French and Riviera News Friday 11th August 2017


Forest Fire - A forest fire has forced 400 campers and residents to flee. The blaze which broke out on Thursday has been contained after destroying 500 hectares southwest of Montpellier. Some 200 firefighters battled the fire. Last month, blazes across southern France and Corsica, which are experiencing a particularly hot and dry summer, saw thousands of people evacuated and huge areas of vegetation destroyed. Meanwhile Météo France has today issued a severe risk of forest fires alert in the Alpes Maritimes between Cannes, Antibes and Grasse.

Water quality - The Gravette beach in Antibes has been closed to swimmers following tests carried out on the quality of the sea water. Bathers were asked to leave the area on Thursday afternoon following the control. The ban runs until Saturday while authorities carry out further tests.

Arrest - A 29 year-old man on holiday on the Cote d’Azur, has been arrested in Monaco, in relation to a shooting in Montpellier last summer.  It’s alleged he was part of a shooting between rival groups outside a disco, after which a warrant for his arrest was issued charging him with attempted murder. It’s reported the man, a French national, is well known to police.

Ferrari - A Ferrari seen in Nice and Monaco is causing consternation, as it appears to be painted in actual gold, complete with an inscription saying 1,000kg of gold was used to customise the car. However, social media is not so sure, with car experts saying it’s more likely a gold coloured vinyl rather than the real thing.

OGC Nice - It’s bad news for OGC Nice football fans as authorities have announced that they will not be able to attend the Champions league first leg in Italy on August 16th. The Italian authorities warned OGC Nice on Thursday that "the sale of seats for the match in Naples was forbidden to any French resident, for security reasons”.


Paris - The man wounded by French police after an alleged attack on soldiers has been identified as a 36-year-old Algerian who was not on a watch list. He is in hospital in Lille, northern France. His life is not in danger. French media say he was injured by five police bullets when his BMW hire car was chased and stopped on the A16 motorway near Boulogne. The Paris prosecutor described Wednesday morning's attack as "attempted killings... in relation to a terrorist undertaking".

Shooting - The owner of a bakery has shot a customer before fleeing the scene on a scooter, telling investigators that he had "blown a fuse". The 27 year-old male victim suffered serious injuries to his arms during the attack that took place in a small boulangerie in Rue Montgallet in Paris. After fleeing the scene, the baker was intercepted by a policeman and taken into custody. Police have launched an investigation.


The FTSE 100 fell by more than 100 points as global investors continued to act on North Korea-related jitters. The index was down 1.44% on Thursday in its worst performance for four months. The fall comes against a background of increasing tension between North Korea and the US.

Travis Kalanick, the former Uber chief executive who was ousted in June, is being sued by one of the company's biggest investors. Benchmark Capital, which owns 13% of the ride-sharing firm, has accused Mr Kalanick of fraudulently attempting to fill board seats with loyal allies.

And - Snap shares plunged 14% on Thursday after the social media firm reported more than $400m (£310m) in quarterly losses and fewer than expected users. The share price fall extended a decline that started almost immediately after Snapchat started trading on the stock market this spring. The firm reported 173 million daily users, up 4% on the prior quarter. But the company is struggling with fierce competition from Facebook, which offers similar features.


Football – Arsenal play Leicester City this evening in the first match of the English Premier league. Other matches this weekend, tomorrow Watford play Liverpool, Chelsea play Burnley, Crystal Palace play Huddersfield, Everton play Stoke City, Southampton play Swansea City, West Bromich play Bournemouth and Brighton and Hove Albion play Manchester City. On Sunday Newcastle play Tottenham and Manchester United play West Ham.

Athletics - Turkey's Ramil Guliyev (gul i yev) wrecked the dreams of 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk and comeback kid Isaac Makwala (Ma kala) to seize the 200m world title. South African Van Niekerk had been hunting the first 200m-400m double since Michael Johnson 22 years ago, while Makwala (Ma kala) of Botswana had run a solo time trial to get this far after his initial controversial exclusion on medical grounds.

Cricket – Surrey batsman Mark Stoneman has replaced opener Keaton Jennings in England's 13-man squad for their day-night Test against West Indies. The Edgbaston game, the first of a three-match series, is the first day-night Test to be held in England and begins on Thursday, 17 August.


Clear skies with highs of 29 degrees in Nice and 25 degrees in Saint Tropez. A moderate north easterly wind in forecast in Nice, Cannes and Antibes with a possibility of some light rain  this afternoon. The Var is set to experience a moderate north westerly wind with gust of up to 85Km/h. This evening temperatures will drop to 18 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 15 degrees in the Var with clear skies.


A waiter in a seaside restaurant in northern Italy told the local mayor to leave because he turned up for dinner wearing bermuda shorts. The mayor of Viareggio, on the Tuscany coast, described his embarrassment on Facebook. Giorgio Del Ghingaro said he had not been told about the dress code.

"As it wasn't an official dinner, but one with some true friends, I felt free to dress casually," he wrote. The Club Nautico says it regrets the incident and will give him membership.







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