French and Riviera News Monday 7th May 2018


Royal visit - Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall will start their visit to France in Nice today. The visit, undertaken at the request of the British government, is to focus "on the strong bilateral ties between the United Kingdom and France”. While in Nice they will pay tribute to the victims of the July 2016 attack and will also attend a reception to celebrate the historic links between Nice and the United Kingdom.

SNCF Strike - Strike action by France’s rail network the SNCF starts again this evening for 48 hours with delays and cancellations expected. Unions are to meet with the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe later today ahead of the strike.It’s the first time the government has agreed to meet with unions despite remaining firm on the fact that it will not back down on the planned reforms.

Road Safety - As part of new road safety measures for the Alpes Maritimes it’s been announced that seven new radars are to be installed on the Moyenne Corniche between Nice and Menton and will be in operation by September. New radars are  planned to be introduced across France within the next few years.

Politics - Franck Louvrier, former communications advisor to Nicolas Sarkozy and chairman of Publicis Events, announced on Sunday that he will "join the political world" alongside mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi as Director of Communication and Institutional Relations of Nice Metropole French Riviera. "After six years at Publicis” Louvrier said he intends to bring his "experience in political communication". Based in Paris, where the metropolis of Nice has an office, Franck Louvrier retains his mandates as a city councilor in La Baule (Loire-Atlantique) and regional advisor Pays de la Loire region where he is vice-president in charge of tourism and president of the regional tourism committee.

COCC - 150 cyclists took part in the “Champagne and Oysters Cycling Club” charity ride from Saint Tropez to Monaco on Sunday. Among them Prince Albert of Monaco and Formula One drivers Eddie Jordan and Mika Hakkinen completed the 140 kilometres arriving at Stars and Bars in Monaco to celebrate. All proceeds from the ride will go to support actions of the Princess Charlene Foundation.

Cannes Film Festival - The Cannes Film Festival will roll out its red carpet tomorrow as actors and actresses arrived at Nice International airport on Sunday. The movie “Everybody Knows” by the Iranian director Ashgar Fahradi will open proceedings. The festival runs from the 8th to the 19th May.


Air France - Air France expects to cancel 15 percent of its flights today as staff enter the 14th day of rolling strikes over pay. Participation has fallen steadily as the dispute drags on, from a peak of 36 percent in February. France’s economy minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday that Air France employees must resume dialogue with bosses and restart efforts to improve the company’s competitiveness, otherwise the airline “will disappear”. Air France’s CEO resigned on Friday after the wage agreement he proposed was rejected in a vote by the company’s employees. However, the board of directors asked him to stay on until May 15, when a new “transitional” leadership will be put in place.

Donald Trump - Former French President Francois Hollande has called US President Donald Trump’s remarks about the Paris terror attacks “unacceptable” and “shameful”. Hollande who was President at the time of the attacks added that they "said a lot about what he thinks of France and its values", Manuel Valls, who was France's prime minister in 2015, tweeted: "Indecent and incompetent. What more can I say?" While the French foreign ministry called for the victims' memory to be respected. French President Emmanuel Macron has not reacted to the controversial remarks.

Paris gallery - A Paris gallery has opened its doors for the first time to nudists with 161 visitors appreciating art in the nude. The Palais de Tokyo held the one-off event on Saturday. After leaving their clothes in the cloakroom, visitors were able to view exhibitions before the gallery opened its doors to clothed art lovers. The Paris Naturist Association hailed the idea as a great opportunity.


Crude oil prices have risen to their highest levels since November 2014 this morning as a deepening economic crisis in Venezuela threatened already under pressure supplies.
The concerns over Venezuela added to worries over whether a looming decision by the United States over the Iran nuclear deal will affect supplies.
Brent Crude rose by 35 cents to 75 dollars 22 with US West Texas Intermediate up 46 cents to 70 dollars 18.
Venezuela’s oil output has halved since the early 2000’s to just 1.5 million barrels per day as the country has failed to invest enough to maintain its petroleum industry.
The big story this week though is whether the US will pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran and re-impose sanctions on Tehran which could badly affect supplies.

