French and Riviera News Friday 9th March 2018


Armed robbery – Police from the Alpes Maritimes have arrested ten individuals suspected of carrying out an armed robbery in Théoule-sur-mer. The arrests were made following an investigation into the robbery which took place in a private villa. The investigation continues.  

Nice Airport - Flights have been diverted from Nice International Airport following a power cut. The incident occurred on Thursday evening and saw several flights diverted to Marseille. The airport was reopened shortly after 8pm.

Bike - Motorists are warned of significant disruption expected this afternoon, with the arrival of the Paris-Nice bike race in Vence. As well as road closures in the town itself, there will be rolling closures around Bar-sur-loup, La Colle-sur-Loup and St-Paul-de-Vence between 2 and 4.30pm. Over the weekend, the Promenade des Anglais in Nice will see traffic restrictions on Saturday and Sunday, due to the bike race and Formula 1 activity on the prom.


Fine - A man who insulted a female police officer because of her gender has become the first person to be convicted of sexism in a public space in Belgium. The man, who has not been named, was stopped in June 2016 for violating the highway code and told the officer that her job did not suit women. The law was introduced in 2014 after an outcry over a documentary showing the abuse women faced on the streets.

Water restored - A water company in France has been told to restore running water to a woman and her 10-year-old son after cutting her water supply for 12 years because she failed to pay a €300 bill. Danielle from Perpignan failed to pay a €300 bill issued by water company back in 2005 and after 12 years of legal wrangling the company was finally told in January to restore the woman's water supply and pay €1,000 to the associations that fought on her behalf.

Phones - SFR have been named the worst mobile and internet company, for customer satisfaction, for the third year running. The annual survey by the French Association of Telecommunications Users, said 60% of complaints received by them were for SFR alone, far ahead of second placed Orange, with 13% of complaints.


Asian markets have rallied this morning on hopes that tensions with North Korea may be easing.
Last night it was reported that President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-Un.
Investors in Asia in particular have been growing increasingly concerned about the situation on the North Korean peninsula for some time and last night’s announcement  has been greeted with a sigh of relief.
Any escalation of hostility between the two countries would hit east-Asian nations particularly hard  because of the integrated supply chains in the region.
Mr Trump and Mr Kim are set to meet in May at an as-yet-undecided location.

Some of America’s major trading partners have slammed President Trump’s new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.
China has described it  as a “serious attack” on the system of international trade while the French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said that “there could only be losers in a trade war”.
President Trump has introduced the tariffs because he says that the United States has suffered from “unfair trade” and that the new levy will boost domestic industry.
The new import duties are 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium and will go into force in 15 days time.Canada and Mexico will be exempt while negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement continue.

And-The shadow Chancellor in the UK has called on the government not to prioritise financial services during Brexit negotiations.
John McDonnell said that it was clear that the government aimed to “win a deal for financial services first and then worry about the rest of the economy later”.
Mr McDonnell was speaking at the British Chambers of Commerce annual conference on Thursday.He said that banking and trading should not be favoured over other parts of the economy.
The EU maintains that financial services cannot be part of a free trade deal with the UK unless it continues to be a member of the single market.


6 Nations report in association with

It’s the penultimate weekend of the 6 Nations Championship with the two big games tomorrow.
Ireland host Scotland in Dublin with Joe Schmidt’s side aiming to put another piece of the Grand Slam jigsaw into place while Scotland have their own designs on the Championship having beaten England in the Calcutta Cup match two weeks ago.
The second game tomorrow is France against England in Paris.France are always a tough challenge on their own patch while Eddie Jones will be looking for his side to bounce back following defeat against Scotland.England may not only have to win but may also need a bonus point to keep their Championship hopes alive depending on what happens in Dublin.

Wales host Italy in Cardiff on Sunday.

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Football - Arsenal got a much needed win in their round of 16 Europa League tie against AC Milan last night,coming out 2-0 winners at the San Siro.Lyon won 1-0 at CSKA and Marseilles beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1.

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

Formula 1-Sebastien Vettel in the Ferrari set the fastest pace on the penultimate day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.
Vettel clocked the fastest lap ever recorded on the circuit as Ferrari showed their hand with the German more than a second quicker than everyone else.
Ferrari have traditionally done well at the first race of the season in Melbourne which is coming up on March the 25th.

Racing-The 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner will not take part in the race this year.
Sizing John has suffered a hairline fracture and will not defend his title on March the 16th.
The 8 year old was aiming to become the first horse to defend the Gold Cup since Best Mate in 2003.


Hazy sunshine with light variable winds and a high of 15-16 degrees.

Clouding over tonight with rain spreading across the region and a low of 10 degrees.

The weekend-Rain for most of Saturday,continuing into Sunday with some bright spells.Highs of 11-13 degrees.





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