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Riviera and French News Tuesday 28th March 2017

UPDATE 18:00

Roads - New figures show half of all pedestrians who died as a result of a traffic accident last year, were over 65 years of age. In addition, pedestrian deaths have increased 15% year-on-year. A new website touspietons.fr hopes to educate people on road safely, as its estimated 30% of the population will be over 65 within 20 years.

Books - A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to save the bookshop in Cogolin. Serving St Tropez, Sainte Maxime and Cogolin, the shop is suffering a cash flow crisis and faces liquidation. So far, almost 100 donations have raised €5,000 but the store needs €20,000 before the end of April or it faces closure.

Dinner - It’s been announced that ‘Dinner in the Sky’ is coming to Monaco this summer. It’s a unique experience where 22 diners are on a platform, which is lifted 50 metres into the sky by crane, and they have dinner! It can be seen on the Place du Casino in Monaco from July.

BUSINESS

Samsung is considering selling 2.5 million refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices, that it recalled after a battery fault led to some catching fire. Alternatively, it may also detach the components and retrieve the hardware's precious metals. The move comes after pressure from Greenpeace on what would happen the recalled phones.

Tesla chief Elon Musk has launched a new start-up which aims to develop technology that connects our brains to computers. The Wall Street Journal reports the company was in its very early stages and registered as a “medical research” firm to develop technology which would implant tiny electrodes into the brain to to improve memory or give humans added artificial intelligence.

Online retailer Amazon has made its first move into the Middle East after agreeing to buy the region's largest online retailer, Souq.com, for a rumoured $650m. Like Amazon, Souq carries millions of items with 45 millions visits a month.

SPORT

Football - The Alpes-Maritimes prefecture has announced that only a limited number of Bordeaux fans will be allowed into the Allianz Riviera stadium for their match against OGC Nice this Sunday. Only 300 fans, travelling officially with the club will have access between Noon and Midnight Sunday.

A friendly match between Ivory Coast and Senegal was abandoned when fans invaded the pitch in Paris. The African sides were level at 1-1 at 88 minutes, when a handful of fans broke onto the pitch, with one fan appearing to rugby tackle a player. I t’s the second time in five years that a game between the two countries has been called off because of crowd disturbances.

There are a number of other international friendlies tonight with France taking on Spain, Ireland playing Iceland and the Netherlands up against Italy. We’ll have a full round up of results on the Breakfast Show tomorrow with Rob and Sarah.

Formula 1 - Rumours persist McLaren are considering ditching their Honda partnership. Senior management have already held brief discussions with Mercedes over a possible engine switch although it’s been stressed that talks are at a very early stage.

Rugby - British and Irish Lions supporters, travelling to New Zealand for the tour later this year, are being offered free accommodation by local fans. A Facebook page called "Adopt a Lions Fan 2017" has been created to answer the lack of affordable lodgings for the estimated 20,000 fans who will make the journey.

UPDATE 07:00

Skin Cancer - A team of researchers from Sophia Antipolis University have discovered that patients with increased levels of a protein called the “MITF protein” are five times more likely to develop skin cancer. The results were made in partnership with researchers in Paris and Louvain. 12,000 new cases of skin cancer are declared in France every year. The figure has doubled in ten years. 

Robbery - All of the jewels stolen in Saturday’s armed robbery on the Cartier store in Monaco have been recovered. Four men from Vallauris, with no known criminal record, are being held by police, while a fifth has been identified but remains at large. The haul, worth several million euro, is being assessed by Cartier in Monaco.

Cinema School - The town of Cannes has unveiled plans for its future university campus. The “Ecole Supérieure de Direction Audiovisuelle” is expected to open at the beginning of 2019  and will welcome up to a thousand students.

