French and Riviera News Friday 16th March 2018


Rainfall - Heavy rainfall in the Var has caused traffic chaos with many coastal roads closed due to flooding. Thursday saw most of the region suffer heavy rainfall with the Var being the worst affected. More rain is forecast for the region over the week-end.

Strike – French rail workers have agreed to launch rolling strikes starting on April 3rd against the government's plan to overhaul the state-owned operator the SNCF. The announcement made by unions on Thursday comes after a national strike was announced for next Thursday 22nd March. Meanwhile, ten other unions have called for strike action, this time against Air France. The strike is reportedly planned for the Easter break at the end of the month with pilots, cabin crew and ground staff expected to take part.

Power cut - 500 homes in Nice were without electricity on Thursday night following a power cut. Residents in Riquier were plunged into darkness at around 11.40pm after an electrical transformer caught fire. While for many the interruption was brief, the electricity board confirmed that the situation would return to normal for all residents by this morning.

Jobs - Tourism technology giant, Amadeus, have announced they are to recruit 500 workers, for their research and marketing centre at Sophia-AntipolisAmadeus is one of the world's leading providers of technology solutions for travel and tourism, handling over one billion reservations each year.

Nice AirportNice International Airport remains one of the busiest airports in France according to new figures. The airport will be offering 117 destinations this summer including 10 new ones.

Cannes - Cannes is getting ready to go green for St Patricks Day on Saturday. The Hotel de VilleLa Croisette, the Palais des Festivalsand others, will be dressed in green lighting for the Irish saint who is rumoured to have lived as a hermit, in the bay of Cannes, at the beginning of the fifth century.


Measles - French Health authorities fear the risk of a measles epidemic after a dramatic increase in the number cases. The highly contagious disease last month killed a Frenchwoman who hadn't been vaccinated. The current outbreak began in the Bordeaux region last November and since then 913 cases have been registered, with more than 500 of them in the last month alone. According to doctors the problem is that many in France - potentially up to one million - did not receive the necessary second injection of the MMR vaccination (Measles Mumps and Rubella). 

Johnny Hallyday - Members of Johnny Hallyday’s family have sought a court order freezing the late French rocker’s estate in the first round of a bitter dispute over his estimated €100 million euro fortune. On Thursday, the tribunal was asked to determine who holds the “moral right” to Hallyday’s body of work and particularly an album he was working on when he died.

Happiness - France has been ranked 23rd in the latest World Happiness rankings, better than its 31st place a year ago. However France is still behind the UK, the US. The report did not go into detail on why the French are feeling happier than before, but it is part of an emerging trend that shows that the French may finally be shaking off its reputation for gloom.


The head of the US Chamber of Commerce has warned the Trump administration that unilateral tariffs on Chinese goods could lead to a destructive trade war that will hurt American consumers and damage growth.
Thomas Donohue said in a statement on Thursday that tariffs associated with an investigation into China’s intellectual property practices would “be damaging taxes on American consumers”.
Mr Donohue’s comments came after Donald Trump’s White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said that the President would get options to “address China’s theft and forced transfer” of American intellectual property in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday it was reported that Mr Trump was considering tariffs on up to 60 billion dollars worth of Chinese information technology,telecommunications and consumer products as well as US investment restrictions for Chinese firms.

Airbus has warned that it would be “practically impossible” to give the engineering firm GKN new business if it was taken over by the turnaround specialist Melrose.
GKN makes wing components for Airbus as well as other key aircraft parts and currently employs 59,000 people.
The company has been fighting off a hostile takeover bid from Melrose and says that the offer fundamentally undervalues the firm.
Airbus said that the nature of its business is one that requires a long-term commitment to investment and strategic vision.
It added that it would be practically impossible to give any new work to GKN under Melrose ownership  as it wouldn’t know who was the long-term investor.

And-The world’s largest retailer Walmart is being sued by a former executive who claims that he was fired for complaining about misleading e-commerce results amid growing pressure from Amazon.
Tri Huynh who’s a former Walmart director of business development has accused the firm of “betraying the principals of integrity and honesty” in its push to show “meteoric growth” in e-commerce.
The lawsuit alleges various wrongdoing including the mislabelling of products and failure to properly process customer returns,allowing Walmart to boost results.
The complaint has been filed in the US district court in San Francisco and centres on allegations that Walmart cut corners and cheated in a race to expand and gain market share in the e-commerce market.
Walmart says that the claims are baseless and that it will vigorously defend itself.


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It’s the final weekend of the 6 Nations Championship with Italy playing Scotland,Wales against France and Ireland going for the Grand Slam against England at Twickenham.
England coach Eddie Jones has rung the changes for the match with George Ford dropped and Owen Farrell starting at fly-half.
Danny Care,George Launchbury and Dan Cole also lose their places with Richard Wigglesworth starting at scrum-half and George Kruis and Kyle Sinckler coming into the pack.
For Ireland,Iain Henderson comes back at lock in place of Devin Toner  while Peter O’Mahony ,Rob Kearney and Cian Healy all shaking off injuries to retain their places in the starting line-up.

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Football-Arsenal are through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League after beating AC Milan 3-1 at the Emirates to take the tie 5-1 on aggregate.
Marseilles also go through thanks to a 2-1 victory on the night at Athletic Bilbao to secure a 5-2 aggregate win but Lyon are out following a 3-2 home defeat by CSKA with the Russian side winning on the away goals rule.

There are only 4 games in the English Premier League this weekend because of the quarter finals of the FA Cup.
Bournemouth play West Brom.Huddersfield host Crystal Palace.Stoke play Everton and Liverpool play Watford.

In the Cup tomorrow Swansea play Spurs and Manchester United host Brighton while on Sunday Wigan play Southampton and Leicester play Chelsea.

Golf-Tiger Woods is four shots off the pace following the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
Henrik Stenson is the overnight leader after firing a first round 8 under par 64 with Woods on 4 under.
Rory McIlroy is also in contention on 4 under.

Racing-18 runners go in the Cheltenham Gold Cup this afternoon with trainer Nicky Henderson seeking a historic treble with Might Bite.
Victory would make Henderson the first trainer to win the Champion Hurdle,Champion Chase and Gold Cup at a single Cheltenham meeting.
It’s the largest field for the Gold Cup for 11 years with Might Bite looking to repeat his winning performance in the King George VI at the end of last year.
The race is off at 4.30 this afternoon.



Partially cloudy with some showers developing this afternoon and light variable winds.

Top temperature 14 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 9 degrees on the coast and 4 degrees inland with rain spreading across the region.

The weekend-Sunshine and showers with highs of 12-14 degrees.


Every mother knows that it’s a job where you can’t just clock off at five, and you’re working every hour under the sun.

But now research has confirmed what every mother knows – it’s actually more work than a full time job.

The study, revealed that the average daily start time for a mum is 6:23am and once she has finished all the tasks, whether they are career related or parenting, she ends her work at 8:31pm.

Not many jobs require a 14-hour working day, and most mums have to do this every day of the week.

In total, that makes a mother’s working week a whopping 98 hours of work, or two and a half times more than the average job.

The survey also revealed that the average mum gets just one hour and seven minutes of time to herself every day – so little more than a lunch hour.




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