French and Riviera News Monday 24th June 2019


Heat wave - France has been placed on a level 3 heatwave alert with temperatures set to rise this week reaching highs of 40 degrees by Thursday. Five departments including Paris and its surrounding area have been placed on an orange alert. In our region highs of 28-30 degrees are expected today on the coast and up to 33 degrees inland and it’s Clermont Ferrand which is expected to be the hottest city in France today reaching 37 degrees this afternoon.  The French Ministry of Health set up the alert system from level one to four following the heatwave of 2003 which claimed 15,000 lives. A freephone line is also available from 9am to 7pm 0800066666.

Investigation into death of woman hit by tram - Police in Nice have opened an investigation after an 87-year-old woman died from her injuries after being hit by a tram on Avenue Jean Médecin on Thursday. The accident happened shortly after 7.40am the victim later died at Pasteur hospital in Nice on Friday.

Woman still in critical condition following attack - A woman remains in critical condition after being attacked near the Promenade des Arts car park. The attack took place on the eve of the Fete de la Musique in Nice on Friday. The victim was reportedly found “almost completely naked in a pool of blood”. An investigation has been opened by police.

Strike action causing delays in Corisca - Those travelling to Corsica by ferry have been told to expect delays following strike action at the port of Bastia. Several ferries were unable to disembark on Sunday with further strike action expected today. The action has been taken by ferry workers in protest against possible job cuts.

Drug trafficking network - Nine people, suspected of belonging to a large network of drug trafficking, have been arrested in the Haute-Savoie and the Alpes-Maritimes. The arrests follow an eight-month investigation, carried out by police. The nine arrested were charged for "transport, possession, acquisition, and criminal conspiracy". Seven were placed in pre-trial detention, two under judicial supervision. Searches carried out by the investigators led to the discovery of "several tens of thousands of euros, a few hundred grams of cocaine and heroin, high-end vehicles, weapons and false documents,"

Super Gran 2019 - 64 year old Rita Largillier who lives in  Menton has won the title of "Super Grandma of France 2019". Up against 12 other candidates Largillier stole of show on Sunday evening walking away with 1st prize.


Fire - Three people have been killed and one person was seriously injured after a building went up in flames on Saturday morning in Paris. Twenty-seven other people also suffered minor injuries, intoxicated from the fire's smoke. The blaze started at around 5 am in a 6-storey building that also housed a restaurant. Authorities, including Paris' police commissioner, have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Sir Elton John awarded Legion d’Honneur - The British musician Sir Elton John has been awarded France's highest civilian award, the Legion d'Honneur. Sir Elton was presented with the award by President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony at the Élysée Palace. President Macron's office praised Sir Elton, as a "melodic genius" and as one of the first gay artists to give a voice to the LGBT community.


A major conference of leading scientists is taking place in Germany to look at ways to make money out of carbon dioxide.

Scientists say that the idea to transform some of the CO2 that’s damaging the planet into products to benefit the global population may not solve climate change but it would definitely help.

Carbon dioxide is already being used in new ways to create fuels ,polymers ,fertilisers ,proteins,foam and building blocks and technology is being harnessed to transform the gas into a valuable raw material that can be used by a range of businesses.

Experts say that products need to be manufactured without increasing C02 emissions and by incorporating waste carbon dioxide into the production process the benefits are self evident.

The US casino operator Eldorado Resorts has agreed to merge with Caesars Entertainment Corp in a cash and stock deal worth some 18 billion dollars including debt.

Reuters reports that the deal comes three months after Caesars agreed to give Eldorado access to its books following pressure from the billionaire investor Carl Icahn who was put on the board of Caesars earlier this year.

The deal is set to be announced later today and values Caesars at close to 13 dollars a share.

Neither firm has made comment so far.

And-Oil prices have risen in Asian trade this morning as tensions remain high between Iran and the United States.

On Sunday ,the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that “significant” fresh sanctions against Tehran would be announced shortly.

Brent Crude futures rose by 25 cents on the news to 65 dollars 45 while West Texas Intermediate rose by 37 cents to 57 dollars 80.

Last week ,President Trump said that he called off a military strike to retaliate for Iran’s downing on an unmanned US drone and on Sunday he said that he was not seeking war.

Brent crude gained 5 percent last week,its first weekly gain in 5 weeks while West Texas Intermediate jumped 10 percent.



The holders France and England are the latest two sides to make it through to the quarter finals of the World Cup with both matches dominated by VAR decisions.

France beat Brazil 2-1 with Amandine Henry scoring the winner in extra time.

Earlier Valerie Gauvin had a goal ruled out following a VAR decision and the match looked like it was heading for a penalty shootout before Henry got on the end of a long free kick to score the winner in the 106th minute.

Also on Sunday England beat Cameroon 3-0 in Valenciennes in a bad tempered game which saw two controversial VAR decisions.

The Cameroon players were enraged at the two decisions which went against them remonstrating with the referee and seemingly unwilling to restart the game after Ellen White’s goal for England was given following a VAR review.

England will now play Norway in the quarter finals on Thursday for a place in the last 4.

There are two more quarter final ties today.Spain play the USA at 6pm and Sweden facer Canada at 9pm.

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton dominated the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet on Sunday leading home yet another Mercedes one-two with team mate Valtteri Bottas in second place and Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari third.

Hamilton led from start to finish in what turned out to be an uneventful Grand Prix.He quickly opened up a sizeable gap over Bottas and was never threatened.

Hamilton now leads the drivers’ championship by 36 points from Bottas with Sebastian Vettel a distant third on 111 points.

The next race is the Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg next weekend.

Jean Eric Vergne won the Swiss E-Prix over the weekend to close in on the championship title.

The red flag was waved after just 56 seconds of the race in Bern following a 13 car pile up after Max Gunther caught the back of Pascal Wehrlein going into turn 13.

A row broke out between several drivers and the stewards after it was announced that the race would be restarted under the safety car in qualifying order.

Vergne’s title rival Lucas Di Grassi was worst affected by the decision as his 14 place leap-up to 4th from 14th was wiped out.

Vergne led the race from the restart and took the chequered flag to extend his title lead to 32 points.

Cricket-Pakistan have beaten South Africa by 49 runs in the World Cup to end the Protea’s slim hopes of making the semi finals.

Pakistan batted first at Lords and made 308-7 from their 50 overs.

In reply South Africa could only manage 259-9 from their 50 overs to put the final nail in their World Cup ambitions in what’s been a very disappointing tournament for them.

There’s one game today.Bangladesh play Afghanistan in Southampton.Play starts at 11.30.

Tennis-Andy Murray has won the men’s doubles title at the Queens Tournament in London.

Murray and his partner Feliciano Lopez beat Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram in the final 7-6 5-7 10-5.

Earlier ,Lopez won the singles title too by beating Giles Simon of France in three sets.

Golf-Hannah Green of Australia has won the women’s PGA Championship to claim her first Major title.

Green is ranked 112th in the world and had never won a LPGA event before.

She ended on 9 under par at Hazeltine to win by one shot from the defending champion Park Sung-hyun of South Korea.Mel Reed of England finished third on 6 under.


Clear skies with light to moderate south easterly winds.

Top temperatures 29-30 degrees in coastal areas and up to 33 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 20-24 degrees in coastal areas and 22 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies and getting much hotter with heatwave conditions by Wednesday.Highs of 30- 37 degrees.








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