Carnaval - A call to make the Carnaval in Nice, free once more, has been launched online. The petition says the Carnaval has been parading along the promenade for generations, and was a genuine part of Nice culture. However, since the Nice attacks it has been hemmed into Place Massena for security reasons, and you must buy a €12 ticket to enter. The petition demonstrates a growing feeling among people, that the Carnaval has been sanitized and commercialised as a pure money making exercise. Click here to see the petition.
Wedding - Princess Stéphanie of Monaco has announced the engagement of her eldest son Louis. The 25 year-old is to marry Marie Chevallier, who he met four years ago, when studying for his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management in the USA. Madame Chevallier, who also holds a degree from the same college, is currently the banqueting and convention coordinator at the Hotel Hermitage.
Strike - Over a dozen Air France flights, to and from Nice Airport, have been cancelled tomorrow as unions call for strike action. Pilots, cabin crew and ground staff are taking part in the protest, which over pay.
Euromillion - There was no winner of the EuroMillions draw last night, meaning that Friday’s jackpot could be a maximum €190 million. France is the place to play, as there’s been more jackpot winners here, than any other EU country, and of the French winners 81% struck lucky on a Friday!
The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, has seen its shares suffer their biggest fall for more than three decades, after reporting disappointing online sales figures for the Christmas period. Although online sales were 23% higher in the three months to December, that was less than half the growth recorded in the previous quarter, and lower than in the same period of 2016. In early trading today, Walmart shares fell just over 10% to $94.
UK government figures show 74% of medium and large companies, pay higher wage rates to men than to women. The gender pay gap, reflects the different “average hourly salaries” earned by men and women, with the average pay gap now 8.2%.
Winter Olympics - Norway’s Marit Bjorgen has become the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time, as she took bronze in the cross-country skiing last night. The win takes her overall Olympic medal total to fourteen.
Norway continue to dominate the medals table, with 13 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze, making a total 33 medals. In second place are Germany with 24, while France are sixth and the UK sixteenth.
Tonight, there is more action from Pyeongchang with Alpine Skiing, Ice Hockey and Snowboarding.
Football - Antonio Conte says Chelsea will going to try do something incredible, by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League. He was speaking after last night’s game where Chelsea dominated, and would have won, if not for an Lionel Messi scraping an equaliser in the last 15 minutes. There are more games in Champions League tonight with Sevilla hosting Manchester United. Kick-off is 8.45.
Basketball - Monaco’s basketball team has won the 2018 Leaders Cup held in Paris. Reserved for the French basketball elite, the Roca Boys took their third Leaders Cup title, by beating Le Mans 83-78 in the final game.
Rugby - Scotland has named the same starting line-up that beat France, in their Six Nations meeting with England this weekend. And ‘France Centre’ Mathieu Basta.reaud is to start in midfield against Italy on Friday, after completing his three-week ban for a homophobic slur.