French and Riviera News Monday 30th April 2018


Body of policewoman found in the River Seine - Police in Paris have discovered the body of the policewoman from Nice who disappeared during a training exercise on the river Seine in January. The 27 year old woman from the Saint Roch district of Nice had joined the Paris Police unit in September 2016 and was reported missing during a routine exercise on the 5th January. According to reports and following an investigation the victim is thought to have got into difficulty following bad weather conditions at the time.

Medical centre in Cannes under investigation - An investigation has been opened into the death of a 75 year old woman who died after undergoing dental treatment in a medical centre in Cannes. The Regional Health Agency for the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region wants to determine the exact circumstances leading to the victim’s death after reports of inadequate care following the dental procedure.

Up Up and Away - A world first took place on Sunday here in the Principality after an environmentally friendly balloon took to the skies. The Monaco Aeronauts balloon took off at 7.30am in the presence of Prince Albert as part of the “Next Generation Project” which aims to pioneer a reduction in the propane consumption of hot air balloon burners. The flight lasted 3 hours landing in the Piedmont in Italy.

Art museum - An art museum near Perpignan in southern France has discovered that more than 80 works in its collection are fakes. The museum dedicated to Catalan painter Etienne Terrus has opened an investigation after renovation work of the small museum led to art historian Eric Forcada noting that buildings in the paintings were built after Terrus’s death. The police investigation is also looking into trafficked paintings by other artists throughout the region. The museum, which is run by City Hall, purchased the works in question over a 20-year period between 1990 and 2010. They are thought to have spent around 160,000 euros on the works. Terrus, who was a close friend to artist Henri Matisse died in 1922.


45 year old man in police custody - A 45 year old man has been placed in police custody following the alleged murder of 13 year old Angélique Six in Quesnoy-sur-Deûlé Northern France. Angélique’s body was discovered in the early hours of Sunday morning, she had been missing since Wednesday after disappearing at a local park near her home.  The father of two had reportedly previously committed a series of crimes including “armed raped” and was released in July 2000 after serving a 9 year prison sentence.

Bolloré fights back at accusations - French billionaire Vincent Bolloré has fought allegations that his family-run group corrupted foreign public officials to win port concessions in West Africa. In an interview with French media on Sunday Bolloré said the accusations were not credible and stemmed from “malicious” and “false” information spread on local leaders on the continent. The article came four days after a French judge placed Bolloré, under formal investigation.

Support for strike action - According to a recent poll support for the French railway workers’ strike continues to decline with the latest figures showing only 41% of French people considering the movement to be “justified” representing the lowest level of support since the launch of the strike polls in mid-March. Furthermore, 74 percent think that the government will carry out its reform to the end.


The US telecoms giant T-Mobile has agreed to buy rival Sprint in a deal worth 26 billion dollars.
The merger of America’s third and fourth largest mobile carriers will create a new firm with around 130 million customers.
The deal is expected to attract the attention of regulators over its potential impact on prices.
T-Mobile says that it intends to spend some 40 billion  dollars over the next three years to create a new 5G network.
The new firm will be led by current T-Mobile boss John Legere and will have a market value of around 146 billion dollars.

A further announcement on a 10 billion pound merger between the UK supermarket chains Sainsbury’s and Asda is expected this morning.
If a merger goes ahead,the two brands are expected to be maintained.The combined group would comprise some 2,800 stores and would have a 31.4 percent share of the UK grocery market-slightly more than current leader Tesco.
Sainsbury’s and Asda-which is the UK arm of the US retail giant Walmart are currently the UK’s second and third largest supermarkets.
Some retail analysts think that the merger is a bad move as the two represent different areas of the market with Sainsbury’s currently attracting mostly middle class customers while Asda mainly appeals to budget shoppers.

And-The British government has announced plans to crack down on a business scheme which it says has been used to launder dirty foreign money.
The Department for Business,Energy and Industrial Strategy says that Scottish Limited Partnerships(SLP) has been used to move 80 billion dollars from Russia in the past four years.
It says that just 5 individuals are behind thousands of SLP’s registered between January 2016 and mid 2017.Research shows that SLP’s have been exploited in complex money laundering schemes including one that was used to move 80 billion dollars out of Russia.
The scheme has also been linked to international criminal networks in Eastern Europe.


Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton was the beneficiary of a chaotic end to Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix as he took the chequered flag in Baku and leapfrogged Sebastian Vettel at the top of the drivers’ championship.
Hamilton looked like he would have to settle for 4th place before the two Red Bull’s of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo crashed and took themselves out resulting in a late safety car.
Valterri Bottas was the quickest to react,coming in for tyres and he was on course for the win before he suffered a dramatic puncture after running over some debris on the track which ended his race.
Sebastien Vettel blew second place after overcooking after  a bid to overtake Bottas which let Hamilton in and he eventually benefited when Bottas suffered his puncture.
Kimi Raikkonen ended second with Sergio Perez in the Force India third.
Hamilton leads the drivers’ championship with 70 points from Vettel on 66 and Raikkonen on 48.N
Next stop Spain on May the 13th.

Football-There were 2 games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Manchester United beat Arsenal 2-1 while West Ham are still in some relegation trouble after losing 4-1 at home to the champions Manchester City.

There’s 1 game tonight.Spurs play Watford.

Celtic have secured their 7th successive Scottish Premiership title following a 5-0 thrashing of rivals Rangers on Sunday.
Celtic are now on the brink of the historic achievement of winning back-to-back domestic trebles with only Motherwell standing in their way in the final of the Scottish Cup.

Rugby Union-There were two games in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.Wasps beat Northampton 36-29 while Saracens were 51-14 winners at relegated London Irish.

Tennis-Rafael Nadal has added an 11th Barelona Open title to an 11th triumph at the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters with victory in Sunday’s final against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
It was Nadal’s 400th win on clay as he beat the Greek teenager 6-2 6-1.He’s now notched up 19 successive wins  and 46 consecutive sets on clay.


Mainly fine in coastal areas,some showers possible inland with light to moderate south westerly winds.

Top temperature 19 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 9 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clouding over with some rain tomorrow afternoon.Rain and thunderstorms on Wednesday.Highs of 16-19 degrees.


A US court has ruled that a monkey that took a selfie using a wildlife photographer's camera cannot sue for copyright.

Naruto, a seven-year-old crested macaque, snapped a photo with a toothy smile in 2011 using a camera belonging to David Slater.

The British photographer wanted to have financial control of the photo - but an animal rights group filed a lawsuit in 2015 that sought to give Naruto copyright over the selfie instead.

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against Naruto and PETA after concluding that American copyright law does not "expressly authorise animals to file copyright infringement suits".







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