French and Riviera News Monday 19th March 2018


Accident in shooting club - A 20 year old man from Saint Raphael has died after being accidently hit by a bullet at a shooting club in Frejus. The accident happened on Saturday afternoon and the victim was taken to hospital in Toulon where he later died as a result of his injury. The owner of the shotgun is to appear in court today.

Missing person - Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward following the disappearance of 21 year old Giovanni Cherchi. Giovanni has been missing since the end of February and was last seen in Nice.Mr Cherci, an Italian national was seeking employment in the hotel industry in the region. He is described as having short brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing jeans, black shoes and a black jacket.

Organised crime network - Police in Monaco have launched an investigation following reports of an organized crime network stealing identities of high-ranking personalities in the principality and trying to establish personal contact with them. The elaborate scheme used signed official documents on official letterhead, targeting “community leaders or people with responsibility”, with the pretext of an urgent financial matter.

Bastia bans the sale of eggs - The town of Bastia in Corsica has banned the sale of eggs and aerosols as the town today celebrates its patron saint “Saint Joseph”. Local authorities introduced the measure following the misuse of eggs, flour and shaving foam by students during last years’ celebrations. 


French tax authorities - French economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has announced that French tax authorities are to investigate Kering, the company that owns Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci, for allegedly dodging at least 2.5 billion euros in taxes between 2002 and 2017. His announcement followed claims by Mediapart the investigative website that the luxury goods giant, declared profits in Switzerland, where it has some warehouses;

Eiffel Tower closed due to snow - The Eiffel Tower was closed on Sunday due to snow. Snow started falling in the Ile de France region on Saturday afternoon and continued overnight, forcing the authorities to close the Eiffel Tower on Sunday because its iron walkways and stairs were rendered dangerous by ice.

Refugee Rights Europe - A study carried out by the London based human rights charity Refugee Rights Europe has shown that hundreds of refugees living rough in Paris have been subject to abuse from French citizens, including physical attacks and sexual violence. The new research found that 75% of respondants said they had experienced verbal abuse by French citizens.  The study, published this week, also reveals that a fifth claimed they had suffered physical violence by Parisians, while 5% stated that they had experienced sexual abuse.

Gérard Depardieu - French actor Gérard Depardieu has voted in the Russian election. The actor who was awarded Russian nationality by President Vladimir Putin in 2013, cast his ballot at the Russian embassy in Paris on Sunday. Depardieu took Russian citizenship after declaring that he was leaving France because of the then Socialist government's plan to introduce a 75% income tax on incomes over a million euros, a move that was blocked by the Constitutional Council.


Asian shares have slipped into the red this morning at the start of a week that’s set to be dominated by the US Federal Reserve’s monthly policy meeting.
The Fed,under new Chairman Jerome Powell is set to raise interest rates in what could be the start of possibly four hikes this year.
A poll of 104 leading analysts by Reuters has found that all of them think that the Fed will raise rates to between 1 and a half and 1 and three quarter percent on Wednesday.
Talk of a series of interest rate hikes would normally strengthen the dollar but this has so far not happened.Reasons cited for the dollar’s comparative weakness include concerns over the US budget and current account deficits,polticial chaos inside the White House and better growth in competing countries, particularly in Europe.

The social media giant Facebook and the US data firm Cambridge Analytica have both been accused of misleading the UK Parliament.
The House of Commons Digital,Culture,Media and Sport Committee says that both firms need to answer more questions over claims that the details from 50 million Facebook profiles were gathered without consent.
Facebook has now suspended Cambridge Analytica after saying that it breached its policies while the data firm says that it does not hold or use any details from the social media site.Both companies deny any wrongdoing.
The chairman of the Commons Committee Damien Collins said on Sunday that reports in both the Guardian and Observer newspapers over the weekend made it clear that the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix had more explaining to do.He said that Mr Nix had “clearly and deliberately misled the Committee and Parliament by giving false information”.

And-A report by Bloomberg says that Apple is developing its own microLED screens and has already tested a small number of the devices.
On Sunday,Bloomberg reported that Apple has developed next-generation microLED screens at a secret plant in California and has invested a large amount of money in the project.
The company is reported to be looking to use the new technology in its wearable computers first with the project being overseen by Lynn Youngs who’s in charge of Apple’s iPhone and Watch screen development.
MicroLED’s are flat panel displays that make gadgets thinner,brighter and use less power than current displays.
Apple has so far declined to comment.


Football-The draw has been made for the semi-finals of the FA Cup in England.
Manchester United will play Tottenham while Chelsea play Southampton.
Both ties will be played at Wembley Stadium on the weekend of the 21st-22nd of April.

There was one game in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.Motherwell and Celtic drew 0-0.

Rugby Union-Ireland’s homecoming celebrations after winning the 6 Nations Championship and securing only the third Grand Slam in  their history had to be cancelled on Sunday because of bad weather in Dublin.
The Irish players and coaches had been due to take part in a victory event at the Aviva Stadium but the event was cancelled because of heavy overnight snow.

Golf-Rory McIlroy has secured his first tournament win since September 2016 with victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
The 28 year old carded a final 8 under par 64 to end on 18 under par.Bryson DeChambeau ended in second place on 15 under with England’s Justin Rose in third place on 14 under.
Tiger Woods ended 8 shots off the pace on 10 under but appears to be moving in the right direction with the US Masters approaching.

Tennis-Juan Martin del Potro has ended Roger Federer’s 17 match winning streak with victory in the BNP Parisbas Open final at Indian Wells.
The 8th seed came through 6-4 5-7 7-6 to deny Federer a record 6th title in California.He’s the first player to beat the world number one this year.


Clear skies with moderate westerly winds.

Top temperature 14 degrees.

Overnight lows of 7 degrees on the coast and 5 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Mainly fine tomorrow.Sunshine and showers on Wednesday.Highs of 12-14 degrees.








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