French and Riviera News Monday 9th July 2018



Diving accident - A fifty year old man has died in a diving accident off the coastline at Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. The incident happened on Sunday afternoon. Emergency services were alerted by his friend who was with him at the time. The victim was holidaying in the region and is believed to have fainted at the time of the accident.

Drug trafficking - Following arrests made at the beginning of the month six people have been given prison sentences in connection with a large drug trafficking network in the Var and the Alpes Maritimes. After eighteen months of investigation police have dismantled an important production of cannabis as well as seizing 50,000 euros and weapons.

Beaches in Saint-Laurent du Var closed - Local authorities in Saint-Laurent du Var will decide today whether or not its beaches remain closed following a deposit of contaiminated soil from the Var River at the weekend. Several beaches flew the red flag on Saturday afternoon as a precautionary measure.

Deputy Eric Ciotti holds a meeting in Levens - The deputy of the Alpes Maritimes Eric Ciotti has held a meeting in Levens. Up to 4,000 people gathered on Sunday as Ciotti spoke of his political ambitions and plans for Nice. Ciotti is not yet officially a candidate for the mayor of Nice in 2020.

Violation of anti-pollution standards - The captain of a Cruise ship is to be tried in the criminal court of Marseille this morning for violating anti-pollution standards. The incident occurred last march in the port of Marseille when the vessel exceeded the authorized limit prosecuted for breaking European anti-pollution standards the captain could face a one year in prison sentence and 200,000 euro fine.

Motorist arrested for not paying motorway toll - A 36 year old motorist has been arrested and placed in police custody after nonpayment of motorway tolls. The motorist from Saint-Raphael in the Var regularly used the stretch of the A8 motorway between Fréjus and Nice avoiding the peage in total 210 times. He has been ordered to repay 4,700 euros.   


Macron to address French parliament on constitutional reform - Hard-left and mainstream right MPs are to boycott President Emmanuel Macron's address to a joint meeting of the French Parliament today in protest against constitutional reforms. Some MP’s claim that the reforms do not address what they believe to be French people's main concerns - immigration, law and order and the economy.

Actress and wife of Roman Polanski refuses invitation - The wife of French-Polish film director Roman Polanski, Emmanuelle Seigner, has rejected an invitation to become a member of the body behind which awards Hollywood's Oscars. The French actress accused the Academy of "insufferable hypocrisy" over its decision in May to expel her husband over his statutory rape conviction in the US. The 84-year-old director is currently suing the Academy over the move.

Spanish rosé sold as French wine - An investigation has revealed that millions of liters of Spanish rosé have been sold as French wine. It’s believed that the equivalent of 10 million bottles of rosé presented as French wine was actually Spanish and much cheaper. The scam is believed to have been in place since 2016.

First 3D-printed house - A family in France has become the first in the world to move into a 3D-printed house. The four-bedroom property is a prototype for bigger projects aiming to make housebuilding quicker and cheaper.  Having taken 54 hours to print - with four more months for contractors to add in windows, doors and the roof - its cost of around £176,000 to build makes it 20% cheaper than an identical construction using more traditional solutions. The team now believe they could print the same house again in only 33 hours.


The French government has said that Washington should expect united retaliation from Europe to further trade tariff increases after Germany said that it might be prepared to negotiate.

On Thursday,the German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she would back a lowering of European tariffs on imports of US cars but on Sunday the French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that the reaction should be united and strong to show that Europe is a united and sovereign power.

Germany’s powerful car industry has the most to fear from US tariffs on vehicle imports but speaking in Aix-en-Provence Mr Le Maire said that a trade war has already started and that if Europe was attacked then it would respond collectively.


The British government has been thrown into chaos this morning following the resignation of the Secretary for Exiting the European Union David Davis and two of his junior ministers in the department.

Mr Davis resigned two days after the Cabinet met at the Prime Minister’s Chequers residence on Friday to thrash out a plan for future trading relations with the European Union.In his resignation letter he said that that the “current trend of policy and tactics” was making it look “less and less likely” that the UK would leave the customs union and single market.

Reports say that a number of Conservative MP’s have written to the Chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee expressing a lack of confidence in the Prime Minister.If the number of letters amounts to 48 then Graham Brady will have no choice but to trigger a vote of no confidence in Theresa May which would result in a leadership challenge and then possibly a general election.

Allies of the Prime Minister say that they believe she has the numbers to see off a vote of no confidence.She’s due to address Parliament today to give an update on the Chequers meeting and will then attend a meeting of the 1922 Committee this evening.


And-Rupert Murdoch is set to be given clearance by the UK government to take full control of Sky TV  which would allow the media mogul to lodge a new bid in an attempt to see off rival Comcast.

The UK Culture Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to give Mr Murdoch the green light later this week to buy the 61 percent of Sky that he doesn’t already own following a consultation on plans to make him sell Sky News to reduce his control of UK news media.

Mr Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is expected to  move quickly to lodge a new bid for Sky with suggestions that the offer might amount to 15 pounds per share which would value the UK satellite broadcaster at 26 billion pounds.





Peter Sagan of Slovakia has won stage two of the Tour de France to take the overall race lead.
Sagan surged past Arnaud Demare of France to win the 182.5 kilometre stage at La Roche-sur-Yon in the Vendee.
Chris Froome ended safely in the Peleton after crashing out on the first stage.

Sagan has a six second lead over Fernando Gaviria of Colombia with Sonny Colbrelli of Italy in overall third.Froome is back in 84th place after the first two stages,one minute and 7 seconds behind the race leader.

Today’s 3rd stage is a 35.5 kilometre team time trial around Cholet where Chris Froome will be looking to make up some time on the leaders.


Formula 1-Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari won an incident packed British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday to extend his lead over Lewis Hamilton at the top of the drivers’ championship to 8 points.
Vettel got the jump on Hamilton at the start with the Mercedes driver spinning out and ending at the back of the field after being clipped by Kimi Raikkonen who go a 10 second drive through penalty for his trouble.
Hamilton drove a fine recovery race to end up in second place but he was clearly unhappy with Ferrari and seemed to suggest that the Italian team was working to take him out of the race.Raikkonen ended in third place.
The next race is the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim on July the 22nd.

Football-There’s a lull in the World Cup until tomorrow when the first of the semi-finals are being played.
France will play Belgium tomorrow evening at 8pm and then England play Croatia on Wednesday night.

Tennis-The second week of Wimbledon gets underway today following Sunday’s rest day with only 1 of the top 10 women’s seeds remaining in the competition and the big guns lining up for a showdown in the men’s event.
Today has been dubbed “Manic Monday” with all of the men’s and women’s last 16 matches being played.
Roger Federer will play the 22nd seed Adrian Mannario while Rafael Nadal meets Jiri Vesely.
Serena Williams who must feel that she now has an excellent chance of pulling off another singles title will be up against the Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina.

Cricket-India have won the T 20 series against England after coming out with a 7 wicket victory in the decisive 3rd match at Bristol on Sunday.
England batted first and made 198-8 from their 20 overs.A round 100 not out from Rohit Sharma helped India reach the target in a score of 2-1-3 from 18.4 overs.


Clear skies in coastal areas-the odd shower inland with light variable winds.

Top temperatures 27-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 24 degrees on the coast and 19 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Fine and sunny with highs of 27-32 degrees.










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