nessie’s official recorder admitting he is “worried” that there has been no sightings of her for eight months.

The Home Office recently rejected a cheeky bid by a group of artists from Glasgow to grant the Loch Ness Monster permanent UK residency after Brexit .

But Gary Campbell, keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, said it appears Nessie has left the country already!

“We’re quite worried that there has been an eight month gap since the last sighting,” said Mr Campbell.

“Last year was a record year for the 21st Century with eight sightings and then she seems to have disappeared.

 

 

 

 

 

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