French and Riviera News Monday 28th May 2018


Accident in Saorge kills 50 year old - A 50 year old man has been killed in an accident in the village of Saorge in the Roya Valley. The man who was accompanied by his wife and son at the time, was driving a tractor when it overturned and dropped 15 meters from the hillside. The victim’s wife was taken to hospital while their 20 year old son managed to escape unhurt alerting the emergency services. Villagers paid their respects to the family who was well known amongst the small community. 

Jeweler appears in court in Nice today accused of murder - Stephan Turk a 72 year old jeweler from Nice is to appear in court today accused of killing 19 year old Antony Asli from Carros during a robbery at his store in 2013. On the morning of September 11 at around 8:45 am, Stephan Turk was confronted by two men wearing helmets and armed. Turk was assaulted by the men who seized 100,000 euros worth of jewelry from the store. As the pair made their getaway on a scooter Turk shot at them, firing three times and hitting Asli who later died as a result of his injuries.

Train strike - Strike action by the SNCF begins again this morning for two days with cancellations and delays expected on the regional network. Two TGVs out of three will be running and one out of  two regional trains operating.

French Grand Prix – This weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix marked the occasion for the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi to meet the teams and drivers ahead of France’s Grand Prix which will be held on June 24th. After ten years of absence Estorsi spoke of his enthusiasm to be organising such an event with a new redesigned circuit at Paul Ricard.


Violent storms in Western France - Violent hailstorms have hit western France destroying vineyards and killing a girl who was out walking with her parents. The sudden and powerful storms that struck the Bordeaux and Charentais winemaking regions at the weekend and were described as the worst in 30 years. The French government said it would be looking at what compensation might be available to vineyards once the extent of the damage was known.

Football - Former European soccer head Michel Platini has said he has been cleared by Swiss authorities of any criminal wrongdoing over payments he received from FIFA that resulted in a ban for ethics violations and that he now plans to return to the game. The Frenchman was banned from all soccer-related activities over a two million Swiss francs ($2.02 million) payment which FIFA made to him in 2011.

Malian migrant saves child - A Malian migrant has been hailed a hero after he scaled the front of a building in Paris to save a child hanging from a fourth-floor balcony. The video of Mamoudou Gassama's spectacular rescue went viral on social media and President Emmanuel Macron has invited Mr Gassama to the Elysee Palace today to thank him personally. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also praised the 22-year-old's heroism referring to him as the "Spiderman of the 18th".


The Russian energy minister has said that returning oil production levels to those seen in October 2016 could be one option towards easing curbs.
Reuters reports that Saudi Arabia and Russia have been discussing raising Opec and non-Opec production to ease 17 months of strict supply curbs amid concerns that the current price rally has gone too far.
Minister Alexander Novak says that a decision on production will be made in June.
Crude prices have risen as high as 80 dollars a barrel recently-a level not seen since late 2014.

The chief executive of Audi has said that the diesel emissions  scandal is not over and has vowed to stay on.
Rupert Stadler said that Audi had not ruled out further vehicle recalls  after discovering emissions problems with 60,000 cars earlier this month.
Mr Stadler said that Audi is still running into issues that are being immediately reported to regulators.
He told German media over the weekend that he was not planning to give up despite reports that he was about to be ousted to quell worker unrest at the Volkswagen Group.

And-Qualcomm is set to meet with Chinese anti-trust regulators this week in a bid to secure clearance for its proposed 44 billion dollar acquisition of NXP Semiconductors.
The acquisition has been bogged down in the midst of US –China trade relations and sources say that the success of the talks will depend on the progress of wider bilateral discussions.
Talks are expected to take place before the US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross arrives in Beijing next Saturday.


Formula 1-Daniel Ricciardo moved up to third place in the drivers’ championship after winning the Monaco Grand Prix for the first time on Sunday.
The Red Bull star held off the challenge of Sebastian Vettel despite suffering engine problems as early as lap 28 of the race.
He was naturally very happy but said that it had been far from easy.

Sebastian Vettel finished second and said that he’d tried to get past Ricciardo but that it been impossible.

Lewis Hamilton finished third and said that he was reasonably happy with his afternoon’s work.

Indy 500-Will Power  won the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.,The Australian  took the lead with 4 laps remaining after seemingly falling behind following a furious restart with 8 laps left.
It was Power’s 34th IndyCar victory but his first in the big race at the Brickyard. 

Cycling-Chris Froome has won a historic Giro d’Italia title after cruising to victory on the ride in to Rome on Sunday.
Froome is the first British rider to win the Giro and he now holds all three Grand Tour titles after winning the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana last year.

Golf-Francesco Molinari has won the BMW PGA at Wentorth.
Molinari finished on 17 under par,two shots clear of Rory McIlroy.

Tennis-The French Open is underway at Roland Garros with Rafael Nadal in action in the men’s event and Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep leading the women’s field.
In the men’s competition there were first round wins for Alexander Zverev,Lucas Pouille and Kei Nishikori on Sunday but Jo Konta of Great Britain was beaten in the first round in the women’s event.


Sunshine and Showers with moderate easterly winds.

Top temperature 23 degrees.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees on the coast  and 18 degrees inland with more scattered showers.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Sunshine and showers with highs of 22-24 degrees.



Brits have revealed their most hated items of clothing – and it’s bad news for budgie smugglers and leather trousers

According to a new poll. A mere 13 per cent admitted they liked Speedo swimming trunks, proving that some things are definitely best left to the imagination.

A close second were leather trousers, which is bad news for Prime Minister Theresa May, who is famously a fan of the trend. Leather pants are also a favourite of rocker Rod Stewart, but unfortunately for him 63 per cent reckon they're a fashion fail.

Crocs came in at third, in fourth were flares and clothes with elbow patches, were another bug bear of Brits, with 54 per cent voting it their most hated item. This was followed by red trousers

In joint ninth were deep V-neck T-shirts and sweater vests. When it came to biggest fashion mistakes that can be made, a staggering 82 per cent voted wearing PJs outdoors as the biggest no-no.

Meanwhile the classic socks and sandals combo is back – and no one is happy about it.





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