French and Riviera News Monday 22nd January 2018


Strong winds causes power cuts in the Var - 10,000 households in the Var were without electricity over the weekend due to damage caused by strong winds. Gust of up to 160km/h were recorded on Saturday with nearly 3,500 households still without electricity on Sunday evening. 

Mountain rescue services - Mountain rescue services carried out several interventions in the region on Sunday. Two climbers were air lifted to safety after one suffered a fall due to icy conditions.A  28 year old climber from Antibes was taken to hospital in Nice with a broken ankle and a skier in Auron had to be rescued after  breaking his leg. 

Urban Trail - Sylvain Camus has won the Urban Trail in Cannes. Camus completed the 26km race in 1 hour 43 minutes and 29 seconds. This year’s event saw 2000 runners take part.

Eurovision - Singer Max Cinnamon from Grasse has made it through to the final round for the Eurovision. The young singer is one of eight candidates who will compete to represent France at this year’s Eurovision which will take place in Lisbon from 8th to 12th May.


Syria - As fighting escalates in Syria the French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has called for a United Nations Security Council meeting over “humanitarian risks”. Speaking at a meeting of western Mediterranean counties in Algiers on Sunday Le Drian said "France is very preoccupied by the situation in Syria and by the brutal degradation of the situation”.

Prison officers continue strike action - Prison officers across France are to continue strike action today after unions rejected government proposals to end a week-long strike which was sparked by inmate attacks on guards. Two prison officers' said their members had rejected the government's proposals, saying they were "way below the expectations". The strike was sparked by an attack by an Islamist inmate in a northern French prison last Monday. Another attack took place in a Corsican prison on Friday.

Simone de Beauvoir - A letter by French feminist Simone de Beauvoir published for the first time in Le Monde newspaper has revealed her “mad passion” for a lover 18 years her junior.  The note is one of 112 love letters which has been bought by Yale University.


US Senators have been struggling to agree on a bill to fund the government as the Washington shutdown enters its third day.
A Senate session in a bid to resolve the dispute was suspended last night and a vote will now be held at midday today local time.
Democrat and Republican senators have been blaming each other for the shutdown.
The Democrats want President Trump to negotiate over immigration as part of a budget deal while Republicans insist that no deal is possible while Federal government services remain closed.
Under Senate rules the bill needs 60 votes in the 100 member chamber to overcome blocking tactics by opponents.Republicans currently have 51 senators meaning that they require help from 9 Democrats to pass the bill.
President Trump has been calling for a simple majority vote to end the impasse.

Oxfam has claimed that the gap between the super rich and the rest of the world widened last year as wealth continued to be owned by a small majority.
The charity says that around 82 percent of the money generated last year went to the richest 1 percent of the global population while the poorest half saw no increase at all.
Oxfam says that the figures demonstrate a failing system and has blamed tax evasion,erosion of workers’ rights ,cost cutting and firms’ influence on policy for the widening gap.
The data that Oxfam used in its calculations has been criticised with some saying that it’s impossible to work out how much wealth the super-rich and the very poor have.
The report coincides with the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos which attracts many of the world’s top political and business leaders.

And-Amazon is opening its first supermarket without checkouts in Seattle today.
The store has been tested by staff for the past year and uses ceiling-mounted cameras to identify each customer and track what items they select which eliminates the need for billing.
Purchases are then billed to customers’ credit cards when they leave the store.
Before entering the store,customers have to scan the Amazon Go app and then sensors on the shelves add items to the bill as they’re picked up  and deletes any that are put back.


Cricket-England have beaten Australia by 16 runs in Sydney to take a three nil unassailable lead in the 5 match one day international series.
England batted first and made 302-6 from their 50 overs including 100 not out from Jos Buttler.They then restricted Australia to 286-6 from their 50 overs.
There are two matches to play with England having the chance to impose a series whitewash on the hosts which would salvage some pride following the crushing Ashes Test series defeat.

Tennis-Angelique Kerber is through to the quarter finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne following a three set victory over Hsieh Su-Wei.
The tournament favourite will now play Madison Keys in the last 8.
In the men’s event the 19th seed Tomas Berdych is through to the last 7 following a straight sets victory over Fabio Fognini.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are also in action today and could be on track to meet in the semi-finals.

American Football-The New England Patriots will meet the Philadelphia Eagles in Superbowl LII.
The Patriots reached Superbowl for the third time in four years following a 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars while the Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings 38-7.
Superbowl LII will be played in Minneapolis on the 5th of February.

Football-There was one game in the English Premier League on Sunday.Southampton and Spurs drew 1-1.
There’s one game tonight.Swansea host Liverpool.

Hearts are through to the 5th round of the Scottish Cup following a 1-0 win over Edinburgh rivals Hibs.
A late Don Cowie goal that just crept over the line was enough to see Hearts into the next round.

Rugby Union-There were 4 games in the European Champions Cup on Sunday.In Pool 1 Wasps beat Ulster 26-7 and La Rochelle beat Harlequins 16-7.
In Pool  4 Leicester were beaten 23-20 at home by Racing 92 and Munster thrashed Castres 48-3.
The quarter final line-up has now been decided with Leinster against Saracens,Scarlets against La Rochelle,Munster against Toulon and Cleremont Auvergne against Racing 92.
The ties will be played between the 29th of March and the 1st of April.


Mainly fine with light variable winds in the Alpes-Maritimes and moderate to strong westerly winds across the Var.

Top temperature 16 degrees.

Overnight lows of 9 degrees on the coast and 7 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies with highs of 14-16 degrees.






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