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Riviera and French News Wednesday 5th April 2017

UPDATE 18:00

Murder - It’s been revealed the woman murdered in Nice on March 17th was stabbed 53 times by a former lover. During the attack, neighbours of Julie Puzenat called police, who were on the scene immediately, but despite hearing her cries, were unable to break the door of her apartment at Rue Lepanto Nice. The killer was initially detained in a psychiatric hospital, but doctors say his agitation was more related to taking alcohol and cocaine, rather than a mental condition, so he will incarcerated in prison until his trial.   

Roma - A Roma community who settled for over a year by the sea in Antibes, opposite Port Vauban, have been evicted this morning. Police descended on the illegal site at 7am this morning and enforced the eviction which was put in place by the mayor and the court.

Spa - The Mayor of Villefranche-sur-mer is to present plans for a health spa complex to the local council this evening. The project, consisting of hotels, restaurants, a seminar centre, car park and a four star spa and would be built on the disused industrial site of “Gaz de France”.

Restaurant - The Mirazur Restaurant in Menton has just been named one of the top five restaurants in the world by ‘The World's 50 Best’, an global industry award which designates the best restaurant in the world. Owner Mauro Colagreco, says he will continue to chase the number one spot currently held by Eleven Madison Park in New York.

BUSINESS

US President Donald Trump has promised sweeping reforms to US banking regulations introduced to protect customers after the financial crisis. The regulations aimed to prevent banks taking on too much risk and to separate their investment and commercial arms. But Mr Trump feels regulation makes it impossible for the banks to loan to people that are going to create jobs and wants to reform the measures so banks can loan money to people who need it.

Rosemont International, with its headquarters in Monaco, has opened a new office in Mauritius targeting investments in Asian countries. The new office will be known as Rosemont Management and its head will be Douglas Peters. Rosemont offers yachting management plus more traditional wealth management services including tax and estate planning.

SPORT

Football - The UEFA President has warned Europe's biggest clubs that the body will never give in to blackmail. Last February, some clubs discussed a breakaway Super League which resulted in UEFA giving more Champions League slots to clubs from the bigger leagues. However, the idea of a closed league for the elite clubs is out of the question with UEFA saying that money does not rule and the football pyramid will be respected.

Rugby - Scotland centre Mark Bennett faces up to 12 months on the sidelines after having ligament surgery following an injury at at last month's Six Nations defeat by England at Twickenham. And fellow ‘Glasgow Warrior’ Josh Strauss is also expected to be out for six weeks after injuring a kidney on Scotland duty.

Tennis - Gilles Simon will be replaced by Jeremy Chardy in the French team for this weekend's Davis Cup quarter-final against Great Britain. France are also without the injured Gael Monfils and Jo Wilfried-Tsonga who is short of match fitness. The match is on indoor clay in Rouen.

UPDATE 07:00

Knife Attack - A fifty year old man has suffered serious knife wounds after a brawl on the Boulevard des Ecureuils in Mandelieu. The incident happened shortly after 9pm on Tuesday and the victim was taken to hospital in Nice. Local police have launched an investigation.

Road Accident - A 19 year old lorry driver has been detained by police and will appear in court in Draguignan accused of manslaughter. According to an investigation the young driver was exchanging text messages on his laptop when he hit a broken down vehicle on the hard shoulder of the A8 motorway in Fréjus last Friday killing one person.  

Health Spa  - The Mayor of Villefranche-sur-mer is to present plans for a health spa complex to the local council this evening. The project, currently displayed at the entrance to the city hall consists of hotels, restaurants, a seminar centre, car park and a four star spa and would be built on the disused industrial site of “Gaz de France” making it the first complex of its kind between Antibes and the Principality of Monaco.

National

French Presidency Elections - Eleven candidates for the French presidency, including six rank outsiders have taken part in a marathon debate. The live television debate the second of three saw the 11 candidates be allowed 17 minutes to speak. French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was attacked from all sides over Europe as centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron said Ms Le Pen's nationalist proposals amounted to "economic warfare". Francois Fillon, meanwhile, said that France needed Europe when up against the US and China. Despite the disjointed and raucous nature of the debate caused by having so many candidates some of the outsiders landed some of the biggest blows. Fast-talking anti-capitalist Philippe Poutou prompted laughter among his aides when he took on both François Fillon and Marine Le Pen on the subject of morality in public life.

Eiffel Tower - The mayor of Paris came under pressure to explain why the Eiffel Tower did not pay its usual respects to the victims of Monday's terror attack in St Petersburg as it did for those killed in London, Orlando and Brussels. She then announced the Iron Lady would dim her lights on Tuesday night. In recent months Paris has chosen to pay homage to the victims of terror attacks and show solidarity with those countries or communities targeted by turning to the Iron Lady.

