French and Riviera News Friday 28th October 2022

News

European Union agrees end of sale of thermal engine vehicles - The European Union has agreed on the end of the sale of thermal engine vehicles in 2035 in favour of 100% electric vehicles. MEPs and the Member States of the European Union reached an agreement on Thursday evening. While the car, the main mode of transport for Europeans, represents just under 15% of total CO2 emissions in the EU, the new regulations must contribute to achieving the continent's climate objectives, in particular carbon neutrality in the EU for 2050.

French government announces aid for businesses - French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has announced government assistance for certain businesses and communities to help with energy costs. The Prime Minister said that there will be three schemes which will increase the total amount provided by the government to 12 billion euros.

Body of Justine Veyrac found - The body of a young woman who disappeared in the Correze department in central France at the weekend has been found, according to reports in French media. 20-year-old Justine Veyrac was last seen in the early hours of last Sunday near a nightclub in the town of Brive-la-Gaillarde. A 21-year-old farm worker has reportedly confessed to killing her.

82-year-old robbed in Cannes - An 82-year-old woman has had her gold necklace ripped off her in Cannes. The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon as the victim was walking her dog on the boulevard du midi. It was last September in the same spot that another elderly lady, suffered a similar assault and was savagely beaten. An investigation is underway.

Ban on sale of fireworks - The Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes has announced bans on the sale and possession of certain types of fireworks over Halloween from today until 2nd November. There's also a prohibition on the sale, transport and use of combustible products. Full details can be found on the Prefecture's website www.alpes-maritimes.gouv.fr

Two men arrested for using fake gift vouchers - Two men have been arrested and place in police custody suspected of having used fake gift vouchers in stores on the Côte d'Azur. Last Saturday, a first suspect tried to pay for his purchases at the Cap 3000 shopping centre in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, with four fake vouchers. Three days later police were called again for a similar situation in Nice city centre. The individual was trying to get a mobile phone. The police discovered the individual to be in possession of a check book with 30 false vouchers for a total of more than 1,000 euros.

Two cannons discovered - Two cannons have been discovered at Port Vauban in Antibes. The artillery was discovered during work being carried out between the entrance to Gravette beach and the Quai des Milliardaires. Nearly two meters long they could date from the end of the 17th century.

Marathon - Traffic and parking restrictions will be in place in Nice for the Alpes-Maritimes marathon this Sunday. Full details can be found on www.nice.fr

Business

Elon Musk, has completed a $44bn (£38.1bn) takeover of Twitter. According to reports a number of top executives, including the boss have been fired. It brings to a close a saga that saw Twitter go to court to hold the billionaire to the terms of a takeover deal that he had tried to escape. Mr Musk tweeted that his interest in the firm was not about making money.

Amazon shares tumbled more than 15% after the US stock market closed, as the firm forecast far weaker sales for the festive season than expected. Apple shares also slipped after warning of a slowing demand for gaming and advertising. Both cited the rising cost of living as a factor eroding consumer buying power.

And - Manufacturing has begun of the first coin to enter general circulation carrying the image of King Charles. The 50p coin will enter tills, wallets and purses in the UK in December.

Sport

Football - Cristiano Ronaldo marked his return to the Manchester United fold with his 701st career goal to seal a comfortable Europa League win at Old Trafford.

In the Premier League tomorrow Leicester play Manchester City, Bournemouth are at home to Tottenham, Brentford play Wolves, Brighton face Chelsea, Newcastle play Aston Villa, Fulham play Everton and Liverpool are at home to Leeds. On Sunday Arsenal play Nottingham and Manchester United play West Ham.

Cricket - The start of the Men's T20 World Cup match between Ireland and Afghanistan has been delayed this morning because of rain at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Afghanistan's previous game against New Zealand was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Wednesday because of rain at the same venue. Ireland are fourth in the Group One table after their historic win over England, while Afghanistan are bottom.

Formula One - Red Bull's punishment for breaking Formula 1's budget cap will be revealed today as the team have will hold a news conference at the Mexican Grand Prix to discuss their penalty. It is understood that the team have come to an "accepted breach agreement" with F1's governing body the FIA.

Weather

Sunny with a gentle breeze. Highs of 25 in Vence and Cannes, 24 degrees in Grasse, 23 in Nice and Monaco. This evening going down to 16 degrees along the coast and 13 degrees inland with clear skies.

The outlook for the weekend remaining fine and sunny. Highs of 23-24 degrees.

Sunrise     08.00hr              Sunset      18.26hr

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