French and Riviera News Friday 22nd June 2018


Missing person - Police in Mandelieu La Napoule have appealed for  witnesses to come forward following the disappearance of 60 year old Daniel Leroy. Leroy left his home on Monday June 18th and hasn’t been seen since. Anyone with any information is invited to contact police on

Strike action – The 33rd day of strike action by the rail network the SNCF will affect the regional network today with 3 out of 5 regional trains running and 9 out of 10 TGV’s operating. Meanwhile the SNCF has been ordered to pay those taking strike action on their rest days. The Tribunal de Grande Instance ordered the SNCF to pay the days of rest of the strikers from whom it had withheld payment.  The SNCF has said that it will appeal the decision.

Fire - A fire has caused considerable damage to an apartment in Menton. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the blaze which broke out on Thursday shortly after 8.30pm. Fire services from Menton and Monaco were at the scene. No injuries have been reported.

La Paloma beach - Employees of the Prefecture of the Alpes Maritimes have dismantled much of La Paloma beach restaurant at Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, according to local reports.  The establishment has been an iconic landmark since it was built in 1949 but is now occupying public land without authorization according to the authorities. The operation carried out on Thursday follows similar action a month ago against restaurants at Plage Mala in Cap d’Ail.

Formula One - After a ten year absence Formula One return’s to France this weekend at the Paul Ricard circuit. France held the first grand prix in 1906, but in 2008 the financial realities of modern F1 saw the race end in France. The Paul Ricard circuit hosted 14 races between 1971 and 1990 .


Illegal migration - The Italian government says it will not sign up to an EU plan for tackling illegal migration to Europe if it does not make help for Italy a priority. The leaders of 10 member states plan to meet in Brussels on Sunday in a push to tighten border checks and stem the flow of non-EU migrants inside the bloc. Italy is now the main arrival point for boatloads of migrants - mostly Africans fleeing chaos and violence in Libya.

Autolib’ - Autolib’, a popular yet unprofitable electric car-sharing system in Paris, has had its contract cancelled.

The vote comes after the Autolib’ service had run up major losses that neither the local authorities, nor the operator Bolloré, were prepared to absorb. Launched in 2011, Autolib’ is popular among those who use its “free floating” cars. But it has failed to attract as many users as expected, undercut by competition from a growing range of transportation alternatives, including ride hailing apps such as Uber. The Bolloré group responded by saying it would appeal the decision.


Retaliatory EU tariffs on US exports have come into force this morning as global stock markets grappled with increasingly worsening trade relations.

The duties have been imposed on 2.8 billion euros worth of American products including on clothing,motorbikes,bourbon whiskey and orange juice.

The president of the EU Commission,Jean Claude Juncker said that the new duties go against “ all logic and history” but said that Europe had no choice after the US imposed its own tariffs on steel and aluminium products.

The new duties come into force as trade relations between the US and China worsen.Earlier this week President Trump threatened to impose 10 percent duties on an additional 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods if China refuses to “change its practices”.


Airbus has warned that it could leave the UK if the country exits the European Union single market and customs union without a transition deal.

The European planemaker said that the warning was “not part of project fear but its dawning reality”.

Airbus employs around 14,000 people at 25 different sites around the UK.

Last week,the president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said that sections of UK industry face “extinction” unless the UK remained in the EU customs union.


And-Still in the UK,the Bank of England has left interest rates on hold but signalled that an August increase is now more likely than previously thought.

The nine member Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank was split 6-3 on the decision with governor Mark Carney leading the group who voted to keep rates on hold at a half of one percent.

Economists think that if the economy does pick up then an August rate rise is more likely.

Government borrowing figures released on Thursday boosted hopes that the economy may be gaining some momentum.


Football-There were 3 games at the World Cup in Russia on Thursday with Denmark and Australia sharing a 1-1 draw in Group C while France made the last 16 with an underwhelming 1-0 victory over Peru who are eliminated.
In Group D Argentina’s hopes of making the knockout phase are hanging by a thread after they were beaten 3-0 by Croatia who have now moved into the next phase of the competition.

There are 3 more games today.In Group D Nigeria play Iceland and in Group E Brazil play Costa Rica and Serbia face Switzerland.

Formula 1-First practice for Sunday’s French Grand Prix at Le Castellet takes place at  noon today with second practice at 4pm.
Sebastien Vettel leads the drivers’ championship by a single point from Lewis Hamilton with Valtteri Bottas in third.
Qualifying is at 4pm on Saturday with the race at 4.10 on Sunday.

Cricket-England have gone 4-0 up in the one day series against Australia with a 6 wicket victory at the Riverside Chester-le-Street.
Australia batted first and made 310-8 from their 50 overs with England getting to the total in 44.4 overs with a score of 314-4.
The final match is on Sunday at Old Trafford.

Rugby Union-There are 6 international games tomorrow as sides from the northern hemisphere continue their summer tours.
Japan play Georgia.New Zealand host France.Australia play Ireland in the decider of their 3 Test series.South Africa play England in Cape Town.Canada play the United States and Argentina play Scotland.

Racing-Frankie Dettori has claimed his 60th Royal Ascot winner after riding Stradivarius to victory in the Gold Cup on Thursday.
The 7-4 joint favourite saw off Vazirabad and Torcedor to win the big race and give Dettori a 6th win in the Gold Cup.
Today’s feature race is the Coronation Stakes which is off at 5.20 this afternoon. 


Partially cloudy with moderate easterly winds and perhaps the chance of a shower in the Alpes-Maritimes this afternoon.

Top temperatures 26 degrees on the coast and 29 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 19 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

The weekend-Partially cloudy with a high of 26 degrees tomorrow.Hazy sunshine on Sunday with some showers inland and a high of 25-27 degrees.



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