French and Riviera News Tuesday 27th August 2019

Local

Missing person - Police have launched an appeal following the disappearance of a 35 year old woman in Marseille. Patricia was last seen on Friday afternoon hiking in le Massif de l'etoile north of Marseille. Relatives alerted police after she failed to return home on Friday. At the time the young woman was wearing black trousers and carrying a red backpack anyone who may have seen her is asked to contact the police.

Road accident in the Var - A 35-year-old has been hospitalized after losing control of his motorbike on the RD 558 between Cogolin and Grimaud in the Var. The accident occurred on Monday afternoon causing severe disruption to traffic in the area as emergency services intervened and the victim was airlifted to hospital in Toulon.

Rescue operation on the Rock of Roquebrune sur Argens - Two 22-year olds from the Var have been rescued by emergency services after becoming lost, in the middle of the night, on the Rock of Roquebrune-sur-Argens. Ten firemen along with police officers and a helicopter were used to rescue the two individuals on Sunday evening.

Protection - Locals in Saint Laurent du Var have warned authorities that the mouth of the river Var is seriously under threat. Wedged between Nice Côte d'Azur airport and the commercial area of Cap 3000, the so-called "little Camargue". The mouth of the river Var is classified and protected; it was defined as a Special Protection Area in 2006. The aim was to protect the 260 species of birds in the area which are under threat from poachers. The coastal river located between Nice and Saint-Laurent-du-Var is 113.8 km long, it crosses the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Until about 1800, no bridge crossed the river which marked the border between France and the kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia.

National

Emmanuel Macron - Invited for nearly 40 minutes on France 2 on Monday evening French President Emmanuel Macron has taken the opportunity to review the various advances obtained during the G7 summit and projected on topics that will mark the return to politics, with the explosive pension reform. Macron first said that the summit was "useful" welcoming the opportunity to hold "open discussions" with other leaders. Adding "We talked about everything with a lot of freedom," Macron spoke, briefly but firmly, on the recent exchanges with his Brazilian counterpart. On the home front he promised new methods to promote “calm and eradicate the violence” which was observed during the yellow vest movement. On the pension reform he confirmed that nothing had yet been decided saying "We are working towards a "universal system" that is "balanced and fair" to come into effect in 2025.He added that he was in favour of an agreement which would consider the “duration of pension contributions” rather than "on retirement age”. At the end of the interview, Emmanuel Macron thanked the residents of Biarritz offering a system to compensate any loss of business which had been as a result of the G7 summit.

Drug shortages - French doctors and pharmacists have reported shortages in the supply of a range of crucial drugs including cancer drugs, vaccines and antibiotics.  A quarter of patients in France have been unable to get their prescriptions because of a shortage of drugs. The shortages are referred to by the French association of pharmacists as a "supply disruption". The three types of drugs are more commonly used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease treatments. However, many antibiotics, steroids and heart disease medications have been included. France's national agency for drug security the National Agency for Drug Safety (ANSM) recorded just 44 cases of disruption supply in 2008, but this has increased steadily to 438 in 2014 and 538 in 2017.

DIY - A man decorating his bathroom in eastern France slipped and got his head stuck in his stepladder... for five days. French media has reported that the man, in his 60s, was still conscious when the medics turned up. They were alerted by his sister, who was visiting him. His head, trapped between two rungs, swelled during the five-day ordeal and he was unable to reach his phone.

Business

A US judge has ruled that the drug maker Johnson & Johnson must pay $572m (£469m) for its part in fueling the opioid addiction crisis in Oklahoma. The company said immediately after the judgement that it would appeal. The case was the first to go to trial out of thousands of lawsuits filed against opioid makers and distributors.

President Donald Trump has said the US and China will "very shortly" resume trade talks after a weekend of escalating tension with Beijing. On Friday Mr Trump sharply hiked tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports in retaliation for fresh duties from Beijing. China has yet to confirm any talks but said it would not bow to threats.

According to documents seen by the BBC show that the UK government and HS2 knew that the new high-speed railway was over budget and was probably behind schedule years ago. Crucially, the documents were written in 2016, before MPs had signed-off the first phase of the project. It is evidence that both the public and Parliament were not given the full picture about the true cost. HS2 Ltd is a public company, set-up to build a new high-speed line linking London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. It is funded by the taxpayer.

Sport

Tennis - Serena Williams made the perfect return to the US Open after last year's controversial final by thrashing her long-time rival Maria Sharapova in a match which lasted just 59 minutes. Williams, won 6-1 6-1.

Meanwhile Britain's Johanna Konta and Dan Evans came through tricky encounters to reach the second round of the US Open. Konta will play Russian world number 61 Margarita Gasparyan next, while Evans takes on French 25th seed Lucas Pouille.

Football - The Belgian stirker Romelu Lukaku signed by Inter Milan for a club record of 80m euros from Manchester United on August 8th has scored on his Serie A debut for Inter Milan as they convincingly beat 10-man Leece 4-0

In the French ligue Montpellier play Lyon this evening kick off is at 7pm and tomorrow Nice play Marseille at the Allianz stadium in Nice kick off is at 9pm.

Cricket - Former captain Michael Vaughan says English cricket's eventful summer seems to be "written in the stars". After the monumental World Cup triumph in July, Ben Stokes played another starring role as England won by one wicket in a stunning Headingley Test. The all-rounder hit a magnificent unbeaten 135 to level the Ashes at 1-1.

Cycling - Sir Bradley Wiggins has enrolled to do a degree in social work, saying he "wants to help people". The 2012 Tour de France winner says he no longer wants to "live off the back of" his cycling career. Speaking to The Big Issue Wiggins, said that his own difficult childhood has given him a "mental toughness". Wiggins, who took Olympic gold in the time trial event in London just days after his Tour win, says he wants to be known for something other than his sporting success.

Weather

Partially cloudy to start with across the region becoming increasingly cloudy by this afternoon with possible showers inland. Highs of 29 degrees in Monaco, Menton, Nice and Saint Laurent du Var. 32 degrees in La Croix Valmer, Le Lavandou and Hyeres with a moderate south easterly wind. This evening going down to 23 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 20 degrees in the Var.

The outlook for Wednesday Storms expected to reach the coast by mid-morning clearing by late afternoon highs of 32 degrees. Thursday clear skies in the Var some scattered showers forecast for Nice and the Alpes Maritimes.  

Finally 

A survey has suggested that nearly two-fifths of people who voted to remain in the EU would be 'upset' if their child married a leave supporter. 

A YouGov poll of 2,380 people found more than one in 10 (11 per cent) remainers would describe themselves as 'very upset' if their offspring hooked up with a Brexiteer, while another 28 per cent said they would be 'somewhat upset'.

However, only 11 per cent of leave voters said they would be in any way upset if their child married a pro-EU partner. 

New YouGov research shows that a third of Labour supporters say they would be upset if their child married a Conservative. 

Only two per cent of Conservatives said they would be 'very upset' if their child married a Labour voter, while 11 per cent of Labour supporters said they would be similarly aggrieved if the positions were reversed. 

A third (34 per cent) of those who identify themselves as Labour supporters say they would be upset if their child married a Conservative.  

Similarly, some 28 per cent of Labour supporters and 17 per cent of Tories said they 'would not consider' dating someone from the other political party.

Just over half (53 per cent) of Labour supporters would consider dating a Tory if they were single, with more than a quarter (28 per cent) saying they would not consider it. 

 

 

 

 

 

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