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Local News
Crime ‘laboratory’ project - Mayor Christian Estrosi says he will use a section of Nice as a laboratory for his own public security experiments. Snubbed by the Socialist government’s crime programme, the Mayor has declared his own “priority security zone.” In the Moulins neighbourhood, on the City’s west, four mediators will patrol from 7pm to 1am five nights a week, in a bid to solve any conflicts. They’ll be supported by private security patrols, of six to eight men and dogs, between 7pm and 5am. They will be instructed to call police if there is any potentially dangerous situation.

Park rangers attacked - Two park rangers have been seriously assaulted by a sheep farmer, as they investigated his claims of a wolf attack on his flock. The incident took place on 8 August at Chateauneuf d’Entraunes, in the Parc Mercantour. Farmers who can prove their livestock were killed by wolves are entitled to government compensation. It is the first reported physical attack on inspectors, although they are often subjected to verbal abuse. The Nice prosecutor has opened an inquiry.

Jewel thieves jailed - Two Albanian men have been jailed by the Monaco court after attempting to steal jewellery from a tourist. The pair tried to rip a gold chain from the neck of their victim on Monday, just metres from the Principality’s police headquarters. The chain and victim refused to give; and officers quickly arrested the would-be thieves. They have been sentenced to eight months behind bars.
Special dog beach - And if you’re looking for somewhere for you and your dog to cool off this summer, then head for Cap d’Ail. Authorities have opened a special canine beach, at the Pointe des Douaniers, next to Monaco. However, just like humans, too many hours in the sun at the beach can leave your pooch dehydrated and sunburnt.
National News

Roma work rights - France's Socialist government announced yesterday that it will continue its controversial policy of shutting down illegal Roma camps but will also ease employment restrictions on Roma from Romania and Bulgaria. The announcements came after an emergency ministerial meeting on the handling of an estimated 15-thousand Roma currently living in illegal camps across France.

Petrol price pledge - French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault promised yesterday a modest and temporary cut to the taxes on petrol and diesel in order to reduce pump prices for drivers. The reduction will come ahead of the introduction of a more permanent mechanism to regulate fuel prices. In recent weeks the price of crude has climbed and so have prices at the pump, squeezing consumers who are already feeling the pinch.

Tower gold mine - The Eiffel Tower has been declared the most valuable monument in Europe - worth 435 billion euros to the French economy, a new study claims. The venerable Paris landmark was estimated to be worth six times its nearest rival, the Colloseum in Rome, valued at 91 billion euros. The study by Italy's Monza and Brianza Chamber of Commerce based its findings on a monument's “image, brand and visibility”, calculated by cross-referencing 10 different parameters from various analysts and statistics bodies.

The leaders of Germany and France are set to hold talks in Berlin on whether to give Greece more time to make the cuts required by its debt bailout. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will also meet Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras later this week. Meeting Mr Samaras yesterday, eurozone chief Jean-Claude Juncker kept the door open for a change to the bailout terms.
Australian airline Qantas has posted its first annual loss since it was privatised in 1995, amid high fuels costs and growing losses at its international operations. The firm made a net loss of A$244m for the year ending 30 June. This compares with a net profit of A$250m in the previous year.
Hewlett-Packard has reported a quarterly loss of $8.85bn.The world's largest technology firm by sales was forced to write down the value of some assets, mostly related to its purchase of Electronic Data Systems, which it bought in 2008. The firm also had to absorb some sizeable restructuring costs, as it looks to cut some 27,000 jobs, or 8% of its global workforce, by 2014.


Football -  Newcastle, Liverpool, Motherwell and Marseille are all in action tonight in the Europa League qualifying play-off rounds.
Last night, Chelsea came from behind to down Reading in the Premier League. Here’s the BBC.

Formula One - McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh says Lewis Hamilton has told him he wants to sign a new contract with the team. 27-year-old Hamilton has a deal that runs out at the end of this season and there has been speculation that he could seek a fresh challenge elsewhere. A drive is expected to become available at Ferrari at the end of the season, with speculation also surrounding Michael Schumacher's future at Mercedes.

