French and Riviera News Friday 25th May 2018


Body found in the French Alps - French police have confirmed that the body of a man found in the French Alps last week is that of a missing British skier. John Bromell, 39, from Lincolnshire, was last seen on the Paquis chairlift in Tignes, on 7 January. At the time of Mr Bromell's disappearance, there was more than 3ft of snow reported in the resort, with a warning about the risk of avalanches . A full-scale search by French police was hampered by what were described as "terrible conditions".

Emergency services carry out a delicate operation during Grand Prix - A crane operator has been taken to hospital in Nice after suffering from a stroke. Firefighters in Monaco carried out a delicate operation on Thursday afternoon during this year’s Grand Prix, after the fifty year old man was taken ill while in the cabin of the crane 60 meters above the ground located near the Place du Casino. The victim is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Drug trafficking - A 66 year old American pensioner and a 58 year old English man have been handed a one year prison sentence for drug trafficking. Both individuals were stopped by customs at Nice International Airport in March in possession of 5 kilos of heroin. Both told the court in Nice that they had been fooled via the Internet after being told they had to travel to southern Africa to claim an inheritance.


French couple found guilty - A French couple living in London have been found guilty of murdering their 21-year-old au-pair and burning her body in their garden. The jury at London's Old Bailey found the couple guilty of murdering French live-in nanny Sophie Lionnet. The victim's mother, Catherine Devallonne, called the guilty pair "monsters" in a statement read to court. The couple’s lawyers have 30 days to appeal against the decision.

Carbon tax fraud - Meanwhile the three ringleaders of a huge carbon tax fraud have been jailed for eight to 10 years by a French court that found all 33 other defendants guilty of a scam that cost the French taxman 385 million euros. The scam, involved buying carbon credits abroad and selling them in France with VAT added, but omitting to pay the VAT to the French tax authorities.

African startups - France has announced that is it to provide 65 million euros to African startups, President Emmanuel Macron made the announcement at the VivaTech conference in Paris on Thursday. According to figures published African startups raised some 477 million euros in 2017, up more than 50 percent in a year. The figure is still dwarfed by the estimated 20 billion euros raised by European startups in the same period.

Flying taxis’ - Uber's plan to create flying taxis has moved a step closer as the firm announced that it will open a laboratory in Paris to develop them. The company will reportedly invest €20m euros over five years. The announcement is seen as coup for President Macron who is keen to make France a global technology hub.


The stock market value of the online video streaming service Netflix has soared to 153 billion dollars making it the most valuable entertainment company in the world for the first time.
Netflix stock has surged by 80 percent so far this year-more than any other firm in the S&P 500 as global subscription numbers topped 125 million and more and more people decide to ditch cable packages in favour of the service.
Netflix is now worth more than Walt Disney and its shares have increased in value by 33,000 percent since it went public back in 2002.

The governor of the Bank of England has said that a “disorderly” Brexit could delay rises in interest rates as the Bank would be obliged to act to shore up the economy.
Mark Carney said that a “sharp Brexit” could mean a reassessment of whether an interest rate rise is imminent.
Speaking at  conference in London on Thursday,Mr Carney said that negotiations were now entering a “critical phase” and that the Bank was prepared in case the transition was not “smooth”.
He also re-iterated the Bank’s analysis that the EU referendum result had damaged the economy.

And-Deutsche Bank says that it will cut 7,000 jobs as it seeks to return to profit.
The bank said that it would be reducing global staffing levels from just over 97,000 to well below 90,000.
It hasn’t yet said where the job cuts will come or in which countries.
The bank currently employs around 66,000 people in Europe including 42,000 in Germany,21,000 in Asia and around 10,000 in North America.


Formula 1-Red Bull dominated first and second practise on Thursday for Sunday’s 76th Monaco Grand Prix with Daniel Ricciardo just outpacing team-mate Max Verstappen in both sessions.
In second practice,Sebastien Vettel finished third quickest for Ferrari with Lewis Hamilton in fourth but they were both off the pace and will have work to do if they’re  to catch the Red Bulls by the time qualifying comes around tomorrow.

Today is a rest day for Formula 1 but there’s action on the track in Formula Renault,the Porsche Supercup and Formula 2.The circuit reopens to the public at 2.30 this afternoon.

Now the rest of the day’s sport.

Football-The showpiece of the European season is coming tomorrow as Liverpool face Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev.
Real Madrid start as favourites but Liverpool have proved this season that they can take on the best and hopes are high that the Reds can lift the European Cup for the 6th time.
Kick off in Kiev is at 8.45 tomorrow night.

It’s the Championship playoff final at Wembley tomorrow.Fulham play Aston Villa for the final place in next season’s Premier League.Kick off is at 6pm.

Cricket-England are under the cosh heading into day 2 of the first Test against Pakistan at Lords.
England won the toss and decided to bat but they were bowled out on a green-tinged surface for just 180.
At stumps Pakistan were 50-1 in reply.
Play starts again at noon.

Rugby Union-It’s the Aviva Premiership final tomorrow between Saracens and Exeter.Kick off at Twickenham is at 4pm.
The Guiness Pro 14 Final is also tomorrow.Leinster play Scarlets.Kick off is at 7pm.

Golf-Lucas Bjerregaard leads following the first round of the BMW PGA at Wentorth.
The Dane fired a first round 7 under par to lead by a shot from the South Africans  Dean Burmester and Darren  Fichardt.Rory McIlroy is one of a cluster of players on 5 under.

Cycling-Simon Yates of Great Britain still leads the Giro d’Italia but he had a tough day as he lost 28 seconds to second placed Tom Dumoulin on stage 18.
Max Schachmann of Germany won the stage but Yates cracked on the final ascent and will need to call on all his reserves of strength if he wants to hold on to the lead.
Today’s 19th stage is 185 kilometres between Venaria Reale and Bardonecchia with another summit finish in what’s likely to be another gruelling session.


Mainly fine with light  south westerly winds.

Top temperature 23-25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 17 degrees with clear skies.

Monaco Grand Prix weekend-Mainly fine with the slight risk of some showers in the Monaco area.Highs of 23-27 degrees


A new poll has revealed pensioners are increasingly putting daredevil past times on their bucket list, including jet skiing and scuba diving.

Daredevil pensioners are grabbing life by the scruff of the neck and want to try their hand at all manner of extreme pursuits on their bucket list. Flying a plane (20 per cent), scuba diving (14 per cent) and jet skiing (9 per cent) and hand gliding (9 per cent) were all things pensioners wanted to get to grips with.

The study also showed millennials prefer baking to going to the gym.

 UK Top 10 Hobbies 

1. Gardening

2. Baking

3. Swimming

4. Hiking/walking

5. DIY

6. Gym-based sports (weights, yoga, pilates, etc)

7. Camping

8. Growing vegetables

9. Drawing/painting

10. Cycling

UK Top 10 Extreme Bucket List 

1. Jet skiing

2. Flying a plane

3. Car racing

4. Segway riding

5. Sky diving

6. Scuba diving

7. Skiing

8. Water skiing

9. Horse riding

10. Bungee jumping



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