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Riviera and French News Wednesday 8th February 2017

UPDATE 18:00

Drug - A 26 year old man from Cagnes sur Mer has been sentenced to a year in prison after being convicted of importing two kilos of cocaine. The drug was hidden in pots of Play-Doh which were spotted by officials at Nice airport during a routine check.

Uber - A Riviera businessman is to sue the taxi company Uber for €45m, as their mobile phone application allowed his wife to track his movements in real time while he was having an affair. He’s taking the case for losses incurred from the divorce with his wife. The case will be heard by the court in Grasse next month.

Carnival - Serious traffic and public transport disruption is expected during the Nice Carnival which starts this Saturday. The city’s tram service will be split in two, with no trams running through Place Messana for two weeks. Multiple bus routes and stops are also affected in addition to a number of regular taxi stands. Motorists are adviced to completely avoid the area as 600,000 people are expected around Place Messana for the Carnival, which runs from Saturday to the end of February.

BUSINESS

Walt Disney's CEO    has warned a trade war between the US and China would be bad for business. He said Disneyland Shanghai, its first theme park in mainland China, was one of its biggest success stories last year. However they are worried protectionist policies being pursued by US President Donald Trump could set off a trade war between the two countries.

Meanwhile UK Prime Minister Theresa May could visit China to revive the golden age between the two countries. China has extended an invitation to the Prime Minister, and if she accepts, it will be the latest in a series of foreign visits with major trading powers, as the UK prepares for divorce from the European Union.

A report from the Bank of England says price rises already seen in food and fuel will spread to other goods later this year. They say companies which made bets to mitigate against last year's drop in sterling, will soon see those bets expire, leading to increased costs. However, more exports and resilient consumer demand is encouraging more investment.

SPORT

Football - Barcelona are to contest the red card which will rule striker Luis Suarez out of the Copa del Rey final. Suarez was booked twice in yesterdays 1-1 semi-final draw against Atletico Madrid. AS Monaco have consolidated their position at the top of Ligue 1 with a 2-1 away win at Montpellier last night. This is despite finishing with 10 men after Brazilian defender Jemerson collected a second caution. There’s 1 FA Cup 4th round replay tonight when Leicester play Derby in an East Midlands standoff. It’s an important game for Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri who needs a win to boost morale, as the English Premier League champions are threatened with relegation.

Rugby - Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau could add to that as he’s been announced as available for the game. The back-rower has not played since Christmas Eve after suffering a knee injury.

UPDATE 07:00

Drug charge - A 26 year old man from Cagnes sur Mer has been sentenced to one year in prison after being convicted of importing two kilos of cocaine. The drug was delivered hidden in pots of play-doh which were reportedly spotted by officials at Nice airport during a routine check.

Nice Carnival - The Prefecture of the Alpes Maritimes has announced traffic restrictions and new security measures for the Nice Carnival which starts on Saturday. Two weeks of celebrations are planned  with more than 600,000 visitors expected.Motorists are strongly advised to avoid Nice city center, Massena and Old Nice.

Tourism - Recent figures published have shown that tourism in France has rebounded in the last quarter of 2016. After two black years for tourism, figures have exceeded those of 2014 prior to the terrorist attacks of 2015 and 2016.
 

Tree Climbing - The pleasure of climbing trees has been made available to children and adults. The Domaine du Rayol in Rayol-Canadel in the Var has invited visitors young and old to take part. The activity lasts 45 minutes and takes place every Sunday for the month of February from 10am to 5pm.

National

Francois Fillon – The French newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné has revealed more embarrassing revelations in the Francois Fillon affair. Today’s edition has reported that his wife Penelope, suspected of bogus employment also received 45,000 euros in redundancy payments. The paper claims that Penelope Fillon received two redundancy payments paid by the National Assembly at the end of two contracts as a parliamentary assistant.

Meanwhile the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to face trial for an alleged system of false accounting used by his office in order to conceal an enormous campaign overspend during his failed 2012 bid for re-election. The limit on presidential campaign spending in France is €22.5millon and investigators suspect Sarkozy’s campaign spent an additional €23 million euros.

Business

The United States Army is to grant the final permit for the controversial Dakota pipeline following an order from President Trump to start the project despite opposition from Native American tribes and environmental groups. In a court filing on Tuesday,the army said that it would allow the final section of the pipeline to tunnel under the Missouri River system.The move could enable the 3,8 billion dollar pipeline to start operating as soon as June. Protests against the project drew thousands of protestors to the North Dakota plains at the end of last year.Native American tribes say that the pipeline will desecrate sacred sites and potentially pollute the water source. The chief executive of Walt Disney has warned that a trade war between China and the US would be bad for business. In an interview with CNBC,Bob Iger said  that an “all-out trade war with China would be bad for Disney’s business and bad for business in general”. He was also critical of the executive order signed by President Trump barring migrants and refugees from 7 countries saying that ‘we cannot shut our border to immigrants”. China is an increasingly important market for Disney’s movie and merchandise sales.The company’s Disneyland Shanghai theme park was one of the firm’s biggest success stories in 2016.

And-Workers paid on hourly rates at General Motors are to receive a 12,000 dollar bonus after the firm made a profit of 12 billion dollars in North America. The payout comes after the United Automobile Workers union negotiated a profit sharing deal in 2011. The deal is worth up to 1,000 dollars per billion dollars that General Motors makes in profit in the continent. Net profit for the whole of GM dropped by 2.7 percent in 2016 to 9.43 billion dollars as a result of foreign exchange losses.

Sport

Cricket-The England pace bowler James Anderson has said that Joe Root would be the natural successor for captain Alistair Cook who stepped down after 5 years in charge on Monday. Speaking to the BBC,Anderson said that while Root is “quiet” he has “fire in his belly” and is an “all round impressive young man”. Anderson has played under 5 England captains since making his debut in 2003.

Football-There’s 1 FA Cup 4th round replay tonight.Leicester play Derby in the East Midlands Derby with Claudio Ranieri looking for a win to boost morale at the English Premier League champions who are threatened with relegation this season. There was 1 game in the English Championship last night.Wigan and Norwich drew 2-2.

Formula 1-Mclaren have parted company with their racing chief executive officer after just 5 months. Jost Capito was appointed as chief executive officer of McLaren Racing  by former boss Ron Dennis last year and started work in September. A McLaren spokesman said that “regrettably,we have not been able to find common ground on what is and will be needed to make the team  successful again”.

Rugby Union-The Wales flanker Sam Warburton says that England are being “justifiably” compared to the All Blacks. Eddie Jones’ side visits Cardiff on Saturday in the 6 Nations looking for a 16th consecutive victory  and Warburton says that they deserve their tag as the best side in the northern hemisphere. He said that Saturday’s encounter will be a huge game for Wales and they’ll have to be at their very best to get a win.

Weather

Overcast with outbreaks of rain and snow above 800 metres.

Moderate north easterly winds and a high of 13 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 4 degrees inland with cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Partially cloudy with a high of 14 degrees.

Finally

It sounds like a job too good to be true. One of the world's leading chocolate brands is looking for a professional chocolate taster, who can provide honest feedback on their products.

Mondelez, who own Cadbury's, Milka and Oreo, need someone they can trust to try out new products and tell them what they think.
The job, requires seven and a half hours a week between Tuesdays and Thursdays from the lucky candidate.

According to the job description, the taster will need to be able to 'taste chocolate products and give objective and honest feedback' and 'work within a team of panelists to share opinions and collaborate to reach an agreement on taste'. 

The taster's job will be 'key in helping Mondelez perfect and launch an entirely new product all over the world'.

 

 

 

 

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