French and Riviera News Monday 27th November 2017


Road Accident - A teenager has died and six others have been injured in a road accident in Roquebrune sur Argens in the Var. The accident occurred on Saturday evening - police have launched an investigation to determine the exact circumstances. Meanwhile medical staff have set up a psychological support service at the high school of Val d’Argens in Le Muy, the school attended by the teenagers. 

Skiing accident - A 26 year old skier has been taken to hospital in Nice following a collision on the slopes at Isola 2000. The accident happened shortly after 1pm on Sunday. While this weekend saw record numbers attend the ski resort, rescue services reminded skiers that such accidents nevertheless called for caution.

Police checks on the regions roads – Police checks carried out in the Bouches du Rhône this weekend have revealed 55 cases of motorists driving under the influence of alcohol. More than 120 police carried out spot checks on the region’s roads. The large-scale operation came following the death of 7 people on the roads the previous week-end. Every year, in France more than 1,000 people are killed in accidents where alcohol is involved. A person who has been drinking is 8.5 times more likely to be responsible for a fatal accident.

Counterfeit bank notes - Two men from the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region have been arrested in Naples with 42,000 euros in counterfeit banknotes. The pair, a 36 year old from Avignon and a 26 year old from Marseille were arrested after police searched their hotel room. The investigation continues.  

World Rugby Awards - Eddie Jones has been named Coach of the Year at the World Rugby Awards which took place here in Monaco on Sunday night. The event was attended by Prince Albert II Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene. Jones is the first England boss to win the prize since Sir Clive Woodward in 2003.

“Little Train” - A 24 year old man under the influence of alcohol has attempted to drive off with the “little train” - the popular tourist attraction on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The man reportedly got into the driver’s seat and drove a few meters before being stopped. He was later taken into custody by police for questioning.


Calais - French police have opened fire on a car carrying migrants near the port of Calais as it sped toward a group of officers trying to halt it for a check. None of the nine migrants aboard the vehicle were wounded, but the car hit one of the officers injuring his knee. The six Iraqis and three Afghans in the car were arrested.

Trial - A 31-year-old French teacher will go on trial today for sex with an underage pupil after being dragged to a police station by the girl's furious stepfather amid a global campaign against sexual abuse. The maths teacher and the 14-year-old student, who was in his class last year, began chatting on Instagram on February before beginning a relationship in June. There is no minimum age of consent in France, which does not treat sex between an adult and a minor as rape unless there is proof of force. The government has promised to change the law after a man was acquitted of rape earlier this month, as the jury found no evidence he had forced an 11-year-old girl into sex.

Arrests - Fifteen people have been arrested in possession of deadly weapons after a far-right demonstration in Paris was banned on Saturday. Although they did not demonstrate, a number of the far-right group's activists were on the capital's streets on Saturday afternoon, some of them armed. About 30 of them were stopped and searched near the Place de la République and in the south-west of the city.

Tiger shot in Paris - Parisians were reportedly left shocked this weekend after hearing that a tiger which had been wandering the city's streets had been shot dead. The Brigitte Bardot Foundation animal rights group said it was "scandalised" by the killing and has called on local authorities to ban the exploitation of animals in circuses. The one-and-a-half-year-old, 200-kilo tigress, Mevy, was shot dead after people spotted her wandering through the streets. She had escaped from the Bormann-Moreno circus. It was Mevy’s owner, Eric Bormann who shot the tigeress within a few minutes of her escape.  An investigation has been launched into whether lives were put in danger. The circus, which has several tigers, had just set up and planned to open its doors to the public on 3 December. Live animals in circuses are already banned in 29 countries worldwide and in 63 French towns and cities.


The US media company Meredith Corporation says that it’s to buy Time Inc,the publisher of People,Sports Illustrated and Fortune magazines in a 1.84 billion all-cash deal backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.
The deal comes following two unsuccessful bid for the company which were made by Meredith in 2013 and earlier this year.
Meredith,which is based in  Iowa already owns several lifestyle magazines including Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle.The new combined firm will have a readership of 135 million people and paid circulation of nearly 60 million.
The Koch brothers control a huge industrial empire that manufacturers household products including Dixie Cups and Lycra.
Koch Equity Development agreed to offer Meredith 650 million dollars in preferred equity to fund the Time acquisition.

