French and Riviera News Friday 1st December 2017


Prostitution network dismantled - A prostitution network of underage girls has been dismantled in Marseille. Three men were imprisoned for aggravated soliciting  and rape. According to reports the arrests put an end to a highly organized network of prostitution of underage girls. The case had began with the testimony of a 14-year-old girl who had fled her former foster home in Northern France and was approached by a man on her arrival at Marseille train station.

Sexual assault on student from Nice – After just one week a service which provided free massage sessions to University students has been suspended after reports of a sexual assault on a student from Nice. The student union had recommended sessions from the self-employed masseur during lunchbreaks at three universities.

Region’s train service - The SNCF has announced that from 10pm this evening there will be no trains running between Menton and Ventimiglia due to work being carried out. The service is scheduled to resume next Thursday 7th December 

Road accident - Part of the voie rapide was closed following an accident. The accident occurred on Thursday afternoon and resulted in a 40 year old man being taken to hospital. The circumstances of the accident are still unknown.

Tiger Mosquitoes - The Hautes-Alpes has been officially been listed as one of forty departments in France where the tiger mosquito poses a threat to the health of the population. The Tiger mosquito is highly invasive and is now present in 40 French departments. It can carry diseases such as the zika virus and chikungunya. However, transmission is only possible if it has previously stung a person infected with the virus.

Cold spell this weekend - Meteo France has announced that this weekend will be marked by a sharp deterioration of weather conditions. With low temperatures, wind and snow at 200 meters – they are yet to confirm if an orange weather alert is required.


Disappearance of 9 year old Maelys - Three months after the disappearance of 9 year old Maëlys in the Isere region of France, Nordahl Lelandais, the main suspect has appeared before judges in Grenoble. In front of three investigating judges and during almost 7 hours of interrogation, Nordahl Lelandais remained faithful to his line of defense and denied all the elements against him. The case continues.

France’s Socialist Party - A survey has shown that 74% of French believe that it is possible that France’s Socialist Party the PS will disappear from the French political landscape. 23% believe it will be “final” while half say it will be only “temporary”. Results showed that more than half (53%) think that the PS "is not useful to the French political life". 52% also believe that the PS "does not embody the ideas of the left", and, above all, 79% of French people find that it is "not unifying."

Barack Obama visits Paris this week-end - Former US president Barack Obama is to visit Paris this weekend where he will have lunch with President Emmanuel Macron. The lunch at Macron's Elysee Palace residence -- in a "private" capacity, -- will come as Obama visits Paris to speak to Les Napoleons, a network of communications professionals. Obama, who publicly endorsed Macron during his election campaign, will arrive in Paris today where he is due to make an appearance at the bi-annual "Napoleons" summit as the special guest.


A US Senate vote on the Republican tax overhaul has been delayed following the introduction of an amendment by fiscal hawks to address a projected large expansion of the federal budget deficit.
The senate debated the proposed legislation late into last night and then put off any voting until later today although it’s still unclear if a decisive vote will occur even then.
Fiscally conservative Republicans are concerned about the impact on the federal budget deficit setting up the possibility that the tax reforms may have to be moderated.
The bill is seen as being crucial to the Republicans’ prospects in the November 2018 elections when they’ll be fighting to retain control of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The world’s leading oil producers have agreed to extend production cuts aimed at boosting the price of crude.
Opec and non Opec members led by Russia have agreed that limits on output will continue until the end of 2018.
The limits were first agreed a year ago and have helped to boost the price of crude by around 30 percent.
The fresh deal means that 1.8 million barrels a day will continue to be cut from the market in an effort to reduce oversupply and push up prices.

And-The price of Bitcoin has continued to slide following a period of wild trading since it hit 11,000 dollars on Wednesday.
The price of the crypto-currency has fallen by around 16 percent since the record 11,434 dollars that it hit two days ago.
There have been increasingly strong warnings from banks and financial institutions about the volatility of Bitcoin over the past few days.
Market traders have warned that when something rises so quickly,it always falls back again at an equally fast or even faster rate.


Football-The draw for the World Cup Finals in Russia next summer will be made in Moscow this afternoon.
32 teams will find out which groups they’ll be playing in with England hoping for a favourable draw which will keep them away from some of the favourites.
Gareth Southgate’s side are seeded and can’t meet Spain in the group stages but they could end up in the same group as Brazil.
The draw will be made at the Kremlin Palace starting at 4pm French time this afternoon.

In the English Premier League this weekend.
On Saturday Chelsea play Newcastle in the lunchtime game and then it’s Brighton against Liverpool.Everton against Huddersfield.Leicester host Burnley.Stoke play Swansea.Watford host Spurs.West Brom play Crystal Palace and Arsenal play Manchester United.
On Sunday Bournemouth play Southampton and Manchester City play West Ham.

Rugby Union-The final autumn international on the fixture list is being played in Cardiff tomorrow.Wales play South Africa.Kick off is at 3.30 French time.

Rugby League-Australia meet England in the World Cup Final tomorrow.Australia are the heavy favourites.The match at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane kicks off at 10am French time.

Cricket-The second Ashes Test between Australia and England starts in Adelaide at 5am French time tomorrow morning.
England will be looking to level the series after losing the opening Test in Brisbane  by 10 wickets.
As it’s a day/night match,fans in Europe will be able to following pretty much all of the play without losing too much sleep.The first ball will be bowled at 5am French time tomorrow morning.

Golf-Tiger Woods fired a 3 under par 69 as he returned to the course for the first time in 9 months on Thursday.
The 41 year old former world number one is three shots off the lead following the first round of the Hero World Challenge with England’s Tommy Fleetwood leading on 6 under.

Becoming cloudy with moderate westerly winds. Top temperature 11 degrees.

Overnight lows of 6 degrees on the coast and -5 degrees inland with wintry showers on the coast and some extended snow flurries inland.

The weekend-Wintry showers tomorrow morning giving way to more prolonged periods of rain on the coast and snow inland and with a strong north easterly wind developing across the region.A high tomorrow of just 9-10 degrees.

Fine on Sunday with a high of 12.


A man claims he has become the first person in history to be banned from an historic UK landmark - for singing!

Artist Terry Roderick was on a day trip to St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall when he got into trouble with a security guard after he started singing 'Burn the Castle' by New Model Army.

The 48-year-old says he was asked to stop and then escorted back to his car and told to leave the landmark.

As he drove out he accidentally drove over a traffic cone, reports Cornwall Live . A couple of weeks later he said a letter arrived at his home in Marazion, the town nearest St. Michael's Mount, banning him for life.

And he said it threatened him with a whopping fine of between £30,000-£40,000 if he tried to go back.





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