French and Riviera News Friday 4th May 2018


Strike action continues today - Strike action is set to continue today on the region’s train network with one TGV out of two circulating and two out of five regional trains operating. Flights with Air France will also be disrupted due to strike action with 85% of flights operating.Unions from the airline are due to meet with management later today to try and reach an agreement. On Thursday there were clashes between railway workers and police at the Alpes Maritimes administrative centre, when up to 300 train drivers demanded to be given a meeting with the Prefect. The protests come as drivers enter the thirteenth and fourteenth days of their strike against government reforms.

A8 motorway - Traffic came to a standstill due to an accident as one lane was closed on the A8 motorway on Thursday shortly after 1pm just after the Menton motorway exit. The accident happened when a trailer became unhitched in the  Giraude tunnel. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Internet scam - Police have warned of a current scam on the internet after a woman from Antibes lost 750 euros after paying a deposit on a second hand vehicle. The 20 year old said that after being asked to put down a guarantee for the car, the seller failed to show as arranged over the internet and by phone.

Visit - It’s been announced Prince Albert of Monaco is to visit Canada early next week. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he and the Prince will discuss their shared commitment to the Paris Agreement, and the actions the two countries are taking to address climate change and protect the world’s oceans. This will be the first formal meeting between the Prime Minister and Prince Albert and will take place next Monday and Tuesday.

National Pact for Energy Transition – Meanwhile the bar restaurant Stars’n’Bars here in Monaco has announced that it will no longer serve takeaway coffee in disposable paper cups. The switch to reusable takeaway cups is the next step in its campaign to support Monaco’s National Pact for Energy Transition, which has the goal of cutting the principality’s carbon footprint by 50 percent by the year 2030.  Stars’n’Bars has purchased reusable mugs that are lightweight and made from sustainable bamboo and eco-friendly silicone and will sell the mugs at a reduced price in order to encourage customers to reduce plastic waste. Customers can also bring their own refillable mugs. Stars’n’Bars has already stopped serving plastic straws with its beverages.

Football - Football fans lined the streets of Marseille on Thursday night celebrating the victory of the Olympique de Marseille against Salzburg. The result sees Marseille qualify for the Europa league final playing against Atlético Madrid on May 16th in Lyon it also marks the fifth European final for the team, the first in 14 years.


Emmanuel Macron visits New Caledonia - French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in New Caledonia ahead of a referendum on independence for the Pacific territory. His programme has aroused criticism from both separatists and French loyalists. Arriving after a three-day trip to Australia, Macron declined to take a position on the independence vote, although during last year's presidential election campaign he expressed a preference for the territory to remain part of France.

WWF - According to a report published today by the WWF France as of Saturday 5th May France will have reached its “ecological overtaking” which means that if the whole world live like the French from May 5th the planet would have already consumed all the natural resources that it can renew in one year. The French date comes much earlier and ranks the country as one of the biggest “predators” on the planet.  


The former chief executive of Volkswagen has been charged by prosecutors in Detroit over the diesel emissions scandal.
Martin Winterkorn  is accused of conspiring to mislead regulators about Volkswagen’s efforts to cheat the emissions tests of its diesel fuelled vehicles.
The charges were announced on Thursday with the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying that the indictment showed that Volkswagen’s scheme to cheat its legal requirements went “all the way to the top”.
Mr Winterkorn,who’s 70 resigned soon after the scandal broke in September 2015.
He’s the 9th VW employee to be hit with criminal charges in the United States connected to the emissions cheating scandal.

The billionaire investor Warren Buffett has said that his Berkshire Hathaway firm purchased an additional 75 million Apple shares in the first quarter.
In an interview with CNBC on Thursday.Mr Buffett  said that “if you look at Apple,I think it earns almost twice as much as the second most profitable company in the United States”
In February,Berkshire said that its Apple stake grew by around 23 percent since the end of September to roughly 165.3 million shares worth 28 billion dollars.

And-Sir Richard Branson is to become a partner in a private equity fund that will seek out consumer goods to invest in.
The fund will be co-managed by the London based investment firm Metric Capital  and will look at opportunities in areas including luxury goods,leisure,food and drinks.
The partnership is looking to raise funds from large investors including pension firms and state-owned investment funds.
The fund will aim to raise 500 million euros and generate returns of 20 percent on its investments.


Football-Arsene Wenger’s dream of ending his reign as Arsenal manager with a European trophy have been dashed after his side were beaten 1-0 at Athletico Madrid last night in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final to lose the tie 2-1 on aggregate.
Wenger will leave Arsenal at the end of the season after 20 years in charge.He has just three games left in charge before he’s replaced.

Athletico will meet Marseille in the Europa League final.The French side lost 2-1 at Red Bull Salzburg last night but take the semi-final 3-2 on aggregate.

In the English Premier League this weekend,Brighton host Manchester United tonight.
On Saturday Stoke play Crystal Palace.Bournemouth host Swansea.Leicester play West Ham.Watford host Newcastle.West Brom play Spurs and Everton play Southampton.
On Sunday Manchester City play Huddersfield.Arsenal host Burnley and Chelsea play Liverpool.

Formula 1-The president of Ferrari Sergio Marchionne says that he’s “encouraged” by the latest developments in discussions over the future of the sport.
Mr Marchionne has warned that Ferrari could quit Formula 1 if plans for a restructuring of the sport from 2021 are not to his liking.
Yesterday he said that he had been pleased by a “change in attitude” from the sport’s owners Liberty Media.
He said that the biggest sign of progress was a recognition that engine regulations need to reflect the nature of the sport.

Rugby Union-The Ireland and Ulster wing Andrew Trimble is to retire at the age of 33.
Trimble has won 70 caps for Ireland  and has made 229 appearances for Ulster.

Cycling-The Giro d’Italia gets underway today with a 10.1 kilometre individual time trial in Jerusalem.
It’s the first time that the Giro will start outside Europe but the 13th time that the event has started outside of Italy.
Boxing-David Haye has said that he will “put his soul on the line” when he faces Tony Bellew at the 02 in London tomorrow night.
There was some pushing and shoving between the two boxers at Thursday’s press conference ahead of the fight.Haye is looking to avenge his defeat by Bellew 14 months ago and has said that he will retire if he doesn’t win convincingly.
Bellew said that Haye would be remembered for his “fantastic nights” but that Saturday “would not be one of them”.

Boxing-David Haye has said that he will “put his soul on the line” when he faces Tony Bellew at the 02 in London tomorrow night.

There was some pushing and shoving between the two boxers at Thursday’s press conference ahead of the fight.Haye is looking to avenge his defeat by Bellew 14 months ago and has said that he will retire if he doesn’t win convincingly.

Bellew said that Haye would be remembered for his “fantastic nights” but that Saturday “would not be one of them”.


Sunshine and showers with moderate easterly or variable winds.

Top temperature 23 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 13 degrees inland with cloudy skies.

The weekend-Mainly fine in coastal areas with some showers later in the day both on Saturday and Sunday.Highs of 20 -24 degrees.


Trouble is brewing for bosses who don't share in the tea round: A third of employees resent making hot drinks for those higher up the chain

Researchers have revealed how the tea round can divide a workplace, with half of bosses accused of failing to get drinks for their staff – and half of workers believing their colleagues do not make enough cuppas.

Many bosses are said to make a brew only for themselves, with one of the main excuses being there were ‘too many people to make drinks for’.

Even those managers who did take part in tea rounds were more likely to resent having to make drinks than their colleagues lower down the pecking order.

According to the poll by HR firm Citation, workers in London were most likely to make excuses for not making tea for others, claiming they were ‘too busy’ or it ‘took too long’.


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