French and Riviera News Monday 28th August 2017


Drowning - Police have issued a public warning about water safety in the region after a 46 year old man and a three year old girl nearly drowned in Antibes on Sunday afternoon. The first a 46 year old man found himself in difficulty at La Siesta beach and was quickly saved by other swimmers. The second a 3 year old girl was rescued by lifeguards at the Ponteil beach. Both victims were taken to La Fontonne hospital.  

Important police presence - Police in Nice have increased their presence in the Trachel-Reine-Jeanne neighbourhood after months of complaints from local residents about late night noise and drug trafficking. Police intervened and five individuals were arrested over the weekend. The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has promised to ensure such measures for the peace and tranquility of local residents.

Jean Luc Mélanchon in Marseille - Jean Luc Mélanchon leader of “France insoumise” has called for “the people to break free against the social and antidemocratic coup d’etat”. Referring to the recent labour reforms revealed this week by the French government Mélanchon was speaking at a rally in Marseille on Sunday. Mélanchon called for a protest to take place against the labour reform on the 23rd September and national strike action on September the 12th he added “No blah blah, we must fight”.

Fete du Port - Local authorities have announced that the annual fete du port has been cancelled. The event which takes place in Nice in September has attracted thousands of people over the last ten years and has reportedly been cancelled due to safety reasons. 

Invitation - The deputy mayor of Avignon, Jacques Montaignac has given Barack Obama a souvenir badge from the famous Saint-Bénezet Bridge and invited him to visit the city. Montaignac invited Donald Trump’s predecessor after meeting him by chance in a restaurant in Tuscany, in Italy.


Popularity Poll for Emmanuel Macron - According to a poll realeased on Sunday French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity rating has slumped a further 14 points in August to hit 40 percent, following a sharp 10-point drop the previous month. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe also saw his popularity fall nine points over the same period, with 47 percent now satisfied with his performance. Macron has seen his popularity plunge 22 points since the first Ifop poll published three months ago, when he enjoyed a rating of 62 percent just after his May 7th election win.

French Army - Several hundred women married to French soldiers have demonstrated in Paris to denounce the "deplorable working conditions" in the army. The protest was organised by the group Angry Soldiers' Wives, which has nearly 5,200 members. Mercedes Crépin, who helped set it up, said some troops on anti-terror duty were being housed in damp hangars infested with cockroaches and lice.

Charles Aznavour - French icon Charles Aznavour has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One of the 20th century's most prolific entertainers, he continues to write and perform at 93. With a career spanning eight decades, Aznavour has recorded 1,400 songs - 1,300 of which he wrote himself - and produced over 390 albums in multiple languages.


The UK’s Labour party has said that it would keep the UK in the EU single market and customs union for a transitional period after leaving the EU.  The shadow Brexit secretary Sir set out Labour's new position in the Observer. The shift in policy would mean accepting the free movement of labour after leaving the EU in March 2019. Meanwhile, Brexit Secretary David Davis has urged the European Commission to have a flexible approach to talks.

And - General Electric chair Jeff Immelt has ruled himself out of the race to become the new boss of taxi service Uber. In a tweet, Mr Immelt said he had "decided not to pursue a leadership position at Uber". Uber has been searching for a new chief executive since June after previous boss Travis Kalanick resigned following pressure from shareholders.


Football - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has called on supporters to stick by his team after describing the 4-0 loss to Liverpool as "absolutely disastrous".  In other premier league matches at the weekend Manchester City beat Bournemouth 2-1, Swansea beat Crystal Palace 2-0, Huddersfield drew against Southampton, Newcastle beat West Ham 3-0 Watford drew against Brighton, Manchester United beat Leicester City 2-0, Chelsea beat Everton 2-0, West Bromich drew against Stoke City and Tottenham drew against Burnley 1-1.

Ligue 1 champions Monaco did not miss forward Kylian Mbappe, who was left on the bench as they thrashed Marseille 6 -1. French media reports claim that 18 year old Mbappe, 18, is set to join Monaco's title rivals Paris St-Germain for £166m.

Formula One - Lewis Hamilton went to the Belgian Grand Prix with a mission, he looked like a man on one all weekend, and he completed it with a much-needed victory from pole position on Sunday.

Cycling - Britain's Chris Froome has extended his lead in the Vuelta a Espana after winning stage nine.


Clear skies with highs of 28 degrees in Nice, Antibes and Cannes with a light south westerly wind going down to 22 degrees this evening in the Alpes Maritimes. In the Saint Tropez and the Var highs of 31 degrees going down to 20 degrees this evening.

The outlook for Tuesday highs of 29 degrees in Cannes and Nice. In the Var cloudy with highs of 32 degrees with a moderate south easterly wind and gust of up to 45 km/h. Wednesday cloud forecast across the region and highs of 31 degrees.


According to a new study intelligent people are more likely to swear and walk around naked at home.

Quizzing about 1,000 people on 400 typical behaviours, researchers at the University of Rochester in the US also found that extroverts are prone to telling dirty jokes, while those with agreeable personalities are more likely to sing in the shower.

The findings, published in the journal Personality And Individual Differences, revealed each personality had its own unique behaviours.

People with higher intellects were more likely to curse, eat spicy breakfasts and lounge around the house naked, while extroverts were more likely to drive cars faster that 75mph, gamble and go to the pub.

Agreeable people had behaviours that benefited others and conscientious people were focused on avoiding irresponsible behaviours.





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