French and Riviera News Monday 5th March 2018


Road accident - Three people have been admitted to hospital in Cannes following a road accident on the dual carriage way. The accident occurred on Sunday evening shortly after 7pm after a vehicle swerved on to the opposite side of the road and hit an oncoming vehicle. Police have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. 

Missing person – Meanwhile police and family of Gérard Bastiani have again appealed for help in finding the 64 year old who went missing last Tuesday in Nice. Bastiani who suffers from Alzheimers was last seen on Tuesday morning, he has blue eyes and short grey hair and at the time of his disappearance was wearing grey trousers, black shoes and a black jacket. Anyone with any information is invited to contact the police on

Fund raising - Motorcyclists have gathered at Place Garibaldi in Nice to raise funds for victims of domestic violence. Bikers brandishing pink balloons met on the square on Sunday afternoon before setting off a round trip through La Turbie, Eze, Cap d’Ail and Beaulieu. Funds raised will go to the Nice association "Accueil Femmes solidarité".

Paris Nice - French cyclist Arnaud Démare has won the first stage of the Paris Nice which took place on Sunday. Today the event will see cyclists battle the second stage of the race between Orsonville and Vierzon near Paris.

Mr. France - 19 year old Anthony Maugras, elected “Mister Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur” in December 2017 in Marseille is preparing to win the title of Mister France 2018, which will take place this spring in Paris. Antony from Nice will be judged on his physique, his eloquence and charisma. If elected the most handsome man in France, he will go on to sign with one of the biggest agencies in Paris.

Casting - The satellite television channel HGTV is casting for Mediterranean Life, a new show which is set on the Mediterranean coast. The show will tell the stories of English native speaking families, couples, and individuals who’ve started their new life on the coast and are renting or buying a property here.  Anyone interested in being on the show can send an email with their story to


Avalanches - Two skiers from France and Belgium have been killed in avalanches in the French Alps while three other people remain missing. Sunday’s deaths add to a toll of six following avalanches in the French mountains on Friday and Saturday. France’s interior minister, Gérard Collomb, has urged all those taking part in winter sports to act “with the utmost caution”.

Taxing of major internet companies - French Finance minister Bruno Le Maire has announced that the EU will soon unveil a plan for taxing major internet companies such as Amazon and Facebook by imposing a levy of between two and six percent on revenues in every country where they operate. The European Commission has said it will present plans by the end of March in an overhaul of its tax rules.

Notre Dame Cathedral - The Catholic Church in France has launched an urgent appeal for funds to try and save the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Parts of the 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece are reportedly starting to crumble due to pollution and there are fears that the structure could become unstable.

Frenchwoman fined on Paris metro - Social media has reacted with outrage after a pregnant Frenchwoman was fined €60 for walking the wrong way at a Paris metro station. The ticket was issued when she tried to shorten her journey by walking counter to a one-way system. Paris metro operator RATP said the system was needed to control flow and prevent "incidents".


China has said that it does not want a trade war with the United States but has warned that it will protect its interests if its economy is hurt.
A spokesperson for China’s National People’s Congress was speaking following US President Donald Trump’s announcement of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.
Mr Trump said over the weekend that “trade wars are good” and also threatened to slap tariffs on imports of European manufactured cars.
The IMF and WTO have strongly criticised Mr Trump’s remarks and China said that it would take “ necessary measures” if its interests are harmed.
A number of Republican lawmakers have also been critical of President Trump’s plans and have urged him to reconsider.

Meanwhile,China has said that it is aiming to expand its economy by around 6.5 percent this year-the same as in 2017.
The Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made the remarks at the opening of the country’s parliament on Monday.
Mr Li also said that China opposes protectionism and supports the settlement of trade disputes through negotiation but that it would “resolutely safeguard” its legitimate rights and interest.
Economists expect growth momentum in China to weaken this year as the government reins in corporate debt,leading to higher borrowing costs while a war on pollution and a cooling property market will slow heavy industries and real estate investment.

And-Comcast,which last week made a 22 billion pound offer for Sky has been labelled as “America’s worst company” in a consumer satisfaction survey.
The pay TV giant announced a 300 million dollar plan to improve customer service three years ago but it doesn’t seem to have made much impact.
The firm has also been fined more than 2 million dollars in recent years by US regulators and was found to have buried a rival news channel on its TV guide.
Legal experts in the UK say that the company’s track record with consumers mean that its plan to takeover Sky should be closely scrutinised by regulators.


6 Nations report in association with

The penultimate round of games in this year’s 6 Nations Championship take place this weekend with Ireland looking to move one step closer to the Grand Slam.
Ireland host Scotland in Dublin on Saturday knowing that a victory will put only England in their path to the Championship.
Scotland have their own designs on the Championship though having outplayed England in the Calcutta Cup but they’ll need a radical improvement in their away form to keep their hopes alive.

Saturday’s second game is between France and England in Paris.French hopes have already been dashed this year but they’ll be keen to put one over on England while Eddie Jones knows that his side need to win and then beat Ireland in the final match at Twickenham if they’re to secure their 3rd consecutive 6 Nations Championship.

Sunday sees Wales host Italy in Cardiff in what should be little more than a formality for Warren Gatland’s team.
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A report by British MP’s has found that Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky crossed an “ethical line” by using drugs allowed under anti-doping laws to enhance performance instead of just for medical need.
The Digital Culture Media and Sport Committee said that it was not “in a position” to state what was in the jiffy bag delivered to Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine race  but it added that there was no “reliable evidence” to back up Team Sky’s claim that the medical package contained a legal decongestant.
The report also said that Team Sky used the anti-inflammatory drug Triam-cinolone to treat the cyclist for the Tour de France in 2012.
Wiggins has decribed the report as “sad” and has again denied any wrongdoing.

Atheltics-Tributes have been paid to the first man to break the four minute mile who’s died at the age of 88.
Sir Roger Bannister achieved the landmark time in 1954  and has been described as one of the most influential figures in the history of British sport.

The USA ended top of the medals table at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham on Sunday with 6 gold medals in  a total haul of 18.Ethiopia ended second  with 4 gold medals and Poland ended in third place with 2 gold medals.Great Britain and France also won two gold medals but finished in 4th and 5th place respectively having won less medals overall than Poland.

Football-There were 2 games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Brighton beat Arsenal 2-1 and Manchester City took one more step towards the title with a 1-0 win over a disappointingly negative Chelsea side.

There’s 1 game tonight.Crystal Palace play Manchester United at Selhurst Park.

Cricket-Australia are on the verge of victory heading into the final day of the first Test against South Africa in Durban.
On day 4 the tourists reduced the home side to 293-9 in their second innings still trailing by 124 runs and with only one wicket left.

Rugby Union-There were 4 games in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.Exeter won the top of the table clash 24-12 against Saracens.Leicester were 34-5 winners over Worcester.Harlequins beat Bath 20-5 and Wasps beat London Irish 24-16.


Cloudy with rain for most of the day and moderate easterly winds.

Top temperature 12 degrees.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 6 degrees inland with more rain across the region.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Partially cloudy with the chance of some showers in the afternoon.Highs of 14 degrees.


A new study has found that using your cell phone at the table makes you unhappy and feel less engaged. Researchers from the University of British Columbia in Canada surveyed 300 people on their happiness levels.

The study revealed that using your cell phone at the table can make you unhappy and distract you from who you are with.  Constantly checking a cell phone during a meal can prevent someone from focusing on their primary activity. 

Experts warn this reliance on staying connected through a cell phone can actually hinder someone's happiness and prevent them from enjoying their meal with family or friends.








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