French and Riviera News Monday 20th November 2017


Attack on car park employee in Nice - An employee of a public car park in Nice has been attacked. The incident happened at 7pm on Sunday. The attacker reportedly molested and tied up the female employee  before emptying the till. It’s the second attack on a car park worker in Nice. Five months ago a similar attack took place in another car park located in the centre of the city.

Man arrested following attack in Grasse – Meanwhile police have arrested a man in connection with an attack on a council worker in Grasse. The victim was severely beaten by four individuals while cleaning the streets in the city centre on Saturday morning. Police leading the investigation were able to identify one of the attackers through CCTV footage.

Rise in motorway tolls - Motorway tolls are set to increase from the 1st February next year. The ministry of transport has announced an increase from 1.03% to 2.04% depending on the network. For the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region both the A8 and the A57 will be affected.

Donations to renovate Notre-Dame de la Menour - The town of Moulinet situated in the hills behind Menton in the Alpes Maritimes, has launched an appeal to raise money in order to renovate the chapel of Notre-Dame de la Menour, the gateway to the village. Classified as a historical monument renovation work has been estimated at 22,000 euros. With half of the cost being funded by the region local authorities are looking for private donations. For more information visit

National holiday celebrations in Monaco - Prince Albert II surrounded by his wife, Princess Charlene, his sisters, Princesses Caroline and Stephanie as well as his nieces and nephews gathered at the cathedral in Monaco on Sunday morning to celebrate Monaco’s National holiday. Celebrations continued throughout the day on the Palace square with a military parade to mark the occasion.


Police officer shoots three people dead - A 31-year-old French police officer has shot three people dead before turning his gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend. The Paris officer, Arnaud Martin shot the young woman in the face and killed two men who were nearby, aged 30 and 44. He then went to his girlfriend's home, where he killed the girl's father and seriously injured her mother in the throat. He also shot the woman's sister in the leg and killed the family dog. His former girlfriend was in serious condition in hospital on Sunday. French officials are currently confronted by a sharp increase in police suicides, with more than 45 officers and 16 gendarmes killing themselves so far this year. But the Interior Minister said on Sunday that he would not backtrack on allowing officers to carry their weapons when off-duty, a practice France introduced after the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris.

Plans to stop Muslims from praying in the street - The French interior minister Gerard Collomb, has announced plans to stop Muslims from praying in a street north of Paris. The decision comes after a series of protests by lawmakers and locals over what they view as an unacceptable use of public space. Prayers in the street have taken place every Friday since March to protest the closure of a popular local mosque that had operated in a government building but has since been turned into a library. Collomb made the announcement on Sunday to French media.

Tintin drawing sells for more than half a million euros - A colour drawing of Tintin and his faithful companion Snowy has sold at a Paris auction for more than half a million euros. The India ink and watercolour image, which went under the hammer for €505,000, shows the intrepid pair in the company of a butler in a royal palace. The drawing was part of a sale of Tintin memorabilia including original drawings, toys and figurines.


Shares in Asia have slipped back this morning as investors turned cautious following Friday’s falls on Wall Street and falling Chinese stocks.
In China,stocks slid after the government set new guidelines to regulate asset management products which analysts say could dampen investor enthusiasm for riskier assets.
Meanwhile,the euro has fallen after talks on forming a new coalition government in Germany reached deadlock.
Talks between four German political parties seeking to form a new government broke down on Sunday after the Free Democrats pulled out citing irreconcilable differences.The decision by the FDP could either see Chancellor Angela Merkel form a minority government with the Green Party or seek fresh elections.

The UK’s aerospace exporters are to tell a House of Commons Select Committee today that the industry will be seriously affected if ministers fail to agree urgent new customs and regulatory deals with the European Union.
Aerospace bosses will provide written evidence to the Commons business select committee stating that the uncertainty is already forcing companies to look at moving jobs abroad.
A letter to the Committee from Boeing says that the industry needs “clarity by the first quarter of next year at the latest” or business and consumer interests across Europe will suffer.
Meanwhile,the trade group ADS which represents more than 1,000 UK businesses says that around 10 billion pounds of the aerospace sector’s annual exports are destined for the EU  and that increased checks at the border,if customs processes do not remain harmonised,could result in a potential 1.5 billion pounds of added costs for the UK aerospace sector.

And-Oil markets have been flat this morning with traders reluctant to take on new big positions ahead of an Opec meeting at the end of the month.
Brent crude futures were trading down 12 cents at 62 dollars 60 a little earlier this morning with US West Texas Intermediate up 8 cents to 56 dollars 63.
Opec along with a group of non-Opec producers led by Russia has been restricting output since the start of the year in a bid to end global oversupply and boost prices.
The deal to curb output is due to expire in March 2018 and the cartel’s meeting on November the 30th is expected to clarify the position.


Football-Chris Coleman has left his job as Wales manager to take up the vacant job at struggling Sunderland.
Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season and are languishing at the foot of the Championship with just 11 points from 17 games.
Coleman is the Black Cat’s 10th manager since Roy Keane left in 2008.He says that it’s a huge challenge and that he won’t be needing any “shrinking violets”.

There was 1 game in the English Premier League on Sunday with David Moyes starting his reign as West Ham manager with a 2-0 away defeat at Watford.

There’s 1 game tonight.Brighton host Stoke.

In the English Championship on Sunday Leeds beat Middlesbrough 2-1 while in the Scottish Premiership Hearts and Partick Thistle drew 1-1.

Rugby Union-Wales are concerned about the fitness of Liam Williams ahead of Saturday’s Test against the All Blacks in Cardiff. Williams limped off during the 13-6 win over Georgia on Saturday and is being assessed for a knee injury.
The autumn internationals conclude next weekend with England looking to build on their 30-6 win over Australia.Scotland will take great encouragement from their narrow 22-17 defeat by the All Blacks while Ireland need to improve after their narrow 23-20 win over Fiji.France drew a blank once again in an 18-17 defeat by South Africa while Italy could be the whipping boys of the 6 Nations again on the strength of their 31-15 defeat by Argentina.

Rugby League-England are through to the semi-finals of the World Cup after beating Papua New Guinea 36-6.England will play Tonga in the semi-final in Auckland next Saturday.The other semi-final is between Australia and Fiji on Friday.

There were three games in the Aviva Premiership in England on Sunday.Bath were 22-18 winners at London Irish.Leicester beat Sale 35-27 and Exeter beat Harlequins 31-17.

Tennis-Grigor Dimitrov has won the season ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.
The Bulgarian 6th seed beat David Goffin 7-5 4-6 6-3 to become the first man in 19 years to win the tournament on his debut appearance.


Clear skies with light variable winds.

Top temperature 16 degrees.

Overnight lows of 9 degrees on the coast and 2 degrees inland with clear skies and some frost in places.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Mainly fine with highs of 16-17 degrees.










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