French Scientists - French scientists studying microgravity are seeking 24 men willing to eat and perform all bodily functions in bed for 60 days. Young, fit and healthy men willing to lie on their backs and do absolutely nothing for two months are wanted. Researchers at France’s space medical institute are advertising for what could be, quite literally, a dream job. They are seeking volunteers to spend 60 days flat on their back to study the effects of microgravity, a state of virtual weightlessness.

Business

US President Donald Trump has promised sweeping reforms to what he described as “horrendous” banking regulations that were introduced following the financial crisis. Mr Trump says that he’s going to “do a very major haircut on Dodd-Frank”-the Wall Street and consumer protection rules enacted by President Obama in 2010. Dodd-Frank aimed to prevent banks taking on too much risk and to separate their investment and commercial arms. Mr Trump says that he wants “strong restrictions and strong regulation,but not regulation that makes it impossible for the banks to lend to people that are going to create jobs”. His comments came in a White House meeting with around 50 business leaders on Tuesday.

The music streaming business Spotify has signed a new long-term deal with the Universal Music Group. The company has been trying to sign similar deals with other big labels including Sony and Warner,ahead of a possible stock market floatation. Artists on Universal can now offer their music on Spotify’s Premium Tier before they appear on its free service. Universal Music Group is one of the world’s biggest record companies and is home to some of the biggest acts including Adele,Taylor Swift,Metallica,Sting and Elton John. The chairman and chief executive of Universal,Sir Lucian Grainge says that “working hand and hand with digital services has brought the industry’s first real growth in nearly two decades”.He added that “today,streaming represents the majority of the business and that the long-term success of Spotify,and others like it,is essential to the ecosystem’s enduring health”.

And-The face of the billionaire investor Warren Buffett is appearing on promotional packs of Cherry Coca-Cola in mainland China. Mr Buffett is an enthusiastic consumer of the product and his Berkshire Hathaway investment firm is Coca-Cola’s biggest shareholder with nearly 10 percent of its stock. Coca-Cola says that it’s “surprised” that Mr Buffett has agreed to allow his image to be used.He won’t be paid for his appearance.

Sport 

Football-Manchester United’s chances of finishing in the top 4 of the English Premier League took another hit last night as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford by Everton. In last night’s other games Leicester made it 6 wins in a row under Craig Shakespeare as they beat rock-bottom Sunderland 2-0 while Burnley beat Stoke 1-0 and Watford beat West Brom 2-0. There are 6 games tonight.Arsenal play West Ham.Hull face Middlesbrough.Southampton host Crystal Palace.Swansea play Spurs.Chelsea play Manchester City and Liverpool host Bournemouth. Brighton are the new leaders of the English Championship thanks to a 3-1 win over Birmingham at the Amex Stadium last night. Newcastle can go back to the top if they win their game against Burton Albion tonight.

In last night’s other Championship results Aston Villa beat QPR 1-0.Barnsley and Cardiff drew 0-0.Brentford beat Leeds 2-0.Derby beat Fulham 4-2.Ipswich were 3-0 winners over Wigan.Preston thrashed Bristol City 5-0.Sheffield Wednesday were 2-0 winners at Rotherham.Wolves beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 and Reading beat Blackburn Rovers 3-1.

In the Scottish Premiership last night Aberdeen beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-0 and Ross County beat Dundee 2-1.

Golf-Phil Mickelson says that some leading players on the PGA Tour are “intentionally loose” in marking their ball. The three-time Masters winner was speaking ahead of the start of the first major of the season tomorrow,in the wake of the row over Lexi Thompson’s 4 shot penalty for incorrectly replacing a marked ball. Thompson says that she didn’t mean to move the ball but Mickelson says that it “does happen deliberately” on the men’s tour. He said that it was “an intentional way to get the ball out of any kind of impression and it should stop”.

Rugby Union-The 6 Nations is to investigate France’s 81st minute replacement of prop Uini Atonio by Rabah Slimani in their 20-18 win over Wales in Paris last month. Slimani had already been taken off but the referee Wayne Barnes allowed him to return to the field after the French team doctor said that Atonio needed treatment for a head injury. The substitution coincided with a series of scrums near the Wales line and France finally won the match in the 100th minute. The 6 Nations Untoward Incident Review Group is to look at the matter.

Weather

Sunny periods giving way to showers and thunderstorms inland this afternoon with light,variable winds in coastal areas and moderate easterly winds inland.

Top temperature 19 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 12 degrees on the coast and 7 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Fine and sunny with a high of 19-20 degrees.

Finally

Hedge fund workers at a swanky new London office will be able to order champagne to their desks merely by pressing a button. Caviar, cocktails and glasses of bubbly will be served to staff at 40 Beak Street, in Soho, from a sushi restaurant on the ground floor.

The 'press for champagne' buttons were inspired by Bob Bob Ricard - an eatery frequented by stars including Kylie Minogue and Tamara Eccleston.

The posh refreshments will be delivered via dumbwaiter lifts that will run through the building.