French and Riviera News Friday 8th December 2017


Intoxication at local swimming pool - 29 students from the Picasso College have suffered from intoxication at the local public swimming pool in Vallauris. The incident happened on Thursday afternoon when victims complained of headaches and vomiting. Six of the students were taken to the Fontonne Hospital in Antibes for further examination. An investigation has been opened by the public prosecutor of Grasse and the pool remains closed until further notice.

Virus - Health officials are warning of an outbreak of gastroenteritis across France, where the PACA region has been the worst affected. The outbreak is now officially at epidemic levels. To protect yourself from the outbreak, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea, doctors recommend you wash your hands with soap for at least 10 seconds and drink lots of liquid.

Hallyday - The Mayor of Nice Christian Estosi has proposed the city council rename the Palais Nikaia in honour of Johnny Hallyday,who died this week. Meanwhile, at his concert in Monaco on Wednesday, Elton John payed tribute to the singer, dedicating his performance of ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ to him. Prince Albert also spoke kindly of Johnny Hallyday, who was France’s equivalent of Elvis, saying that Johnny liked to come to the Principality and that he always had a lot of loyal admirers here. France will make a people’s tribute to Johnny on Saturday, with a cortege procession down the Champs Elysees in Paris, to be attended by President Macron.

“Right of Cities” - A 32 year old from Nice has launched an association to help young people from working-class neighbourhoods set up their own business. The association “Rights of Cities” plans to raise funds through crowdfunding and sponsorship for the best projects as well as provide training and support from specialists.

Telethon - This year’s telethon which raises money for medical research starts today. Telethon was created in 1987 and will see events organised all over France this weekend. Last year over 92 million euros was collected.


Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital - French President Emmanuel Macron has called US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital "regrettable", amid fears the move could trigger further tensions in the Middle East. Macron called for efforts to "avoid violence at all costs" after Trump's declaration that also included a pledge to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in the future. He called for "calm" and "responsibility" on all sides, adding that France was ready with its partners to take all necessary initiatives in this direction.

Brexit - British citizens in France have sought help in securing their futures in France at a meeting held at the UK embassy in Paris. With many British expats feeling increasingly worried about their post-Brexit status around 200 packed into the ambassador's residence on Wednesday. The meeting was one of a series held by the British Embassy in order to speak to the community in France and update them on Brexit negotiations, particularly regarding citizens' rights.

Barmaid - A barmaid in northern France has outlived almost all of her regulars. But at the grand old age of 100 she has no plans to retire just yet. Marie-Louise Wirth wouldn't dream of giving up her bar in northern France, even if many of the 100-year-old's regulars have passed away. Known to locals as Marie-Lou, started working at the bar for her father back in 1931 at the age of fourteen.  The tiny bar -- only around 20 square metres -- has no name.


The US industrial group General Electric is to cut 12,000 jobs in its power business.
The cuts amount to 18 percent of the division’s workforce with the firm saying that it’s aiming to save a billion dollars next year as demand for fossil fuel power plants declines.
General Electric said that the job cuts were “painful but necessary”Jobs will go at its UK power business in Stafford and Rugby as well as in Switzerland and Germany.
The reductions are part of restructuring by General Electric’s new chief executive John Flannery who took over from Jeff Immelt in August.
In a statement,the company said that traditional power markets including gas and coal have softened.
General Electric issued a profit warning after posting a 5 percent fall in third quarter earnings to 1.8 billion dollars due to weak trading in its power and oil and gas businesses.

The UK’s Public Accounts Committee has warned that the government is badly unprepared for new border controls if it leaves the EU without a free trade agreement.
The Committee says that the government’s assumption that there would be a comprehensive free trade agreement was “reckless” and that not preparing for a “hard-Brexit”  outcome put UK border security at risk.
Theresa May is on her way to Brussels this morning for an early morning meeting aimed at breaking the deadlock over the Irish border issue,citizens rights and the financial settlement for Britain leaving the EU.
The Public Accounts Committee says that much more needs to be done generally to prepare for a “no deal”.

And-The International Monetary Fund has warned that rising levels of debt pose “large risks” to the Chinese economy.
In its first report on China’s resilience to shocks and contagion since 2011,the IMF said that it had concerns over imbalances in the world’s second largest economy.
A stress test on China’s banks has found that four fifths are vulnerable  with the IMF saying that the country should put less emphasis on growth and more on regulation and improving banks’ finances.
In October,the IMF warned that China’s dependence on debt was growing at “an alarming rate”.


Football-Christiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or  for the fifth time and the second year in a row.
The Real Madrid and Portugal star beat Lionel Messi to the prestigious award  with Paris St Germain’s Neymar in third place.
Ronaldo scored 42 goals for Real Madrid last season as they won the European Cup for the 12th time and La Liga for the 33rd time.He also helped Portugal to win Euro 2016.
In the English Premier League this weekend.
On Saturday West Ham play Chelsea in the lunchtime game and then its Burnley against Watford.Crystal Palace against Bournemouth.Huddersfield play Brighton.Swansea face West Brom.Spurs play Stoke and Newcastle play Leicester.
On Sunday Southampton play Arsenal.Liverpool play Everton and Manchester United play Manchester City.

Rugby Union-Cambridge have beaten Oxford to win the annual Varsity game at Twickenham.
Cambridge ran in three tries to Oxford’s one as they came out 20-10 winners.
The Cambridge women’s team made it a double on the day by beating their Oxford counterparts 24-0.

There’s one game in the European Champions Cup tonight.Glasgow play Montpellier Herault in Pool 3.


Partially cloudy with some showers around lunchtime and a strengthening south westerly wind.

Top temperature 15 degrees.

Overnight lows of 7 degrees on the coast and 2 degrees inland with some frost in places and clear skies.

The weekend-Fine tomorrow with the wind slackening and a high of 13 degrees.Rain on Sunday with a high of 10 degrees.


New figures published have shown that the London borough of Richmond upon Thames has the highest healthy life expectancy in the UK for men.

Men in the borough are expected to live for 69.9 years in good health, while Richmond also has the highest healthy life expectancy (70 years) for women in the capital.

Nationally, the figures show that healthy life expectancy differs by as much as 18 years across parts of the UK, from statistics collated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).





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