French and Riviera News Monday 22nd June 2020

Stabbing following family argument - Three people have been stabbed in La Crau in the Var. The stabbings occurred following a family argument on Sunday afternoon.

Two of the injured are a couple in their sixties and the third is a younger woman. The two women were taken to hospital in Toulon and the 60-year-old man was taken to Hyéres hospital. Police intervened and have launched an investigation into the cause of the dispute.

Coronavirus - The Monegasque government has announced one new case of coronavirus. The news announced on Sunday means that the number of cases recorded in the Principality now stands at 100. The latest case is being treated at home by the home monitoring centre.

To date, 94 patients have been cured and one person is still hospitalized at the Princess Grace Hospital.

Forest fire - Fire services in the Var have been deployed after a forest fire broke out on Sunday June 21st in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer.

3000 square meters of forest were destroyed before firefighters managed to control the blaze. Authorities remind the public as we enter a particularly dry period to take extra care in forest areas.

Fête de la Musique - Thousands of people in France have taken advantage of the Fête de la Musique to gather and dance in the streets on Sunday, despite a limited number of events and health restrictions due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Several hundred Parisians gathered around the Saint-Martin canal in the Capital as police intervened to evacuate the crowd.

Warmer weather - Météo France has announced that France is set to experience its first peak in warm weather with temperatures above 30 ° C in France, or even 35 degrees locally.

Tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd June is expected to see temperatures reach between 26 to 30 ° C in the north and 28 to 33 degrees in the south.  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are forecast to be the hottest days as temperatures exceed 30 ° C in most regions.

2019 had been the third hottest year in France, after 2018 and 2014, marked by two exceptional heat waves and an absolute record of 46 ° C.

Météo France say that 2020 is part of the same trend, with a winter of mild temperatures and a spring which has been the second warmest on record.

Love is in the air – France’s culture minister has said that actors have started kissing again on French film shoots.

The minister said kissing had resumed on sets where the actors had been tested for coronavirus. And he insisted l’amour was not completely dead despite the pandemic.

French cinemas are to reopen today after a three-month closure but with drastic distancing measures that mean they can never be more than half-full.

Swimming pools, holiday centres as well as all classes of primary and secondary schools reopen today.

Stadiums - Other coronavirus restrictions to be lifted will see Stadiums re-open to fans in France on July 11th.  Up to 5,000 fans will be allowed in arenas to watch live sport - a figure that may increase later in the summer.

Business

Asian markets are flat this morning and US stock futures have risen as investors try to shake off concerns that rising coronavirus cases in the United States could scupper a quick economic rebound from the massive downturn triggered by the pandemic.

US S&P futures were up by 0.4 percent a little earlier having erased early losses of more than 1 percent while mainland Chinese stocks were up by 0.3 percent.

Share prices have been rising strongly over the past three months after a brutal sell-off when the pandemic first hit.

Markets have been helped by massive stimulus and hopes that the worst of the pandemic is over.

Rising coronavirus cases in some parts of the world ,especially the United States and South America remain a major concern.

New cases of the virus in America hit their highest level since May according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

 

A leading economist has said that the deepening cold war between China and the United States will be a bigger concern for the world than the coronavirus.

Jeffrey Sachs says that the world is heading for a period of “massive disruption without any leadership”.Professor Sachs said that the divide between the two superpowers will exacerbate the problem and blamed the US administration for the hostilities.

In an interview with the BBC ,Professor  Sachs  said that the United States is “a force for division ,not for cooperation” and that it’s trying to create a new cold war with China.

He said that if that takes hold then we won’t go back to normal and that we will spiral into greater controversy and greater danger.

 

And-American Airlines is seeking to secure 3.5 billion dollars in new financing to improve its liquidity.

The firm ,which has been struggling with travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus ,is planning to raise one and a half billion dollars by selling shares and the offer of convertible senior notes until 2025.

The firm said that it would use the proceeds for general corporate purposes and to enhance its liquidity position .

Last week ,American and Delta Airlines said that a modest recovery in demand was helping to slow daily cash burn rates in June.

Sport

Football-There were three games in the English Premier League on Sunday with Liverpool’s title celebrations put on ice as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Everton in the Merseyside derby.

In the other matches Chelsea strengthened their grip on 4th place thanks to a 2-1 win at relegation threatened Aston Villa and Newcastle beat Sheffield United 3-0.

There’s one game tonight. Manchester City play Burnley.

In the English Championship on Sunday Cardiff beat Leeds 2-0.

Formula 1-The former F1 driver Alex Zanardi is in a serious but stable condition following an accident in a handbike race in Italy.

Zanardi suffered head injuries after crashing into a truck in Pienza on Friday.

He had surgery in Siena and remains on a ventilator in intensive care.

The 53 year old had both legs amputated after crashing in a cart race in Germany in 2001.

He made a remarkable recovery and has since become a 4-time Paralympian handcyling gold medalist.

Tennis-The world number 19 Grigor Dimitrov has tested positive for coronavirus after playing in recent Adria Tour events.

The 29 year old Bulgarian withdrew from the second tournament in Croatia on Saturday after feeling unwell.

Dimitrov said that he tested positive for coronavirus in Monaco and urged anyone who’s been in contact with him over the past few days to get tested and take precautions.

He said that he was back at home and recovering.

Golf-Webb Simpson has won the RBC Heritage in South Carolina.

The American carded a bogey-free final round of 64 including 5 birdies on the last 7 holes to reach 22 under par and win by 1 shot from Abraham Ancer of Mexico.

The overnight leader Tyrell Hatton finished two shots back on 20 under.

Weather

Clear skies with light south easterly winds.

Top temperatures 27 degrees in coastal areas -31-32 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 21 degrees on the coast and 18 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies with highs of 27-31 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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