French and Riviera News Friday 12th January 2018


Shooting in Marseille leaves one dead - A shooting in Marseille has left one man dead and another seriously injured. Shots were fired from a car shortly after midnight on Thursday in the 5th arrondissement of Marseille. The attackers fled the scene, police believe the shooting to be a gang related.  

Two students stabbed in Marseille high school – Meanwhile a 17 year old student from a lycée in Marseille has been placed in police custody after stabbing two other students aged 14 and 16. The attack occurred on Thursday afternoon at 3pm at the Charlotte Grawitz high school, in Marseilles’ 13th arrondissement. Firefighters and security forces went to the aid of the two victims and police have opened an investigation to determine the motivation for the attack.  

Ministry of Ecology - The French ministry of ecology has published a report showing schools in France where pollutants such as lead or hydrocarbons can be found. The data shows nearly 2,000 nurseries, schools, colleges and high schools throughout France  were built on old industrial sites and are identified as "sensitive". While pollutants may vary according to regions and their specific industries, the objective is to identify the nature of the pollution and assess the risk level for students and staff. Several establishments in the Alpes Maritimes have been identified as sensitive, for a complete listing go to

Galderma - Speaking to French media the director of the Galderma site in Sophia Antipolis, Pierre Diebolt, has announced that several buyers are interested in starting  activity on the site.  The Nestlé Group decided to close the dermatological research and development centre  at the end of last year. Diebolt added that only serious buyers were being considered in an attempt to maintain activity on the site and jobs for the employees. 

French actress Laetitia Casta on #balancetonporc - French actress Laetitia Casta has said she does not agree with the movement of #Balancetonporc in France, the movement which was set up following the Weinstine allegations. Speaking with Corse-Matin, Casta said that she does not see herself “as a feminist but as a woman” adding that  “while we talk about Hollywood actresses as victims, we also need to talk about all the victims".


Lactalis scandal - France's finance minister has threatened to levy sanctions after major supermarkets admitted selling possibly contaminated baby milk. Retailers Carrefour and Leclerc have admitted selling products from the dairy group Lactalis that were supposed to be recalled over a Salmonella scare. The Systeme-U, Auchan, and Casino retail giants also sold the products. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has described the lapse as "unacceptable behaviour, which should be punished". At a news conference in Rome, President Emmanuel Macron also called for those responsible to be punished, and insisted that France was able to ensure food security. The director of Lactalis is due to meet with the French government this afternoon.

Ikea France - French prosecutors are recommending that Ikea France and 15 people, including police officials, be put on trial on charges of spying on employees and customers. Three former senior Ikea executives are among those charged after an investigation that dates back to 2012. In 2012, several Ikea stores across France were searched in connection with accusations that the company paid police for information on certain customers and employees, particularly workers involved in labour unions.

Goal line technology suspended in France - There will be no "goal-line technology" this weekend, during the 20th day of Ligue 1. The Professional Football League announced on Thursday that it has decided, to suspend "immediately and as a precautionary" measure the system which allows to know if a ball has crossed a goal line. The decision comes after a computer bug took place on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the League Cup Amiens-PSG and Angers-Montpellier. Described as "serious" by the LFP.  The German company, which is a provider of the technology in France, is indeed under fire from critics with the LFP warning that it reserves the right to terminate the contract with GoalControl, provider in France until 2019. The League will meet with its board next week to decide what to do next. This could go as far as the termination of the contract.

Cesar Awards - The French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis will open the 43rd Cesar Awards to be held on March 2nd. This year’s awards will be dedicated to French singer actress Jeanne Moreau who died last year. Last year, under the pressure of feminists, Roman Polanski had to give up presiding over the ceremony.


Oil prices have hit 70 dollars a barrel for the first time since December 2014.
Brent crude rose after Opec said that it would continue to limit supplies.The 14 member cartel controls 40 percent of the world’s output and said that it would continue to limit output until the end of the year.
Thursday’s price increase was also bolstered by a surprise fall in US stockpiles.
The US Energy Information Administration says that crude inventories fell by almost 5 million barrels to 419.5 million barrels in the week to the 5th of January.
US crude rose by 1.5 percent to 64 dollars 51.

UK banks and financial firms appear to be ready to pay for access to the European Single Market.
Banks will lose the ability to sell financial services across Europe after Brexit and several sources have said that if the government decides to pay into the EU budget in return for barrier-free access then they would consider making a contribution.
The move would be politically sensitive  and would add extra expense for businesses.
Industry sources say that while any extra cost would make the UK less competitive,losing frictionless market access to the world’s largest trading block could be worse.

And-The world’s largest retailer Walmart has revealed plans to lay off thousands of workers and close 10 percent of its Sam’s Club wholesale stores.
The announcement came on the same day that Walmart said that it would start paying its US staff at least 11 dollars per hour and hand some of them a one-off cash bonus.
Walmart says that the pay rise is due to the US tax overhaul which has cut corporate taxes from 35 percent to a flat 21 percent.
The US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has claimed that Walmart’s pay deal is further proof that the new tax bill is returning  money to workers as the administration promised while opposition Democrats  said that the store closures were a further reminder that lower corporate tax bills will primarily benefit wealthy shareholders leaving thousands of workers standing in the cold without jobs.


Football-Arsenal are reported to be willing to let star striker Alexis Sanchez leave the club this month is the price is right.
Both Manchester City and Manchester United are leading the hunt for the player with Arsenal  valuing him at 35 million pounds.
Talks with both Manchester clubs are reported to have taken place already with a compromise price of between 25 and 30 million pounds discussed.

In the English Premier League this weekend.
On Saturday Chelsea play Leicester.Crystal Palace host Burnley.Huddersfield play West Ham.Newcastle face Swansea.Watford play Southampton.West Brom play Brighton and Spurs host Everton.
On Sunday Bournemouth play Arsenal and Liverpool host Manchester City.Manchester United play Stoke on Monday.

Rugby Union-There’s one game in the European Champions Cup tonight.Bath play Scarlets with Leigh Halfpenny out for the Welsh side after failing a fitness test.
Sam Underhill returns for Bath after recovering from concussion.

Rugby League-The Widnes Vikings star Kato Ottio died after suffering extreme heat stroke after a training run.
The 23 year old signed for Widnes from Canberra in December. 
A post mortem is due to be carried out after the player collapsed and died during a training session during a road run in Papua New Guinea.
He’d been due to travel to the UK for the start of the Super League season next month.


Clear skies with light  variable winds.

Top temperature 15 degrees.

Overnight lows of 7 degrees on the coast and 2 degrees inland with some frost in places.

The weekend-Mainly fine tomorrow with a high of 14 degrees.Rain spreading from the west on Sunday with a high of 12.


The future of space travel has taken one giant leap forward after Virgin's SpaceShipTwo completed landing tests.

Billionaire Sir Richard Branson is hoping to offer space tourism from 2018, and the latest landmark shows the project is on track.

SpaceShipTwo reported a safe landing in Mojave, California, earlier today - it's 11th successful test.

The official Twitter account for Virgin Galactic posted: "Smooth landing."

The shuttle will fly punters into space under Branson's visionary Virgin Galactic plan.








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