French and Riviera News Monday 17th September 2018


Pastor - The alleged murderers of Monaco billionaire Hélène Pastor, including her Polish son-in-law suspected of having ordered the crime in 2014, will be judged today in the Bouches-du-Rhône. A total of 10 defendants will be tried, eight of whom will answer for murder and criminal conspiracy. Among them, Mrs. Pastor's son-in-law, Wojciech Janowski, who denies the charges against him. Hélène Pastor, a 77 year old wealthy Monegasque businesswoman, was shot  on May 6, 2014, outside l’Archet hospital in Nice after having visited her son Gildo.She later died from her injuries. 

Uber arrives in the Var region - The head of Uber France has announced that the service will be available as of today in three new cities in France- Toulon, Avignon and Aix en Provence.  The CEO also announced that an agreement has been reached with BNP-Paribas to allow drivers to find financing to buy used vehicles under 6 years old and as of October , Nice, Bordeaux and Lille will see the arrival of UberGreen using vehicles with hybrid or electric engines. 

Ironman - 2,400 people have taken part in this year’s Ironman in Nice on Sunday and it was the American Rudy Von Berg who completed the 1,900 m swimming, 90 km on bike and 21 km running in 4h09m50s. French national Manon Genet came first amongst the women completing the event in 4h46m29s.


Anti-globalization activists - Anti-globalisation activists have thrown black liquid soap across the glass-front of a bank in Paris as part of one of several actions planned in France and Germany at the weekend, in protest against banking practices a decade after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. In protest against tax fraud and mega-investments in fossil fuels by the world’s biggest banks, the protesters in the French capital lit orange smoke bombs and spilled a fluorescent green liquid on the pavement to symbolize what they called toxic money.

French President Emmanuel Macron - French President Emmanuel Macron has told a young unemployed gardener that there are lots of employers seeking staff. On Sunday, the French president was taking part in a cultural event when his exchange with the gardener was caught on camera. Mr Macron told the jobseeker "I can find you a job just by crossing the road,". France has an unemployment rate of about 10%, which is above the European average.

Education - The Secretary General of the National Union for Secondary Education Frédérique Rolet has critised the announcement from French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer that 1,800 jobs in secondary education and administrative services are to be abolished adding that “the move is proof that education no longer remains a priority”. Blanquer ensures that these staff reductions will concern secondary school and administrative services and will be compensated by the possibility of imposing an additional second hour on teachers.


Amazon says that it’s investigating claims that employees accepted bribes in exchange for leaking confidential sales data.
Independent retailers are also reported to have been allowed to delete  negative reviews and restore banned accounts for payments of between 80 dollars and 2,000 dollars.
The allegations are reported in the Wall Street Journal which says that the practice has been particularly pronounced in China.
Amazon says that it has “zero tolerance” for the abuse of its systems and that it is conducting a “thorough investigation”.

The British Chambers of Commerce has lowered its UK growth forecast  and has warned that by 2020 the economy will have experienced its second weakest decade.
The BCC has revised its GDP forecast for 2018 from 1.3 to 1.1 percent and from 1.4 percent to 1.3 percent in 2019.The forecast for 2020 remains unchanged at 1.6 percent.
The organisation says that the downgrades have been driven by a weaker outlook for trade and investment and that exporters are facing more subdued growth over continued Brexit uncertainty and slower growth in key markets.

And-Sports Direct has denied claims that it wants the UK high street retailer Debenhams to collapse to that it can buy it on the cheap.
Reports have suggested that Sports Direct could block Debenhams attempts to raise cash by selling its department chain Magasin du Nord.
The sportswear giant owns 29.7 percent of Debenhams and recently bought House of Fraser prompting speculation about a possible merger between the two chains.
A spokesman for Sports Direct said that it had discussed “various collaborations” to support Debenhams  but said that the retailer had chosen “not to move forward” with the proposals “as is their right”.


Football-Tributes have been paid to the former England and Ipswich Town player Kevin Beattie who’s died at the age of 64.
Beattie played 9 times for England and was part of the Ipswich Town team during its most successful period in the late 1970’s.
He’s reported to have suffered a fatal heart attack on Sunday,just a day after he’d been broadcasting from an Ipswich game on BBC Radio Suffolk.

There were two games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Wolves continued their good start to the season with a 1-0 win over Burnley and West Ham won for the first time under new manager Manuel Pellegrini with a 3-1 victory at Everton.

There’s 1 game tonight.Southampton play Brighton.

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton has extended his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to 40 points following a comfortable victory in Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Hamilton controlled the race from pole position and never looked troubled.Max Verstappen finished second in the Red Bull with the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel third.
With just 6 races to go in the season,Hamilton is starting to look invincible and must be firm favourite to secure his 5th world championship.
The next race is the Russian Grand Prix in two weeks time.

Cycling-Simon Yates has won the Vuelta e Espana meaning that British riders now hold all three of the Grand Tour titles.
Yates completed the feat in the processional ride in to Madrid on Sunday.
Chris Froome is the current Giro d’Italia champion and Geraint Thomas won the Tour de France.
Yates said that his victory was “simply astonishing”.

Rugby Union-There was 1 game in the Gallagher Premiership in England on Sunday.
Wasps edged Leicester 41-35.

Tennis-Great Britain have beaten Uzbekistan 3-1 in the Davis Cup with Cameron Norrie winning the decisive singles rubber on Sunday.
The win means that Great Britain will be seeded in the revamped competition when it restarts in February.

-Eliud Kipchoge has smashed the world marathon record after winning the Berlin marathon on Sunday.
The Kenyan set a blistering time of 2 hours 1 minute and 39 seconds to take nearly 1 minute and 20 seconds off the previous record which was set by Dennis Kimetto in 2014.
Kipchoge won the London marathon earlier this year and is also the Olympic Champion.



Partially cloudy with occasional showers in the Alpes Maritimes.

Light variable winds and a high of 25-27 degrees.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees on the coast and 16 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Mainly fine in coastal areas,showers and thunderstorms inland with highs of 25-28 degrees.


Britain's oldest person celebrated her 112th birthday on Sunday revealing that the secret to her long life is a dram of whisky every day for the last six decades.

Grace Jones, known to her friends as 'Amazing Grace', reached the landmark age after the death of Olive Evelyn Boar, from Felixstowe, Suffolk, in August at the age of 113.

And, by coincidence, she also takes the title from another Grace Jones, a South Londoner, born 1899, who also died at the age of 113, in November 2013.

The new record holder however puts her longevity is down to a nightcap of Famous Grouse single malt whisky every evening for the last 62 years.



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