Evening Update 01 Mar

Snow - The Mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet has taken a shot at motorway companies, who he’s labelled as irresponsible for allowing motorists to freely access the network, despite the deplorable weather conditions this week. It comes after many stories of people stuck on the roads for hours because of the snow.

The cold spell itself, is coming to an end, but will take its time leaving the Riviera, with rain and strong winds replacing the snow that’s been falling since Monday. Inland, many roads remain icy and dangerous. There’s also an increased risk of flooding as rain adds to melting snow and water coming down from the mountains.

At lunchtime Meteó France lifted its Orange Weather alert on the region, the A8 was fully reopened in the Var, and a heavy lorry ban on the motorway, was lifted at the same time.

The mass of cold air is now moving slowly away to the north, where in Paris, London and Dublin, airports remain severely affected by snow.

LePen - The leader of National Front party Marine Le Pen has been charged over tweets she published of ISIS  atrocities, including a photo of the decapitated body of a news reporter. The charge, “circulating violent messages that incite terrorism” is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros.

Death - Police are investigating a suicide after a man jumped off the Napoleon III bridge in St-Laurent-du-Var. Emergency services rushed to the scene but wer unable to resuscitate him. It was the second suicide yesterday on that same bridge.


French GDP has increased 2% according to revised figures from INSEE. Growth is now noticeably better than GDP for 2016 which came in at just 1.1%. The National Statistics Office are forecasting accelerated growth this year.

Music streamer Spotify has begun the process of listing itself on the New York Stock Exchange. However, it’s believed the move is to allow current investors to cash in rather than raise new funding. The move values the company at $23bn.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said crypto-currencies like Bitcoin are killing people in a fairly direct way. He said the anonymous nature of digital currencies linked them to terrorist funding and money laundering. Some criticised Gates, saying he was ill-informed about the technology.


Football - Paris St-Germain have confirmed that forward Neymar will have surgery on Saturday after fracturing a foot and spraining an ankle during Sunday's Ligue 1 victory over Marseille. Neymar will be out for up to three months but is expected to be fit in time for the World Cup in June.

Rubgy - England coach Eddie Jones says he was physically and verbally abused, while taking a train back from the Six Nations game against Scotland. When asked why he was travelling alone in standard class, he said didn’t consider himself any different from anyone else, so public transport is OK with him. Scottish Rugby has said the disgusting behaviour of those involved does not represent the values of the sport or its fans. The dignity Eddie and the England team showed on Saturday, is in stark contrast to this ugly incident.

Tennis - Britain's Andy Murray is planning to return to the practice court towards the end the month and could be back in action before the grass-court season. Murray, who had hip surgery in January, has not played a competitive match since Wimbledon last year.

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