Evening Update 26 Feb

Snow - This morning’s snow along many parts of the coast has led to delays and cancellations on trains, and at Nice Cote d’Azur airport. Train services are worst affected after snow laden tree’s fell on the track at Menton. Emergency repair teams are on-site but there are still significant delays and cancellations between Nice and Ventimiglia.

On the roads, motorists are warned to be extra vigilent and avoid journeys if possible, especially inland. On the A8, the motorway is moving well so far, but trucks of 7.5 tons or more have been banned.

Health authorities are reminding people to check on elderly neighbours, while the environment management agency has asked people to limit electricity consumption particularly between the hours of 6 pm and 8 pm. On the plus side, the cold spell is green light to fill up on your favourite fatty foods such as tartiflette.

The cold snap is due to a extreme cold front moving across the entire continent from Russia, and has been dubbed ‘The Beast from the East’. It’s expected to last until at least Wednesday.

Suicide - A 45 year-old inmate has committed suicide at the prison in Nice. He did so on Saturday night by way of hanging.  It’s the ninth suicide in the prison in the last two years.

Clothes - OGC Nice have given the go-ahead to a special clothing collection before this Fridays match against Lille. Supporters are invited to drop off clothes, which are clean and in good condition, before the match, for distribution by a charity called ABI 06, which helps people reintegrate with society.

Concert - The Rolling Stones have announced their only show in France this year is to be in Marseilles at the end of June. Although they regularly play Paris and Lyon, it’s rare they’re near the Cote d’Azur, with their last performance in Nice being back in 2006. At the launch of the tour in London, Keith Richards disagreed that the band are too old to rock’n’roll, saying the Rolling Stones are ‘only getting started!’ Tickets for the Marseilles show on June 26th, go on sale in three weeks on Friday March 16th.

Birthday - Monaco residents are invited to join Prince Albert in celebrations for this sixtieth birthday next month, with a special concert in the cathedral featuring singers, a brass band from the Monaco Philharmonic Orchestra and more. Seats for the performances are free, and are available on presentation of a Monegasque ID card at the City Hall from Thursday.


Germany says it will remain watchful over Chinese carmaker Geely’ new investment in Mercedes-Benz, warning the deal should not be used as a gateway for Chinese industrial policy interests. Geely, which has bought a near 10% stake Mercedes owner Damlier, already fully-owns Sweden's Volvo and black cab maker London Taxi Company.

The New York film studio, co-founded by Harvey Weinstein is to file for bankruptcy, after talks of a sale to an investor group collapsed, after the attorney general's office filed a lawsuit against the company. Directors were quoted as saying bankruptcy was the only viable option.


Formula 1 - Fernando Alonso and McLaren have had a bad start to pre-season testing, when the Spaniard span off after losing a wheel, just six laps into his running. The two-time world champion lost control at the last corner of Spain's Circuit de Catalunya, when the right back wheel came off.

Football - The island of Jersey's bid to become an international football nation, has been rejected by UEFA’S Annual Congress. 49 nations decided not to back the Channel Island's bid to become UEFA's 56th member nation, saying the island is not a sovereign country as defined by the United Nations and does not satisfy the admission criteria.

Rugby - Former Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip has ended his playing career at the age of 34. He did so on medical advice, in order to ensure his future well-being, after being unable to recover from a back injury last year. In his career Heaslip won 95 caps, played for Leinster and the British & Irish Lions, and since making his Ireland debut in 2006, led the side 13 times.

Tennis - Russian Karen Khach.anov surprised French third seed Lucas Pouille 7-5 3-6 7-5 to win his second ATP title in Marseille yesterday. The 21-year-old world numer 47, took victory in just under two hours.

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