China is cutting import tariffs on 187 consumer products to help spur spending and economic growth.
The Chinese Finance Ministry says that tariffs will drop from an average 17.3 percent to 7.7 percent on a range of products from whisky to clothing and will take effect at the start of next month.
There’s increasing demand for foreign goods in China and consumers are being encouraged to spend money at home rather than on trips overseas.
The scotch whisky industry has welcomed the changes which it says should boost the market for its products in China.Tariffs on whisky will fall from 10 to 5 percent under the new rules.

And-The British government is due to publish its plan to boost the economy later.
The fresh industrial strategy is aimed at lifting growth which official forecasts suggest will slow due to the country’s poor productivity performance.
A number of partnerships in the construction,pharmaceutical,automotive and artificial intelligence fields are due to be announced with the government pledging funding and policy collaboration in exchange for investment from private firms.


Cricket-Australia have beaten England by 10 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the 5 match Ashes series.
The home side wrapped up the emphatic first Test victory on the morning of the 5th day in Brisbane as they reached their target without the loss of a single wicket.
The second Test,which is a day-nighter starts in Adelaide on Saturday with England having a lot of thinking to do if they’re to get back into the series.

Meanwhile,the England and Wales Cricket Board is looking into an incident in Perth a month ago during which Jonny Bairstow is alleged to have headbutted the Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft in a nightclub.
The England coach Trevor Bayliss has said that the incident has been “blown out of all proportion” but that players need to be “smarter” in their spare time.

Football-There were 3 games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Manchester City continue to be the runaway leaders following a 2-1 win at Huddersfield while Arsenal were 1-0 winners at Burnley and Southampton thrashed hapless Everton 4-1.

In the English Championship on Sunday Cardiff were 2-0 winners at Nottingham Forest and in the Scottish Premiership Kilmarnock lost 3-1 at home to Aberdeen.

Celtic have retained the Scottish League Cup.Brendan Rogers’ side beat Motherwell 2-0 at Hampden Park in Sunday’s final.

Formula 1-Valtteri Bottos held off team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
Bottos started on pole and held on to the lead to win an incident-free and rather quiet race.
Sebastien Vettel finished third.
Hamilton ends the season as world champion for the 4th time with Vettel runner up and Bottas in third.
Mercedes won the constructors championship ahead of Ferrari.
The new season will start again in Melbourne next March.

Rugby Union-Jeremy Guscott has said that Scotland will be challenging for the 6 Nations next year on the strength of their performance in the autumn internationals.
Scotland capped a great month with a record breaking 53-24 win over Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday and Guscott says that they’ve entered a new era under coach Gregor Townsend and the future looks bright.
England ended their autumn internationals with a 100 percent record following their 48-14 win over Samoa while Ireland were also unbeaten thanks to a 28-19 win over Argentina.
Wales were beaten 33-18 by New Zealand and have one more game next Saturday against South Africa.

There were 2 games in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.Saracens lost 20-18 at home to Exeter while Wasps were 17-13 winners at London Irish.

In the Guinness Pro 14 Scarlets were 34-30 winners at Southern Kings.Glasgow thumped Ospreys 47-6 and Munster were 36-19 winners at Zebre.

Tennis-France have won the Davis Cup after beating Belgium 3-2 in Lille.
Lucas Pouille won the vital rubber on Sunday beating Steve Darcis 6-3 6-1 6-0 to give France their first Davis Cup title since 2001.


Clear skies with light variable winds.

Top temperature 15 degrees.

Overnight lows of 7 degrees on the coast and 2 degrees inland with some frost in places and clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Partially cloudy with a high of 13 degrees.


A recent study has shown that the number of sad songs being composed is on the decline. The study showed that since 2010 songs have been happier. It also showed that Asian countries were the champions of positive songs unlike Scandinavian countries that prefer the sad songs.







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