French and Riviera News.Thursday.12.07.2018

Missing girl-Police are appealing for help in finding a 17 year old girl who’s been missing from her grandfather’s home at Cavalaire-sur-Mer since Tuesday evening.

Gendarmes say that Nina Laurent left her grandfather’s home sometime between 5 and 6 pm on Tuesday and hasn’t been seen since.

She’s 1 meter 59 tall with chestnut hair,brown eyes and sometimes wears glasses.When last seen she was wearing white shorts and a France football shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gendarmes in La Croix Valmer on 04 98 11 84 50.


Missing man-Meanwhile,gendarmes are also  appealing for witnesses following the disappearance of a 68 year old man from Le Luc.

Roger Germani is a resident of a care home in the town and has early onset dementia.He was allowed out during the day but failed to return for dinner on Tuesday evening.

Mr Germani was seen in the Lidl supermarket in Le-Luc-en-Provence at 11am on Tuesday morning.He has no money or mobile phone with him and is described as being 1 meter 80 tall and was wearing a dark t-shirt and grey trousers when last seen.

Anyone with information is asked to call gendarmes on 17.


Road deaths-A 13 year old girl has been killed after being hit by a motorbike on the Grand Corniche at La Turbie.

The accident happened at 13.40 on Wednesday afternoon.The girl,who was with her family visiting the region had got out of their car to take some photographs when she was hit by the motorbike which then collided with another car coming along the road from Menton.

The 24 year old motorcyclist was also killed and a third person was injured.

An enquiry is underway.


No glass-The Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes has forbidden bars and restaurants from serving drinks in glasses on Sunday during and after the World Cup Final.

The Prefect wants to avoid a repeat of scenes seen on Tuesday night after the semi-final when there was a mini-stampede on the Cours Saleya in Nice when someone set off a firecracker causing panic.

Bars and restaurants will have to serve drinks in plastic cups.


Maritime checks-Gendarmes have carried out a series of spot-checks on pleasure craft off the coast as a summer crackdown on illegal practices gets underway.

Boat owners have been tested for alcohol and safety checks have been carried out on craft in waters between Golfe-Juan and Villeneuve Loubet.

Around 30 people die in accidents at sea in the Mediterranean every year and emergency services are called out more than 1300 times on average.

Gendarmes say that extra checks will be carried out in waters off the coast for the duration of the summer.



Motorbike accident-A 25 year old motorcyclist is in a serious condition in hospital following an accident on the coast road at Sainte-Maxime.

Reports say that the man hit a wall next to the Hotel la Belle Aurore and was thrown from the machine with the bike ending up on the beach.

The victim who suffered severe head injuries in the crash was airlifted to hospital in Toulon.The cause of the accident is not yet known.


Menton police-Municipal police in Menton are carrying out extra checks with reinforcements during the busy summer period.

The population of the town almost doubles during the high season and officers have been instructed to do everything possible to make sure that visitors enjoy their stay in safety.

Video surveillance technology is being used to enhance officers’ work and extra checks on traffic,particularly on small two wheeled bikes are being carried out.


In National News.


World Cup-Giant outdoor screens are being erected in towns and cities across France so that people can enjoy the World Cup Final on Sunday in a party atmosphere.

France will play Croatia in the final in Moscow on Sunday.

Extra numbers of police will be on duty over the holiday weekend with Bastille Day on Saturday followed by the World Cup Final on Sunday.A number of people may well wake up with sore heads on Monday morning.

Meanwhile,viewing figures for the semi-final show that 19.1 million people watched France beat Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday night to make the final.


Brexit jobs-A Paris lobbying group has said that 3,500 jobs will be created in the French financial sector following Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Paris Europlace says that an additional 20,000 jobs could also be created as firms seek to relocate to mainland Europe from the UK.

The group says that an overhaul of the labour laws  by President Macron is making France more attractive to foreign investors.




Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has increased its bid for Sky TV to 24.5 billion pounds to top a previous offer from rival bidder Comcast.

In February Comcast made a 22 billion pound offer for the UK satellite broadcaster but Fox has now trumped the bid as it expects to get final approval from the British government for the deal.

Fox says that Sky’s independent committee has agreed to the deal which will require the firm to sell off Sky News to guarantee media plurality.

Sources close to the bidding process say that Comcast sees Sky as a valuable addition to its portfolio and is almost certain to be back with an improved offer.


China has accused the United States of bullying and says that it will hit back after President Trump raised the stakes in their trade dispute.

On Tuesday,Mr Trump threatened to introduce a fresh 10 percent tariff on 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods in September.

The Chinese Commerce Ministry says that it’s “shocked” by the announcement and will complain to the World Trade Organisation.It did not say whether it intended to retaliate.

Investors fear that the escalating Sino-US trade war could hurt global growth and damage sentiment.

Markets have reacted negatively to the latest developments.


And-In the UK,the chairman of Marks and Spencer has given his strongest warning yet about the future of the high street retailer.

Archie Norman refused to rule out further store closures and job losses as he warned that the business is on “a burning platform”.

He said that Marks and Spencer didn’t have a “god given right to exist” and that unless the company changed and developed there would be “no more M&S in decades to come”.

In May,Marks and Spencer reported a 62 percent fall in annual profits on the back of falling clothing sales.




Peter Sagan won stage 5 of the Tour de France on Wednesday in a sprint finish at eve end of an uphill battle at Quimper.

Sagan made his move with 200 meters to go to outpace Sonny Colbrelli and Phillipe Gilbert.

Greg van Avermaet retains the leaders Yellow Jersey extending his overall lead by 2 seconds.

Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton.

Today’s 6th stage is 181 kilometers between Brest and Mur de Bretagne Guerledan which features a substantial climb in the closing phase.


Football-Croatia are through to the World Cup Final.

They beat England 2-1 to set up a date in Moscow against France on Sunday.

England and Belgium will play off for the third and fourth places on Saturday night.


Tennis-Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon after being beaten sensationally by Kevin Anderson in the quarter finals.The match went to 5 sets with Anderson eventually coming through 12-10 in the 5th.

The South African has never previously taken a set off Federer with the world number two missing a match point on the way to his defeat.

Anderson will now play John Isner who beat Milos Raonic.

Novak Djokovic has reached the last four with a 4 set win over Kei Nishikori and will now play Rafael Nadal who came through a 5 set thriller against Juan Martin del Potro which lasted nearly 5 hours.

It’s ladies semi-finals day today with Serena Williams up against Julia Georges and Angelique Kerber playing Jelena Ostapenko.


Cricket-England play India in the first one day international at Trent Bridge today.Play starts at 1.30pm.



Mainly fine with perhaps a shower inland later and light winds.

Top temperatures 26-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend -Fine and sunny with highs of 27-33 degrees.



Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin says Sacha Baron Cohen "duped" her in an interview by posing as a wounded military veteran.

The Borat star has been secretly filming for a new satirical comedy series that will air on TV next week.

It was revealed on Monday the show - titled Who is America? - would explore "diverse individuals" in the US "across the political and cultural spectrum".

Palin wrote on Facebook: "Yup - we were duped. Ya' got me, Sacha. Feel better?"

She went on: "I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick 'humour' of the British 'comedian' Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime."

Baron Cohen is best known for hoaxing interviewees as comedy characters Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev and fashion reporter Bruno, all of whom inspired big-screen films.


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