French and Riviera News Thursday 15th March 2018


Weather warningMétéo France has issued a yellow weather alert. Heavy rainfall is forecast with the risk of flooding in the region for today through until Saturday. While temperatures are expected to remain between 14 and 15 degrees Météo France has warned of a colder spell on Monday dropping to 11 degrees which is unusual for this time of year.

Strike - Strike action is to hit the Riviera next week, with seven main unions staging a national shutdown, to protest government reforms. The strike will affect trains, airlines, air traffic control and public services. The strike day is set for next Thursday 22nd of March.

University students protest - 300 students and teachers have protested in Nice against  university reform. The gathering at Valrose on Wednesday voiced their concern against the possible introduction of tuition fees fearing that French higher education will become similar to that of Britain or the United States.

Start up for the elderly - A start up from Nice has launched a real estate service for the over 65’s. SilverAtHome aims to help seniors acquire a new property while taking into consideration their specific needs and working towards avoiding domestic accidents. Recent figures show there are over 15 million seniors over 65 in France, 14 million live at home and 2 million suffer falls each year.

Hotel - The Hôtel du Cap-Eden Roc in Antibes has been named the Best Hotel in Europe. The recognition was voted by industry professionals in the Travellers’s World Awards 2018.


Paris Metro - Three people have been injured on the Paris Metro after asking a fellow passenger to stop smoking. The man reportedly attacked another passenger with a box cutter. The incident left the victim seriously injured and two other passengers slightly injured. The attacker fled despite several police units rushing to the scene.

Google and Apple - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has announced that France will take legal action against Google and Apple for “abusive business practices”. Speaking to French media on Wednesday Le Maire described the situation as “unacceptable”. Adding “I consider that Google and Apple, as powerful as they are, shouldn’t treat our start-ups and our developers in the way they do today.”

French baker - A French baker has been ordered to pay a €3,000 fine for working too hard after he failed to close his shop for one day a week last summer. Under local employment law, two separate regulations from 1994 and 2000 require bakers’ shops to close once a week – though exceptions can be made in specific cases. Loyal customers have now launched a petition in support of Cédric Vaivre and his Boulangerie du Lac northern France.


Reports by Reuters and the BBC say that Toys R Us is set to close all its US stores in the coming months.
885 stores in America are concerned with 33,000 jobs at risk.
The company is already in the process of closing a fifth of its stores as part of efforts to emerge from one of the largest-ever bankruptcies by a specialist retailer.
On Tuesday,Toys R US announced that it was closing all its UK stores within the next six weeks.
The firm has been hit by internet competition from in particular.
Toys R US is also set to go into liquidation in France,Spain Poland and Australia.

The United States Senate has passed a bill which will roll back banking regulations put in place in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
The bill exempts banks with less than 250 billion dollars in assets from strict oversight under the Dodds-Frank Act of 2010.
The Act was brought in by the previous administration with the aim of avoiding another financial meltdown.
Supporters of the Dodds-Frank Act maintain that it has made the financial system safer by forcing large institutions to hold more money to use in the event of a shock.They also say that its increased protection for consumers.
Critics say that the regulations have inhibited growth and are overly complex.

And-Reuters says that the Russian gas giant Gazprom is to cut hundreds of jobs at its overseas trading and export offices as tensions rise with the West.
Some of the jobs will go in the UK in the wake of the spying scandal which saw the British Prime Minister Theresa May order the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from the country’s embassy in London on Wednesday.
Reuters says that a source has told it that the decision to move Gazprom overseas workers back to St Petersburg reflected a broader trend of Russian state firms retreating from the West as part of President Vladimir Putin’s drive to repatriate capital to reduce exposure to sanctions and also shore up Russia’s domestic economy.

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The England coach Eddie Jones has issued a profound apology after it emerged that he’d made offensive comments about Wales and Ireland.
Jones had been speaking at a sponsors’ talk in July last year when he described Wales as a “ S*** little country” and spoke about how disappointed he was by a recent defeat by the “scummy Irish”.
On Wednesday he said that he “was very sorry for any offence caused” and added that there were “no excuses” for what he’d said.
A spokesperson for the English RFU said that the remarks had been “inappropriate” and that it would apologise to its counterparts in Ireland and Wales.
England play Ireland in Dublin on Saturday with Joe Schimdt’s side looking to secure the Grand Slam.

Also on Saturday Italy host Scotland and Wales play France in Cardiff.

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Football-Chelsea are out of the Champions League after losing 3-0 to Barcelona last night to go down 4-1 on aggregate.Lionel Messi scored twice to take his goal tally in the Champions League to 101.
Bayern Munich won the other tie last night 3-1 to take the tie 8-1 on aggregate.
The draw for the quarter finals will be made tomorrow.

Arsenal will be bidding to reach the quarter finals of the Europa League when they play AC Milan at the Emirates.Arsenal lead 2-0 from the first leg.
Marseilles travel to Athletic Bilbao leading 3-1 from the first leg while Lyon lead 1-0 heading into the home leg of their tie against CSKA.

Formula 1-The head of the FIA has said that he’s “amazed” at criticism of the new halo head protection device.
Last month,the Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said that he’d “take a chainsaw” to the halo if he could but Jean Todt said that it had been introduced to save lives and at the request of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association.
He dismissed Wolff’s criticism and said that he wouldn’t react.

Racing-Altior,trained by Nicky Henderson won the big race at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday.
The evens favourite ridden by Nico de Boinville came home to land another big winner for Henderson who landed the Champion Hurdle with Buveur D’Air on Tuesday.
The big race today is the Stayers’ Hurdle over 3 miles which is off at 4.30 French time.
Meanwhile Jockey Ruby Walsh will take no further part in the Festival after sustaining a suspected stress fracture to his leg.
Walsh fell in  the RSA Chase on Wednesday and is likely to be out of action for a month.


Overcast with rain and light to moderate north easterly winds.

Top temperature 13 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 6 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Sunshine and showers with highs of 12-14 degrees.




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