The UK Business Secretary Greg Clark has said that a new customs partnership with the European Union is still “on the cards”.
Speaking on Sunday ,Mr Clark warned about the effects of border checks on manufacturing jobs  and said that whatever replaces the existing customs union is of huge importance.
His comments have angered leading Brexit supporters in the cabinet and the wider Conservative Party who say that any new customs partnership with the EU will effectively mean that the UK remains inside the trading bloc.
Mr Clark has the support of the former Home Secretary Amber Rudd and many Remain supporting Conservative MP’s who say that the pro-Brexit ideologues do not represent the Party at large.

And-Ice cream makers are starting to feel the pinch with the price of vanilla soaring to 600 dollars a kilo over the past two years.
The sweet spice is now more expensive than silver and costs are being transferred onto consumers as manufacturers of vanilla based products increase prices.
Around a third of some 40 ice cream products contain vanilla.75 percent of the world supply is produced in Madagascar  which was hit by a cyclone last year which damaged plantations.The price has remained high because of strong demand.


Football-The former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson remains in a serious condition in hospital this morning after suffering a brain haemorrhage.
Sir Alex,who retired in 2013 after winning 38 trophies during a 26 year reign at Old Trafford,was rushed to hospital in Salford on Saturday morning where he underwent emergency surgery.
Manchester United have requested privacy as he recovers and have wished him a speedy recovery.
Sir Alex is the most successful football manager ever in the English game and secured 13 league titles,2 European Cups,5 FA Cups and 4 League Cups during his time in charge of Manchester United.
He also brought through some of the most talented players to grace the field including David Beckham,Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

Arsene Wenger has been given a rousing send off after taking charge of his final Arsenal home game.
Wenger’s side did him proud with a 5-0 win over Burnley which was followed by an on field presentation ceremony.
Wenger is leaving Arsenal at the end of the season after 22 years in charge.

Bournemouth became the first team to prevent Manchester City scoring at home on Sunday and grabbed what could be a vital point in their battle against relegation in a 0-0 draw at the Etihad.
Also on Sunday,Chelsea beat Liverpool 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to keep their hopes of making the top 4 in the Premier League alive.

Cardiff City have been promoted to the Premier League following a 0-0 draw against Reading on the final day of the English Championship  while nearest rivals Fulham were beaten 3-1 at Birmingham.
Fulham have to settle for a place in the playoffs where they’re joined by Aston Villa,Middlesbrough and Derby.
At the bottom Sunderland,Barnsley and Burton Albion are relegated to League 1.

There was 1 game in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.Champions Celtic were 3-1 winners at Hearts.

Golf-Jason Day has won the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.
The Australian fired a final round 2 under par 69 to finish on 12 under-two shots clear of Aaron Wise and Nick Watney of the United States.
Rory McIlroy finished on 3 under par with Tiger Woods down in 55th place on 2 over.

Cycling-Elia Viviani won stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday with Rohan Dennis of Australia retaining the overall lead.
The Italian was first over the line in the 226 kilometre stage from Be’er Shiva to Eilat in Israel.
Today is a rest day before the Giro moves into Italy tomorrow with stage 4 in Sicily between Catania and Caltagirone.


Partially cloudy with some showers possible this afternoon and some scattered thunderstorms inland.

Light easterly winds and a high of 24 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 13 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Sunshine and showers,some of which could be thundery.Highs of 22-25 degrees.


A recent sutdy has found that people who DON’T drink alcohol are ‘more likely to die young’. Mortality rates were highest in people who had never had a sip of alcohol

Researchers at the University of Texas found that people who drink regularly are less likely to die than those who have never drank in their life.

While the health implications involved with excessive alcohol consumption are widely known, it seems the old adage ‘everything in moderation’ is key.

Scientists examined individuals aged between 55 and 65 over a 20-year period, while accounting for other factors including socioeconomic status and level of physical activity.

Psychologist Charles Holahan, who led the study, found mortality rates were highest in people who had never had a sip of alcohol, slightly lower for heavy drinkers and lowest for moderate drinkers.

Out of 1824 participants, only 41 per cent of moderate drinkers died early in comparison to 69 per cent of non-drinkers, according to Time.








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