French and Riviera News Friday 9th November 2018


Marseille - A seventh body has been discovered in the rubble of the collapsed buildings in Marseille. As rescuers continue their search at least one person is still missing. So far five victims out of seven have been identified. The city of Marseille has announced plans for a white march scheduled to take place on Saturday 10th November in memory of the victims. Prince Albert the 2nd of Monaco has sent a letter to the Mayor of Marseille expressing his and the people of Monaco’s deepest sympathy with the victims of the accident.

Meanwhile the local press in Marseille has launched a campaign entitled #balancetontaudis calling for the town hall to put an end to poor housing in the city.

French Minister of the armies - The French Minister of The ArmiesFlorence Parly, has visited the aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle.  The vessel is currently anchored off Toulon.  The visit on Thursday was to mark the completion of the ship’s 18 month renovation project. President Emmanuel Macron is also expected to visit the ship next week.

A8 motorway  - Firefighters extinguished a vehicle which had caught fire on the A8 access road at Nice St Augustin on Thursday afternoon. Smoke for the fire could be seen from many parts of Nice.  The access road was closed until the vehicle was eventually removed.

Oldest resident - The oldest resident of the Alpes Maritimes has celebrated her 111th birthday. Maryse Lancioni, who lives in Eze, celebrated with friends and local dignitaries in a nearby restaurant. She ranks as the 18th oldest person in France, the oldest individual lives in the Var.


Algerian found unconscious - A 20-year-old Algerian has been found unconscious in the snow near the border near Andorra by a French police patrol. He reportedly died of hypothermia. One hundred cigarette cartons were found nearby which he had probably been paid less than €50 to carry. His family identified him on Thursday, after he had been missing for days. The tragic fate of the young smuggler highlights the continuing problem of cigarette trafficking on the mountain routes between Andorra and France, for which those risking their lives are paid little and the traffickers orchestrating the operation remain beyond the reach of customs officers.

Emmanuel Macron - US President Donald Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron are to meet in Paris on Saturday on the sidelines of ceremonies to mark the end of World War I. Trump will not be meeting Russian leader Vladimir Putin, as the Kremlin earlier suggested might be possible. According to a White House official Trump and Macron will discuss the conflict in Syria and relations with Iran.


Disney has reported  results that beat Wall Street estimates after a bumper summer saw crowds flocking to its theme parks and the success of its blockbuster Marvel Movie-Ant Man and the Wasp.

The firm also unveiled plans for a new Star Wars video series for its forthcoming streaming service that it’s named Disney+.

Disney is attempting to transform itself into a broad-based digital entertainment provider as audiences move to streaming services such as Netflix , Amazon and YouTube.

Disney said it earned record annual results this year with profits of 12.6 billion dollars and revenue totalling 59.4 billion dollars.


The Canadian aerospace giant Bombardier has announced 5,000 job cuts around the world.

The cuts,which will be implemented over the next 12 to 18 months will mainly affect staff in Canada but will also affect employees in other parts of the world.

Bombardier employs 70,000 people worldwide  and has production and engineering sites in 28 countries.

The firm says that the cuts will be made to “streamline operations” as part of a broader restructuring plan.


And-Paypal has said that it will no longer process payments  for the English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson.

Mr Robinson has been told that he no longer fits with Paypal’s user guidelines  and will not be able to use the platform again.

In a statement,Paypal said that it did not comment on individual users but added that it regularly reviewed accounts to ensure that their use aligned with its acceptable use policy.

Mr Robinson said that Paypal  “don’t like my opinion and want to silence me”.



Football-Chelsea and Arsenal are both through to the knockout phase of the Europa League following last night’s games.

Chelsea were 1-0 winners at BATE Borosiv in Group L while Arsenal drew 0-0 with Sporting Lisbon in Group E.

Rangers lost 4-3 at Spartak Moscow in Group G and Celtic beat Leipzig 2-1 in Group B.

In the English Premier League this weekend.

On Saturday Cardiff play Brighton.Huddersfield face West Ham.Leicester host Burnley.Newcastle play Bournemouth.Southampton play Watford and Crystal Palace host Spurs.

On Sunday Liverpool play Fulham.Chelsea host Everton.Arsenal play Wolves and Manchester City play Manchester United.

Cricket-England are chasing victory on day 4 of the 1st Test against South Africa in Galle.

The home side are chasing an improbable 462 to win the match and were on 36-0 in their second innings midway through the first session of the day.

Australia are playing South Africa in the second one day international in Adelaide.

The tourists won the toss and decided to field. Australia had  reached 133-4 after 27 overs.

Rugby Union-There are 6 international matches tomorrow as the autumn games get into full swing.

Italy play Georgia.Scotland host Fiji.England play New Zealand.Wales host Australia.Ireland play Argentina and France play South Africa.

Chris Ashton gets his first start for England for four years after being named on the wing by coach Eddie Jones.

Wales have picked the Worcester wing Josh Adams ahead of Liam Williams for the game against South Africa and Stuart Hogg returns for Scotland against Fiji following a 12 week layoff with an ankle injury.

Formula 1-First practice for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos takes place at 2pm this afternoon with Mercedes looking to add the constructors championship to Lewis Hamilton’s 5th world title.

Second practice on the anti-clockwise track is at 6pm tomorrow with qualifying at 6pm tomorrow and the race at 6.10 pm on Sunday.


Overcast with occasional showers and a moderate easterly wind developing across the region.

Top temperature 18 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees with outbreaks of rain.

The weekend-Rain tomorrow with some brief sunny intervals late in the day.Partially cloudy on Sunday.Highs of 18 degrees.















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