French and Riviera News Thursday 19th September 2019

Local

Gunshots from tearoom in Cogolin - Police in the Var have arrested a man who fired gunshots during a brawl in a tearoom in Cogolin. According to reports an altercation broke out on Wednesday morning shortly after 7am leading to the individual opening fire. Nobody was injured and the man was later arrested and placed in police custody an investigation is currently underway.

Investment - It’s good news for cyclists in Nice and Toulon as the French government has announced plans to co-finance three new projects in the capital cities of the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var.  The objective is to make cycling a full-fledged mode of transportation by 2024 with the government promising to invest 350 million euros.

Two million euros in cash - Two million euros in cash has been found in a car stopped by authorities on the Spanish border. The vehicle was searched at a toll booth in connection with an investigation into drugs trafficking. The two million euros was packed into bags in the boot of the car. The two men in the vehicle were arrested and have been kept in custody after appearing before a judge yesterday. A further 200,000 euros was also seized in the Vaucluse department as a result of further investigations after the arrests.

Green spaces at schools in Nice - As part of a move to introduce more green spaces in schools in Nice it’s been announced that the Pagnol school in the Ariane district will be the first to benefit. The city council hopes to replace concrete playgrounds with grass and even a space allocated to grow vegetables.

Meanwhile a Second World War rocket was discovered in Antibes on Wednesday morning. Municipal cleaning staff made the discovery near the Paul-Arena school. A bomb disposal unit examined and removed the device. An investigation is now underway to determine its origin.

The municipality of St Paul de Vence has announced plans to give names to roads in the village which are currently un-named. Local residents were told of the plans at a meeting and have been invited to submit proposed names. The municipality has suggested that the names of plants or plant species might be appropriate. The current situation, which affects about 300 homes, has arisen because of new development in areas of the village which are un-named and potentially causes difficulties with emergency services locating properties.

Beach reopens - The Plage des Ondes in Cap d'Antibes has been re-opened to bathers.  The beach had been closed since Monday because of pollution.

Grand Braderie in Nice - The “Grand Braderie” starts today in Nice and continues until Saturday. The perfect opportunity for shoppers to grab a bargain as hundreds of shops install free stands outside their store with a selection of discounts.

National

The oldest person on record - French officials have refused to change the death certificate of the oldest person on record despite claims of fraud by Russian researchers. Jeanne Calment died in 1997 aged 122 but a recent Russian study claimed she had in fact died in the 1930s. They claimed her daughter then assumed her identity in order to avoid paying inheritance tax. But a group of French specialists have discredited the accusations, stating that her age is "well-documented".

Runaway metro train - A runaway driverless metro train has whizzed through three stations without stopping, striking fear into commuters on the Paris underground system and narrowly missing another train. The Paris metro operator confirmed that a train on the line 1 -- which is fully automated with no drivers -- skipped three stops on Tuesday evening. The incident sparked social media posts from terrified passengers. RATP said on its Twitter account that the train had missed the three stations "due to a technical incident" but was then brought to a halt "in line with safety procedures".

Business

President Trump has slammed the chairman of the US Federal Reserve despite Wednesday’s quarter of one percent cut in interest rates.

Mr Trump tweeted that Jerome Powell and the Federal Reserve had “failed again” and had “no guts ,no sense and no vision”.He concluded that Mr Powell was a “terrible communicator”.

The Fed said that the latest rate cut is aimed at shoring up the US economy amid uncertainties about future growth.

The quarter of one percent cut takes the central bank’s key interest down to a range of one and three quarters to 2 percent.

Officials at the Fed remain divided on future policy with 7 members voting in favour of the latest cut while two wanted to hold rates steady and one wanted to cut further.

President Trump wants the Fed to cut rates to near zero again to further stimulate growth.

British Airways pilots have called off their next scheduled strike which was due to take place on the 27th of September.

A two day stoppage last week forced BA to cancel nearly all of its flights and the pilots’ union BALPA says that it’s now time for “a period of reflection before the strike escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the brand”.

The dispute is centred on an 11.5 percent pay increase over 3 years for pilots which the airline says is fair but the union maintains is unacceptable.

BA has already started cancelling flights for the 27th of September but said on Wednesday that it would try and reinstate as many as possible and would be contacting customers with an update on the situation.

 

And-The UK government is to intervene in a US equity firm’s 4 billion pound takeover of the defence and aerospace firm Cobham,citing national security concerns.

Advent International made the offer and Cobham shareholders approved the deal last month.

However ,the founders of the firm raised concerns about the future of the company and its links with UK defence.

The government says that it wants to support private sector innovation while at the same time protecting public interest.

Cobham employs 10,000 people and focuses on mid- air refueling of planes.It also makes electronic warfare systems and communications for military vehicles.

 

Sport

Football-There was more European Champions League action last night with Manchester City getting their campaign off to a good start with a 3-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk but last season’s defeated finalists Spurs letting a 2 goal lead slip as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Olympiakos.

The pressure is mounting on Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane as his side were beaten 3-0 at Paris St Germain.

There are a stack of Europa League ties tonight.Manchester United are at home to FC Astana while Wolves host Sporting Braga.

Arsenal are away at Eintracht Frankfurt and Celtic of Scotland travel to Rennes and Rangers host Feyenoord.

Rugby Union-The scene is set for the start of the Rugby World Cup in Japan tomorrow morning with the hosts starting their campaign against Russia.

New Zealand remain the favourites for the Webb-Ellis Trophy although some commentators are saying that there may be chinks in their armour with a lot of money coming in for the Springboks and Australia not to be written off.

Of the Northern Hemisphere sides ,Ireland ,Wales and England are set to mount the strongest challenges.

Ireland start their campaign against Scotland on Sunday in Pool A while England play Tonga in Sapporo on Sunday in Pool C while Wales play Georgia in Pool D on Monday.

Cricket-India have beaten South Africa by 7 wickets in the second Twenty20 International in Chandigarh.

South Africa  batted first and made 149-5 from their 20 overs.India got to the total in 19 overs with a score of 151-3 including 72 from Kohli.

Weather.

Partially cloudy with the chance of some thundery showers this afternoon and  light variable winds.

Top temperature 25 degrees.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees on the coast and 18 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Mainly fine in coastal areas ,showers inland.Highs of  25 degrees.

Finally 

According to new research arguing really is the key to a happy marriage,  -   but only if couples choose their battles wisely.

A study by teams at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville found that those in happier relationships all bickered with each other,  but chose to avoid the more difficult subjects, including sex. 

Researchers say it adds to evidence couples who argue together, stay together.  The latest findings, published in the journal Family Process, were based on 121 couples in their 30s and 70s who had been happily married for an average of nine and 42 years, respectively. 

 

 

 

 

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