French and Riviera News Friday 23rd February 2018


Fire in Nice - Two children have been admitted to hospital after a fire broke out in the basement of a seven-storey building on the Avenue du Ray in Nice. Firefighters evacuated residents on Thursday evening shortly before 7pm. An investigation has been opened to determine the cause of the blaze.

Strike action - A&E staff from hospitals in Toulon- La Seyne have announced plans for unlimited strike action. Following a meeting amongst unions on Thursday it was announced that failure to reach an agreement today would result in strike action from March 1st. Staff protesting against poor working conditions and lack of resources are to meet with management this afternoon in an attempt to reach an agreement.

Snowfall - Meteo France has warned that more snow is forecast in the Var. The region experienced a light blanket of snow on Wednesday and Thursday with more on its way. Forecasters warned that the situation will deteriorate over the week-end predicting more snowfall for Monday.

Census - 139 different nationalities make up the diverse population of modern Monaco. That’s according to the latest census figures show the population of the principality has increased by 5.5% in the last ten years to 37,308.

Outside of French and Italian residents, the most populous nationalities are, in order; British, Swiss, Belgian, German and Russian. The census also shows Monaco continues to be desirable internationally, with 24.7% of people moving to the Principality in the last ten years.

House - It’s been confirmed that Picasso’s old house in Grasse has been sold to the New Zealand businessman, who bought it last October for twenty million. There had been a worry, when the buyer did not pay the balance on time, but the transaction has now been completed. The seventeen hundred square metre house, Picasso’s last home, is located below the Chapel of Our Lady of Life and enjoys magnificent views of Cannes. Before Pablo Picasso the house belonged to the Guinness family and Winston Churchill stayed there regularly during his summer holidays.


Plan to prevent radicalization - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will today present the government's "national plan for the prevention of radicalization". According to French media reports the main emphasis will be put on schools, the world of sport and prisons.

Joan of Arc – French far-right websites have accused the city of Orleans of “diversity propaganda” and attempting to re-write French history after announcing that for the first time a mixed-race teenager is to play Joan of Arc for the city’s annual festivities. Mathilde Gamassou was chosen among 250 girls to play Joan for a spring festival marking the victory of the Catholic warrior saint in breaking the English siege of Orleans in 1429. The annoucement prompted a torrent of racist abuse from far-right social media users.

Tourism - Figures published on Thursday have shown that "Tourism in Paris has rebounded with spectacular fashion,". Two years after the city was scarred by terror attacks, tourists have returned to the French capital in record numbers in 2017 with hotels in Paris welcoming 2.9 million more foreign and French visitors compared to 2016, an increase of 9.5 percent. Chinese, Japanese, American and German tourists all returned in large numbers to the City of Light, with visitors from the US continuing to account for the largest share of foreign tourists with 2.4 million visitors.


Shares in Asia have rebounded this morning after comments from a US Federal Reserve official soothed the markets nerves about the pace of future US interest rate hikes.
Markets have fluctuated wildly this month with investors concerned about how fast the Fed might raise rates in the wake of data showing a pick up in inflation.
Markets are now fully pricing in three rate increases this year with some analysts expecting four.
Investors have been concerned that many central banks will start to tighten policy and raise borrowing costs which will in turn hit corporate earnings.
On Thursday the president of the Saint Louis Fed James Bullard attempted to ease concerns over the possibility of four rate hikes this year  after saying that policymakers need to be careful not to increase rates too quickly as that could slow the economy.

Comments by the reality TV star Kylie Jenner that she no longer uses the SnapChat messaging app has seen 1.3 billion dollars wiped from the share value of its parent company Snap.
Jenner,who’s the half-sister of Kim Kardashian posted a tweet  that she was no longer using the app to her 24.5 million Twitter followers on Thursday which resulted in shares in Snap falling by 8 percent.They closed down 6 percent on the day.
More than a million people have signed a petition calling for SnapChat to reverse recent changes to the app which users say has made it more difficult and less fun to use.
SnapChat is facing intense competition from Instagram especially for celebrity users and Jenner’s tweet has unsettled already-worried investors.

And-Senior UK government ministers have gathered at the Prime Minister’s Chequers country residence to thrash out Brexit policy as the European Union reiterated that there could be no “cherry-picking” in a future trade deal.
Following the meeting,which lasted 8 hours,one senior minister who favours a quick break from the EU said that “divergence had won the day”.
The Prime Minister is set to make a key speech on UK Brexit policy on Tuesday next week but could be pre-empted by the Labour  leader Jeremy Corybn who is intending to speak on Monday to set out a clearer picture of his party’s view on future trade with the EU including the customs union and access to the single market.On Thursday,the EU rejected the government’s “ three baskets” idea for future trade  which it said were “not compatible” with the principles in the European Council guidelines.


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It’s the third round of the 6 Nations this weekend with under pressure France playing Italy in Marseilles tonight.
Tomorrow,Ireland play a Wales side still smarting at the perceived injustice of their defeat against England while Scotland host England at Murrayfield in the Calcutta Cup.

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Winter Olympics-It’s day 14 of the Games in PyeongChang and Norway still top the medals table.
Norway and Germany both have 13 gold medals but Norway lead with an overall haul of 35 medals while Germany have a total of 25.Canada are in third place with 9 gold medals and the USA have 8.
Earlier today 15 year old Alina Zagitova won the first gold medal for the Olympic Athletes from Russia with victory in the women’s single figure skating while Kelsey Serwa of Canada won gold in the women’s ski cross.

Football-Arsenal are through to the last 16 of the Europa League despite losing 2-1 at home to Ostersunds.The Gunners took the tie 4-2 on aggregate.
Celtic are out after losing 3-0 at Zenit St Petersburg to lose the tie 3-1 and Nice are also out after losing 1-0 at Lokomotiv Moscow with the tie ending 4-2 on aggregate to the Russian side.

In the English Premier League this weekend.
On Saturday Leicester play Stoke.Bournemouth host Newcastle.Brighton play Swansea.Burnley host Southampton.Liverpool are at home to West Ham.West Brom host Huddersfield and Watford face Everton.
On Sunday Crystal Palace play Spurs and Manchester United play Chelsea.

It’s also the League Cup Final at Wembley between Manchester City and Arsenal.Kick off is at 5.30 French time.

Formula 1-Mercedes and Ferrari have both unveiled their new cars with high expectations of fighting it out for the title again this season.
Both teams have evolved last year’s designs  with Ferrari working hard on improving reliability and getting better performance on faster tracks.
Mercedes have looked to widen the operating window of their car and had an initial run-out at Silverstone on Thursday with Valtteri Bottas at the wheel.
Pre-season testing starts next week and the first race of the season is in Melbourne on the 25th of March


Cloudy  with some rain around this afternoon and light  variable winds.

Top temperature 10 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 7 degrees on the coast and 4 degrees inland with outbreaks of rain.

The weekend-Overcast with rain.Highs of 9-11 degrees.



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