French and Riviera News Monday 18th June 2018


Strike action - Strike action has been announced today by the SNCF. Delays and cancellations are expected on the regions network with one out of three regional trains running and two out of five TGV’s operating. As candidates prepare to sit their baccalaureate today, the company says “it has taken steps to limit any inconvenience that strike action might cause to students”.

Road Accident - Police are investigating a road accident in which three elderly people were injured on Sunday afternoon. The accident occurred shortly after 4pm on the D2 between Coursegoules and Gréolières. Those injured were taken to hospital in Antibes. Meanwhile traffic came to a standstill on the A8 motorway at 5pm on Sunday after an accident saw five people taken to hospital. The accident, involving one vehicle occurred near the Vidauban exit eastbound.

Migrants in Ventimiglia - Recent reports have revealed that up to 500 people in the border town of Ventimiglia are determined to make their way to France. Between January and May this year alone, French authorities say they sent back 10,524 people who tried to cross either by train, or by walking along the motorway or a deadly mountain path. At least 16 migrants have died while trying to cross into France since September 2016, either by falling off the mountain path or being hit by cars. According to the Oxfam report some 16,500 people, a quarter of them children, had passed through Ventimiglia in the nine months to April.

Riviera Water Bike Challenge – Team Serenity has won the 2nd edition of the « Riviera Water Bike Challenge » which took place here in the Principality on Sunday. In the presence of HSH Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, 110 participants including 44 athletes formed 22 teams which competed on the occasion. Prince Albert and Princess Charlene warmly congratulated the competitors and the Sovereign awarded the prizes to the winners. The Equi Capital and COCC teams ranked second and third.


Speed limit - The government's decision to cut the speed limit on country roads from 90km/h to 80 is proving deeply unpopular. Between now and 1 July a mini-makeover will take place on French roads. According to the road safety department of the interior ministry, the measure should save between 300 and 400 lives every year - principally because braking times will be shorter and any accidents that do occur will be less deadly. However many drivers say the lower speed limit is unnecessary and will complicate their daily lives. Some feel it is a cynical ploy to raise more money from fines.

General Electric – France has threatened to take an unusual step of fining General Electric if it fails to create a set number of jobs in the country. It is claimed that if the US industrial giant fails to keep a pledge to produce 1,000 new jobs by the end of the year they face a €50,000 penalty for every job not created. The move could be a test of President Emmanuel Macron's bid to push through more business-friendly policies.

Fete de musique - As part of celebrations for la Fete de la Musique more than 1,500 free tickets have been quickly snapped up on a first come, first served basis by signing up on the Elysee website. The office of President Emmanuel Macron has not confirmed if he and his wife Brigitte will make an appearance during the four-hour show at his official residence. Although Macron is not the first president to hold concerts at the presidency, his predecessors including Jacques Chirac and Francois Mitterrand made them invitation-only. This will also be the first electronic music show, featuring two artists known for exporting the "French Touch" sound: the DJs Kavinsky and Pedro Winter.


France is threatening to fine the US industrial giant General Electric for not creating jobs.

In an unusual step,the French government is to claim that GE reneged on a plan to create 1,000 new jobs by the end of last year.

The French employment minister Muriel Penicaud says that the firm will face a 50,000 euro fine for every job not created.

GE had committed to create 1,000 new jobs by the end of this year when it bought the energy business of France’s Alstom in 2014.

So far,by the end of April only 323 jobs had been created according to the French finance ministry.

Last week,GE’s chief executive John Flannery said that the target was now “out of reach”because of difficult market conditions.


Telsa has said that it will investigate after one of its electric cars was pictured catching fire in Los Angeles.

The car burst into flames on Santa Monica Boulevard seemingly out of the blue.

The car belongs to the British TV director Michael Morris.Firefighters were called to the scene and the fire was soon extinguished.

Tesla says the fire was an extraordinarily rare occurrence and the incident is being investigated to find out what happened.

The firm said that its electric vehicles are less likely to catch fire than fuel powered cars.


And-A report by the global consultancy firm Oliver Wyman is to warn that Brexit could leave UK households up to 1,000 pounds a year worse off because of trade barriers.

The report will say that under the most negative scenario of high import tariffs and more regulatory barriers the cost to the economy could total 27 billion pounds.

Business profits for restaurants and supermarkets could also be wiped out because of supply chain disruption.

The report will say that a rise in costs would most likely be passed on to consumers.

The analysis ,which will be published this week will say that even under the most favourable scenario of no tariffs and few regulatory barriers there are likely to be increased “red tape” costs as a result of increased paperwork and customs checks.



Football-There were three games at the World Cup in Russia on Sunday.
In Group E Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 while the favourites Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland.
The shock of the tournament so far though came in Group F where the holders Germany were beaten 1-0 by Mexico.

There are three more games today.Sweden play South Korea in Group F at 2pm and then in Group G Belgium play Panama at 5pm and England make their entrance to the tournament when they face Tunisia at 8pm.

Golf-Brooks Koepka has retained the US Open with a one shot victory over England’s Tommy Fleetwood at Shinnecock Hills.
Koepka ended with a final round 2 under par 68 to top the leaderboard at 1 over par and deny Fleetwood a maiden major title.
World number one Dustin Johnson shot a 70 to finish third on 3 under par.

Motorsport-Fernando Alonso has won the Le Mans 24 hour to add the second leg of the sport’s elusive “triple crown”.
Alonso with team-mates Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima secured first place for Toyota who’d never previously won the event.
The 36 year old Spaniard will now set his sights on winning the Indianapolis 500 to emulate Graham Hill who’s the only man to complete the feat in the history of Motorsport.

Cricket-The Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has denied allegations of ball tampering after being charged by the International Cricket Council.
Chandimal is facing a hearing after the second Test against West Indies which ends in St Lucia today.
The match umpires had raised concerns about the condition of the ball towards the end of day 2.
In protest,the Sri Lankan team took to the field  2 hours late on the third day.They were told that they could not continue with the existing ball and West Indies were awarded 5 penalty runs.

Rugby Union-The English Rugby Football Union has said that Eddie Jones retains the full confidence of the board despite his side losing a fifth consecutive match on Saturday.
England were beaten 23-12 in Bloemfontein in the second Test by South Africa and lost the series in the process.Jones described the performance afterwards as a “horror show”.
Billy Vunipola fractured his arm in the match and will miss the final Test next Saturday.

Tennis-Roger Federer has gone back to the top of the world rankings after beating Milos Raonic in the final of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart on Sunday.
The 36 year old beat the Canadian 6-4 7-6 to secure his 98th Tour title and rubber stamp his credentials for Wimbledon.
He’ll  compete his preparations for the third Grand Slam of the year at Halle this week while most of the world’s other top players will be competing at the Queen’s Tournament in London. 


Mainly fine in coastal areas-the chance of a shower inland and light variable winds.

Top temperature 28 degrees.

Overnight lows of 23 degrees on the coast and 18 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Fine and sunny with highs of 28-30 degrees.



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