French and Riviera News Friday 15th September 2017


14 year old admits to starting this summer’s forest fires near Marseille - A 14-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with starting 18 fires in the Aubagne region. He has admitted to starting several fires near Marseille this summer, burning in total 300 hectares. One fire on the 19th   of August threatened 800 homes and mobilised 600 firefighters.

Dog shot accidently by man hunting wild boar - A man who was out hunting wild boar has accidently killed a couple’s six year old dog mistaking it for a wolf. The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon in Saint-Auban in the hills behind Grasse. The couple were hiking in the region at the time.

Police appeal for witnesses - Police in Cagnes-sur-mer  have called for witnesses to come forward following a road accident on Wednesday morning in Saint-Laurent du Var. The accident occurred in front of the Arnaud Tzanck Institute on avenue Jeanne-d’Bow. Three elderly people are still in a serious condition in hospital. Anyone with any information can call

Supermarket sweep - A couple on holiday in the region have been arrested after it was discovered they had been swapping barcode’s on products in a supermarket in Antibes. Exchanging cheaper labels with others of greater value it was thanks to CCTV cameras that they were uncovered. The couple will appear in court later this month.

Brigette Bardot Statue - A statue of French actress and singer Bridget Bardot is to go on display on the 28th September on the Place Blanqui, at the entrance to the village. The event will coincide with the stars 83rd birthday. 

Award - It’s been announced that Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron is to receive the Prince Rainier III Award, recognizing him as a renowned leader in the arts and his service to the community. Mr Cameron directed the two highest-grossing films of all time, Titanic and Avatar and has won three Academy Awards. The Award will be presented in Beverly Hills next month by Prince Albert who described Cameron as one of Hollywood’s most iconic filmmakers and dedicated philanthropists.


Labour Reform - According to a poll by Odoxa for FranceInfo and Le Figaro the first movement against the French government’s labour reform has been perceived as a “failure” for 68% of French.

Broadcasting Budget - The French Minister of Culture Francois Nyssen has announced that the budget of public broadcasting will decrease by 36 million euros in 2018 compared to 2017. This represents about 1% of the overall budget of 4.5 billion euros.

Tax d’Habitation - Plans for abolishing the Tax d’Habitation have been revealed by the Minister of Public Accounts. According to the minister couples with no children, and an income of under €48,000, and single people with an income of under €30,000, will soon be exempt from the tax.

Mont Blanc – According to surveyors Western Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, isn't quite as tall as it used to be. As of Thursday, the mountain's official height was 4,808.72 metres tall, according to the team of expert surveyors - one centimetre less than its measurement in 2015. Every two years, surveyors carry out an expedition to measure the mountain, with seven people climbing the mountain and a total of 20 involved in the project altogether, aided by a GPS system and satellites to ensure they get the most accurate figure.


Three former female employees at Google have filed a lawsuit against the firm alleging that it pays women less than men for comparable work. The development comes as Silicon Valley is facing growing scrutiny over gender relations. The lawsuit states that Google is aware of the situation but has not moved to fix it. The company is also under investigation by the US Labor Department over its pay practices. The legal case against Google states that the firm discriminates against female staff with lower pay,more limited promotion and fewer advancement opportunities  compared to men with the same qualifications. The head of the UK’s tax agency has said that the country could need an extra 5,000 staff to deal with customs and border checks post Brexit. John Thompson who’s the head of HRMC also says that a new customs arrangement with the EU could cost as much as 800 million pounds and take seven years to implement. Mr Thompson was speaking to the Parliamentary Treasury Committee and said that HRMC did not have the money at the moment to make the changes.

And-The pound has surged on the foreign exchanges after the Bank of England hinted that there could be an interest hike in the next few months. The Bank said on Thursday that higher inflation and a pick up in growth could lead to a rise in interest rates. The Bank’s nine member Monetary Policy Committee voted 7 to 2 to keep interest rates on hold at a quarter of one percent but there was much stronger talk in terms of a future increase. The pound rose by 1 percent against the dollar on the news and by more than a cent against the Euro.


Football-Crowd trouble delayed the start of last night’s Europa League group game between Arsenal and FC Koln in North London. Around 20,000 supporters of the German club turned up for the game,many without tickets and there were some scuffles between stewards and fans inside the gates of the Emirates Stadium. Earlier,the German fans brought central London to a standstill,letting off several flares.

5 arrests were made.Arsenal won the game 3-1. Also last night,Everton were beaten 3-0 at Atalanta in their Group E game while Nice thrashed Zulte Waregem 5-1 away in their game in Group K.

In the English Premier League this weekend Bournemouth play Brighton in the south coast derby tonight. On Saturday Crystal Palace play Southampton.Liverpool host Burnley.Newcastle face Stoke.Watford play Manchester City.West Brom play West Ham and Spurs play Swansea.

On Sunday Chelsea play Arsenal and Manchester United host Everton.

Formula 1-Red Bull are to split with engine partner Renault at the end of the season according to multiple sources within the sport and will be forced to use Honda engines instead. The split is not yet official but it’s understood that Renault has told Red Bull that it no longer wishes to supply engines for the team. McLaren’s switch to Renault from Honda is also set to be announced today along with news that Fernando Alonso has signed a new contract at the team. First practice for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix takes place at 10.30 French time this morning with second practice at 2.30. Qualifying is at 3pm tomorrow with the race at 2pm on Sunday. Lewis Hamilton leads Sebastien Vettel by 3 points at the top of the drivers’ championship.

Rugby Union-There are 3 games in the Aviva Premiership in England tonight.Northampton play Bath.Worcester face Exeter and Sale play London Irish. In the Guinness Pro 12 Dragons play Connacht.Edinburgh host Treviso and Ulster play Scarlets.

Racing-There are 11 entries for the St Leger at Doncaster tomorrow with Capri and Crystal Ocean joint 4-1 favourites. The final classic of the British flat season will see trainer Aiden O’Brien seek his fifth victory in the race as he leads a four strong team of horses. The St Leger was first staged in 1776 and is the oldest of the 5 British classics.


Fine to start but clouding over with showers developing across the region this afternoon.

Light to moderate westerly winds and a high of 25 degrees.

Overnight lows of 15 degrees on the coast and 11 degrees with partially cloudy  skies.

The weekend- Partially cloudy with a high of 24 degrees.








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