French and Riviera News Friday 20th July 2018


Young dancer killed in road accident – A young dancer from Nice Ophelie Longuet, has been named as one of the victims in Wednesday’s fatal road accident on the A7 motorway north of Avignon, in which three people died and four were left seriously injured. Tributes were paid on Thursday by the dance school Off Jazz on rue Cassini in Nice attended by Longuet.

Italian woman sentenced for helping migrants - An Italian woman who helped a group of migrants cross into France has been given a heavier sentence on appeal. Her lawyer says she will take the case to the country's top appeals court. 31 year old Francesca Peirotti, was given a six-month suspended sentence and banned from entering the French department of the Alpes-Maritime, for five years, a stiffer sentence than the 1,000-euro fine she was appealing against. Peirotti is an activist with the Habitat et Citoyenneté group, which is based in Alpes-Maritime.

20 year old man arrested in Antibes following World Cup celebrations - A 20 year old man has been arrested by police in Antibes after a female student suffered injuries from a flare during World Cup celebrations. The incident happened in Juan les Pins on Sunday and the victim was rushed to hospital suffering facial injuries. Police were later able to identify the man, who was arrested on Thursday, from security cameras in the area.

Nice Jazz Festival - British singer Rag’n’Bone Man has been forced to cancel his performance at the Nice Jazz Festival on Saturday due to health problems. The singer apologized to fans as the Festival’s organisers wished him a speedy recovery adding that they are still to confirm a replacement.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z celebrate end of European tour in Nice - Beyoncé and Jay-Z have celebrated the end of their European Tour over dinner in Nice with U2 lead singer Bono. In a video filmed by the singer’s mother the stars were seen dancing to a band who were playing a version of Van Morrrison’s Brown Eyed Girl.


Top security officer under investigation - An investigation in to one of President Emmanuel Macron’s top security officers has been opened by French prosecutors. The investigation comes after he was filmed assaulting a young man during this year's May 1st demonstrations. Government representatives have denied protecting Alexandre Benalla, although the affair only became public when Le Monde newspaper identified him as the man in the video. It has since emerged that the Elysée presidential palace was aware of the incident but did not notify prosecutors or fire Benalla. On Thursday Macron's office said he had been given "the stiffest punishment ever given to someone working at the Elysée".

Neymar to stay at PSG - The Brazilian footballer Neymar has announced that he will stay at Paris Saint Germain ending speculation about a move to Real Madrid. Speaking to the media during a charity auction on Thursday the footballer added that he wanted to bring the Champions League title to Paris.


President Trump has said that he’s “not happy” about US interest rates rising.

In an interview with CNBC on Thursday,Mr Trump argued that higher interest rates put the US at a disadvantage and impeded higher growth.

He added,however that he is letting the Federal Reserve “do what it believes is best”.

The Fed has raised interest rates twice so far this year and one more increase is in the pipeline before the end of the year.

The US central bank has been responding to a recent increase in inflation  that economists have attributed to a mix of a rise in government spending,tax cuts  and new tariffs.


Reports say that Comcast has won the battle to take control of the UK satellite broadcaster Sky.

On Thursday,Comcast said that it was dropping its 66 billion dollar bid for the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox leaving the path clear for Disney but it said that it would still try to expand its international footprint by acquiring the 61 percent of Sky,the remainder of which is owned by Fox.

Disney is now set to buy assets from Fox including its movie studio.

It’s been suggested that Rupert Murdoch’s remaining 39 percent stake in Sky will now go to Comcast which would end the media mogul’s long association with the company.


And-The European Union,Canada and Mexico have said that they will retaliate against the United States if Washington places fresh tariffs on foreign cars and vehicle parts.

President Trump ordered the US Commerce Department to investigate the move in May with more than 2,000 comments submitted in response including from car makers.

The EU,Canada and Mexico delivered the warning to the investigating panel on Thursday  and said that if the tariffs went ahead then they would reciprocate.



Geraint Thomas strengthened his grip on the Tour de France on Thursday with victory on the grueling Stage 12 to the Alpe d’Huez to become the first British rider to win the legendary stage.
Thomas put in a late surge to beat rivals Tom Dumoulin,Romain Bardet and Chris Froome at the end of the brutal stage which took in 5,000 meters of climbing.
He’s now 1 minute 39 seconds ahead of Froome with Tom Dumoulin in third place 1 minute 50 seconds off the pace.

Today’s 13th stage is 169.5 kilometers on the flat between Bourg d’Oisans and Valence which should allow the riders to get their breath back.

Golf-The US journeyman golfer Kevin Kisner has a one shot lead heading into the second round of the Open Championship at Carnoustie as several of the leading players struggled on the hot,dry course.
Kisner shot a five under par 66 to lead by one shot from a trio of players including the South African pair of Erik van Rooyen and Zander Lombard but last year’s champion Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose could only manage scores of one over while the world  number one Dustin Johnson had a nightmare round of 5 over.
Rory McIlroy is still in contention on two under as is Tiger Woods on 1 under.

Football-Liverpool have competed the signing of the Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson.
The fee has not been disclosed but it’s thought to be a world record 66.8 million pounds for a goalkeeper.
The 25 year old has signed a 6 year contract  after spending two seasons at Roma.

Formula 1-It’s the German Grand Prix on Sunday and Mercedes have announced that Lewis Hamilton has signed a new two year contract that’s worth 40 million pounds a year and which will keep him at the team until the end of the 2020 season.
Hamilton says that the new contract had been a “formality” after he opened discussions with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff last winter.
First practice at  Hockenheim takes place at 11am tomorrow with second practice at 3pm.
Qualifying is at 3pm tomorrow with the race at 3.10 on Sunday.
Sebastian Vettel leads Hamilton by 8 points in the drivers’ championship heading into the race.

Athletics-The Heculis Diamond League meeting takes place at the Stade Louis Deux here in Monaco today and tomorrow with many of the world’s top athletes taking part.
Tickets are available today at  the Stade Louis Deux box office or online at
For more information please call Monaco (00377)92 05 42 60


Clear skies with light variable  winds-perhaps a rumble of thunder this afternoon.

Top temperatures 27-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

The weekend-Partially cloudy tomorrow with the chance of some thundery showers during the afternoon.Partially cloudy on Sunday.Highs of 26-31 degrees.






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