French and Riviera News Monday 25th June 2018


Abduction of student - Two men have been arrested in connection with the abduction of a student in Toulouse. The student was hitchhiking at the time when the drivers of the vehicle threatened him with a handgun and stole his credit card. The victim was later released at a motorway toll more than 300 kilometers away in Avignon and police later apprehended the attackers, who were in possession of the student’s mobile phone and two hundred euros in cash.

Water pollution - Locals and tourists have been prevented from visiting  some beaches in Marseille due to water pollution. Following heavy rainfall and storms, local authorities had to close some beaches to the public. In 2015 a project worth 265 million euros was launched over a 6 year period to improve the water purification system on 130km of coast line from Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer in the Var to Martigues in the Bouches du Rhone.

Work of art destroyed - A work of art by French actor, author and artist Jean Marais has been destroyed by local authorities along with the beach restaurant where it was located. Authorities carried out the operation in Vallauris after the owner of the establishment failed to dismantle the restaurant after being handed a two month notice period. Gilles Emoil had run the beach restaurant on the Promenade du Soleil in Vallauris since 1973. The fresco was created in 1985 while Marais was living in Vallauris.

Arabian women drives Formula One Car - Aseel Al Hamad has marked the breakthrough for Saudi Arabian women by driving a Formula One car ahead of the French Grand Prix at the weekend. The lap of the Le Castellet circuit came as the country lifted the ban. Hamad drove a 2012 Renault car as part of a parade of the French manufacturer’s vehicles to mark the return of the race after a 10 year absence.


Migrants - French President Emmanuel Macron has shown his support of financial sanctions against EU countries which refuse to accept migrants. Speaking at a press conference alongside Spain’s new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Macron declared his support for the creation of closed reception centres where migrants would be held while their asylum claims are considered. Leaders of sixteen member countries of the European Union met on  Sunday, in Brussels, at an informal crisis summit to discuss migration issues. The "European solution" advocated by Emmanuel Macron during the summit "will be built solely on cooperation between EU member states, whether it is a cooperation at 28 or between several states that decide to move forward together.”

French jogger spends two weeks in US immigration detention - A young French woman who went for an evening jog along a Canadian beach has spent two weeks in US immigration detention after straying across the border. 19 year old Cedella Roman, who was visiting her mother in British Columbia, decided to run along the beach that leads to Canada's border with the United States on 21 May. Confronted by two US border patrol agents she was arrested for crossing the border. A spokesperson for US Customs and Border Protection said that anyone crossing into the country outside an official port of entry was breaking the law and would be processed accordingly.


Crude oil prices have fallen  back by 2 percent as traders factored in an expected increase in output that was agreed by Opec in Vienna on Friday.

Brent Crude futures have fallen by 2.2 percent in Asian trade this morning to 73 dollars 90 with West Texas Intermediate down by 0.3 percent to 68 dollars 36 supported by a slight drop in US drilling activity.

Opec and its non-Opec partners including Russia have cut production by 1.8 million barrels per day since last year to tighten the market and boost prices.

On Friday,an agreement was reached to boost production by a million barrels per day with many Opec members considering that price increases had gone too far.Iran was a notable opponent to the agreement.


The ride hailing firm Uber is going to court in London this morning in a bid to overturn a ruling stripping it of its license after being ruled unfit to run a taxi service in its most important European market.

Transport for London shocked Uber last September by refusing to renew its license.The regulator cited Uber’s failure to report serious criminal offences as well as a lack of background checks on drivers.

The firm has made several changes to its business model in London since losing its license including the introduction of round-the-clock telephone support and proactive reporting of serious criminal incidents to the Metropolitan Police.


And-Reuters reports that two years after the UK referendum to leave the EU,half of large companies in the rest of Europe have cut investment in the country.

A poll of 800 business executives carried out on the two year anniversary of the Brexit vote also found that three quarters of large firms in continental Europe want the EU to make concessions to the UK to secure a better trading relationship after it breaks away from Brussels next year.

The poll was carried out by the law firm Baker&McKenzie and found that the majority of German business leaders think that Brexit will be bad for business.


Football-There were 3 games at the World Cup in Russia on Sunday with England thrashing Panama 6-1 in Group G to move into the last 16 of the tournament.
A number of possibilities are still on the cards in Group H where Japan and Senegal drew 2-2 and Colombia beat Poland 3-0.Poland are eliminated but the other three teams could all still make the knockout phase.

There are four games today.In Group A Saudi Arabia play Egypt and Uruguay play Russia with the winners topping the Group.
In Group B Iran play Portugal and Spain play Morocco.

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in Sunday’s French Grand Prix at Le Castellet as title rivals Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel tangled on the first lap.
Vettel was handed a 5 second drive through penalty for clipping Bottas at the first corner.Both drivers had to pull into the pits and failed to make the podium after dropping down the field.
Max Veststappen in the Red Bull finished second with Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari third.
Hamilton leads the drivers’ championship by 14 points from Vettel heading into the Austrian Grand Prix next weekend.

Cricket-England have imposed a 5-0 whitewash on Australia after squeaking home by 1 wicket in the final one day international at Old Trafford.
Australia batted first and made just 205 in their innings which was over in 34.4 overs.
England struggled in reply and had Jos Buttler to thank for getting them over the line.He made 110 not out in his side’s winning total of 208-9 in 48.3 overs.

Tennis-Marin Cilic has won the Queen’s tournament in London after beating Novak Djokovic in a marathon final on Sunday.
Cilic saved a match point as he came through 5-7 7-6 6-3 in the longest final in the tournament’s history.
Djokovic was pleased with his performance despite losing.It was his first ATP final in almost a year.

Meanwhile Roger Federer has lost his number one world ranking after losing to Borna Coric in the final of the Halle Open.
Coric won the final 7-6 3-6 6-2 to end Federer’s run of 20 consecutive victories on grass.
Rafael Nadal takes over the number one spot ahead of Wimbledon which starts a week on Monday.


Clear skies in coastal areas with light variable winds-the chance of some thunder inland.

Top temperature 26 degrees.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees in coastal areas and 17 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies with highs of 24-28 degrees.


A girls' school in the  UK has changed their start time to 'stop sixth formers being so moody' according to reports.

The senior school in , Berkshire, has decided to test scrapping its 8.30am start for sixth formers and allow lessons to begin at 10am instead.

Julia Harrington, the headmistress of the school –said  that waking an adolescent at 7am was “the same as waking a 55-year-old at 5am”.

The girls’ school decided to try the later start and finish times after discovering that its sixth-formers were often sleeping for only 7½ hours a night.

Scientists say adolescents should be getting between nine and ten hours’ sleep a night, and the deficit could make them moody, stressed and less focused in class,

Harrington said she took the decision to have a week-long trial after scientists found teenagers were biologically predisposed to go to bed later and were not fully awake until mid-morning.



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