National

French Presidential - French Presidential candidate François Fillon had to change trains on Monday during the campaign trail in Brittany, Fillon changed trains to avoid being met by left-wing activists banging pots and pans at a station. Meanwhile, Socialist Benoît Hamon accused members of his own party of stabbing him in the back as he slipped into fifth position in the polls behind the hard left's Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

Nuclear Weapons - Negotiations on a treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons have begun in New York, but have been publicly condemned by the United States, which is leading a coalition of more than 40 countries – including Australia – boycotting the talks. At least 113 countries are part of the negotiations which have begun at UN headquarters in New York this week. France and the UK, fellow nuclear weapons states, also spoke against the  treaty negotiations, saying they would not assist in disarming nuclear states.

Business

President Trump is reported to be planning to bring his tax reforms to Congress by August and the White House is to take a leading role in shaping the legislation. Reuters reports that Mr Trump’s pledge to cut taxes including business rates was a central pillar of his 2016 Presidential campaign and provided much of the fuel for the stock market rally that’s taken place since he entered the White House. On Monday,the White House press spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed that the tax reform plan was moving ahead and that it was a “huge priority” for the President. Mr Spicer said that the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had talked about August as a target date for tax legislation but stressed that the timetable could slip depending on how quickly a consensus could be reached.

The billionaire bond investor Bill Gross has reached an 81 million dollar settlement with Pimcol,ending a bitter two and a half year legal wrangle with the firm following his abrupt departure in 2014. Mr Gross,known as the ‘bond king’sued Pimco following his departure from the firm. The world’s largest bond fund has now agreed to pay him 81 million dollars in compensation in a settlement that both sides have described as “amicable”. Mr Gross,who co-founded Pimco had been suing the firm for 200 million dollars which he claims he lost after being forced to leave. In a statement,Pimco said that it recognised the “enormous contribution”that Mr Gross had made to its success.

And-The European Commission has given the go-ahead for the merger of the US chemical giants Dow Chemical and DuPont. The deal values the merged firm at 130 billion dollars and is expected to lead to savings of 3 billion dollars. The approval is dependent on the two companies selling off parts of their businesses to satisfy competition concerns. The European Commission had been concerned that the merger could have reduced price competition and choice in pesticide markets,as well as damaging innovation in new products.

Sport 

Formula 1-Rumours persist that McLaren are considering ditching their partnership with Honda in a bid to revive their flagging fortunes. Senior management at the team have already held brief discussions with Mercedes over a possible engine switch although it’s been stressed that talks are at a very early stage. McLaren’s fortunes have dived since they teamed up with Honda with the Japanese manufacturer seemingly unable to get to grips with the hybrid engine technology. On Sunday,Fernando Alonso hinted that he wouldn’t hang around to see the decline continue after saying that the team “won’t be 13th all season” or he wouldn’t.

Cricket-India are closing in on a series victory over Australia on the 4th day of the 4th and final Test in Dharamsala. India resumed this morning needing just 87 to win the match and the series after bowling the tourists out for just 137 in their second innings on day 3.

Football-Fred Grim will take charge of the Netherlands for tonight’s friendly against Italy after coach Danny Blind was sacked following the team’s World Cup qualifying defeat against Bulgaria on Saturday. The Netherlands are currently in 4th place in their qualifying group and risk not making the World Cup finals in Russia in 2018.Blind took over in 2015 but the Netherlands failed to qualify for Euro 2016 in France last summer. In other international friendly games tonight the Republic of Ireland play Iceland and France play Spain.

Tennis-Roger Federer is through to the 4th round of the Miami Open after beating Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 6-4.The 35 year old Swiss will now play the 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

Weather

Clear skies with light variable winds.

Top temperature 19 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 6 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Fine and sunny with a high of 20 degrees.

Finally

A text message meant for a wife ended up going to a work colleague. Twitter user Hamza Hendrix was sent quite a blustering message about how he was "ruining" his manager's life. The text read "You're making me so  angry, more than anyone I've ever met," "You're single handedly ruining my life".

It later transpired that the angry note wasn't meant for Hamza – but his manager's wife instead. 

 

 

 

 

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