French and Riviera News Monday 16th April 2018


Landslide in Sospel - A landslide in Sospel has resulted in restricted access to the village with some residents completely cut off. The mayor of Sospel met with residents at the weekend following the incident which according to authorities could take over a month to clear. Nearly thirty residents are affected and may be relocated.

No mobile phone network in the Var - Residents of Ampus in the Var are without any mobile network following storms which hit the region last week. Damage to the transmitter in Prannes has left many mobile phone users subscribed to Orange, SFR and Bouygues without any service. Technicians have not yet confirmed when the service will be up and running again.

Police presence at three schools in Nice - As of today there will be a police presence in three schools in Nice. The decision announced several months ago was previously postponed however today, as part of a trial period, for the first time unarmed police will be present in three schools in the city. The experiment is set to last until July at which point an assessment will be drawn up to see if the measure is to be implemented in all schools in the region.  

Week of sunshine - Meanwhile following heavy rainfall, storms and strong winds Méteo France has announced that sunshine, clear skies and warmer temperatures are to return to the region this week in both the Var and the Alpes Maritimes with temperatures expected to reach 23 degrees in some places.

Football - The vice President of AS Monaco has announced that supporters who attended Sunday’s match at Parc des Princes on Sunday will be reimbursed. The gesture came following Monaco’s 7-1 defeat against  Paris Saint-Germain.

Riviera Water Bike Challenge - The Riviera Water Bike Challenge Gala dinner has taken place in the presence of Princess Charlene here in the Principality. The evening saw over one million euros raised ahead of the race itself which takes place on June 17th.


Television interview from French President after one year at the Elysee - French President Emmanuel Macron has given an exclusive interview on BFMTV. The programme which lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes on Sunday evening saw the French President address issues such as the strikes in Syria, unrest against reforms at home in several sectors such as the SNCF, Universities and the health sector as well as recent clashes at Notre-Dame-des Landes. Macron declared that strikes on Syria had been a “success”. He also said that whilst he “understood the anger of French rail workers he would not back down on the reform”, declaring that the French government would settle part of the company’s debt in 2020. He went on to say the difficulties in the health sector would be looked into with a plan of action for the end of May. Emmanuel Macron also spoke of abolition of the housing tax or “taxe d’habitation” promising that its suppression would not be offset by new taxes. As the interview came to an end Macron spoke of violence against woman saying that equality between men and women has always been a part of his political project long before movements such as #Metoo and #Balancetonporc.

Protests against new speed limit - Several thousand motorcyclists and other motorists have demonstrated across France against the lowering of the speed limits on minor roads to 80kmph.  Bikers and motorists staged go-slow operations on roads in about a dozen towns and cities across France on Saturday afternoon against the tighter speed limit, which the government says will save lives and reduce pollution. They argue that it will not improve road safety and will cost money to implement.

Johnny Hallyday - A French court has frozen real estate assets and royalties of French legend Johnny Hallyday while it deliberates on the rock star's will. The singer died of cancer in December and left everything to his fourth wife Laeticia and their adopted daughters. His older children are contesting this as French law forbids children from being excluded from inheritance. French media speculate that the rock star left up to €100m euros.


Asian markets have been mixed this morning with investors expressing some relief that US led strikes against Syria looked unlikely to escalate while concerns grow over Russia’s potential reaction to fresh sanctions from Washington.
On Sunday,the Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that any further Western attacks on Syria would bring “chaos” to world affairs  while the United States prepared to increase pressure on Moscow with a range of new economic sanctions.
Safe haven assets eased following the airstrikes in the early hours of Saturday while the dollar firmed against the yen.
Oil prices have fallen back with Brent Crude down 66 cents at 71 dollars 92 and US crude down 56 cents to 66 dollars 83.

The former chief executive of the advertising giant WPP could make almost 20 million pounds from shares over the next five years.
Sir Martin Sorrell will get no payoff or pension under the terms of his contract but he remains entitled to long-term share bonus awards.
Sir Martin resigned on Saturday following claims of personal misconduct although he rejects allegations of wrongdoing.WPP has also hired a law firm to investigate claims of financial impropriety.
The maximum number of shares that Sir Martin may be awarded if WPP meets certain targets is 1.65 million.They’re worth 19 million pounds at current prices.

And-Starbucks has apologised after two black men were arrested while waiting for a friend at a store in Philadelphia.
Amateur video footage shows police placing the two,who’d been accused of trespassing,in handcuffs.
The footage has been widely shared and has led to accusations of racial profiling.
The Starbucks chief executive Kevin Johnson has said that the video was “hard to watch” and that the action taken against the men was “wrong”.
The video has been viewed more than 9 million times and has led to calls for a boycott of Starbucks.


The weather is set fair all week for the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tennis tournament at the Monte Carlo Country Club.
Play starts at 11am on the Court Rainier III with the first round match between Jared Donaldson of the USA and the 15th seed Albert Ramos Vinolas of Spain and that’s followed by an intriguing looking match between Kei Nishikori of Japan and the 12th seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.
Novak Djokovic is third in the order of play for an all-Serbian first round encounter against Dusan Lajovic.
Out on the Court des Princes at 11am the 11th seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain plays Peter Gojowczyk of Germany and that’s followed by Borna Coric of Croatia against Julien Benneteau of France.


If you’re driving in for the tennis then use one of the numerous car parks on the Port area at La Condamine,La Digue or Parking des Pecheurs and then take the free bus service from the Port to the Monte Carlo Country Club.Many car parks are offering a 5 euro flat fee for the day on presentation of your tennis ticket.
The most convenient way in though is by train, with the SNCF operating special services throughout the tournament to  the Monte Carlo Country club and calling at all major stations along the line to and from Nice and Cannes.
You are advised that there may be some disruption to services on Wednesday and Thursday owing to strike action by SNCF rail employees.
For more information on the tennis go to

Manchester City have been crowned as English Premier League champions without kicking a ball after nearest rivals Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat against bottom of the table West Brom.
Sunday’s other game ended Newcastle 2 Arsenal 1.

There’s one game tonight.West Ham play Stoke at the London Stadium.

Wolves have confirmed that they’ll be playing in the English Premier League next season by winning the Championship title thanks to a 2-0 win over Birmingham and Celtic are through to the final of the Scottish Cup after thrashing rivals Rangers 4-0.

Formula 1-Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull won an incident strewn Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday with Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes Second and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen third.
Ricciardo passed 5 cars late on in the race to take the chequered flag.His team-mate Max Verstappen has again drawn criticism for his cavalier driving style after he ran off the road while trying to pass Lewis Hamilton and tangled with Sebastien Vettel which resulted in the championship leader only managing 8th place.
Lewis Hamilton was 4th and has cut Vettel’s lead at the top of the championship to 9 points.
The next race is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on the 29th of April.

Rugby Union-Saracens have thrashed Bath 41-6 to confirm their place in the Aviva Premiership play-offs.
Exeter confirmed that they’ll have a home berth in the semi-finals with a 45-5 win at London Irish who are relegated.

Athletics-Australia finished top of the medals table at the Commonwealth Games which ended on the Gold Coast on Sunday.
Australia ended the games with 80 gold medals in a total haul of 198 with England second with 45 gold medals and India third with 26.


Mainly fine with light variable winds.

Top temperature 18 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 13 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies with highs of 19-23 degrees.


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