Horseracing – Unbeaten Frankel enhanced his reputation as one of the greatest horses in history by easily taking the Juddmonte International at York. It takes the Sir Henry Cecil-trained colt's record to 13 wins from 13 races. Despite stepping up in distance to 10 furlongs for the first time, the world's top-rated horse powered through the field to take a record eighth consecutive Group One victory by seven lengths.
Paralympics - Four flames have been kindled at the top of the highest peaks of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland ahead of next week's Paralympic Games. The flames are being carried down in lanterns ahead of celebrations in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast over the Bank Holiday weekend. They will come together at Stoke Mandeville on Tuesday, a day before the Games start.

Fine, hot and sunny across Monaco, the Alpes-Maritimes and Var, with light south-easterly winds. Temperatures: 26 – 34°. Overnight: clear skies, 20 – 26°.

And Finally

A Frenchwoman endured an 18-hour journey from the Pakistani city of Lahore to Paris and back again after sleeping through her plane's stop in the French capital, officials said on Wednesday. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) are investigating how ground crew failed to notice the woman during the plane's two-hour stopover at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.The woman, named as Patrice Christine Ahmed, who is married to a Pakistani, left Lahore at noon on Tuesday to fly to Paris via Milan, but did not wake up to get off the plane, airline spokesman Sultan Hasan told AFP. The woman did not mention her mistake to cabin crew and the matter only came to light when she was stopped by immigration officials on arrival back in Lahore on Wednesday morning -- after a 12,000-kilometre (7700-mile) round trip. Hasan said PIA were investigating the incident and the French subcontractor responsible for passenger handling in Paris.
Local News
Madonna concert backdown - Pop star Madonna changed her show last night to avoid angering the National Front political party. The party launched legal action after the American singer superimposed a Swastika over the face of Marine Le Pen during a video montage at her first concert in Tel-Aviv. At last night’s Nice concert the Swastika was replaced by an exclamation mark. It was the last French performance for the singer, who turns 54 tomorrow.

Shock victims critical - Two young women, electrocuted after climbing onto a train at Menton in the early hours of Monday, remain in a critical condition in hospital. The pair, aged 25 and 26, are in induced comas in specialist burns hospitals in Toulon and Marseille. They are both fighting for their lives after receiving a 25-thousand volt shock from the train’s power lines. The SNCF has begun an investigation into how the women were able to enter the area, 100 metres from the Menton station, and climb on top of the train.

Priority security zones - Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi is taking security matters into his own hands. Nice was not among 15 cities identified by the new Hollande Socialist government as having crime problems. But, the UMP Mayor says more needs to be done, and he is establishing “priority security zones”. The first in Nice’s western Moulin neighbourhood, will be patrolled by private security forces.

Pizza fire probe - A criminal investigation has been launched into a fire that destroyed a pizza restaurant at Valbonne. The two storey business was destroyed by the blaze in the early hours of yesterday. Neighbours reported seeing youths fleeing the scene of the fire; and the remnants of Molotov cocktails were found among the debris.

209 km/h motorway flash - A young Italian man has been caught travelling at 209 kilometres an hour on the A8 motorway. The driver, in his father’s BMW 335d coupé, was flashed late Monday afternoon by a radar near Brignoles.  The man’s license was confiscated immediately, and he was fined €750. He will appear in court in December.
National News

Elysée plans stolen - Highly confidential floor plans of the French presidential Elysée Palace, the interior ministry and the Paris police headquarters have been stolen from a car in Paris, in an embarrassing security lapse. The plans on a USB drive and discs had been given to a building contractor hired to install fibre optic cabling for video surveillance in the sensitive sites.

Roma work rights - Bulgarian and Romanian citizens living in France could soon be granted the right to work in the country. The Socialist government will meet today to end a row over its treatment of ethnic Roma migrants. President Francois Hollande and his Interior Minister Manuel Valls have come under fire this summer for sanctioning the dismantling of several Roma camps and repatriating hundreds of their residents to Bulgaria and Romania.

