French and Riviera News Monday 21st August 2017


Terror Attack - Spanish police hunting for a suspect after the Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people said on Sunday they could not rule out that he had slipped over the border into France. Spanish police said security operations were under way on the French border as they try to find the suspect, who they believe is the only one of 12 suspects still at large. The attacks were the deadliest in Spain for more than a decade. According to an official statement from France’s minister of foreign affairs Jean -Yves Le Drian twenty-eight French people were injured eighteen of them are hospitalised, including four children, in a serious condition.

SNCF - Over 3,000 travellers in southern France spent Saturday night camped out in train stations after a bush fire cut off a busy route between Marseille and the resort. Around 1,300 people were stranded in Marseille, 1,700 in Toulon and 370 in Nice after the fire broke out in Aubagne, 20 kilometres east of Marseille. About 10 trains were delayed for several hours on one of the busiest weekends of the year. Services between Nice and Paris -- which are sometimes routed through Marseille -- gradually resumed Sunday morning after the fire was brought under control. Three firefighters and an elderly woman were slightly injured in the fire. The SNCF has announced in a press release that tickets will be reimbursed inviting passengers to claim directly online at the SNCF website

Rescue operation on beach in Sainte-Maxime - A 39 year old woman has been rescued on La Nartelle beach in Sainte Maxime. Swimmers noticed that the woman had run into difficulty while swimming in the bay and quickly intervened. Lifeguards on the beach attended to the victim who was later air lifted to hospital in Cannes to undergo further tests. Meanwhile in Cannes an 82 year old man was also rescued while swimming on the town’s seafront on Sunday morning he is reportedly in a critical condition in hospital.

Smart car - A smart car has ended up in the port of Juan les Pins after the driver left the handbreak off. The vehicle was lifted out of the water on Sunday morning - fortunately nobody was hurt.

Baby born on Flight to Nice - A 31 year old woman has given birth on a Flight from Tunisia to Nice. Flight attendants along with a doctor who happened to be onboard delivered the baby upon landing in Nice at 5.30pm on Friday. Both mother and baby were taken to l'Archet hospital in Nice where they are reported to be doing well. 


Conman sentenced - A conman sentenced for tricking dozens of French banks and businesses into handing over millions of euros has been arrested in Ukraine after a hunt lasting more than two years. His arrest was initially reported by the French news weekly Le Point. The alleged mastermind of a scheme that saw some of France's top companies get embarrassingly fleeced would contact banks and firms posing as either their CEO or a secret service agent and instruct them to hand over large sums of money. Thirty-three banks and businesses were targeted between 2005 and 2006.

French Interior designer sues Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - A French interior designer is suing Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for failing to credit her for work on their chateau in Provence. The designer also claims the superstar former couple drove her company towards financial ruin by failing to honour bills for a multimillion-euro project to illuminate the 17th-century property. In April, the Paris court of appeal ordered one of the Pitt/Jolie companies to pay €565,000 euros.


The median pay for chief executives of FTSE 100 companies has fallen by almost 20% over the past year, according to accountancy firm Deloitte. Median pay - a figure representing the pay rate half way between the lowest and highest paid executive - dropped from £4.3m in 2016 to £3.5m this year. Deloitte said policies introduced to limit bosses' pay appeared to be working. This year's annual general meetings were "calmer than expected" it said.

And – The US has formally launched an investigation into China's policies regarding intellectual property. The top US trade official said his office had "determined that these critical issues merit a thorough investigation". China has voiced "serious concern" over the inquiry, which could result in US trade sanctions. The annual cost to the US economy from counterfeit goods, pirated software and theft of trade secrets has been estimated at up to $600bn (£470bn).


Football - Marcos Alonso scored a late winner for Chelsea as Tottenham's season at Wembley start with a disappointing defeat. In this weekend Premier League matches Manchester United beat Swansea 4-0 Watford beat Bournemouth 2-0, West Brom beat Burnley 1-0, Leicester City beat Brighton 2-0, Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 1-0, Southampton beat West Ham 3-2, Stoke City beat Arsenal 1-0 and Huddersfield beat Newcastle 1-0.  Huddersfield made it two wins from their first two Premier League games. This evening Manchester City play Everton kick off is at 9pm local time.

Athletics - British distance great Mo Farah sprinted clear to win the 3000m at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting in his final track meeting on home soil. The 34-year-old, who is switching to road racing in 2018, came home in seven minutes 38.64 seconds.

Cricket - Stuart Broad said he wants to play in the 2019 Ashes against Australia, after passing Sir Ian Botham on the list of England's all-time Test wicket-takers. Broad moved ahead of Botham's 383 wickets in the first-Test win against West Indies at Edgbaston. He is second only to team-mate James Anderson, who has 492.


Clear skies and plenty of sunshine across the Riviera today with highs of 27 degrees in Nice and 28 degrees in Antibes. In the Var 30 degrees in Saint Tropez and 31 degrees in Rayol Canadel with a light variable wind. This evening going down to 21 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 18 degrees in the Var. Tuesdays and Wednesday clear skies with highs of 27 degrees in Nice and 31 degrees in Toulon.


According to a new study drinking alcohol in moderation is beneficial to the heart.

The study revealed that those who drink wine, spirits or beer regularly are less prone to heart failure and heart attacks than people who rarely or never drink.

Three to five drinks a week are part of a heart-healthy lifestyle, scientists concluded.

A professor of social medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology said. "When consumed in moderation, alcohol does more good than harm".



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