French and Riviera News Monday 18th September 2017


Acid Attack on American tourists in Marseille -Two American tourists have had hydrochloric acid thrown in their faces at Marseille train station. The victims in their early 20s were taken to hospital for treatment on Sunday afternoon. Two other members of their group were also attacked at Saint-Charles station, but did not get acid in their faces. The incident is not believed to be terror-related. The attacker, described by police as a mentally unstable 41-year-old woman, has been arrested.

Diving accident - A 56-year-old man has died after a diving accident near Saint Raphael in the Var. The accident happened on Sunday when the victim who was part of a group of divers got into difficulties.

Hunting Accident - Two people, including one child have been seriously injured while out hunting in the Massif des Maures near Collobrières in the Var region.  A dozen firefighters attended the scene on Sunday morning after a father and his ten-year-old son were seriously injured. The 49-year-old man was evacuated to the hospital of Sainte Musse in Toulon and the child was taken to the Lenval hospital in Nice. The circumstances of the accident remain unknown. Police have launched an investigation.

Forest fire - A major fire has broken out in the town of Annot, on the border between the Alpes-Maritimes and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Firefighters were at the scene on Sunday afternoon tackling the blaze which by 4pm had already ravaged nearly 12 hectares.

European mobility week - As part of the European mobility week residents of Sophia Antipolis have been encouraged to opt for environmentally-friendly modes of transport until the 22nd September. The project aims to encourage people to change their habits in terms of travel.

Monaco Classic Week – “Viola” has won the Monaco Classic week 2017 trophy. The magnificent sailboat from 1908 is considered as a historical monument. The 13th edition of the Monaco Classic Week came to a close on Sunday. One of the most important classical sailing events, the week saw nearly 150 participants from traditional sailboats, vintage motor-yachts to old motor boats. Created in 1994 the meeting showed a unique week dedicated to the "Art of Living the Sea”.

Pan Bagnat Championship - The first ever “Pan Bagnat” world championship has taken place in Nice. The event organized by shopkeepers in Old Nice took place on Sunday with twenty candidates participating in an attempt to produce the local speciality to perfection.  While the ingredients is traditionally bread garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, green pepper, cébette, radishes, tuna, egg, anchovies and basil one candidate said the secret is in getting the right balance.

World Triatholon Title - Raphael Montoya has won his first triathlon world title at Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The 21 year old who was born in Nice and lives in La Guade reached the top of the podium on Saturday.


Paris Climate Change Agreement - Donald Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the US is open to staying in the Paris accord on climate change. The comments were made just hours after the White House insisted there would be "no change" to US policy. Rex Tillerson said the US would stay in the agreement "if we can construct a set of terms that we believe is fair". His comments come despite the White House earlier denying reports it was softening its stance on the accord. In June Mr Trump announced the US would withdraw from the pact.

Hurricane Maria - Ten days after Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria is threatening the French Caribbean. The tropical storm turned into a hurricane on Sunday, September 17, and is expected to hit Guadeloupe, which has been placed on a weather alert by Météo France. While reports say it is not as strong as hurricane Irma, winds of up to 200km an hour are forecast. The storm is expected to hit the island at midday today local time - 6pm French time.

Strike Action - The worker’s union the CGT has called for strike action this Thursday 21st September in protest against the government’s labour reforms meanwhile Jean Luc Melonchon from “France insoumis” has called for a National day of demonstrations to be held on Saturday 23rd September. According to French media this morning lorry drivers will be staging several protests today at pay tolls across the country also in protest against the reforms.

Flight evacuated at Paris Chares de Gualle Airport - A British Airways flight has been evacuated in Paris. The incident happened on Sunday morning after the pilot warned of a "direct security threat" which had been made against the plane. Passengers were escorted onto the tarmac of Charles de Gualle airport by armed cops where they were rigorously searched and their luggage checked by sniffer dogs. An airport spokesman confirmed the evacuation, saying it was for a "security reason".

