French and Riviera News Friday 17th November 2017



Motorcyclist dies after a collision with a deer - A motorcyclist involved in a collision with a deer has died from his injuries in hospital in Marseille. The accident happened on the 1st November on the RD4 at Valensole in the Alpes de Haute Provence.  The 27 year old was taken to hospital with serious injuries  in Marseille where he died eight days later.

Mother abducts daughter from a care home in Nice - Police in Nice are  looking for a 44 year old mother who has abducted her 5 year old daughter from a children’s home in Nice. According to local reports the 44 year old Tunisian woman managed to abduct her daughter on Thursday evening from the “Villa Alta Riba” on the boulevard Henre-Sappia in Nice. The girl had been placed in the home after a judge ruled that her mother suffered from psychological disorders.

Demonstration in Nice - Union members have held a demonstration against labour laws in Nice. A march set off from the place de la Libération at 11.00 on Thursday heading along the tramway, which was closed for the day,  and finishing in the place Garibaldi.  Police put numbers at about 1,100 but some union officials reportedly put the figure at 5,000.  Meanwhile, in Grasse union members at the hospital held a demonstration to protest at their working conditions.

The mayor of Toulon requests more police - The mayor of Toulon, Hubert Falco has written to the both the Minister of the Interior and the French Prime Minister complaining of an "explosion of violence" in his city and requesting a strengthening of the national police force in the city. Falco says that in recent months violence and drug trafficking have become commonplace in some neighbourhoods of the city.

Easyjet - Easyjet has announced plans to base an additional plane at Nice Cote d’Azur airport next year The new plane will enable the airline to operate four new routes from Nice and the company says it will lead to the creation of new local jobs.

Regional train service - A ceremony is due to take place today at Nice-Riquier station to inaugurate the new  high capacity trains.  The new trains, which have already been operating over the past few days, will run on the line between Cannes and Ventimiglia and can carry 2,000 passangers, helping to alleviate some of the congestion on local train services.


Christmas Market - A French court has backed a controversial decision by the City hall in Paris to cancel the famous Champs-Elysées Christmas market. The judge ruled that the request to have the decision overturned by the event organiser Marcel Campion's was "unacceptable" because it was made "after the contract expired."  77-year-old Campion known as “king of the fairground” has been publicly feuding with the Mayor of Paris over the decision to scrap the market and staged two days of protests which blocked the main roads into the capital and caused traffic jams around the city.

Fire at iconic Paris bookstore - An iconic Paris bookstore and gallery that was a hangout for intellectuals such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir has been destroyed in a huge blaze. The fire broke out on Thursday with passersby gathering as firefighters attempted to quell the blaze and evacuate the people inside. So far emergency services have indicated that four people suffered minor injuries.


US House Republicans have passed a bill to overhaul the tax code that would slash corporate rates.
The vote came after President Trump visited Congress to drum up support for the tax plan which Republicans say will provide a major boost to the economy.
The US Senate is working on its own version of the bill which would delay the reforms by a year.
Democrats oppose the changes which they say is a give away to the rich.
Republicans are facing some opposition from within their own party and the bill may yet be held up even without support from the Democrats if just two Republican Senators vote against it.

Toshiba has said that it is not in negotiations with anyone to sell its personal computer business.
Media reports have speculated that Toshiba has been in talks to sell the unit to Taiwan’s Asustek Computer firm.China’s Lenovo Group has also reportedly expressed interest in the company.
Toshiba has previously said that it’s looking to sell its PC business as it struggles to bolster its balance sheet by the end of March to avoid a possible delisting from the stock market.
The company’s PC unit accounted for just 3.5 percent of its net revenue in the third quarter.

And-Norway’s central bank has told the government that it should drop its investments in oil and gas.
Norges Bank,which manages the country’s trillion dollar sovereign wealth fund says that the step would make Norway “less vulnerable to a permanent drop in oil and gas prices”.
Around 6 percent of the fund is invested in oil and gas stocks-accounting for some 28 billion dollars.
The proposal will now be reviewed by the Norwegian Finance Ministry which is due to report its findings by the autumn of next year.


Cricket-Australia have recalled wicket keeper Tim Paine for the first Ashes Test against England after a 7 year absence. The 33 year old last played a Test in 2010 but has been showing good form with the bat and is highly regarded with the gloves.

Meanwhile England are continuing their final warm-up game against a Cricket Australia XI in Townville  and were bowled out for 515 in their first innings earlier this morning.Both Mark Stoneman and Dawid Malan made centuries with skipper Joe Root making 83 and Alistair Cook 70.

Rugby Union-It’s another top weekend of international action tomorrow with Italy against Argentina at 3pm.Wales play Georgia at 3.30.England face Australia at Twickenham at 4pm.Scotland play the All Blacks at 6.15.Ireland host Fiji at 6.30 and France play South Africa at 8.45.

Football-The English Premier League is back in action this weekend following the international break.

On Saturday Arsenal play Spurs.Bournemouth host Huddersfield.Burnley play Swansea.Crystal Palace face Everton.Leicester host Manchester City.Liverpool play Southampton.West Brom play Chelsea and Manchester United play Newcastle United.

On Sunday Watford play West Ham and Brighton play Stoke on Monday night.

Formula 1-Toro Rosso have confirmed that they’ll retain Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley for the 2018 season. Frenchman Gasly made his debut in Malaysia last month while Hartley from New Zealand made his first appearance for the team at the US Grand Prix. Daniil Kvyat is dropped.

Tennis-Jack Sock has beaten Alexander Zverev in three sets to reach the last 4 of the ATP Tour Finals in London. The American won 6-4 1-6 6-4 to set up a semi-final date with Grigor Dimitrov.

Earlier on Thursday,Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic in three sets to reach the semi-finals with an unbeaten record.He’ll play the winner of today’s match between Dominic Thiem and David Goffin.


Clear skies with light to moderate westerly  winds.

Top temperature 18 degrees.

Overnight lows of 9 degrees on the coast and 3 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Mainly fine with highs of 15-17 degrees.


German man has found his car - 20 years after forgetting where he parked it. 

Back in 1997, when Helmut Kohl was chancellor, Titanic was in cinemas and Arsenal were top of the league, a forgetful fellow left his car in Frankfurt.

But when he tried to find it again, he failed - telling the police it had been stolen.

Twenty years later, however, and the old motor was found right where he'd left it. Builders were prevented from demolishing a garage because of the car, so police tracked down the owner - now 76 - and re-united him with his long-lost vehicle. 

But since it no longer worked - and as he was evidently not the sentimental sort - he said he didn't want it anymore. 



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