French and Riviera News Monday 2nd October 2017


Knife attack in Marseille - Two young women have been stabbed to death at Marseille's main train station in a suspected terrorist attack. Soldiers on guard at the station shot dead the attacker, who police described as of North African appearance and aged about 30.  So-called Islamic State said the attacker was one of its "soldiers". One victim had her throat slit and the other was stabbed in the stomach. They were aged 17 and 20. President Emmanuel Macron said he was disgusted by the "barbarous act" and paid tribute to the soldiers and the police officers who responded. Meanwhile players at the Allianz stadium in Nice have held a minutes silence in response to the attack. The Olympic de Marseille went on to win the match on Sunday evening against OGC Nice 4-2.

Altercation between teenagers in Nice - Police in Nice have called for any witnesses to come forward following at altercation between a group of teenagers in front of the Mamac museum in Nice on Saturday evening shortly after 7pm. The incident has left one of the victims in a serious condition after he was severely beaten.

Strike action - Teachers at the Joseph-Pagnol College in Saint Laurent du Var have announced strike action in protest against the poor working conditions for staff and pupils. The strike is planned for Tuesday October the 3rd and comes as teachers demand immediate changes to overcrowded classrooms and staff shortages. 

Court Case - A father from La Colle-sur-loup has appeared before the court in Grasse after police discovered about twenty cannabis plants at his home. During the hearing on Wednesday the father reportedly explained that the plants were for his children aged 22 and 29 in an attempt to “avoid them from buying any form of the drug from complete  strangers”. The argument apparently did not convince the criminal court, which sentenced him to 18 months suspended sentence and a 1,000 euros fine.

 E-cigarette ban - A ban has been introduced against the use of e-cigarettes in some public places. As of Sunday it was announced that those places must display a sign stipulating the ban which carries a fine of 35 euros. 


Air France flight - An Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles has been forced to make a sudden diversion when it lost part of an engine over the Atlantic.  One of the four engines on the Airbus A380 flight AF66 failed west of Greenland on Saturday. No-one was injured in the incident, but passengers remained on board hours after the landing at 15:42 GMT. The plane was carrying 496 passengers and 24 crew at the time.

Football fans injured – Five fans have been seriously injured when a barrier collapsed at the front of a stand during a match in France at the week-end. At least 29 people were hurt in the incident, which occurred in the 16th minute of Amiens' Ligue 1 match against Lille at the Stade de la Licorne. The match was abandoned and the stadium evacuated.

New French law- A new law has come into effect in France where all commercial publications featuring photoshopped images of models will have to be labelled. As of 1st October all commercial images featuring digitally retouched models must now bear the inscription "photographie retouchée", or "retouched photograph". Images published both on the web and in print are concerned. Failing to comply with the law could result in a fine of 37,000 euros.

Renoir painting stolen - A small oil painting by French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir has been stolen from a sale room near Paris, the day before it was due to go up for auction. The piece was on display ahead of the auction in Saint-Germain-en-Laye when it was removed on Saturday. It had an estimated sale price of between €25,000 and €30,000.


The Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that Monarch Airlines has ceased trading meaning all future bookings are cancelled. Monarch was in last-ditch talks with the aviation regulator over the week-end about renewing its licence to sell package holidays. Monarch is the UK's fifth biggest airline.

The British Chambers of Commerce has warned that public disagreements between cabinet ministers are undermining business confidence. The group added that business leaders are "growing impatient with division" at the heart of the government, particularly around the Brexit process and has called for ministers attending the Conservative party conference to show "competence and coherence". Theresa May has said the cabinet is united on the UK's Brexit position. The prime minister said on Sunday that the cabinet, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, had agreed to the Brexit plans set out in her speech in Italy last month.

And - One of the UK's largest supermarket chicken suppliers has suspended operations after an investigation allegedly exposed food safety breaches. The 2 Sisters Food Group said staff at its site in the West Midlands will need to be "appropriately retrained" before it starts resupplying customers. It comes after allegations that workers had changed slaughter dates to extend the shelf life of meat.


Formula One - Red Bull's Max Verstappen took a dominant victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead with second place. 

Horse Racing - Frankie Dettori has won a record fifth Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Enable in Chantilly.

Football – In the English Premier league Tottenham beat Huddersfield 4-0, Bournemouth drew 0-0 against Leicester, Manchester United beat Crystal palace 4-0. Crystal Palace are the first team to have never scored a single goal in their first seven matches. In other results Stoke beat Southampton 2-1, West brom and Watford drew 2-2, West ham beat Swansea 1 -0, Man City beat Chelsea 1-0. Newcastle held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at St James’s Park, Burnley earn a surprise win at Everton and Arsenal eased past Brighton 2-0. Manchester City are top of the table with 19 points followed by Manchester United, Tottenham with 14 points, Chelsea 13 points and Liverpool are in 7th place with 12 points.

Rugby union - New Zealand capped their fifth Rugby Championship victory in six years with a 36-10 win over Argentina. New Zealand dominated the first half in Buenos Aires before Captain Kieran Read and Matt Todd were later sin-binned.


Mainly cloudy across the region with some sunny spells. Highs of 22 degrees in Nice, 23 in Antibes and 24 in Saint Tropez with a light south westerly wind going down to 15 degrees this evening with partially cloudy skies.

The outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday is similar to today with temperatures remaining the same and cloud clearing by Tuesday afternoon with sunnier spells forecast.


Rocket and car entrepreneur Elon Musk says people will soon be able to fly from city to city within minutes. Mr Musk made the promise at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia.

A promotional video says the London-New York journey would take 29 minutes.

Mr Musk told the audience he aimed to start sending people to Mars in 2024. His SpaceX company would begin building the necessary ships to support the mission next year.

He says he is refocusing SpaceX to work on just one type of vehicle - known as the BFR - which could do all of the firm's current work and interplanetary travel.







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