French and Riviera News Monday 13th August 2018


Two Germans charged after campsite flooding - Two Germans have been charged for endangering the lives of others and causing unintentional injury, after they brought teenage campers to an unauthorised campsite in southern France. The two men were supervising more than 100 children from Germany in the southern French village of Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas which was flooded on Thursday. 119 German youths were evacuated from the campsite. The site was at the time off-limits to camping. Nine children suffered minor injuries and a German man, who was with the group at the time, was swept away by the floodwaters.

Weather alert - Meteo France has placed the Alpes Maritimes on a yellow weather alert with thunderstorms forecast. The alert was put in place from 7am this morning. Six other departments in central and south eastern France are also on a weather warning with heavy rain and hail forecast.

Tempers rise between French actress Bardot and French minister - French minister of Ecology Nicolas Hulot has hit back at French Actress Brigitte Bardot after an interview published in the Nice Matin on Sunday in which Bardot refers to Hulot as a “useless first class coward”. Hulot reportedly defended himself in a phone call to the actress explaining that “while he was convinced of Bardot’s dedication and devotion to the protection of animals, it was important not to ignore humans”.

1,800 evacuated as France defuses British WWII bomb - Some 1,800 people have been evacuated from their homes in northwest France on Sunday as a bomb squad defused a British bomb from World War II. The explosive was found in late June during construction work near the center of Rouen in Normandy. Discoveries of bombs and shells from World War II are common in France and elsewhere on the continent. Last month, the French navy defused an unexploded shell found in the sea near a popular beach in Cannes.

France’s first lady spotted jet-skiing while on holiday in the Var - Brigitte Macron has been seen jet skiing on the beach of Cabasson in Bormes les Mimosas in the Var. The French first lady went out to sea on the Cote d'Azur without her husband Emmanuel, who has been on holiday at the coastal retreat of Fort de Brégançon. French media described the First lady “as showing similarities to the Amercian series Baywatch” as she was photographed sporting a red swimsuit.  


Reduce plastic waste - The French government has announced plans to launch a sales tax initiative to incite consumers to buy recycled plastic products. The idea is to apply a lower value-added tax (VAT) on bottles made of recycled plastic, and increase the VAT on bottles that aren’t, as an incentive for consumers to buy the former. The French initiative is part of the government’s larger goal to recycle 100 percent of the country’s plastic waste by 2025. Currently, only 25 percent of France’s plastic waste is recycled, according to the consumers’ rights magazine 60 Millions de consommateurs.

Fleeing Frenchman takes wrong turn - Fleeing the police after a car crash in Paris, a man who had been driving without a licence took the ultimate wrong turn — and ended up taking refuge inside the headquarters of France’s spy agency. According to a police source, the hapless driver fled after being involved in a crash on Paris’s peripherique ring road on Friday, scaling a fence several metres high. What he didn’t realise was that he had unwittingly climbed into the grounds of the General Directorate of External Security (DGSE). He was immediately picked up and arrested.

“Intelligent birds” - A theme park in France is set to deploy six "intelligent" birds to pick up rubbish and spruce up the grounds. The rooks at the Puy du Fou theme park in the western France have been taught to collect cigarette ends and other small bits of rubbish. They then deposit the litter into a small box which will deliver some bird food as a reward for their hard work. The first feathery cleaners have already been put to work, with the rest set to join them today.

Blue wine - The unusual blue wine produced in Spain has been slowly but surely gaining popularity in France as the country’s often purist wine culture opens up to new possibilities. The Mediterranean town of Sete in southern France has seen holidaymakers and local residents flocking to the town’s restaurants and beach bars drinking some 2,000 bottles of the turquoise-coloured chardonnay. Although the trend has made a splash in France, blue wine isn’t new in Spain.


Turkey has pledged it will take action to calm markets after the lira plunged to a new record low in Asian trading. On Friday, the lira lost 20% of its value versus the dollar. It had already fallen more than 40% in the past year. Experts have blamed the drop in the lira on fears the country is falling into an economic crisis. The Turkish stock market has also fallen 17%, while government borrowing costs have risen to 18% a year, according to reports.

A recent report has said that firms are struggling to recruit staff after a steep fall in the number of people coming to Britain from the European Union. Some 40% of employers had found it harder to fill vacancies in the past 12 months. However, it also said a tighter labour market was boosting wages for some. It follows warnings of shortages in sectors such as health and hospitality since Britain voted to leave the EU.


Football - Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said his side will get even better as they deservedly beat Arsenal on the opening day of the Premier League season.

In other football news Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldo is in intensive care in Ibiza suffering from pneumonia. The 41-year-old former striker tweeted that he was taken ill on Friday but hopes to be discharged today.

Golf - American Brooks Koepka won his second major of 2018 beating Tiger Woods to claim the US PGA Championship on a compelling final day.

Tennis - World number one Rafael Nadal beat unseeded Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the Rogers Cup in Toronto, bringing the Greek's stunning run to an end.

Cricket - England completed a crushing innings and 159-run victory over India at Lord's to take a 2-0 series lead. The third Test of the five-match series begins at Trent Bridge on Saturday.


Sunny intervals with storms forecast along the coast in the Alpes Maritimes this morning. Highs of 29 degrees in Nice, 31 degrees in Menton and 29 degrees in Saint Tropez with light variable winds. This evening going down to 18 degrees in the Var and 21 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes.

The outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday clear skies tomorrow with highs of 28 degrees. Wednesday storms inland highs of 29 degrees.


A recent study has shown that having hobbies in middle age could help reduce your chances of getting dementia... and it could in the UK save the NHS millions. 

Researchers have found having hobbies in middle age may help ward off dementia years later.

Scientists discovered activities such as reading, playing sport and socialising contribute to maintaining brainpower into old age – and may help reduce the risk of dementia.

The Cambridge University study has huge implications for the NHS, which faces soaring costs for caring for people with diseases such as Alzheimer’s.








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