French and Riviera News.Wednesday 06.03.2019

Missing girl-Police in the Var are urgently appealing for information about a 13 year old girl who’s been missing since the weekend.

Lisea Fermanel from Roquebrune-sur-Argens was last seen leaving her home at 8pm on Saturday night.

She’s 1 meter 75 tall with long dark hair and was wearing blue jeans,white trainers and a black jacket when last seen.

The teenager has gone missing before and was found at the home of a friend on the previous occasion.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 04 98 05 22 70.

 

Poisoning case-The 49 year old man accused of poisoning pensioners  in a bid to speed up his lifetime service contract has once again strenuously denied the charges.

Olivier Cappelaere purchased a property in Le Cannet under ‘Viager’ legislation from an elderly woman.

He’s accused of poisoning her drink as well as that of an elderly neighbour with the drug atropine which is used in a solution for eye drops for dogs among other treatments.

He’s also been linked to the death of a third pensioner for whom he was sole legatee to her estate but has been ‘presumed innocent’ in that case.

Mr Cappelaere told the court that for 4 years,his name had been dragged through the mud and that he’d been the victim of a media witch-hunt.

The case continues.

 

Cat killer-A 59 year old woman who’s accused of killing a number of cats and mistreating many others is facing a 16 month jail sentence.

The Grasse Criminal Court has heard how investigators found cats which had been died after being locked in cages and not fed or given anything to drink at the property in Biot in November last year.

Investigators described a “horrific scene” when they visited the premises.The offences are said to have been committed between September and November 2018.

 

 

 

Get connected-From the start of this week,bus users in Monaco have been able to take advantage of some new technology.

Members of the public waiting for a bus on the Place d’Armes can now recharge their mobile phones , surf the web using a dedicated wi-fi hotspot or catch up with the latest news and information.

The new service is part of Monaco’s project to develop digital technology in the 21st century.

 

Jazz Fest-The line-up for this year’s Juan les Pins Jazz Festival has been announced with top names coming to the venue.

The 59th edition of the festival will feature Jamiroquai , Diana Krall and Electro Delux among others.

This year’s festival runs from the 12th to the 19th of July and also features King Crimson ,Pink Martini and Jane Birkin.

Tickets will go on sale from tomorrow.

 

Don’t panic-Members of the public are being told not to panic if they hear alarm sirens going off around the Cote d’Azur today.

The sirens are tested on the first Wednesday of every month as a precaution and people should not be alarmed.

18 different sirens in urban areas will be tested for exactly 1 minute and 41 seconds at lunchtime today.

 

In National News.

 

Prison stabbing-A prison inmate at a jail has stabbed two guards in a knife attack in what French minsters are describing as a terrorist attack.

Michael Chiolo was later arrested after he and his female partner who was visiting him,barricared themselves  in the family visiting area of the Conde jail in Normandy on Tuesday morning.

Both were shot by police and the woman is reported to have died from her injuries.

One of the prison guards attacked suffered a serious abdominal wound while the other was slashed on the face and back.

Authorities say that Chioli,who is reported to have been radicalised shouted “Allahu Akhbar” or God is great during the attacks.

The knife he used in the attack is thought to have been smuggled into the jail by his visiting partner.

 

Migrant  jailed-A 36 year old Malian man, described as the ringleader of a group of migrants who broke through the perimeter fence at the port of Calais and boarded a cross-Channel ferry on Sunday has been jailed for 4 months.

The man,who told authorities that he’d been in France for “a few months, denied being the ringleader but was jailed by a court in Boulogne.

63 migrants were arrested at the port of Calais following the incident.

The jailed man maintained that he just “followed others” who broke through  the fence into the harbour area and then boarded the Calais Seaways ferry which had just arrived from Dover.

 

Anti-Vax-France says that it’s becoming increasingly concerned about the growing numbers of Measles cases being recorded around the country.

Last year , there were a reported 2,918 cases of the disease in France ,compared with just 519 cases for the whole of 2017.

This year there have been 244 reported cases of measles so far including a large outbreak at the Val-Thorens ski resort in February.

Authorities  say that the surge in cases is due to few children being vaccinated against the disease which causes rashes and inflammation and can be fatal.