Mother’s death ‘accidental’ - A French mother fighting a battle with a Saudi prince over custody of their daughter died accidentally according to police, as it emerged she was on anti-depressants and had regular arguments with her current partner. An autopsy of 35-year-old Candice Cohen-Ahnine, who fell from her fourth-floor Paris apartment to her death on August 15, found "no trace of blows or injuries on her body".


Greece's Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, has called for more time to implement tough spending cuts and reforms, ahead of crucial talks on its EU/IMF bailout. He will meet eurozone head Jean-Claude Juncker today, and French and German counterparts later this week. At issue is whether Greece has done enough to receive its next 31.5bn-euro bailout payment next month.
Personal computer maker Dell has said because of the "uncertain economic environment" it expects third-quarter revenue to be down from 2% to 5% on second-quarter levels. It came as the world's third-largest PC maker revealed second-quarter revenue of $14.5bn.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that it has granted its first whistleblower award, under a new program to a witness who helped stop a multi-million dollar fraud. The agency did not identify the whistleblower or the case in question, but said the person will receive an award of $50,000. That equates to 30% of the total penalties collected so far by the SEC in the case, the maximum percentage allowable by law.


Football - Emmanuel Adebayor has completed a £5m move to Tottenham Hotspur from Manchester City. The Togo striker impressed during a loan spell with Spurs last season, scoring 17 Premier League goals.
Chelsea continue their Premier League campaign with a second round clash tonight at home with Reading.

Cricket - Kevin Pietersen has been left out of the England squads for both the World Twenty20 and the preceding one-day series against South Africa. The 32-year-old was dropped for the third Test against South Africa after allegedly insulting Test captain Andrew Strauss in texts to the tourists.


Fine, hot and sunny across Monaco, the Alpes-Maritimes and Var, with light southerly winds. Temperatures: 20 – 36°. Overnight: some inland mist, 20 – 26°.
And Finally

A telegram found during a clear-out at a British bus depot has solved the mystery of a soldier not seen since the D-Day landings, Britain's press reported on Wednesday. The family of Private Gordon Heaton assumed the Worcestershire Regiment soldier had been killed in fighting following the World War II landings, but could not understand why they had not received an official telegram. However, the missing War Office telegraph was discovered last November during a clear-out of the lost property department at a bus depot in Birmingham, a family member recently realised. The document, along with a letter containing the soldier's last will and testament, were left on a bus by a post office messenger boy.

Local News
French heat wave - An air pollution alert has been issued for the Alpes-Maritimes as large parts of France swelter in a heat wave. An orange weather alert has been issued for 33 Departments stretching for the south-west corner of the country, horizontally through the centre to the north-east. While there is no official heat wave warning in force for the south-east, local officials have acted.

Air quality alert – Speed limits have been cut across the Alpes-Maritimes in an effort to reduce air pollution. A week of high temperatures and weak winds has left a blanket of brown haze covering much of the Cote d’Azur. The Level 1 plan, sees speed limits slashed to 80 km/h on the A8 motorway, between 6am and 9pm. The Mayor, Christian Estrosi, is urging residents to leave their cars at home and utilise public transport.

Drink and shelter - Across the Alpes-Maritimes and in Monaco, officials are warning people at risk to take precautions against the heat. Small children and the elderly will need to drink plenty of water. Residents are also urged to stay indoors throughout the hottest hours of the day, from 11am to 9pm. They are also advising people to avoid strenuous activites, such as sport, gardening or maintenance work. Anyone with elderly relatives and neighbours are also being asked to check on their welfare. Monaco residents can get advice from the Princess Grace Hospital on 97 98 99 00.

