French and Riviera News Monday 11th September 2017


National Strike Action - The region’s transport network looks set to be severely disrupted tomorrow due to national strike action. The Ligne d’azur bus service in Nice has announced that no trams or buses will be in circulation. The strike has been called in protest against the recent labour reforms introduced by the French government.

Hurricane Irma - The deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes region Eric Ciotti has called for an inquiry into hurricane Irma which hit the islands of Saint Martin and Saint-Barthélemy in what has been described as “one of the worst disasters experienced by France in 35 years” . Ciotti believes that the “state failed in their management” of the hurricane which killed twelve people on the two islands and flattened thousands of buildings and led to “serious” post storm looting. In the Alpes Maritimes David Lisnard, the Mayor of Cannes, has activated  communal aid for those affected and intends for the city council to donate  exceptional financial assistance of 10.000 euros.  There are several collection points where the public can make donations at the city’s town hall and at the Cannes tourist office. The fundraising is being done in partnership with the French Red Cross. The French association Le Secours Populaire has already unblocked an emergency fund of 100,000 euros and donations can be made via SMS and postal mail and on its website.

Six killed in heavy rainstorms in Italy - Meanwhile at least six people have been killed after heavy rainstorms and flooding in the Italian city of Livorno in Tuscany. Four members of a family were killed when their basement apartment flooded according to Italian newspaper reports.The city in Tuscany was the worst hit, but weather warnings have been issued for much of the country. Precautions are being taken in the capital, Rome, where the highest level of alert is in place.

Day dedicated to seniors - With over 100,000 people in Nice over the age of 55 the first day dedicated to seniors has taken place. The event, organised in the heart of the city in the gardens of Albert 1er and the Theatre du Verdure took place on Sunday. Participants were invited to try several sporting activities from yoga to country dancing as well as self defence and cooking classes.


North Korea - A senior North Korean official has lashed out at France after it warned Pyongyang's nuclear ambition could pose a threat to Europe, saying Paris must abandon its own atomic weapons first. The deputy director of the foreign ministry's European department, said France's claim that a nuclear missile launched from the North could strike Europe was "preposterous". He stressed that the North's atomic arsenal was a deterrent against US nuclear threats which Paris does not face.

National Front - France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose National Front party emerged weakened and divided from this year's elections, has said she is "determined" to revitalise her movement. Speaking to a crowd of about 500 in the northeastern town of Brachay on Saturday the populist leader said: "Our political family is the only one capable of embodying" a force that could counter the new centrist movement of President Emmanuel Macron. Le Pen garnered 34 percent of the vote against 66 percent for Macron in the May presidential runoff.

Holy water replaced with alcohol - Tourists visiting a church in the French town of Chateau-Chalon were surprised to discover that local pranksters had replaced the fonts' holy water with alcohol. According to reports a dozen tourists sniffed out the telltale signs of eau-de-vie, a clear fruit brandy, when they visited the church. The enquiries prompted the authorities to carry out an investigation. The identity of the pranksters and their intentions remains unknown. Meanwhile village mayor Christian Vuillaume said it was "clearly a joke".


Details of Apple’s new iPhone and other devices have been revealed via an apparent leak. Two news sites have been handed access to a new as-yet-unreleased version of the ios operating system which refers to a new iPhone X in addition to two new iPhone 8 handsets.It also details facial recognition tech that acts as both an ID system and maps users’ expressions onto emojis. One tech expert has described the leak as the biggest of its kind to hit Apple. The firm is due to officially unveil a range of new devices at its headquarters tomorrow.

China is planning to ban the production and sale of diesel and petrol cars. The country’s vice minister of industry says that “relevant research” had been started but that it had not yet been decided when the ban would come into force. China made 28 million cars last year-almost a third of the global total. Both France and the UK have already announced plans to ban new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040 as part of efforts to reduce pollution and carbon emissions. In July,Volvo said that all its new car models would have an electric motor from 2019.

And-The British Prime Minister has been accused of making unrealistic demands for how the UK will operate after it leaves the EU. The General Secretary of the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) says that Theresa May’s demands are the “equivalent of a letter to Santa”. Frances O’Grady will tell the TUC conference in Brighton that staying in the EU single market is the best long-term option for UK workers.She will say that the government has not spelled out the cost of leaving the single market and will call on ministers to produce reports on how individual industries could be affected by no longer having the same access.


Tennis-Rafael Nadal has won the US Open at Flushing Meadows to claim his 16th Grand Slam title. The world number one made short work of Kevin Anderson of South Africa,coming through in straight sets 6-3 6-3 6-4. He’s now won two Grand Slams in the same year for the first time since 2013,having won the French Open in June.

Cycling-Chris Froome has become only the third man in history to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana in the same season. Froome crossed the finish line in Madrid on Sunday 2 minutes and 15 seconds ahead of his closest rival Vincenzo Nibali. He’s now equalled the feat of the legendary riders Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault who both won the Tour and the Vuelta in 1963 and 1978 respectively.

Football-There were two games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Swansea lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle and Crystal Palace are still without a goal or a win this season after losing 1-0 at Burnley. There’s 1 game tonight.West Ham will be looking for their first win of the season when they play Huddersfield at the London Stadium.

Rugby Union-There was 1 game in the Aviva Premiership in England last night.Wasps were 24-10 winners at Worcester.

Formula 1-Carlos Sainz has signed a deal to join Renault according to reports today although there’s been no confirmation so far from either Renault or his current team Torro Rosso. Autosport magazine says that the move will pave the way for a number of changes in the sport including McLaren switching to Renault engines next season and dumping its partnership with Honda.


Clear skies with a moderate to strong Mistral developing across the Var with gusts of up to 75 km/h.

Top temperatures 25-26 degrees.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 14 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies and continuing to be windy in the Var.Highs of 25-26 degrees.


Britain's longest married couple aged 105 and 104 celebrating 83 years of married bliss suffer their first-ever row - over BREXIT

Britain's longest married couple, who tied the knot in 1934, have suffered their first ever row - over Brexit.

Maurice Kaye, 105, and Helen, 104, from Bournemouth, celebrated their 83rd wedding anniversary last month.  Until recently the couple had managed to live happily married without any arguments.

However, Britain's decision to leave the European Union has given the pair something to row about, as they have differing views on the impact of Brexit.

The couple saw the EU form in the 1950s, but both feel a lot has changed over the years. 






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