French and Riviera News Monday 25th September 2017


Strike Action - Lorry drivers across France have announced strike action today against the government’s new labour reforms. Following a breakdown in negotiations on Wednesday the CGT and the worker’s federation of road transport have said today’s movement is “to be heard” and “will be significantly more important” than the last protests which took place under the previous government. The unions reportedly plan to multiply blockades and gatherings across the country.

Cityscoots - The city of Nice has announced plans to introduce "Cityscoots" as of January. The service will see 50 electric two wheeler vehicles made available in a similar service to that of the current system of renting a velo blue in the city. Electric and geolocated, the two-wheeled vehicles can be reserved with an app the service plans to have 400 in circulation by the spring. 

Weather - Recent reports have shown that after the hot summer in the Alpes Maritimes, September is exceptionally cool. According to Méteo France since 2nd September a mass of cold air across the Côte d'Azur has caused a significant drop in temperatures which are below normal for this time of year making it the coldest September since 2010. Meanwhile the Var region is reportedly amongst one of fifteen departments in France which is at risk of heavy episodes of rain between now and December

Airport service - La Poste has announced that a new service for air passengers is being tested at Marseille airport. The service which goes by the name of Tripperty allows passengers to keep items which would normally be binned for security reasons by airport Staff. For a small fee the passenger can request that the item remains at the airport with a 30 day limit to be retrieved or sent to an address of their choice, instead of being binned. A spokesperson for the service said the most common item so far has been knives along with some unusual ones such as an iron, pétanque balls and even a drone.


Labour Reform protest in Paris - Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Paris in protest at President Emmanuel Macron's labour laws. Crowds gathered in the Capital on Saturday as part of a demonstration organised by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the far left leader who has emerged as the president's principal political opponent. It is the third such protest to take place in France this month.

French President Emmanuel Macron's La République en marche (LREM) party suffered a setback - Meanwhile French President Emmanuel Macron's La République en marche (LREM) party has suffered a setback in Senate elections which took place on Sunday as the conservative “Les Républicains” strengthened their hold on the upper house of parliament. Initial results from the vote to renew 171 of 348 Senate seats were expected to leave the French president's LREM party with only 20-30 senators, a severe blow to Macron’s hopes to increase the party's seats in the upper house significantly from the 29 it currently controls. According to reports many of the local officials that voted on Sunday are unhappy with Macron's plans to cut subsidies to regional governments – the new president has proposed some €300 million in funding cuts for local and regional authorities.

Brexit – On the subject of Brexit President Emmanuel Macron has said the UK must provide more clarity about its negotiating position adding that the issues of EU citizens' rights, the exit bill and the Irish border question must be settled before talks could be held on trade.

French tourist saves bus - A quick-thinking French tourist has been praised for preventing a bus from plunging over a cliff in the Austrian Alps after the driver passed out. The vehicle was travelling through the mountains with 21 passengers on board when the driver, 76, collapsed. As the bus continued towards a steep cliff, the Frenchman was able to brake. The bus crashed into a barrier at the side of the road and came to a stop. Four people were taken to hospital.


The ride-hailing app firm Uber has said that it could make some concessions to ensure that its London operating license is renewed. The head of the firm’s London operation Tony Elvidge said on Sunday that Uber would “like to know what it has to do” but that talks with Transport for London would be required. On Friday,Transport for London said that Uber was “not fit” to hold a private hire operator license. More than 680,000 people have signed an online petition in a bid to keep Uber operating in London after its license expires at the end of the month. Transport for London cited Uber’s failure to report serious criminal offences,conduct sufficient background checks on drivers,limits on working hours and holiday pay as the reasons why its operating license was not being renewed.

A report by Bloomberg says that 20 percent of staff at the UK’s Department for Exiting the European Union have left in the past 14 months. The report says that a total of 124 civil servants have left the department with 482 remaining. The news emerged following a freedom of information request and suggests that staff don’t enjoy working at the department which is overseeing one of the UK’s biggest political challenges in decades. Last week,Oliver Robbins-the former top official at the department moved to the Cabinet Office where he’s taken up the position of European adviser to Prime Minister Theresa May. It’s been reported that Mr Robbins and the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union,David Davis had not been getting on.

And-Oil prices have held on to their highest levels in months in Asian trade this morning after major producers meeting in Vienna said that the market was well on its way to rebalancing. Opec along with Russia and several other producers have cut production by around 1.8 million barrels per day since the start of the year  which has helped to lift the price of crude by around 15 percent over the past three months. London Brent crude for November delivery was trading at 56 dollars 63 a little earlier today while US crude for November delivery was trading at 50 dollars 58.


Cricket-Moeen Ali scored a scintillating 53-ball  century as England romped to a 124 run victory over West Indies in the 3rd one day international in Bristol on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the series with 2 to play. At one state Moeen plundered 61 runs from just 14 deliveries as he made 102 in England’s total of 369-9. In reply,West Indies could only manage 245 all out from 39.1 overs. The 4th match is on Wednesday at the Oval.

India have moved to the top of the ICC one day rankings after completing a series win over Australia with two games to spare. India won the third one day international at Indore by 5 wickets on Sunday to take an unassailable lead in the series and move to the top of the rankings.

Football-There was 1 game in the English Premier League on Sunday.Brighton beat Newcastle 1-0. There’s 1 game tonight.Arsenal play West Brom at the Emirates. In the English Championship on Sunday the Steel City Derby ended Sheffield Wednesday 2 Sheffield United 4 and in Scotland the day’s only Premiership game ended Motherwell 0 Aberdeen 1.

Rugby Union-England’s Billy Vunipola has been ruled out for 4 months after sustaining a knee cartilage injury. The 24 year old underwent surgery on Sunday after picking up the injury during Saracen’s 41-13 Premiership win over Sale on Saturday.He’ll miss England’s autumn internationals against Argentina,Australia and Samoa and will face a race to be fit for the 6 Nations. In the Aviva Premiership on Sunday Exeter beat Wasps 31-17 and London Irish went down 40-25 at home to Northampton.

Golf-Justin Thomas has lifted the FedEx Cup after Xander Shauffele became the first ever rookie to win the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta. Scauffele carded a two under par 68 to finish on 12 under par with Thomas ending on 11 under following a final round 66. England’s Paul Casey led by 2 overnight and was in a strong position to claim the 10 million dollar cup bonus but he had three bogeys on the front 9 and eventually ended back in 5th place.


Partially cloudy with light,south easterly winds. Top temperatures 23 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 17 degrees inland with showers developing across the region.  

Tuesday and Wednesday-Rain giving way to sunny periods tomorrow.Fine on Wednesday with highs of 20-23 degrees.


A studay has shown that British employees stay in work for years longer than most of their European counterparts. An average Briton works for nearly four decades – the fourth-longest stint in the bloc.

That’s longer than even the average employment spans of Germans, usually considered the most dedicated workers in Europe.

A typical individual in the UK works for 38.8 years, almost half their lives. By contrast, an average French man or woman could expect to spend just 35 years in work, according to 2016 estimates – nearly four years less than someone in Britain.

At the bottom of the European table for years at work came the Italians.

On average, an Italian will be working for 31.2 years, nearly eight years less than a Briton, and well below working lifespans in all of eastern and southern Europe.






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