French and Riviera News Monday 10th September 2018


Shootings in Marseille - A forty year old man has been shot dead in Marseille. The incident happened shortly before 10.30pm on Sunday. Several shootings have taken place in the city over the week-end. On Friday another man was shot dead and early on Sunday morning two people were seriously injured after a shooting outside a nightclub.

British man dies on flight to Ibiza - A British man has died after needing medical attention on a flight to Ibiza. The Jet2 flight from Manchester was diverted to Toulouse on Saturday evening due to the medical emergency. Jet2 earlier said when the plane landed in Toulouse the passenger was taken to hospital by the emergency services.

Road accident - Two motorcyclists have been taken to hospital in two separate road accidents on Sunday afternoon. Both incidents occurred in the hills behind Nice. Both victims are reported to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Air pollution in the port of Nice - Residents in the port of Nice have appealed for new measures to combat air pollution in the area, requesting that less harmful fuel is used by ferries and cruise ships which dock in the port. While authorities have installed sensors to analyze the quality of the air many are demanding that marine diesel be used by ferries, a measure used by ports in northern France but not yet applied to those in the Mediterranean.

“No to the prison in Drap” - Meanwhile residents in Drap have been protesting against plans to build a prison in the area. Elected officials and locals gathered on Sunday with further action planned on September 15th. A meeting with the Prefect to discuss the project is scheduled for September 21st.


Paris knife attack - Seven people have been injured, four seriously, in an attack by a man armed with a knife and an iron bar in Paris. The man, said to be an Afghan national, was arrested. Sources said there was no indication it was a terrorist attack. Several reports say two of those injured are British tourists. The attack took place just before 11pm in the north-east of the capital on Sunday.

Scallop war continues - The UK and France have failed to agree a deal to end a dispute over scallop fishing in the English Channel. Crews clashed in the waters last month over laws that allow British boats to gather scallops year-round, but places restrictions on French vessels. The principles of a deal had been agreed by both sides, but were unable to be finalised during negotiations on Friday. Further talks have been proposed for Tuesday, but the meeting has not yet been confirmed.

Minister of Defense announces 3.6 billion investment - The French Minister of Defense Florence Parly, has announced that France is to invest 3.6 billion euros to renew and upgrade its military satellites in a move to shield its network from potential spying by rivals. France reportedly last year detected attempts by Russia to intercept transmissions from a military satellite used by the armies of France and Italy for secure communications. The French investment plan comes weeks after US President Donald Trump announced a plan to create a “Space Force”, a new branch of the U.S. military by 2020.

Support to combat climate change - More than 18,000 people have marched in Paris as part of an international mobilisation to show popular support for urgent measures to combat climate change ahead of a San Francisco summit. Crowds overflowed a square in front of the City Hall on Saturday before marching east to the Place de la République, carrying an urgent message that it's up to the public to put global warming at the top of the political agenda.


The head of the US media giant has CBS has resigned with immediate effect following allegations of sexual misconduct.

CBS had been investigating Les Moonves since allegations appeared in the New Yorker in July.Allegations from 6 more women appeared on Sunday.

Mr Moonves denies any wrongdoing  but CBS said that both the company and the 68 year old would donate 20 million dollars to the #Me Too movement.

The Financial Times reports that Mr Moonves resigned because it would entitle him to a sizeable severance package including stock options.

Media reports in the US say that the resignation package could amount to 100 million dollars.

Mr Moonves has been one of the most powerful executives in US media and joined CBS in 1995.


Oil prices have risen this morning as US drilling for new production  stalled and markets eyed tighter conditions once Washington sanctions against Iranian exports kick in from November.

Brent Crude futures were trading up 0.4 percent earlier this morning at 77 dollars 13 cents with West Texas Intermediate up by 0.3 percent to 67 dollars 96.

US energy firms cut two rigs last week with platform numbers stagnating since May after staging a recovery in 2016.

Fresh sanctions against Iran are also helping to push up prices with reports saying that several of Tehran’s major customers including Japan and South Korea already cutting back on crude imports.

Analysts say that the market is certainly tightening and that investors have largely turned positive again.


And-Ford will not be moving production of the Focus Active hatchback from China to the US despite claims by President Trump that his taxes on Chinese imports mean that it can be built in America.

At the end of last month,Ford announced that it would not be shipping the Focus Active from China to the US because of the new tariffs.

On Sunday,President Trump tweeted  that the car could now be built in the USA and that Ford would pay “no tariffs”,

However,in a later statement,Ford said that it would not be profitable to build the Focus Active in America given forecast yearly sales below 50,000.

The decision means that Ford will simply not sell the vehicle in the United States.



Tennis-Novak Djokovic has won the US Open to secure his 14th grand slam title.

The 31 year old Serb beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-3 7-6 6-3 to earn his third US Open title and equal the trophy haul of Pete Sampras.

Djokovic will now climb to 4th in the ATP world rankings after winning back-to back grand slam victories.

Only Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won more.

Meanwhile,claims of sexisim in the women’s final made by Serena Williams have been backed by the governing body of women’s tennis.

Williams got a code violation for coaching,a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling the match umpire a “thief” during her defeat by Naomi Osaka on Saturday.

The WTA said that she had been treated “differently” by the umpire than if she had been a man.

Cricket-Alistair Cook ended day three of the 5th Test against India at the Oval on 46 not out as he bids to end his England career with a century.

England had reached 114-2 in their second innings at stumps on the third day-leading India by 154 runs.

Play resumes at noon French time.

Football-France have beaten the Netherlands 2-1 in the Uefa Nations League with Mbappe and Giroud scoring the goals The match was played in a party atmosphere in Paris as fans celebrated the country’s World Cup victory.

In other Nations League games last night Denmark beat Wales 2-0 in Group B4 and Bulgaria beat Norway 1-0 in Group C3.

Rugby Union-There was 1 game in the Gallagher Premiership in England on Sunday.Sale beat Worcester 21-15.

Cycling-Great Britain’s Simon Yates has increased his lead in the Vuelta e Espana as Thibaut Pinaud of France claimed victory in stage 15.

Yates now has a 26 second lead over Alejandro Valverde and is 33 seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana.

Today is a rest day ahead of Tuesday’s 32 kilometer individual time trial.



Clear skies with light southerly winds.

Top temperatures 27-29 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 21 degrees on the coast and 17 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies with highs of 27-31 degrees.















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