Back to work - President Francois Hollande yesterday ended his summer holiday in the Var. The President and his partner, Valerie Trierweiler, quit the official Presidential summer residence, the Fort de Bregancon at Bormes-les-Mimosa, to return to Paris. They abandoned their limousine at Hyeres to take the TGV (First Class) to the capital. This week President Hollande has a meeting of Ministers ahead of a summit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Madonna’s Nice concert - The next big summer concert takes place tomorrow night, when Madonna arrives in Nice. Some 30-thousand fans are expected at the concert, which is a sell-out. It is the Material Girl’s first performance on the Cote d’Azur since 2008. We will bring you the parking and traffic restrictions tomorrow.
Rally for Heroes - A group of 50 cars will be travelling through the Riviera today and tomorrow was part of the “Rally for Heroes”. The drivers come from Britain’s three services, Army, Navy and Air Force. Their aim is to raise 100-thousand pounds for the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes. The 100 participants will also take part in a memorial service in Nice tomorrow morning to honour Resistance fighters who freed the City 68 years ago.
National News

Heat wave robberies - Two women took advantage of France's heatwave to rob old people in Brittany’s main city, Rennes. As temperatures soared and public service announcements warned elderly people to take special precautions, one of the thieves gained access to victims’ homes last week by pretending to be sent either by the town council or a charity to check on the occupant’s well-being. Meanwhile, the other would steal jewellery, whose loss was sometimes not noticed until sometime later.

Custody mother dies - A French mother at the centre of a high profile custody battle with a Saudi prince has died after falling from a fourth storey apartment, amid suspicions of foul play. Police are still investigating what caused the death of 35-year-old Candice Cohen-Ahnine, who fell from her Paris apartment window on Thursday night. Ms Cohen-Ahnine's lawyer said the death "seemed to be some sort of accident," and did not know whether foul play was involved.
Amputee swims strait - A French swimmer who lacks legs and arms has successfully swum the frigid waters separating Alaska and Russia with the aid of paddle-like prosthetics. Philippe Croizon, whose limbs were amputated after a 1994 electrical accident at age 26, completed his swim late Friday from Alaska's Little Diomede Island to the Russian maritime border near Big Diomede Island.


Heineken has agreed to buy Fraser and Neave's controlling stake in the maker of Tiger beer in a deal worth 5.6bn Singapore dollars. Heineken had raised its bid, from 50, to 53 Singapore dollars per share. Singapore-based Fraser and Neave confirmed it had accepted an improved offer from the Dutch brewer for its 40% stake in Asia Pacific Investment Pte Ltd. Shareholders still need to approve the deal in a vote.
Alan Joyce, chief executive of Qantas, has said he will forgo his bonus and pay rise after a sharp plunge in the airline's profits. Qantas has forecast a 90% fall in its profits for the financial year ending 30 June, amid losses at its international operations and high fuel costs.The firm has also been hit by a series of strikes and labour disputes. The troubles have seen its share price drop 35% since April this year.
Patrick Ricard, the French head of the global spirits company Pernod Ricard, whose father founded the Ricard firm, has died at the age of 67. The firm said Mr Ricard had passed away on Friday. Paul Ricard founded the company, which began selling the anise-flavoured liqueur pastis, in Marseille in 1932. His son transformed the firm into the second largest wine and spirits company in the world.

Football - Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has played down concerns about the knee injury he sustained during yesterday's 3-2 win against Southampton. The 24-year-old Argentina striker, was carried off on a stretcher after collapsing following a challenge with Nathaniel Clyne after eight minutes. Chelsea defeated Wigan 2-nil in yesterday’s other match.
Tonight, Manchester United open their campaign at Everton.
Cricket - England will struggle today to avoid defeat in the Third Test against South Africa at Lords. The homeside will resume at 16-2, chasing an improbable 346 for victory on the final day. A loss would see England not only lose the series but also its number one world ranking.

Tennis - Roger Federer overcame Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the Cincinnati Open for the fifth time. The world number one recorded a 6-0 7-6 win over the Serb in an ideal preparation for the US Open, which starts in New York next Monday.

Fine, hot and sunny across Monaco, the Alpes-Maritimes and Var. Light, southerly winds. Temperatures: 31 – 37°. Overnight: clear skies, 21 – 27°.

And Finally

A Finnish teenager has smashed the world record -- and probably his phone -- in this year's annual mobile-phone throwing contest in Finland. Eighteen-year-old Ere Karjalainen launched a phone the "amazing" distance of 101.46 metres, Finnish public television network YLE said after Saturday's event. Second place went to South African Jeremy Gallop, who threw a phone 94.67 metres. Finland is the home of Nokia and is awash in obsolete phones, organisers said.


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