French and Riviera News.Friday.02.03.2018

Weather-Warmer weather has arrived in the south of France following the icy snap that’s caused chaos on the roads and seen many areas covered in snow for the first time in more than a decade.

Rain is forecast today with some sunny spells this afternoon and a high of 12 degrees.More rain is forecast for Saturday and there’s a risk of flooding in some areas.


Meanwhile more than 1,500 households in the Vesubie Valley have been without power since last night because of the bad weather.

EDF says it’s working to restore supplies and the power should be back on sometime today.


Flooding-Parts of Saint-Tropez were closed to traffic on Thursday because of seawater sweeping over coastal defences as a result of high winds.

The coast road was covered in pebbles and other debris forcing authorities to set up diversions.The situation has now returned to normal.

Motorists were also diverted away from the coast road between Antibes and Marina Baie des Anges because of the high winds.Some coastal paths across the region were also closed to the public.


Still missing-There’s growing concern for a 68 year old woman from Menton who’s been missing for a week.

Suzanne Dalmasso has mental health problems and was last seen between 7 and 8 am last Friday as she was on her way to her local bank.

She’s 1 meter 57 tall with blonde highlighted hair and was wearing beige trousers,black shoes and a black parka coat when last seen.

With the recent cold weather,authorities are particularly concerned for her safety.

Anyone with information is asked to call police in Menton on 04 93 28 66 00


Missing man-There’s still been no news of a 64 year old Nice man who’s been missing since Tuesday.

Gerard Bastiani was last seen near his home in Cimiez.He suffers from Alzheimers and was wearing grey trousers and a black jacket when last seen.

Mr Bastiani is 1 meter 75 tall and has short graying hair.Anyone with information is asked to call police on 04 92 17 22 22.


Antibes pool-Work has started on the renovation of the Antibes swimming pool complex on the Avenue Jules Greg.

The high diving board has already been removed and work has now started on the construction of a new 50 meter outdoor pool.

Many of France’s top swimmers including Olympic athletes use Antibes for training and the new complex is expected to provide state of the art facilities.

Members of the public will still be able to use the two indoor pools during the redevelopment which is expected to be completed in 9 months.


In National News.


Traffic chaos-27 departments around France are still on an orange weather alert this morning as snow and ice continues to affect central and northern parts of the country.

Temperatures have climbed in the south and rain has replaced the snow in many areas but in more northern areas,authorities are still warning of treacherous weather conditions.

On Thursday, more than 200 motorists were still stranded by snow in the Herault department on roads around Montpellier.

One motorist spent more than 24 hours in his car after becoming stranded on the A9 on Wednesday night.

Authorities have been heavily critical of some truck drivers who they say ignored orders to stay off the roads,making the situation worse.

Temperatures across the north of France of between -2 and -5 degrees are still being reported today.


Euthanasia –More than 150 French MP’s have called on the government to relax the laws surrounding palliative care and euthanasia.

The majority of MP’s calling for change come from President Macron’s La Republique en Marche party and say that people with terminal illnesses should be allowed the right to choose their own destiny.

The former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was one of those to sign up for a change in the law.

Recent opinion polls have suggested that 89 percent of French people would be in favour of relaxation of some of the laws governing euthanasia.


Athlete charged-The French World 800 meters athletics champion has been charged with assault following an incident on the 27th of August last year.

Pierre-Ambroise Bosse is accused of throwing a beer bottle at a 24 year old man outside a casino near Bordeaux during an autograph signing session.

The athlete denies the charge.




The main trading partners of the US have reacted angrily after President Donald Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

Canada and the EU said they would bring forward their own countermeasures to the steep new tarrifs.

Mexico, China and Brazil have also said they are weighing up retaliatory steps.

Mr Trump tweeted that the US had been "decimated by unfair trade and bad policy". He said steel imports would face a 25% tariff and aluminium 10%.

However, critics argue that the tariffs would fail to protect American jobs and would ultimately put up prices for consumers.


U.S. consumer prices increased in January, with  underlying inflation posting its largest gain in 12 months, bolstering views that price pressures will accelerate this year.

The expectations were underscored by other data on Thursday showing the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week to a 48-year low as the labor market tightens. Another  survey showed prices paid by manufacturers for raw materials hit a more than six-year high in February.

The combination of rising inflation and a robust labor market could force the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates  more aggressively this year than currently anticipated as it worries about the economy overheating. The U.S. central bank has forecast three rate hikes in 2018. The first rate increase is expected later this month.


And-Jaguar has revealed the production version of its first all-electric SUV as luxury carmakers race to go green.

The I-Pace can reach 60mph in 4.5 seconds and has a range of almost 300 miles on a fully charged battery.

The vehicle is set to reach showrooms by July, potentially beating rival Audi's all-electric e-tron that is expected to be released "in the summer".

The I-Pace was designed in the UK but will be built in Austria.

It will go on display at the Geneva motor show later this month and cost £63,495 in the UK.



Football-Manchester City have beaten Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates to move 16 points clear at the top of the English Premier League.

City now need just 5 more wins to clinch the title.

For Arsenal,the problems are stacking up with reports suggesting that Arsene Wenger will be replaced as manager at the end of the season.


In the English Premier League this weekend.

On Saturday Burnley play Everton.Leicester host Bournemouth.Southampton play Stoke.Swansea meet West Ham.Spurs play Huddersfield.Watford play West Brom and Liverpool host Newcastle United.

On Sunday Brighton play Arsenal and Manchester City play Chelsea.

Crystal Palace play Manchester United on Monday.


Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time on the last day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

The world champion was half a second clear of the rest of the pack and nearly a second quicker than Sebastien Vettel in the Ferrari.

This week’s testing has been affected by the weather with snow preventing the cars from getting in many laps on Wednesday.

The first Grand Prix of the season is in Melbourne on March the 25th.


Cricket-Australia closed the first day of the 1st Test against South Africa in Durban on 225-5.David Warner made 51 and skipper Steve Smith made 56.Vernon Philander took 2-36 for South Africa.


Rugby Union-There’s 1 game in the Aviva Premiership in England tonight.Harlequins play Bath.

In the Pro 14 Southern Kings play Dragons.The other games scheduled for tonight are postponed because of the weather.




Rain this morning,sunny periods this afternoon with moderate easterly winds.

Top temperature 12 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees with cloudy skies.

The weekend-Rain tomorrow morning then clearing during the afternoon.Starting fine on Sunday but rain returning in the afternoon.Highs of 12-14 degrees.




An Austrian court has said citizens have the right to swear or make obscene gestures at their politicians following a complaint by a far-right politician.

Heinz-Christian Strache, head of the Freedom Party, had argued that far-left activists had made "public insults" by criticising him in a video.

A Vienna court dismissed his complaint.

The right to "provocative and shocking" political opinion was a "fundamental part of freedom of expression," the court ruled.

The far left Linkswende Jetzt (Left Now) group had asked its supporters to raise their middle fingers to express their distaste with Mr Strache's participation in the Austrian government.



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