The south-west of the country is a particular hotspot and doctors say that while the majority of children are receiving the initial vaccination shot,some are not getting the second MMR jab which is necessary to eliminate the virus.

 

Business.

 

A report by Bloomberg says that more European banks are being drawn into a scandal centred on dirty Russian money.

The report says that allegations of money laundering were first centred on Danske Bank in Denmark and Sweden’s Swedbank but have now widened to include banks in Austria and the Netherlands.

Bloomberg says the disclosures describe a network  of banking relationships that were used to export funds from criminals in the former Soviet Union to Western nations often via Estonia and Lithuania.

Investigations are currently underway in Baltic nations as well as the United States,the UK and Nordic countries.

The allegations have been dubbed “The Troika Laundromat” as many of the shell companies involved in the suspicious transactions had ties to Troika Dialog-a Russian investment bank that was bought by the state controlled Sberbank in 2012.

 

 

Output in Britain’s dominant services sector increased marginally in February, but hiring declined at its fastest pace in seven years as Brexit concerns continue to weigh on the economy.

The closely watched IHS Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) showed a reading of 51.3 last month, up from the two-and-a-half-year low of 50.1 recorded in January. A reading above 50 indicates growth.

The reading beat economists’ expectations of 49.8 but recent data suggests the economy is close to stagnation and on track for its weakest quarter since the final three months of 2012.

The data indicates that the economy will grow by just 0.1% in the first quarter of 2019.

 

And-Goldman Sachs is relaxing its dress code for employees as it moves towards a more “casual workplace”.

Goldman announced the move in an internal memo to employees but urged them to “use good judgement” in their fashion choices.

Goldman Sachs loosened the dress code for its tech unit in 2017 in a bid to attract top talent.The bank said that the changing nature of workplaces had prompted the move to a “firm,wide flexible dress code”.

 

Sport.

 

Football-Ajax have knocked the Spanish Giants and holders Real Madrid out of the European Champions League following a stunning away victory.

The Dutch side progressed to the quarter finals thanks to a 4-1 away win in the second leg of their round of 16 match to take the tie 5-3 on aggregate.

Spurs are also through after a 1 nil win at Borussia Dortmund which gave them a 4-0 aggregate win.

 

There are two more ties tonight.Porto host Roma trailing 2-1 from the first leg and Paris St Germain are 2-0 up heading into the second leg of their game against Manchester United.

 

There was one game in the English Championship last night.Derby beat Wigan 2-1.

 

Cricket-England have beaten West Indies 4 wickets in the first Twenty20 international in St Lucia.

West Indies batted first and made 160-8 from their 20 overs with England getting to the target in 18.5 overs in a total of 161-6 which included 68 from Jonny Bairstow.

 

India have beaten Australia by 8 runs in the second one day international in Nagpur.

India batted first and made 250 from 48.2 overs and it was a tense finish as Australia collapsed towards the end of their reply and could only manage 242 from 49.3 overs.

 

Rugby Union-Maro Itoje and Jack Nowell are both doubtful for England’s 6 Nations game against Italy on Saturday.

Itoje limped out of training on Tuesday after suffering damage to the knee that kept him out of England’s last two matches while Nowell is still suffering with a shoulder injury.

 

Wales have recalled Adam Beard for Saturday’s game against Scotland in the only change to the side that beat England at Cardiff.

The change has been enforced owing to Cory Hill’s ankle injury.

There’s no place for Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Biggar is on the bench again with Gareth Anscome continuing at fly-half.

 

Weather.

 

Hazy sunshine this morning,clouding over this afternoon with light south easterly winds and a high of 17 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 11 degrees on the coast and 9 degrees inland with cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Cloudy with some rain sweeping across the region tomorrow morning,clearing during the afternoon.Fine on Friday.Highs of 16-18 degrees.

 

Finally.

 

A five-year-old girl has been reunited with a beloved mouse toy days after she lost it at an airport.

Rosie Everett misplaced Miss Mouse after a flight from Poland to Stansted Airport on 26 February.

Her father appealed on social media for the stuffed animal's safe return and workers at Stansted found Miss Mouse "going round and round the luggage carousel all by herself".

The toy has now been returned to the family's Manchester home.

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