French and Riviera News Monday 19th February 2018


Avalanche kills father and daughter - A father and his 11-year-old daughter have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps. The 43 year old man and his daughter from the Paris region were skiing in the resort of Val d’Isère which had been closed due to the avalanche risk. Rescue services discovered their bodies on Sunday afternoon. The exact circumstances of the accident are not yet known and an investigation has been opened.

Missing hiker found dead in the Massive de Sainte Baume - Meanwhile the body of Aurélie El Khoury who had been missing since 6th February has been found in the massif of Sainte-Baume. 39 year old Aurélie had disappeared while hiking in the region. A paraglider alerted rescue services on Sunday after discovering the body at the edge of a cliff.

Earthquake - Earth tremors have been felt in Frejus in the Var. Several small earthquakes were reported on Saturday night with two exceeding a magnitude of 3.

Nice Carnival - Nearly 16,000 spectators attended the first day of the Nice Carnival on Saturday. With this year’s carnival being themed on “space” the king of the carnival is dedicated to astronaut Thomas Pesquet with the famous “big heads” seeing appearances from E.T, Alien, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron.


Nigel Farage - The former head of Britain's Ukip Nigel Farage has addressed by video link the first national congress of the Patriots, a new French party which has split from the far-right National Front (FN) and is calling for "Frexit". Farage was given a warm welcome on Sunday by the Patriots congress in Arras, northern France.

Laurent Wauquiez - Meanwhile the leader of France's right-wing Republican Party Laurent Wauquiez, has threatened legal action over recordings of him claiming that former president Nicolas Sarkozy tapped ministers' cellphones and that Emmanuel Macron organised a plot to torpedo candidate François Fillon's presidential election campaign. Wauquiez, was secretly taped making the allegations during a lecture he gave at a business school in Lyon. They were broadcast by the popular Quotidien show on TMC.

Rare cello returned to its owner - A rare 18th century cello, which was stolen at knifepoint on February 15th from an award winning-musician outside her Paris home, has been returned after an appeal on social media went viral. The exceptional instrument was made in Italy in 1737.


Asian shares have risen this morning joining the global recovery for equity markets as volatility subsided  and sentiment improved from the recent turmoil over rising interest rates and higher borrowing costs. The MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose by half a percent in morning trade and has now recovered 40 percent of losses. Trading is expected to be slower than usual this week owing to market holidays in the United States and greater China. The MSCI index of global stock markets gained 4.3 percent last week-the best weekly performance since December 2011. The rebound came following a two week rout that wiped off more than 10 percent in value at one point triggered by concerns over rising US inflation.

British MP’s are set to probe pension schemes at the retail empire of Sir Philip Green. The chairman of the Work and Pensions Committee Frank Field  says that the decision has been made following reports that Sir Philip is in talks to sell all or part of his business. The Sunday Times newspaper has reported that the billionaire businessman is in talks with the Chinese textiles giant Shangdong Ruyi. Sir Philip’s Arcadia Group,whose brands include Topshop,Burton,Miss Selfridge,Dorothy Perkins and Wallis has 2,800 stores worldwide. Mr Field says that the Committee will “look at the state of Sir Philip Green’s pension schemes and whether he can sell to whomever he wants without having some important questions or putting in some money into the entire Arcadia pension pot”.

And-The latest retail figures from the UK have raised more concerns over the future of high street shopping. Consumers are being squeezed by declining real wages,record levels of personal debt and the prospect of higher borrowing costs. Wider problems include the way that consumer spend their money and the growing power of internet shopping. Several leading high street retailers are reported to be close to the edge prompting a rethink about the future of shopping and how to fill retail parks and malls when businesses decide to shut up shop. Recent reports show that 20 percent of fashion sales have now moved to the internet and takeaways and delivery services are eating into traditional restaurant businesses.


6 Nations report with

Ireland and England appear to be on course for a showdown at Twickenham on Saint Patrick’s day to decide this year’s 6 Nations if they can come through this weekend’s games.
Ireland host Wales in Dublin on Saturday and may face a backlash from a Wales side still smarting from the perceived injustice of their defeat against England in the last match during which they had a try disallowed and did everything but win in the second half.

Meanwhile England travel to Murrayfield for the Calcutta Cup game against Scotland with Gregor Townsend’s side buoyed by their victory against France.
Nathan Hughes has been on a conditioning “crash course” to prove his fitness ahead of the match.The number 8 has only played 90 minutes of rugby in the past three months because of two knee injuries.He says that he’s been told that he has to be match fit by coach Eddie Jones adding that he’s “ ready for the challenge”.
Gregor Townsend has called 6 players into the Scotland squad before the match with Tim Visser and Matt Scott providing backline options.
James Malcolm,WP Nel,Tim Swinson and Josh Strauss are also added.
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Winter Olympics-Norway and Germany now lead the medals table on day 10 of the Games in Pyeongchang.
Both countries have 9 gold medals with Norway just ahead of the Germans with a total of 26 medals against Germany’s 18.The Netherlands are in third place with 6 gold medals and Canada and the USA have 5 each.

Meanwhile a Russian curling athlete has been sent home after failing a doping test.
Alexander Krushelnitsky is reported to have tested positive for meldonium and has left the Olympic village.

Football-Rochdale of League 1 held Spurs of the Premier League to a 2-2 draw in the 5th round of the FA Cup in England on Sunday meaning an unwanted replay for the Londoners.
The remaining 5th round tie is being played tonight.Wigan host Manchester City.

There were 2 games in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.Leaders Celtic were held to a 0-0 home draw by St Johnstone while Rangers closed the gap at the top to 9 points with a 5-3 win at Hamilton.

Boxing-George Groves says that he’s waiting to find out the extent of his shoulder injury before deciding whether he’ll be fit for the World Boxing Super Series final on the 2nd of June.
Groves suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder during his WBA Super Middleweight title victory over Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday night.
He says that he’s “confident” of making the date but added that he would look to the tournament to delay the fight if necessary.
Groves will fight either Callum Smith or Jurgen Brahmer who contest their semi-final next weekend.


Partially cloudy with moderate westerly winds and the chance of some rain this afternoon.

Top temperature 14 degrees.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 3 degrees inland with cloudy skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Sunshine and possible showers tomorrow,mainly fine on Wednesday.Highs of 11-13 degrees.



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