French and Riviera News Friday 24th August 2018


TV reality show candidate dies from injuries Nice - 24 year old Tom Diversy known for appearing in the reality television show "10 couples parfait" sur NT1 and more recently “La Villa, la Bataille Des Couples” has died as a result of his injuries after being involved in a motorcycle accident in Nice in the early hours of Wednesday. The young man lost control of his motorcycle at the corner of Rue Chauvain, before hitting a wall.

Road safety – Meanwhile the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes has announced a "large-scale road safety operation" on the road’s today. Since the beginning of the year 34 people have lost their lost their lives on the regions roads. Figures show that motorcyclist are the hardest hit, accounting for nearly 58% of those killed.

Smoke - Mayor’s across the Cote d’Azur will be carefully watching the beaches of Sanary next summer, all of which, have just been declared smoke-free zones. In an unusual move, the local Mayor has banned cigarettes on all beaches to prevent hundreds of butts having to be picked up each morning by seasonal workers. If the total ban proves successful, it has the potential to spread rapidly to other resorts on the Riviera.

Maurice Mane - An international figure in the world of perfumery Maurice Mane has died at the age of 91. Mane succeeded his father in 1959, to take the reins of the company, located in Bar-sur-Loup, near Grasse. He successfully supervised its development, particularly in the diversification of activities in the aroma sector for the food industry. In 1995 he retired but remained as a chairman leaving his two sons to run the company. The funeral will be held Saturday, August 25, at 10 am, in the church of Bar-sur-Loup.


Measles - France is among the hardest-hit countries in the worst measles epidemic in Europe in a decade, and experts say that anyone who is unvaccinated or has not had the disease is at risk of infection. In France, three people died of measles between January and June of this year. They are among the 41,000 people in Europe who suffered from the disease during that time and the 37 who were killed by it, according to the World Health Organisation(WHO). French public health authorities say more than 2,700 people have come down with measles in the country since last November.

Macron returns to work - French President Emmanuel Macron has returned to work this week facing difficult choices as he seeks to bounce back from a summer plagued by scandal with a new push for economic change. Ministers gathered at the Elysée Palace on Wednesday for a first cabinet meeting since the summer holiday.  The latest public opinion polls at the end of July have seen Macron's popularity rate at its lowest level since he was elected in May 2017.


US President Donald Trump has responded to speculation that he might be impeached by warning that any such move would damage the economy. In an interview with Fox & Friends, he said the market would crash and "everybody would be very poor". He was speaking after Michael Cohen, his ex-lawyer, pleaded guilty to violating election laws and said he had been directed to do so by Mr Trump. Mr Trump has rarely spoken about the prospect of being impeached. Correspondents say it is unlikely Mr Trump's opponents would try to impeach him before November's mid-term elections.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has set out what he called "practical and proportionate" advice in case the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The guidance includes instructions for businesses who could face extra paperwork at borders and contingency plans to avoid medicine shortages. Britons visiting the EU could also face extra credit card charges. Ministers say a deal is the most likely outcome but that "short-term disruption" is possible without one.

Jaguar's classic E-type sports car is set to make a comeback with a new electric version approved to go into production. The E-type Zero, notably driven by Prince Harry as he whisked Meghan Markle away to their wedding reception earlier this year, will be available to buy from summer 2020. Carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that Jaguar Classic will convert E-types to electric power at its Classic Works facility in Coventry. Details on how much the revamped car could cost remains tightly under wraps for now.

A coffee-delivering drone that can detect when people are tired and bring them a drink has been patented by technology company IBM. The patent describes a drone that can identify the "cognitive state" of office workers and lower cups of coffee on an "unspooling string". Technology companies frequently patent products even if they have no intention to sell them in the near future. IBM has not revealed whether it plans to produce the coffee drone.


Tennis - Andy Murray will play Australia's James Duckworth when he makes his return to Grand Slam tennis after a 14-month absence with a hip injury. The US Open, the fourth and final major of the year, begins in New York on Monday.

Formula One – Red Bull have denied a claim by Fernando Alonso that he was twice offered a drive with them next season before he decided to retire from Formula 1 at the end of this year. The 37-year-old said Red Bull offered him the seat being vacated by Daniel Ricciardo, who is joining Renault. But the Austrian team said Alonso was never made an offer.

Cricket - England have recalled batsman James Vince for the fourth Test against India at Southampton starting on 30 August. The 27-year-old - dropped after the tour of New Zealand in April - will provide cover for Jonny Bairstow, who broke a finger in this week's 203-run defeat at Trent Bridge.

Football – Premier league fixtures for Saturday Woverhampton play Manchester City, Arsenal play West Ham, Bournemouth play Everton, Huddersfield play Cardiff, Southampton play Leicester and Liverpool play Brighton. On Sunday Watford face Crystal Palace, Fulham play Burnley and Newcastle play Chelsea. On Monday Manchester United play Tottenham.  


Clear skies with highs of 31 degrees in Cannes, Antibes and Nice. Possibility of some light showers in Nice by this afternoon. 34 degrees in the Saint Tropez, La Croix Valmer and Cogolin with a moderate north westerly wind and possible gusts of upto 60 km/h in the Var. This evening going down to 23 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 18 degrees in the Var with clear skies.

The outlook for Saturday mainly cloudy with sunny intervals and highs of 31 degrees. Sunday clear skies across the region and feeling cooler with highs of 27 degrees.


A fish and chip shop in Yorkshire has translated its menu into Mandarin and Cantonese because the dish is so popular with Chinese tourists.

Scotts Fish and Chips near York says the traditional British meal has become a must for Chinese people visiting the historic city.

The restaurant says coachloads of Chinese tourists are stopping off for a fish and chip lunch or dinner, with more than 100 visiting every week.




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