French and Riviera News Tuesday 26th November 2019

Local

Missing person – Police in the Alpes Maritimes have launched a missing person appeal following the disappearance of 82 year of Josephine Revelli. Revelli left her home in the west of  Nice on Friday 22nd November shortly after 8pm she has not been seen since. Described as having short brown hair and brown eyes anyone with any information is invited to contact police on 04.92.17.21.41.

Emergency aid - Following the floods at the weekend, the President of Alpes-Maritimes, Charles-Ange Ginésy, has announced the release of an emergency aid of 7 million euros. In the statement released on Monday authorities announced that 5 million will go to the communes, 1 million in direct grants to affected individuals and the support of up to 40% of restoration work to affected farmland as well as a grant to support businesses impacted by the bad weather.

Meanwhile police are still searching for a 44-year-old fisherman who has been missing since Saturday. The search will resume this morning along the coast near Cassis which is where his car was found.

And the dual carriage way bridge on the bank of the Paillon in Nice has been closed to motorists as emergency work is carried out following the storms at the weekend. Expected to last a week the works will see diversions in place for those coming from the Paillon valley from La Trinité towards Nice. The closure has already caused chaos for motorists with many finding themselves in a 7km tail back during Monday evening’s rush hour.

Weather warning - The orange weather alert has been lifted in the Var with the Gironde now the only department still on alert due to the risk of flooding. The warning is in place until 6am Wednesday morning. The torrential rain at the weekend claimed the lives of at least four people and caused great damage throughout the Riviera and the Var

Water - Three communes in the Var have been advised to avoid consuming tap water following the bad weather. Brue-Auriac, Cotignac and Les Adrets-de-l'Estérel are affected by the ban in place with residents being advised to drink bottled water or to boil tap water.

Demonstration against “street of shame” - Fifty demonstrators have gathered in Nice in protest against the tribute paid to former mayor of the city Jacques-Médecin. On Sunday the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi inaugurated the former rue de l'Opéra renaming it rue Jacques-Médecin. Monday saw demonstrators brandishing banners saying “No to the street of shame”. A spokesperson for the movement called it shameful to honour such a person recalling that “Jacques Médecin was sentenced four times and fled the justice system in France”.

National

Violence against women - Monday has marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in France and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe marked the occasion by announcing tough new legal measures to protect victims and potential victims. Saying that the time had come to take action, the prime minister unveiled government moves intended to serve as an electric shock, by seeking to broaden the definition of violence.

Philippe said that the rules covering medical confidentiality will be changed to make it easier for doctors to inform the authorities when a woman is at risk of violence. He said that the measures will be part of a new bill that ruling party lawmakers will put to the French parliament in January. The plans will benefit from 360 million euros of annual funding.

Business

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has seen its stock surge in Hong Kong in one of the year’s most anticipated IPO’s.

The firm ,which is already listed in the United States raised some 11.3 billion dollars in its second listing.

Alibaba’s shares rose by 6 percent after starting to trade on the Hang Seng.

There was strong appetite for the firm’s stock which was priced at 176 Hong Kong dollars.

Alibaba has grown from an online marketplace to an e-commerce giant in recent years with interests ranging from financial services to artificial intelligence.

The share sale has knocked Uber off top spot as the year’s biggest IPO.

Uber raised 8.1 billion dollars when it floated in New York in May.

 

The secondary ticketing firm Viagogo has announced that it’s buying its rival StubHub in a deal worth 4 billion dollars.

Viagogo says that the move will represent greater choice for customers.

StubHub has a bigger presence in the United States than Viagogo  which is better known in the UK and Europe.

eBay currently owns StubHub which it bought in 2007 for 310 million dollars.

The merger comes after the UK suspended legal action against Viagogo after it made changes to the way that it operates.

In September ,the firm made changes to the way it presents information to customers which the UK Competition and Markets Authority said meant that the website was now “worlds apart” from the one that had promted the legal action.

Viagogo was required to improve information provided about tickets such as the risk that the buyer would be turned away at the door,which ticket they were getting and the availability and popularity of tickets.

 

And-The head of Australia’s second largest bank has stepped down after it became tangled up in a money laundering scandal with alleged possible links to child exploitation.

Westpac was sued by Australian regulators last week for an alleged 23 million breaches of counter-terrorism financing and money-laundering laws.

Brian Hartzer will leave his position as chief executive on Monday.

Most of the offences levelled against Westpac involve the late reporting of overseas transactions.

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre said that some of the transactions were also potentially linked to “child exploitation risks”.

Chairman Lindsay Maxsted is also to step down next year.

Sport

Cricket-The New Zealand Cricket Board has said that it will be apologizing to England and bowler Jofra Archer who says that he was racially abused on the final day of the 1st Test at the Bay Oval.

Archer says that he heard comments from a man at the ground which included racial insults.

New Zealand Cricket says that it hasn’t yet managed to identify the offender but that CCTV footage was being studied.It added that there was no place for any form of racism in the game of cricket and said that it would be apologizing to both Archer and the England team.

 

Football-There was one game in the English Premier League last night.Aston Villa beat Newcastle 2-0.

 

 

There’s more action in the European Champions League tonight.Jose Mourinho takes charge of Spurs in Europe for the first time as they host Olympiakos in Group B. Manchester City are at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in Group C  and Real Madrid host PSG in Group A with a win putting the Spanish giants through to the last 16.

 

Russia’s staging of games at Euro 2020 could be under threat after a World Anti-Doping Agency committee recommended that the country be banned from staging sporting events for four years.

Russia could also be banned from next summer’s Tokyo Olympics and other major competitions.

The committee made the recommendations after finding that Russia had been non-compliant over inconsistencies in anti-doping data.

 

Rugby Union-The England attack coach Scott Wisemantel has left his position with the national side  after his contract expired.

The 49 year old Australian is the latest back room member of staff to leave the set-up after scrum expert Neil Hatley left to join Bath.

The forwards coach Steve Borthwick is also expected to leave in the coming months to join Leicester.

Wisemantel joined England in the summer of 2018 and has been tipped to be on Rugby Australia’s shopping list to join the back-room staff of new head coach Dave Rennie.

Weather

Hazy sunshine with light variable or westerly winds.

Top temperature 17 degrees.

Overnight lows of 12 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Rain tomorrow ,clearing during the afternoon.Partially cloudy on Thursday.Highs of 15-17 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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