French and Riviera News Tuesday 25th June 2019

Local

Heatwave - The Alpes Maritimes has been placed on a yellow alert due to high temperatures and a heat wave which is currently sweeping across France. 53 departments in France were placed on an orange alert on Monday with forecasters announcing that the worst is yet to come. Temperatures are expected to reach 37 degrees today and 38 tomorrow. While the coast is expected to avoid the worst, inland will be the worst hit.

Elsewhere in France 41 degrees are forecast for Lyon and Clermont Ferrand today and tomorrow. According to Météo France the intensity of the heatwave is a first and the public must remain vigilant avoiding the hottest times of day from 11am to 5pm and to drink plenty of water.

Meanwhile the French Education system has announced that the Brevet which was due to take place in schools on Thursday and Friday has been postponed until Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd July due to the heatwave.

Nice Airport - Nice International airport has launched an investigation after a flight landed at Nice and hit an airport footbridge with one of its wings. The accident occurred shortly after 5pm on Monday when the left wing of a Boeing from Kuwait Airways hit the footbridge just after landing. No injuries were reported, and passengers were safely disembarked. The incident led to the return flight being cancelled as necessary steps were taken to repair the damage and passengers were offered alternative reservations and accommodation.

Yellow vests - Thirty "yellow vests" protestors have gathered at the police station in Antibes in support of two fellow members of the movement who were arrested on Sunday. The protestors staged the peaceful protest on Monday while police questioned the two individuals who had been placed in custody following an incident at the weekend.

Sea Safety - The SNSM of Cagnes-sur-Mer has launched the application "sea safe" which automatically calls emergency services, when in difficulty at sea. Following alarming results of a recent survey very few know the emergency number of 196. Every year, the six rescue stations in the Alpes-Maritimes make between 180 and 200 interventions. The new system which can be worn as a bracelet hopes to improve safety not only for those on boats but also windsurfers, kite surfers and those on jet skis.

Favourite Village - France’s favourite village is to be announced on Wednesday with Cotignac in the Var hoping to claim the title. Fourteen villages are in the ranking including Cotignac which represents the Provence Alpes Côte d’azur region. Located north of Draguignan, between Barjols and Salernes, Cotignac has a little over 2,000 inhabitants. The winner will be announced on France 3 at 9pm on Wednesday.

Petition against luxury hotel in Old Nice - Residents in old Nice have launched a petition following the announcement that the former 17th century convent located in the old town is set to become a luxury hotel. The building which was declared a historical monument in 1989 is expected to be completely renovated and turned into a 5 star hotel at a reported cost of 35 million euros.

National

Carbon emissions - France’s National Assembly will start discussing its carbon emissions objectives this week. Under the new proposals, the country will set a 2050 target to be carbon neutral. It will also pledge to halve its reliance on nuclear energy by 2035 and close all its coal-fired power stations within three years. Environmentalist groups say the proposed bill is too vague and does not go far enough. They believe reducing emissions by the middle of the century is too late. Ultimately, this draft bill by the French government aims to declare a climate emergency in the same way the UK’s House of Commons did last month.

Business

Some of America’s richest people are calling for US Presidential candidates to back a wealth tax on the super-rich to improve inequality and help fight climate change.

A letter signed by George Soros ,the Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and Molly Munger-the daughter of the billionaire Charlie Munger says that “a wealth tax could help address the climate crisis ,improve the economy ,improve health outcomes ,fairly create opportunity and strengthen democratic freedoms”.It concludes by saying that “instituting a wealth tax is in the interests of our republic”.

The group has not given backing to any particular US Presidential candidate but noted that Democrat hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren had proposed lifting taxes on those with more than 50 million dollars,a measure that would affect the 75,000 wealthiest American families.She estimated that the tax would raise 2.75 trillion dollars over 10 years.

 

Lloyds Banking Group has refused to say how much money is in the Jersey accounts which it’s frozen amid heightened fears about financial crime.

