French and Riviera News.Friday.13.07.18

Bastille Day-The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is due in Nice tomorrow to take part in Bastille celebrations.

Mr Philippe will meet with the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi during his visit after attending the annual Bastille Day parade in Paris in the morning.He’ll also meet with the victims and families of those who died in the Nice terrorist atrocity on July the 14th 2016.

Security will be tight over the weekend with large crowds expected on the streets for both the Bastille Day celebrations and the World Cup Final on Sunday.


Air Traffic controllers-More wildcat strikes are possible by French air traffic controllers over the weekend as the busy holiday period gets into full swing.

Flights have been disrupted over the past three weekends with air traffic controllers in Marseilles staging sudden walkouts.

Passengers are advised to check with their airline before setting out.


Roads-Heavy traffic is expected on the region’s roads this evening and tomorrow with more holidaymakers travelling to the south of France.

The A8 motorway is expected to be extremely busy today and tomorrow and the area around Aix en Provence could be particularly problematic.

Motorists are advised to put journeys off until Sunday if possible.


Accident-Two people have been injured,one seriously after car ended up on its roof on the RD6204 at Breil-sur-Roya on Thursday morning.

Emergency services rushed to the area following the accident,the cause of which is not yet clear.The road was closed for some time as firemen attempted to cut the victims out of the car.

Both occupants of the vehicle were airlifted to hospital,one in a serious condition.


In National news.


Water safety-Shocking figures released by the French government on Thursday show that 121 people have died in drowning accidents around the country in just a month.

The national health agency Sante Publique France says that the deaths in the period between the 1st of June and the 5th of July averaged 3 a day with young children accounting for most of those who died.

Parents are urged to make sure that they keep a close watch on their children in or around water.The health agency says that a child can drown  in under three minutes without any noise in just 20 centimeters of water.

Water safety is a subject particularly close to the heart of Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco whose foundation has been leading the drive to educate people about the dangers of drowning.

The Princess Charlene Foundation has been investing heavily to teach children how to be safe in the water.Statistics show that  one in seven people in France don’t know how to swim.


Party Party-A party atmosphere is expected across the country this weekend with the national Bastille Day holiday tomorrow and the World Cup final on Sunday.

President Macron will lead the annual Bastille Day Parade in Paris on Saturday with France showing off its military prowess with a glittering parade in the centre of the capital.

On Sunday,France will be attempting to win the World Cup for the second time when they meet Croatia in the final in Moscow.

The World Cup has already benefitted the French economy with the team enjoying a fine run to the final.A win would result in a general feel-good factor sweeping across the country and an excuse for wild celebrations.

12,000 extra police officers will be on duty in the Paris region over the weekend with thousands more on duty around the country.




The head of Lloyds of London has said that UK government plans for relations with the EU after Brexit will speed up the departure of firms from the country.

Inga Beale says that the government’s white paper which was published on Sunday will see Lloyds go “full speed ahead” to set up its subsidiary in Brussels and will encourage others to do the same.

Services,including banks,insurance companies and investment firms make up 80 percent of the UK economy and are one of Britain’s most successful exports to the European Union.

The Lloyd’s of London chief executive says that professional and financial services are not really catered for at all in the white paper which is very disappointing.


The US Department of Justice has decided to appeal against a court ruling that cleared the way for the telecoms giant AT&T to buy Time Warner.

The government has been arguing that the deal will lead to less competition and higher consumer prices.

Last month,a federal judge rejected the claims allowing the takeover to go ahead without conditions.

AT&T says that it will defend the court’s decision and expressed surprise that the government had decided to appeal.


And-Workers at a Fiat Chrysler plant in Italy are to go on strike after its main investor decided to pay 112 million euros to sign the footballer Christiano Ronaldo for Juventus.

Both Juventus and Fiat Chrysler are controlled by the Agnelli family through a holding company.

The USB union says that the signing means that Fiat is missing out on investment.

It said that the firm should be guaranteeing the future of thousands of workers rather than enriching only one.



Dan Martin of Ireland had a superb ride to win stage 6 of the Tour de France on Thursday.

Martin made a break with a kilometer to go on the final climb up the Mur de Bretagne and held off a late challenge from Pierre Roger Latour to win by a second.

Geraint Thomas was part of a group that finished 3 seconds off the pace but he climbed to overall second in the classification.

Chris Froome was 8 seconds off the pace and is in overall 14th place one minute and two seconds behind the holder of the Yellow Jersey Greg van Avermaet.

Today’s 7th stage is the longest on this year’s Tour at 231 kilometers on the flat between Fougeres and Chartres.

One of the sprinters is expected to come out ahead if they manage to stay clear of the peleton.


Football-France is holding its breath ahead of the World Cup Final on Sunday.

France play Croatia in Moscow and are looking to win their second World Cup following triumph in 1998.

England and Belgium play for third and fourth place on Saturday afternoon.



Tennis-The ladies final at Wimbledon will be between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber.

Both semi finals were reasonably easy affairs for the winners with Williams beating Julia Gorges 6-2 6-4 and Kerber overcoming Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3.

It’s men’s semi-finals day today with Rafael Nadal up against a resurgent Novak Djokovic and John Isner against Kevin Anderson.


Cricket-India have thrashed England by 8 wickets in the first one day international at Trent Bridge.

England made 268 and couldn’t bat out the 50 overs before India hit 269-2 from just 40.1 overs with Rohit smashing 137 not out.

India go 1-0 up in the series with the second match at Lords tomorrow.




Clear skies with light  variable winds.

Top temperatures 26-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland clear skies.

The weekend -Fine and sunny in coastal areas,possible showers inland and highs of 27-33 degrees.




Archaeologists scanning a Mexican pyramid for damage following September's devastating earthquake have uncovered traces of an ancient temple.

The temple is nestled inside the Teopanzolco pyramid in Morelos state, 70km  south of Mexico City.

It is thought to date back to 1150 and to belong to the Tlahuica culture, one of the Aztec peoples living in central Mexico.

The structure is dedicated to Tláloc, the Aztec rain god.

Archaeologists say it would have measured 6m by 4m . Among the temple's remains they also found an incense burner and ceramic shards









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