French and Riviera News Friday 1st September 2017


Tramline - The end of an important part in the construction the 2nd tramline in Nice has been celebrated in the presence of the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi. After eighteen  months of underground work on the Rue de France elected officials and locals gathered on Thursday evening in Nice to mark the occasion. 

Association “Roya Citoyenne” - The association “Roya Citoyenne” which helps migrants on the French-Italian border and of which Cédric Herrou is a member, has lodged a complaint against the French state, accusing France of having dismissed three Sudanese asylum seekers even before they could make their request.

Break-ins - A Moroccan man has been jailed in Monaco for a string of break-ins during which he stole cash, phones, and other valuables. Monaco’s Criminal Court heard that the 19-year-old, who had no criminal record in Monaco or France, had arrived on August 25 from Paris. During his time in custody, the culprit admitted all of the offences and claimed he had stolen to eat. He was sent to jail for 10 months.

Pollution - A recent study has highlighted the dire state of the Mediterranean due to pollution. The study by the Italian environmental organisation has reported that 40 percent of coastal seawater samples it tested from the 7,412-kilometre length of Italy’s coastline contained pollutants above legal limits. According to the report the 40 percent of samples contained bacterial charges above legal limits.

Regions roads - The coastal road between Antibes and Cagnes sur mer via Villeneuve loubet has been renamed formally known as the Route du bord de mer it is now called Boulevard des Italians. The president of the Alpes-Maritimes Eric Ciotti and local mayor Lionnel Luca officially inaugurated the second phase of construction works this week, which have allowed the addition of cycle and pedestrian lanes to a section of road that was previously lacking.

Remembrance Ceremony - On Sunday, September 3, MonacoUSA will lay a memorial wreath to commemorate the American-led liberation of Monaco from German occupation 73 years ago. The remembrance ceremony will also include prayers at the tombs of two Monaco resistance fighters executed shortly after the Allies arrived in the south of France in 1944. Speaking to local media Annette Anderdson Monaco USA director said “Many people think that the close relationship between Monaco and the US started with the marriage of American-born Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier“but certainly the US role in liberating the Principality during World War II had already cemented an important friendship.


Missing nine year old - A man has been detained by French police investigating the disappearance of a nine-year-old girl at a wedding party in the eastern region of Isère early on Sunday. According to reports the 34-year-old was a guest at the wedding and had previously given an inconsistent account of his whereabouts. The investigation continues.

Labour Reforms - President Emmanuel Macron's government has begun its drive to overhaul France's rigid labour laws in an attempt to "free up the energy of the workforce". Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the reforms were ambitious, balanced and fair but it was natural that not everyone would support the changes. France's communist-backed CGT union has called for strike action ahead of planed labour reforms. Philippe Martinez, head of the radical union wants to bring millions of people onto the streets on September 12 and 23.  He warned his members: 'All our fears have been confirmed.'  Meanwhile Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the far left France Unbowed, who finished fourth in the presidential election, described Macron's ploy as a 'social welfare coup d'etat'. 

Black baguette - A French bakery in Normandy has launched a black baguette made with charcoal.  The bakers started incorporating active charcoal into their bread because of its traditional use to treat digestive problems, as a natural detoxifier. The unusual black baguette is on sale at the Rose Boulangerie in Vernon, northern France, and apart from the charcoal, it is made following a traditional recipe.


Volkswagen in the UK has announced it is offering customers discounts of up to £6,000 to trade in diesel vehicles when buying a new car. According to reports all the Volkswagen UK brands - including Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles - will participate.

Online gambling giant 888 has been hit with a record £7.8 million penalty after allowing thousands of customers who were banned from the site to carry on betting. Industry watchdog, the Gambling Commission, found 7,000 customers who had tried to “self-exclude” themselves from 888’s websites were able to carry on placing bets on bingo games because of a technical glitch.

And - US bank Wells Fargo says as many as 3.5 million accounts may have been created for customers without permission over about eight years, even more than previously acknowledged. The 1.4 million additional accounts were identified as part of a review the bank commissioned after the scandal came to light. The analysis also uncovered problems with the firm's online payment system. The bank has already agreed to pay more than $150m to customers.


Football – France beat the Netherlands 4-0 last night in the World Cup Qualifier. Paris St-Germain have signed Kylian Mbappe on a season-long loan from Monaco, with an option to make the deal permanent for a fee of £165.7m. Should PSG sign the France international on a permanent deal, his contract will run until June 2022.

Chelsea have signed midfielder Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City for £35m and Liverpool have completed the £35m signing of England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal. Here’s more from BBC SPORT……

Cricket - A County Championship game was abandoned after an arrow fired from outside the ground landed on the field. Spectators watching Surrey's match with Middlesex were asked to take cover and the players taken off after the crossbow bolt was shot into The Oval. A Met Police statement said the incident "is not being treated as terrorism-related". No-one was injured, while the force added that there have been no arrests and enquiries continue. The game ended in a draw, with John Simpson's unbeaten 88 helping Middlesex into a lead of 181 runs with three wickets in hand when the players were taken off the pitch.

Tennis – Roger Federer was taken to five sets for the second time in three days before overcoming Russia's Mikhail Youzhny at the US Open.

Cycling - Briton Chris Froome crashed twice and saw his lead cut by 20 seconds in the Vuelta a Espana as Tomasz Marczynski claimed a solo victory on stage 12.


Clear skies with highs of 29 degrees in Nice and 31 degrees in Saint Tropez with a moderate to strong north westerly wind and gust of up to 55km/h in the Var region. This evening going down to 20 degrees with clear skies.


Saturday clear skies slightly cooler than today across the region with strong winds in the Var. Sunday some passing cloud highs of 28 degrees winds dropping in the Var region going down to 16 degrees with clear skies.









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