Lloyds says that the accounts have been frozen because  customers had failed to respond to repeated requests to prove their identity.

The crackdown came following the imposition of tougher money laundering rules in Jersey which has been facing pressure to improve its financial transparency.

Other leading banks including Barclays ,HSBC  and RBS have also tightened controls in Jersey in recent weeks.

Bank accounts in the Channel Islands attract suspicion of tax avoidance and concerns that they’re used to hide money illegally from around the world.

 

And-Nissan has played down any hopes of a quick fix to its strained relations with partner Renault after the firm’s chairman and chief executive said this morning  that inequality could unravel  the two-decade old alliance.

Speaking at Nissan’s AGM in Yokohama ,Hiroto Saikawa  said that he wanted to preserve the “spirit of equality” In the alliance despite a share structure that the Japanese firm has long seen as lopsided.

Mr Saikawa said he wanted a “win win” relationship with Renault adding that  if it becomes “win lose” then the relationship  will break up very quickly.

Renault is Nissan’s biggest shareholder with a 43.4 percent stake.It’s been pushing for additional representation for its directors on Nissan groups overseeing company auditing and personnel nominations.

Sport

AEROPORT DE NICE –QATAR AIRWAYS FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP REPORT.

The United States squeezed past Spain to make the quarter finals of the World Cup last night thanks to two penalties from Megan Rapinoe.

The tournament favourites looked unconvincing for much of the match which was played in hot conditions.

The second penalty was awarded following a lengthy VAR consultation in the second half which means that the USA will now play the hosts France in the last 8 in Paris on Friday.

In Monday’s other match Sweden beat Canada 1-0 thanks to a Stina Blacksteinus goal on 55 minutes.Sweden will now play Germany in the quarter finals in Rennes on Saturday.

The final two round of 16 games are being played today.Italy play China at 6pm and the Netherlands face Japan at 9pm.

Football-Rafael Benitez will leave Newcastle when his contract expires at the end of the month.

Benitez had been in charge at Newcastle since 2016 and although he failed to prevent them being relegated from the Premier League in his first season ,he won promotion back to the top flight immediately and then guided them to 10th and 13th place in the league in the following two seasons.

Newcastle said that it had “not been possible” to reach an agreement on a contract extension.

The former Newcastle star Alan Shearer said that Newcastle was a “shambles of a club” and that Benitez had deserved better.

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton has said that he understands if people find the sport “boring” at the moment but says that it’s not his or the team’s fault.

Hamilton won the French Grand Prix at a canter on Sunday and said on Monday that the finger should not be pointed at the drivers who he said “don’t make the rules”.

The 5 time world champion said that more pressure should be put on the people in charge of the sport to make it more competitive  and that there wouldn’t be a change until the “management structure changed”.

Cricket-Bangladesh have beaten Afghanistan by 62 runs to keep their hopes of making the World Cup semi finals alive.

Bangladesh batted first in Southampton and made 262-7 from their 50 overs.

In reply Afghanistan were bowled out for 200 in 47 overs.

Bangladesh are now just one point behind England in the World Cup table.

There’s a huge match today.England play Australia at Lords.Play starts at 11.30 with England in need of a win after a surprising defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in their last match.

Australia are top of the table and almost assured of making the last 4.

Tennis-Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki is through to the second round of the Eastbourne Invitational.

The 28 year old beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-3 6-4 in the traditional curtain raiser for Wimbledon.

The French Open winner Ashley Barty has pulled out though with a right arm injury and says that she needs to rest before Wimbledon starts on Monday next week.

Weather

Clear skies with  moderate  easterly winds across the Var.

Top temperatures 32 degrees in coastal areas and up to 35 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 25 degrees in coastal areas and 21 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday.Temperatures continuing to climb-Clear skies with highs of 33- 37 degrees tomorrow,33-41 degrees on Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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