French and Riviera News Friday 25th August 2017


Unemployment rises in the region - Recent figures published on Thursday have shown a rise in unemployment for July in the Alpes-Maritimes region. Figures announced by the Government on Thursday show an increase of 1.1 % that's 1,120 people more than in June 2017. 

Football Violence - Six OGC Nice supporters have appeared in court, charged with causing a disturbance outside the hotel of the Napoli football team, hoping to disrupt their sleep before the crucial Champions League game earlier this week. It’s alleged the six were using megaphones and setting off fireworks at 2.30am, which set a field beside the hotel on fire. In court three of the defendants were given four month suspended sentences. As for the Napoli team, their sleep was undisturbed and they won the match two nil.

Road Rage - Police are investigating a particularly violent episode of road rage on Boulevard Gambetta in Nice, where a motorcyclist, who gave a truck driver the finger, was chased, knocked off his bike, and beaten. Shocked witnesses described the incident as incredibly violent. After the fight, both men left the scene before police arrived, but subsequently filed complaints leading to the investigation.

Swimming ban - Beaches in Menton have been forced to ban swimming in the sea, due to a sewage spill in the area. Veolia are working on the problem with the Regional Health Authority.

Best hospital in France - Nice CHU Hospital has been ranked 18th in a recent table published this week. The ranking of the 50 best hospitals in France was published in le Point magazine. Bordeaux comes first followed by Toulouse and Lille. 

Child's cuddly toy is transported by helicopter- A child's cuddly toy or doudou in French has been safely returned to its owner by helicopter. The parents who had left the much loved doudou during a stopover in Saint Tropez were faced with a rather distressed toddler upon returning to their residence in Cannes. Both child and doudou were reunited much to the delight of the parents who had reported spent 700 euros in order to transport the very special doudou.


Labour reforms - French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that the EU risks breaking up if it fails to reform the rules on temporary foreign workers. He was speaking in Romania, one of the ex-communist countries whose low wages and social charges make their workers cheaper to hire for temporary work in France and other richer EU nations. Macron is currently on a three day visit with Central and Eastern European leaders in an attempt to build support for politically sensitive labour reforms. 

France - The French government have today doubled the fines for anyone guilty of racial defamation, including those made in a private Facebook or Whatsapp group. Businesses, whose directors or employees are found to have made discriminatory statements, will now face potential fines of up to €7,500 for a one-off incident, and for repeat offences that rises to a possible €15,000.

Drop in alcohol consumption - A new study has shown that France has seen its biggest decline in the consumption of alcohol since 2007. In 2016, the French bought significantly less alcohol, with a shift to 'occasional' rather than 'regular' drinking, according to the study published on Thursday. The average French household bought a total of 70.7 litres of alcoholic drinks last year, including wine, beer, and spirits. That was a sharp decrease of 1.8 litres compared to the previous year.

Maurice the cockerel - Tens of thousands of people have come out in support of a French cockerel named Maurice, after his noisy crowing caused a legal row. Two-year-old Maurice lives on the island of Oléron in southwestern France and greets each sunrise with a song - much to the annoyance of nearby holidaymakers. His owner, said that the owners of a neighbouring holiday home have made numerous complaints about Maurice's crowing, which recently escalated to threats of legal action. In response, the owner has started a petition to raise awareness of Maurice's plight - and so far more than 32,000 people have signed. The population of Oléron is just over 20,000.


Samsung heir faces corruption verdict. A court in Seoul is set to decide whether the billionaire will be jailed for corruption. He is facing accusations of bribery linked to a scandal that triggered the impeachment of South Korea's former president. Prosecutors are asking for a 12-year jail sentence. He denies all charges.

Spotify has signed a new licensing deal with Warner Music Group, paving the way for the music streaming service to go public. Warner was the last of the three big record labels to agree to renewed terms to make its catalogue available to Spotify's 140 million users. However, Spotify has been forced to agree to some limitations to get the labels to sign. With deals with Sony, Universal and now Warner in place, Spotify is expected to float on the New York Stock Exchange as early as this year.

And - WeWork, the New York start-up that helped pioneer the concept of shared office space, has won a $4.4bn (£3.4bn) vote of confidence from two huge investment groups. SoftBank, the Japanese telecoms and technology giant, is buying a stake worth $3bn in the US firm. The investment follows a previously announced $1.4bn injection by SoftBank to fund WeWork's Asian expansion.


Football - Tottenham will face holders Real Madrid in the group stage of the Champions League.  Scottish champions Celtic face a tough test in a group with Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain and Anderlecht. Premier League champions Chelsea have been drawn to play Atletico Madrid, Roma and Qarabag in Group C, and Europa League winners Manchester United face Benfica, Basel and CSKA Moscow in Group A. Manchester City, who finished third in the Premier League last season, are up against Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord in Group F, while Liverpool, who beat Hoffenheim in a play-off to secure their place in the draw in Monaco, will meet Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Maribor in Group E. The group stages begin on 12-13 September. Five English clubs are contesting the group stage of a Champions League campaign for the first time.

And - Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as Uefa's Player of the Year at a gala ceremony here in Monaco the awards were presented in conjunction with the draw for the 2017-18 Champions League.

Cycling – Britain's Chris Froome extended his Vuelta a Espana lead by one second as Tomasz Marczynski claimed victory on stage six. Froome, 32, is aiming to become the third man to win the Vuelta and the Tour de France in the same year.

BoxingFloyd Mayweather will face Conor McGregor in a £500million mega-fight in Las Vegas tomorrow night. Mayweather retired in 2015 but now he's back with a vengeance as he takes on the UFC lightweight champion in a 12-round clash that has been brewing for more than a year. Large sums of money have already been placed on both fighters - one bookie revealed that a single punter has placed £1,800 on a McGregor to win at 11/2, while Mayweather has the pressure of a £5,000 bet on his head.


Starting off cloudy in Monaco and along the coast clearing later on with clear skies highs of 27 degrees in Nice and 26 degrees in Saint Tropez with a light south easterly wind. This evening going down to 23 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 19 degrees in the Var.

Outlook for the weekend clear skies and highs of 29 degrees.


As a YouTube-famous inventor Colin Furze is well known for his explosive creations. But he really has outdone himself this time by taking a simple bicycle and powering it by the thrust of a thousand fireworks.

Footage shows Mr Furze, 37, about to blast off on his custom-built rocket-laden bicycle near his Lincolnshire home.  Waiting for the sun to set, sets off batches of the fireworks by pushing a button on the bicycle's handlebars. He essentially turns into a moving parade of firework.

He said: 'When I was sitting on the bike, I was only one foot away from the first box of rockets, so I was quite nervous.

'I'm not usually too worried about trying out my inventions but I knew with this one that once I pressed the button I couldn't reverse it.'

Mr Curze, a former plumber, was not harmed.










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