French and Riviera News Monday 7th August 2017


Heatwave - Meteo France has lifted the heat wave warning in the region with lower temperatures forecast today. Record temperatures for the month of August were recorded last week with 42 degrees in Corsica and 40 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes region. Meanwhile a water ban remains in place in the Alpes Maritimes due to the dry weather conditions as Meteo France is reportedly not expecting any rainfall for another ten days.

Fatal fall - A forty year old man has died after falling from an apartment block in the Moulins area of Nice. The fatal accident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police have launched an investigation.

Palm Trees - According to reports Nice city council has launched a fight against the red weevil, a destructive insect of palm trees using drones. The new technique does not use pesticides and is part of a new measure to combat the problem which has affected palm trees in the region for more than 10 years. The drone has several advantages, it is notably faster and is able to reach difficult zones. Up to 100,000 trees have been affected on the Côte d’Azur


Eiffel Tower - A man has been arrested while trying to enter the Eiffel Tower with a knife on Saturday night as the Paris landmark hailed the arrival of football star Neymar at Paris St-Germain with a light show in the team's colours. The man has told investigators that he wanted to attack a soldier and was in touch with a member of the Islamic State armed group who encouraged him to act. The man, who was apparently alone, was "very quickly overpowered and arrested" when he tried to force his way through barriers at the entrance to the Eiffel Tower. Nobody was hurt.

Migrants – French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb has announced that France is to clamp down on economic migrants while speeding up the processing of asylum applications. The government's immigration policy has come under the spotlight recently as migrants have been cleared from the streets of Paris and others have returned to Calais, nine months after the closure of the “Jungle camp”. Collomb told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper  "We welcome everyone who is fleeing war and persecution but we distinguish refugees from those who are migrating for other reasons, notably economic".

Online Petition - An online petition against making Brigitte Macron first lady of France has collected over 150,000 signatures. President Emmanuel Macron wants to officially establish the post although France has never officially had a first lady. French artist and actor Thierry Paul Valette, who describes himself as "politically committed" has launched the petition on and reportedly argues that "there is no reason for the head of state's spouse to obtain a budget from public finances". The online petition has so far attracted 159,109 signatures.


Belgium has admitted it knew in June that eggs from Dutch farms might be contaminated with an insecticide - a month before the issue became public. According to spokeswoman for Belgium's food safety agency the information was not shared because of a fraud investigation. Supermarkets in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands have removed potentially contaminated eggs.

A Google employee's opinion criticising the firm's diversity initiatives is causing a furore at the firm. In an internal memo, a male software engineer argued the lack of women in top tech jobs was due to biological differences between men and women. "We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism," he wrote in the piece which was widely criticised. The unnamed author says women generally "prefer jobs in social or artistic areas" while "more men may like coding".

And - It has been reported that Britons could obtain more control over what happens to personal information under proposals outlined by the government. UK citizens will be able to ask for personal data, or information posted when they were children, to be deleted. The proposals are part of an overhaul of UK data protection laws drafted by the Digital Minister, Matt Hancock.


Athletics -  American Tori Bowie has claimed the women’s 100m title by one-hundreth of a second at the World Championships.

Football – Arsenal beat 10-man Chelsea on penalties to win the Community Shield and in other football news the Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder is on the brink of joining Ligue 1 side Nice on a free transfer. The 33-year-old, who won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010, is a free agent. Nice announced on Twitter  that Sneijder had arrived in France for a medical before completing the deal. In recent years Nice have signed a series of high-profile names, including Italy striker Mario Balotelli.

Cricket - Moeen Ali's cemented England's stronghold over South Africa on day three of the final Test at Old Trafford.  The home side, leading by 136 on first innings, wobbled to 153-7 before Moeen's 59-ball knock took them 224-8 when rain forced an early close. Under-fire opener Keaton Jennings managed only 18. South Africa were earlier bowled out for 226 and will begin day four 360 runs behind.


Clear skies with highs of 28 degrees In the Alpes Maritimes and 30 degrees in the Var with a light south easterly wind. This evening going down to 23 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 24 degrees in the Var. The outlook for Tuesday partially cloudy with highs of 28 degrees across the Riviera and a light south westerly wind. Wednesday cooler with highs of 26 degrees in Saint Tropez and Nice and a light westerly wind. 


Police in a French coastal town have had to intervene after customers were angry that not enough sugar was being put on their crepes. The two female customers had eaten their meal and paid the bill, but returned and threatened staff at the creperie in the northern village of Trégastel in Brittany.  Ouest-France newspaper said no formal charges had been laid against the women after the disturbance on Sunday.






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