French and Riviera News Friday 11th May 2018


Three people slightly injured - Three people have been slightly injured and one person is in a state of shock after a large cactus fell on passers-by on the Avenue des Spélugues in Monaco on Thursday afternoon. Situated on the stairway which connects the Fairmont Hotel to Casino square access was closed while emergency services attended the scene.

Solidarity March - The town of Tourves in the Var has welcomed walkers taking part in a “solidarity march” in support of migrants. The march which left Ventimiglia in Italy early April, arrived in the town on Thursday marking a symbolic moment as it was in Tourves that the local council opposed to the arrival of 46 migrants from Calais in 2016. The march plans to stop at 60 cities on its way to London where it will end on July 8th.

Speeding - An eighty year old woman has been fined for speeding, ignoring traffic lights and stop signs in the Lot-et-Garonne region. Fellow motorists reported the woman who was reportedly travelling at 160km/h to police.

Laura Tenoudji - The wife of the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi has hit back at attacks on Instagram. 40 year old Laura Tenoudji was photographed on the arm of her husband during the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival this week. The picture posted on social media led to attacks on her outfit, plunging neckline and physique. Tenoudji responded by saying she had not deliberately lost ten kilos nor had she resorted to surgery for a perfect neckline. 

Monaco Historic Grand Prix - The Monaco Historic Grand Prix starts today with nearly 210 cars taking part. There are six series to the Historic Grand Prix with practice for pre-war Grand Prix cars in Series A starting at 10 o’clock this morning - entrance is free.  The circuit was closed to through traffic at 7am.


Emmanuel Macron - France's President Emmanuel Macron has pressed  German Chancellor Angela Merkel to move decisively and quickly on reforming the European Union. A year after he took office, Macron voiced his impatience on Thursday at a Germany that has so far proved resistant to his flagship reform proposals for the Eurozone - including a common finance minister and budget to drive growth.

SNCF - Guillaume Pepy the boss of the SNCF rail network has announced the sale of three million TGV tickets at less than 40 euros this summer as well as discount cards at 29 euros between May and June. Speaking to French media on Thursday Pepy said that the intention was to ”restore customer confidence”.


The US Consumer Price Index(CPI) rose by 0.2 percent last month-below analysts forecasts of 0.3 percent.
The CPI data has cooled fears of faster hikes in interest rates with investors trimming their expectations of 4 increases this year.
The Federal Reserve has already raised rates once this year and is expected to do so twice more in 2018.
The recent slowing in price growth across the world’s major economies has boosted expectations that central banks will continue bond-buying stimulus programmes.
On the currency markets the dollar fell by its largest level since late March against a basket of currencies while the pound hit a 4 month low against the dollar after the Bank of England decided not to raise interest rates.

The music streaming app Tidal has been accused of inflating audience figures for two major albums.
The Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv  claims that the move which is centred around Beyonce’s Lemonade album and Kanye West’s The Life of Paglo would have led Tidal to pay disproportionate royalties to the singers’ record companies at the expense of other artists.
Tidal is part-owned by Beyonce’s husband Jay Z who is also a close friend of Kanye West.
Tidal has rejected the accusation which it says is a smear campaign from a publication that once referred to its chief executive Lior Tibon as an “Israeli intelligence officer” and its owner as a “crack dealer”.
It said that it expected nothing less from them than this “ridiculous story” of lies and falsehoods.

And-In the UK,new research  has suggested that at least 73 supermarkets would have to be sold for the Sainsburys-Asda proposed merger to go ahead.
The 15 billion pound deal is set to face close scrutiny from the Competition and Markets Authority as the new group would become the largest in the UK by market share.
Analysts say that there hasn’t been a retail deal like it in decades and at least 6 percent of the proposed new group’s supermarkets are at risk in the south east and north east of England.


Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton leads Sebastian Vettel by 6 points heading into this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix with more fireworks expected from the top drivers with Ferrari looking to get back to winning ways and Red Bull seeking to make their mark following a disastrous outing in Baku which saw Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo take each other out.
First practice for Sunday’s race is at 11 am this morning with second practice at 3pm this afternoon.
Qualifying is at 3pm tomorrow with the race at 3.10 on Sunday afternoon.

Football-West Ham and Manchester United played out a 0-0 draw in the English Premier League last night with the result confirming Jose Mourinho’s side as runners-up to champions Manchester City.

The final day of the Premier League season is on Sunday with only the final Champions League and relegation spots to be decided.
Burnley play Bournemouth.Crystal Palace host West Brom.Huddersfield play Arsenal.Liverpool play Brighton with a win or draw confirming them in the Champions League for next season.Manchester United host Watford.Newcastle host Chelsea with the Blues needing to win and hope that Liverpool slip up against Brighton if they’re to make the Champions League.Southampton need a point or more against Manchester City to ensure their Premier League survival.Swansea need a miracle against Stoke and look almost certain to be relegated.Spurs play Leicester and West Ham play Everton.

Cricket-Ireland play their first ever full Test Match starting today against Pakistan.
Play at the Malahide Cricket Club ground in Dublin starts at noon French time.

Rugby Union-The England coach Eddie Jones has warned Danny Cipriani that he won’t hesitate to send him home if he misbehaves on the tour of South Africa.
The Wasps fly-half has earned a recall after 3 years in the wilderness  but Jones says that if he’s disruptive then he “won’t be there-and it’s as simple as that”.

Tennis-Rafael Nadal has broken John McEnroe’s record for successive set wins as he marched into the quarter finals of the Madrid Open.
The world number one beat Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-3 6-4 to take his winning streak to 50 sets in a row.
Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund is also through to the last 8 after beating David Goffin of Belgium 6-3 6-3.

Golf-Six players are tied for the lead following the first round of the Players Championship at Sawgrass,Florida.
Dustin Johnson,Matt Kuchar,Webb Simpson,Alex Noren,Chesson Hadley and Patrick Cantley are all on 6 under par with a cluster of players one shot behind on 5 under.
England’s Justin Rose who could become world number one depending on how the tournament goes is 2 off the lead at 4 under.

Cycling-Great Britain’s Simon Yates has stormed into the overall lead in the Giro d’Italia at the end of stage 6.
Esteban Chaves won the gruelling stage which ended at the top of Mount Etna while previous overall leader Rohan Dennis fell away in the final climb.
Today’s 7th stage is a rather undemanding 159 kilometres between Pizzo and Praia a Mare along the south-western coast of the Boot of Italy.There are a few tunnels to negotiate and one mild climb which should give everyone a relatively easy day following yesterday’s exertions.


Partially cloudy with some showers possible inland later.
Light variable or south easterly winds and a high of 22 degrees Celsius.
Overnight lows of 15 degrees on the coast and 11 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.
The outlook for Monaco Historic Grand Prix weekend-Partially cloudy tomorrow with highs of 20-23 degrees.Rain is forecast on Sunday with a high of 19 degrees.






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