Champagne - Bad weather has caused a severe decrease in this year's grape harvest in the Champagne region, but growers predict that the quality would trump quantity in this year's bubbly. The area in northern France suffered rain and hail that damaged the grapes in mid-August just before the harvest. The pickers have had to be highly selective because the late rain caused a fungus to affect the mature grapes. But warm and sunny weather between May and July has been extremely beneficial to the vines, giving them a "remarkable state of health" 


Asian markets have hit decade highs this morning as the dollar held firm at the start of a week which will see the US Federal Reserve start to tackle its balance sheet as part of plans to stem the supply of cheap money. Markets have taken heart that there was no further provocation from North Korea over the weekend although tensions could increase again tomorrow when US President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations in New York. The main event however this week will be the Federal Reserve’s two day policy meeting in Washington with a possible interest rate hike on the cards. Central banks worldwide appear to be moving towards rate increases.The Canadian central bank has already made two rate increases in recent months and last week,the Bank of England took many investors by surprise by saying it might increase rates within the next few months.

The budget airline Ryanair cancelled 82 flights on Sunday after admitting that it had “messed up” the planning of its pilots’ holidays. On Saturday,Ryanair said that it would be cancelling 40-50 flights every day for the next 6 weeks. Most of the cancellations are due to a backlog of staff leave which has seen large numbers of the firm’s employees book holidays towards the end of the year. The company is changing its holiday year,which currently runs from April to March to run from January to December instead.The shift means that it had to allocate annual leave to pilots in September and October. Around 285,000 passengers could be affected by the cancellations.

And-The US retailer Toys ‘R’’ Us  could file for bankruptcy in the next few weeks as pressure from suppliers mounts. Media reports from the Wall Street Journal and others suggests that the company and its restructuring advisers are considering filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy at court in Richmond,Virginia. The privately owned toy retailer recently said that it was working with the investment bank Lazard Ltd to help correct its approximate debt of 5 billion dollars,400 thousand of which becomes due next year. Some of the firm’s suppliers have been tightening trade terms including holding back on shipments unless Toys ‘R’ Us is able to make cash payments on delivery.


Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix in sensational style on Sunday as both Ferraris crashed out in a first lap collision that also took Max Verstappen out. Sebastien Vettel has taken much of the blame for the incident in although the stewards later decided not to take further action against anyone. Hamilton was the beneficiary,starting in 5th but taking the lead and then the chequered flag ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas. He now leads the drivers’s championship on 263 points-28 points ahead of Vettel with 6 races to go. Next stop-Malaysia on the 1st of October.

Football-There were two games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Chelsea and Arsenal shared a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge while Manchester United went joint top of the table with     Manchester City following a 4-0 win over Everton at Old Trafford. Rugby Union-Wasps’ 20 game home unbeaten streak was ended by Harlequins on Sunday who came out 24-21 winners in Sunday’s only game in the Aviva Premiership in England. Marlon Yarde was among the try scorers for ‘Quins while Wasps had both James Haskell and Danny Cipriani sin-binned.

Tennis-France will host Belgium in the Davis Cup Final in November. Belgium came from 2-1 down to beat Australia in the semi-final in Brussels while France beat Serbia. The final will take place between the 24th and 26th of November.

Golf-Mark Leishman of Australia has won the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Illinois. Leishman finished on 23 under par,five shots clear of England’s Justin Rose and seven clear of Jason Day who finished third. Rory McIlroy’s chances of making the FedEx Cup are over.He needed a top 4 finish but finished well down the field.


Partially cloudy with moderate westerly winds. Top temperatures 22-23 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 15 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Hazy sunshine with highs of 22-24 degrees.


A flat-earther has put up a sign on a beach trying to prove his theory, urging sceptics to "do research". The sign has a hand drawn illustration beside a note telling people to "wake up" to the idea that the world is actually flat.

"Do Research!!" the notice commands. "YouTube: 200 Proofs Earth is NOT a Spinning Ball By Eric Duboy. Wake Up."

The poster was erected on a wooden post at a beach on the south east coast of New Zealand's south island.

Dr Stephen Voss spotted the bulletin and posted it on Facebook, writing: "Spotted on our walk to Lawyers Head this afternoon, it appears that the flat earth society have infiltrated St Kilda.

This flat earth story comes just days after YouTube vlogger D Marble attempted to turn centuries of scientific research on its head with a ridiculous stunt involving a spirit level on a plane.

The barmy conspiracy theorist filmed himself placing a spirit level on his plane seat arm rest to see if the bubble would move.

The self-professed "realist" said: “We’ve been living a lie all this time and the planet is actually completely flat.









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