French and Riviera News Monday 9th April 2018


Strong winds - Firefighters have been called out throughout the Alpes Maritimes following winds of up to 80km/h on Sunday. Strong winds hit the coastline from Théoule sur mer to Menton. The coast road between Antibes and Villeneuve Loubet was closed, a fallen palm tree on the promenade des Anglais infront of the Negresco brought traffic to a standstill and a fire broke out in Pégomas after a tree fell onto an electricity line leaving many homes without power.

Train strike – French rail workers launched their latest two-day strike on Sunday with further disruption to the region’s rail network today. One out of three trains will be in circulation and one out of five TGV’s running. For an updated time schedule go to According to a recent poll published on Sunday public opinion seems to be in agreement with the government showing 62% in favour of the SNCF reform.

Meanwhile employees at Air France, in which the government holds a minority stake, also went on strike again on Saturday seeking a six percent pay raise, and students have been blocking several public universities over Macron's plan to introduce more selective applications.

Nice beaches - More than 4000 cubic meters of pebbles have been put down on the beach in Nice. Diggers are currently carrying out the operation ahead of the summer season between Magnan and Castel Plage. The pebbles, which have come from Paillon, are part of  new measures to restore the beaches which have lost too many pebbles due to erosion.


Notre-Dame-des-Landes - Police have begun moving  residents who’ve been occupying land at Notre-Dame-des-Landes. The illegal occupants set fire to barricades as some 2,500 police officers carried out operations during the night. According to reports clashes between police and those occupying the land took place in the early hours of this morning.

France’s Socialist Party - The new leader of France’s Socialist Party Olivier Faure has criticised Emmanuel Macron's government in a one-and-a-half-hour speech and declared his support for rail workers and students fighting reforms. During the party’s national conference held this weekend Faure promised to "invent a new software" for the party announcing his intention to launch an online platform to encourage new ideas from members and supporters. The party faces an identity crisis, having lost voters and members to its right and to its left.

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince visits France - Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has arrived in Paris for the next leg of his global tour aimed at reshaping his kingdom’s austere image overseas. France's foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, who worked closely with Prince Mohammed as defence minister in the previous French government, greeted him at the airport on Sunday. Prince Mohammed bin Salman will meet with President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday as part of his two-day official visit.

Autism - The French government has launched a €340m strategy in an effort to make amends for the country’s scandalous state treatment of children and adults with autism, which has been denounced by the United Nations as a “widespread violation” of citizens’ rights. President Emmanuel Macron, who made the need to improve the education and rights of people with autism a part of his election campaign, said he wanted everyone “to be included in school and everyday life”.


President Trump has predicted that China will be the first to buckle as the world’s largest economies edge closer to a trade war that’s sent markets reeling.
Mr Trump tweeted on Sunday that “China will take its trade barriers down,because it’s the right thing to do”.He added that no matter what happened he would remain friends with China’s President Xi Jinping.
The President’s comments follow a week of rising tensions on trade which have been stoked by the US leader’s order late on Thursday that additional Chinese goods should be targeted as well as a vow from Beijing that it won’t back down.

Deutsche Bank has named the retail specialist Christian Sewing as its new CEO with immediate effect.
Germany’s largest lender said that Mr Sewing will replace John Cryan as the bank attempts to strengthen its brand in its home market.
Mr Cryan had been in charge since 2015 and his mandate had not been due to expire until 2020.
Reuters reports that investors had lost confidence in Mr Cryan’s ability to return Deutsche Bank to profitability following three consecutive years of losses.
Mr Sewing had been deputy CEO  with a background in retail banking,auditing and risks.

And-UK fishermen have taken part in a day of protests over what they describe as “abject betrayal” over Brexit.
Protestors gathered in several towns and cities on Sunday including in Plymouth.Whitstable,Portsmouth,Milford Haven and Newcastle.
They say that promises over immediate control over UK waters on leaving the EU next year have been dropped.
The UK Department for the Environment,Food and Rural Affairs said that it “recognised disappointment but a transition deal was safeguarding fishing communities”.


Golf-Patrick Reed of the United States has won the Masters at Augusta following an intense final round battle that saw him hold off strong challenges from Ricky Fowler and the 2015 winner Jordan Speith.

Reed finished with a final round of 71 to end on 15 under par,one shot clear of Fowler and two ahead of Jordan Speith.

Rory Mcilroy’s challenge faded on the back 9 as he ended with a two-over-par 74 to end on 8 under.

Formula 1-Sebastien Vettel in the Ferrari made it two wins out of two as he took the chequered flag at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday with Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes hot on his heels and world champion Lewis Hamilton in third.Both Red Bulls made early exits in a race in which  they’d been expected to compete strongly.

Ferrari blew a front row lock out after Kimi Raikkonen had a disastrous pit stop during which a mechanic had his leg smashed after his car had been given the green light to move off before the rear left wheel had even been removed.The mechanic is now receiving hospital treatment after suffering a shinbone and fibula fracture.Ferrari have been fined 50,000 euros by race officials for an unsafe release.

Vettel did well to hold off Bottas  with his tyres completely shot after deciding that his only chance of winning the race was to stay out on the track.  

He now leads the drivers’ championship with 50 points from Lewis Hamilton on 33 and Bottas on 22. Next stop China this coming Sunday.

Football-There were two games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Arsenal beat struggling Southampton 3-2 while Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham.

In the Scottish Premiership Celtic moved to within one win of a 7th successive title following a 2-1 win at Hamilton.


Overcast with rain and  moderate to strong north easterly winds in the Alpes-Maritimes.

Top temperature 16 degrees.

Overnight lows of 11 degrees on the coast and 9 degrees inland with intermittent showers.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Sunshine and showers tomorrow.More persistent rain on Wednesday.Highs of 14-16 degrees.


New research has claimed that too much tea can be bad for your teeth and even cause joint pain. According to Newby Teas, teabags contain high levels of fluoride, which can result in fluorosis

Teabags can contain high levels of fluoride. It helps protect tooth enamel in low doses but too much tea can cause fluorosis, which wears the protective coating down.

And skeletal fluorosis can make joints and stiff. Research by Newby Teas claims some cheap own brand bags contain six times as much fluoride as expensive versions.

The World Health Organisation warns four cups a day could take you over the safe limit.








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