French and Riviera News Monday 2nd July 2018


New Speed limit - The speed limit on two-way roads without a central reservation or barrier has been lowered by 10km/hr from 90km/hr to 80km/hr. The new measure which means that France now has some of the tightest speed limits on this kind of road in Europe came into effect on Sunday. Despite a publicity campaign to explain the measure, an opinion poll showed 74 percent of French people opposed to it.

Meanwhile other new measures are to come into effect in France as of 1st July with some cigarette brands increasing the price of a packet by between 20 and 30 centimes, gas prices are set to increase by 7.45%, unemployment benefits will go up by 0.7% and there will be new rules for tourist packages with sales operators obliged to provide more information to customers.

Fatal road accident in the Var - An 18 year old girl has died in a head on collision on the Route de Muy in the Var. The accident occurred shortly after lunchtime on Sunday as one of the two vehicles was overtaking. The road was temporarily closed in both directions as other passengers were taken to hospital by the emergency services.

Fisherman electrocuted in the Var - A fisherman has been electrocuted while fishing on Le Lac de Gaudrade at Puget-sur-Argens in the Var. The fatal accident occurred on Sunday when the thirty year old caught his hook on a power cable while fishing on the bank of the lake.

Eco-valley - Plans for the eco-valley in the west of Nice have been accepted. The project initiated by the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi had faced protests from an ecologist association who were against the idea.  The Eco-Valley includes four major projects, including an international business center and an urban technology park.


Notorious French gangster escaped from prison – A notorious French gangster has escaped from a jail near Paris by helicopter. Police are searching for Redoine Faïd warning that he and his accomplices are extremely dangerous. Three heavily armed men helped the 46-year-old repeat offender break out of the prison in a helicopter they had hijacked from Le Bourget airport. The escape came after an appeal court sentenced Faïd to 25 years for masterminding a botched armed robbery, which ended in the death of police officer Aurélie Fouquet, in May 2010. He had already escaped from jail in 2013, blasting his way out of a prison in northern France using dynamite, he was captured six weeks later.

Weather Alert - Meteo France has placed 21 departments in the Southwest of the country on an orange weather alert with violent storms forecast. Meanwhile the Rhone remains on alert as high temperatures are forecast with the “heat wave” set to continue.

Champs-Elysées celebrates the Fete du Cinema - An unprecedented outdoor screening has taken place on the Champs-Elysées to mark the Fete du Cinema. In the presence of the former Culture Minister Jack Lang, actor Jean Reno 1,700 privileged members of the public were invited to attend the screening of the French film “Les Visiteurs” on Sunday evening.


Countermeasures by Canada against President Trump’s steel and aluminium tariffs have come into effect.

Canada has now imposed a 25 percent tariff on assorted US metal products and a levy of 10 percent has been imposed on a total of 250 US goods including beer,whiskey and orange juice.

The new duties are expected to total 16.6 billion Canadian dollars which is the total value of the country’s metal exports to the US last year.

The Canadian government has described the US tariffs as “illegal” and on Friday made 2 billion Canadian dollars available to defend its steel and aluminium industry including funds to support affected businesses.

Reuters says that it has exclusive information that Tesla nearly produced 5,000 Model 3 Sedans in the final week of its second quarter with the final car rolling off the assembly line at the firm’s California plant on Sunday morning.

Reuters reports that the target was reached a few hours after the midnight goal set by chief executive Elon Musk.It’s not known if Tesla can maintain the level of production for a longer period of time.

In January Tesla vowed to produce 5,000 model 3’s a week before the end of the second quarter to demonstrate that it can mass-produce the battery powered Sedan.


And-The England football manager Gareth Southgate has played down suggestions that he may have inspired a fashion trend.

Retailer Marks & Spencer which supplies the England team’s official World Cup suit has reported that sales of all its waistcoats have risen by 35 percent since the start of the tournament.

An M & S spokesman suggested that the sales increase may be due to Southgate “looking smart on the sidelines” but the manager replied by saying that he was “no David Beckham”.


Football-Both of Sunday’s World Cup round of 16 knockout games ended in penalty shootouts.
Russia moved into the quarter finals with a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Spain after the score was tied at 1`-1 after extra time while Croatia beat Denmark 3-2 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 after extra time.
Russia will now play Croatia in the quarter finals.

Today’s games are between Brazil and Mexico at 4pm and Belgium and Japan at 8pm

Formula 1-Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday in an action packed race that saw both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas retire with mechanical problems.
Bottas started the race on pole but was forced to retire after losing the race and then suffering hydraulic pressure loss on lap 14 while a strategy blunder by Mercedes saw Hamilton lose the race lead after his pit stop.He then stopped on lap 64 with a drop in fuel pressure.
The two Ferrari’s of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel finished second and third with Vettel regaining the lead in the drivers’ championship by 1 point from Hamilton heading into the British Grand Prix at Silverstone next weekend.

Tennis-Wimbledon starts today and Andy Murray will not be playing after announcing that he was pulling out as he bids to regain full fitness following a hip injury.
Murray said that it was “too soon” to start playing 5 set matches but that he wanted to get back to the “top of the game” and would probably return for the hard court season later in the year.
Roger Federer begins the defence of his title on Centre Court at 2pm with a first round match against Dusan Lajovic.

Cycling-Le Monde newspaper has reported that the organisers of the Tour de France have formally blocked Chris Froome from competing in this year’s event as he faces an investigation for alleged doping.
Froome is expected to contest the ban and a final decision by the French National Olympic and Sports Committee is due to be made tomorrow.
The Tour de France starts next Saturday.
Technically,Froome can still ride the tour while he waits for the outcome of his doping case.

Golf-Alex Noren of Sweden has won the French Open at Le Golf National by one shot from Julian Sori,Russell Knox and Chris Wood.
Noren fired a final round four-under-par 67 including birdies on two of the final three holes.
The win should boost his chances of making Europe’s Ryder Cup team.


Fine in coastal areas –possible showers inland later and moderate easterly winds.

Top temperatures 26-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 21 degrees on the coast and 18 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Partially cloudy with the chance of some isolated showers.Highs of 25-29 degrees.



A crisp crisis is looming after potato crops were wrecked by extreme weather this year.

Stocks of Britain's favourite snack could be wiped out after the Beast from the East and an early summer heatwave ruined spud production, a leading crisp maker warned.

It comes as a C02 shortage threatens production of dozens of food staples like crumpets, fizzy drinks — and beer.

Sub zero temperatures in February this year created dire conditions for British potatoes.

But the current heatwave is creating an even bigger headache for farmers to protect their crop.









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