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Morning News Thursday 18th May 2017

Local

French Government - Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed his first government.
Macron picked Bruno Le Maire a pro-European from The Republicans as his economy minister. As interior minister, he picked Gerard Collomb, the mayor of Lyon who was one of the first Socialists to be a vocal supporter of Macron. His centrist ally Francois Bayrou was given the justice portfolio. Jean-Yves Le Drian, outgoing Socialist defence minister and a close friend of ex-President Francois Hollande, was named foreign minister and minister for Europe and the President of the University of Nice, Frédérique Vidal, was appointed the new Minister of Higher Education for France. The announcement - made on Wednesday afternoon showed all political parties represented and an equal balance between male and female members as well.

Koaland Menton - A fire has broken out at the Koaland amusement park in Menton. The blaze broke out in the 200 square metre storage room on Wednesday evening. Visitors to the park were escorted to safety by the fire service.

Murder - The Assize Court of the Bouche-du-Rhone has handed down a 21 year prison sentence for the murder of a student in Marseilles four years ago. The student was killed by a 30 year-old man, Samir Dar.douri, who attacked him with a bottle shard while stealing his watch. Dar.douri is currently in prison in Belgium for another attempted robbery with violence offence.

AS Monaco - Monaco have won the French Champions League title for the first time in 17 years after a 2-0 win at home to Saint-Etienne and in celebration of the team’s win American rapper 50 Cent will perform a private concert on Sunday at the Place du Palais. The concert is open to club members and Monegasques only. Entry is free and tickets can be collected from the Stade Louis II stadium with a maximum of 3 per person subject to availability.

National

Bernard Tapie - A court in Paris is to decide today if French businessman Bernard Tapie has to repay 404 million euros. The case between French Tapie and the Crédit Lyonnais has been running for over 20 years. A decision is expected to be announced at 2pm today.

Poll - According to a recent poll for BFMTV, the French say they are mostly satisfied with the composition of the new government. French President Emmanuel Macron announced his new government on Wednesday the poll also showed that those surveyed believe it fulfills Macron's promise of renewal. However they appear are more divided as to its effectiveness.

Business

US stock markets have seen an extended rally since President Trump was elected in November but the row over the firing of FBI director James Comey and growing scepticism about the President’s ability to push through major policies has cast a cloud over Wall Street in recent days. Analysts’ say that the uncertainty is set to continue for several days yet with Mr Comey due to address a congressional committee next week as well as the appointment of a special prosecutor to look at allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign in the run-up to the US Presidential election. Some commentators are also speaking about possible impeachment which is also adding to a sense of fear in markets. Financial stocks bore the brunt of Wednesday’s losses with Goldman Sachs down 5 percent and JP Morgan Chase down by 3.8 percent.

German prosecutors have announced that they’re investigating the chief executive of Volkswagen in connection with the emissions scandal that first broke in late 2015. It’s the first time that Matthias Mueller has been linked to the affair.His predecessor Martin Winterkorn and the current chairman of VW,Hans-Dieter Poetch are already under investigation. Mr Mueller became chief executive of Volkswagen after the scandal broke.At the time he was a board member of Porsche SE-the holding company which owns a majority of voting shares in the VW group.

And-EU and US officials have decided that there will be no ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Europe. Officials made the decision following a four hour meeting on aviation security in Brussels but said that other measures were still being discussed. US officials had previously said that they were looking at extending to Europe a ban on electronics on flights from 80 mostly Muslim countries. An EU source described the meeting as “vitally important”.

Sport 

Football-Huddersfield Town have made it into the Championship play-off final after beating Sheffield Wednesday 4-3 on penalties in last night’s semi-final second leg game after the scores were tied at 1-1 on aggregate after extra time. Huddersfield will play Reading in the final at Wembley with one of the two sides destined to join Newcastle and Brighton in the Premier League next season. There was 1 game in the English Premier League last night.Southampton and Manchester United played out a goalless draw.

There were 3 games in the Scottish Premiership last night.Inverness staved off relegation until the weekend at least with a 2-0 win at Dundee.Rangers lost 2-1 at home to Aberdeen meaning that the Don’s will definitely finish as runners up to Celtic and St Johnstone beat Hearts 1-0.

Rugby Union-The chief executive of the English RFU,Ian Ritchie has announced that he’ll retire at the end of the summer. Mr Ritchie,who’s 63 joined the RFU in 2012 and has overseen a 6 Nations Grand Slam and successive titles for the men’s team and a 2014 World Cup victory for the women’s team. The RFU will announce a replacement by the end of the summer.

Cycling-Omar Fraile of Spain has won stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia with Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands retaining the overall race lead. Fraile finished the stage in a time of 4 hours 23 minutes and 14 seconds with Rui Costa of Portugal just beaten into second place. Dumoulin leads the overall standings by 2 minutes and 23 seconds from Nairo Quintana with Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands in overall third.

Weather

Hazy sunshine with light to moderate easterly winds.

Top temperature 24-25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 17 degrees on the coast and 14 degrees inland with rain spreading across the region.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Rain and thunderstorms tomorrow with some bright spells mixed in later in the day.Partially cloudy on Saturday.Highs of 20-22 degrees.

Finally 

A High Street health food chain in the UK says it has had to order extra stocks of rosemary after research claimed the scent of the herb could improve the memory of students revising for exams. Holland & Barrett says there has been a 187% increase in sales of rosemary essential oil compared with last year.

A Northumbria University study showed pupils in a room scented with rosemary performed better in memory tests. It supported the traditional links between rosemary and memory.