French and Riviera News.Friday.22.12.17

Prince Albert visit-His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco has visited the Riviera Radio studios to make his annual Christmas address.

The Prince spoke about many subjects-his children,the economic and architectural progress in Monaco,his forthcoming 60th birthday and his growing environmental concerns for the planet.

You can listen to our exclusive interview with Prince Albert directly after the BBC midday news on Christmas Day and then again on New Year’s Day.


Migrant crisis-Emergency services are warning that migrants are risking their lives by attempting to make dangerous crossings from Italy into France over the Alps.

Earlier this week,a mountain rescue team came across 6 migrants who were dressed only in jeans,light tops and tennis shoes attempting to cross a snow-bound pass from Piedmont to France.They were soaked and freezing cold after having walked through the snow for several hours.

Authorities say that the migrant crisis has reached “epidemic proportions” in the town of Bardonecchia on the Italian side of the Alps.People are still making hazardous  journeys  in a bid to cross into France with police seemingly unable to stop them.


Missing man found-A 40 year old man who went missing from his home at Mandelieu-la-Napoule on Sunday has been found alive and well following an extensive search.

The man,said to be suffering from acute depression caused great concern to his family after disappearing at the end of last week.

He was found on Thursday afternoon thanks to a search party led by Gendarmes with dogs at Saint-Auban after spending three nights sleeping outside.

The man was taken to hospital in Nice suffering from hypothermia but is expected to make a full recovery.


Frejus arrests-Four men have been arrested in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found on the rue Martin Bidoure last week.

An autopsy carried out on the body of the elderly victim established that she’d been struck by a vehicle.

Police managed to eventually identify the vehicle suspected of being involved following witness reports and the examination of CCTV footage.

The vehicle is registered to a local gardening firm.The firm’s owner and three employees have been arrested and are being held in custody.


Toujours Provence-An online petition has attracted more than 1,000 signatures in a bid to have the new ‘Region Sud’ name scrapped and replaced with ‘Provence’ instead.

The regional assembly of the previously titled ‘Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur’ recently voted to change the name to ‘Region Sud’ but many people disagree and think that ‘Provence’ would be a much more apt description for the south of France.

The petition has the support of a former French Culture Minister as well as several local politicians but it’s unlikely to be successful.


Anti-heart attack T-shirt-A local entrepreneur from Menton has invented what he says is the world’s first ‘anti-heart attack’ T-shirt.

Laurent Fort has spent several years developing the garment which is fitted with small sensors which can detect any irregularity in cardiac rhythms.

The shirt is internet connected and Mr Fort says that it could help to save lives, especially if worn by people during strenuous exercise.


In National News.


Baby milk recall-The French baby milk producer Lactalis has announced that it is increasing the quantity of formula and other products already recalled over fears of salmonella contamination.

The move follows an initial recall two weeks ago and has now been extended to all infant nutrition products made or packaged at the firm’s Craon plant.

The fresh recall concerns the brands Picot and Milumel as well as the amino-acid power Taranis.

Lactalis is one of the world’s biggest producers of dairy products and it’s baby formula foods are marketed globally under a number of different brand names.


Public Sector-A new report has found that France has the 6th largest number of public sector workers in the developed world.

The report,carried out by France Strategie found that the country has 88.5 public sector employees per 1,000 workers.

The data was collected using information from the OECD which found that Scandinavian countries led by Norway had the highest number of public sector employees in the developed world.


Workplace bullying-The number of French employees reporting harassment or bullying in the workplace has fallen according to statistics collected between 2013 and 2016.

A report by Dares in conjunction with the statistics office of the French Employment Ministry found that in 2013,thirty seven percent of employees had complained of being “humiliated,verbally abused or suffered other hostile behaviour” in the workplace.By the end of last year,the figure had fallen to 30 percent.

Women suffered the most abuse with 31 percent making complaints compared with 28 percent of men.




The executive chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet is to step down in January.

Eric Schimidt has been with the tech giant since 2001 and will remain on the board as a technical adviser.

Mr Schmidt has played a key role in Google’s development from its beginnings as a small California start-up to the global behemoth that it is today.

Google was founded as an internet search company by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998.Mr Schmidt joined the firm in 2001 as chief executive before becoming chairman in 2011.


Ryanair pilots in Germany are taking strike action today following what’s described as “unsatisfactory negotiations” over the recognition of trade unions.

The pilots’ union said that initial talks with Ryanair had been cancelled that that they’d stop work for four hours today.

Earlier on Thursday,the Irish union Impact,which represents pilots said that the chance of it taking industrial action had receded “for the present”.

The German union though says that Ryanair has been trying to win time and attempting to delay the start of collective bargaining.


And-Facebook has reached a licensing agreement with Universal Music that will allow users to post and share music on the social media network.

The global,multi year deal addresses copyright issues that had been raised by the unauthorised use of  its artists’ material.

The two firms said that would also work together on new music projects in a signal that Facebook is set to make a challenge to YouTube.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.



Football-The start of the busy festive football programme starts in the UK this evening with the Premier League game between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates.

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

There’s another full programme in the Premier League on Boxing Day.


Cricket-England’s Dawid Malan says that spirit inside the camp is still good despite the loss of the Ashes and three heavy defeats against Australia.

Malan,who scored a century in the first innings of the third Test and 50 in the second says that England desperately want to get their pride back and win.

The 4th Test starts at the MCG in Melbourne on Boxing Day.


Rugby Union-England will definitely be without Elliot Daly and Nathan Hughes for at least the first half of the 6 Nations.

Daly could be out for 10-12 weeks with a sprained ankle and Hughes  has damaged knee ligaments which could mean that he’s out of action for 8-10 weeks.

There’s one game in the Aviva Premiership tonight.Worcester play London Irish.


Tennis-Andy Murray is delaying his departure to Australia but is still hoping to start his season in Brisbane next month.

Murray hasn’t played a competitive game since Wimbledon because of a troublesome hip injury.

He had planned to go down under before Christmas but he’s decided to delay his journey.He’s due to play in the Brisbane International which starts on New Year’s Day and will then tackle the Australian Open which starts on January the 15th.



Clear skies with light variable winds.

Top temperature 13 degrees.

Overnight lows of 7 degrees on the coast and -2 degrees inland with a widespread frost.

The Christmas holiday weekend-Mainly fine  with a high of 13- 14.


Battered Brussels sprouts, a turkey and stuffing fritter and deep-fried pigs in blankets are all on the menu at a takeaway this Christmas.

Corries Cabin, in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, initially started offering deep-fried sprouts as a way to boost business in the festive period.

The boss has since added an extra item to the menu each year and now boasts a full deep-fried Christmas dinner.



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