French and Riviera News Thursday 16th November 2017


Strike Action - Due to today's strike action there will be no trams running and the  bus services in the region will be severely disrupted . The train network will be slightly affected with nine out of ten trains operating.Passengers are advised to check before setting off.

Accident on the A8 motorway - One person has been injured and there was a 6km tail back on the A8 motorway on Wednesday following an accident involving a car and a scooter. The incident occurred at 7.30pm eastbound between the motorway exits of Cagnes-sur-Mer  and Saint Laurent du Var. 

Police arrest serial burglars - Police in Mandelieu have arrested two men who are thought to have carried out several burglaries in the area.The men were identified with the use of CCTV cameras and showed that both suspects, a 34-year-old from Nice and a Romanian minor without a fixed address, were involved in many other robberies.

Assaults on firefighters on the increase - A recent report has shown an increase in the number of assaults on firefighters working in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region. Figures published showed an increase in the number of cases for 2016 of 17.6%. The region comes 6th place on a national level for those parts of France  with the most complaints.

Crime rate in Marseille - Meanwhile the French publication “Le Canard Enchaîné” has claimed that recent figures published claiming that the number of crimes committed in the city of Marseille has dropped since 2012 are fake. The paper accuses the authorities of requalifying acts of violence and therefore reducing the number of crimes recorded.  

Ban on circus animals - Italy has become the 41st country to ban circus animals. Several towns in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region have implemented the ban including La Ciotat, Roquebrune-sur-Argens, Le Luc and Vence. Italy passed the law which will be effective as of January 1st next year. 


Republic on the Move - French President Emmanuel Macron is facing the first signs of rebellion in his party according to reports. Some senior figures of the Republic on the Move (LREM) have admitted that membership of the party has stagnated. This week a small group of 100 followers went public with an open resignation letter that claimed the party was consumed by political games and "courtesanship" with one former En Marche founder saying he was quitting the movement describing it as a "sect".

Medieval treasure trove - An "exceptional and rare" medieval treasure trove including more than 2,200 gold and silver coins has been found in France in what has been called a "remarkable" discovery by archaeologists. The discovery made in mid-September was only officially announced on Tuesday. 

French couple arrested in Venice - A French couple have been arrested by Italian police in Venice after having stolen a gondolier for a romantic trip. The couple were stopped by police in the early hours of the morning. Both have been charged with theft. 

Boeuf Bourguignon - The French public believe the classic dish Boeuf Bourguignon is the one which best represents Gallic cuisine according to a recent vote.  The meat stew from the Burgundy region of central France, made with chunks of beef, mushrooms, carrots, lardons and shallots and Burgundy wine is normally served with potatoes. In second place came blanquette de veau, Cassoulet came fourth. Also in the top 10 were the classics snails and frogs legs and rounding off the top 10 were côte de boeuf, and Moules Frites.


A report from Reuters says that the toymaker Mattel has rebuffed a takeover bid from its rival Hasbro.
Sources close to the matter say that Mattel’s chief executive Margaret Georgiadas is seeking to drive a hard bargain with Hasbro despite the fact that its stock has significantly underperformed in the last year.
The report says that Mattel has told Hasbro that its offer undervalues the company and does not take sufficiently into account the potential for regulators to reject the deal on antitrust grounds.
Reuters says that the terms that Hasbro has proposed remain unclear and that it’s also uncertain whether negotiations between the two firms will continue.
A merger between the two firms would result in a company controlling some 33 percent of all US toy manufacturing.Mattel and Hasbro have held talks several times  including in 1996 and then again in 2015.

The European Central Bank has warned that banks working on post-Brexit plans will need to have “substance locally” if they’re to serve clients in Europe.
The ECB says that some of the proposals that its reviewed are inadequate and risk creating “empty shells”.
Banks currently gain access to European markets by holding UK offices.Some are now working on contingency plans by adding office space in Frankfurt,Dublin and Paris.
Last week,the Bank of England said that it was preparing for the potential loss of 75,000 finance jobs after the UK leaves the European Union.
However,the European Central Bank says that it wants to see bigger changes that some firms are currently looking at in their relocation plans.

And-Google Docs was inaccessible for many users on Wednesday for an unknown reason.
Google confirmed the issue on its status page but did not offer any explanation.
Docs is a key part of Google’s cloud computing service and it’s the second time that the system has gone down in recent weeks.
Most services were restored at around 11pm French time last night.
Google Docs are vital for many businesses that rely on the service for their day-to-day work.
North America was the worst affected area when the service dropped out yesterday with reports of problems in other places including the UK,Germany,Denmark and the Netherlands.


Football-Italy have sacked manager Giampiero  Ventura after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup Finals.
The Azzuri lost their playoff game against Sweden ending the manager’s 17 month tenure.
Ventura defended his record which he said was “one of the best in the last 40 years”.
Italy have only missed the World Cup on two previous occasions,in 1958 and at the inaugural tournament in 1930 when they declined to participate.

Peru have taken the final place for Russia 2018 after beating New Zealand 2-0 in the OFC/Conmebol playoff.It’s the first time that Peru have qualified for the finals since 1982.

Rugby Union-France will host the 2023 World Cup after beating rival bids from Ireland and South Africa.
South Africa had been expected to win the vote after an independent review but it was France that came out on top in the second round of voting.
Irish officials were left disappointed after they failed to receive the backing of Scotland and Wales in the vote.England voted for Ireland but Wales went with South Africa and Scotland supported France.
The awarding of the World Cup to France now means that the country will stage two major sporting events over two years with the Summer Olympics coming to Paris the year after in 2024.

Cricket-England are in the driving seat on day 2 of their final warm-up game ahead of the Ashes.
After dismissing a Cricket Australia XI for 250 in their first innings in Townville,the tourists were on 218-3 just after lunch.Mark Stoneman made 111 and Alistair Cook 70.

Tennis-Grigor Dimitrov has thrashed David Goffin to move into the last 4 of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
The Bulgarian 6th seed won 6-0 6-2 to make it two wins out of two in the Pete Sampras Group.
Dominic Thiem beat Pablo Carreno Busta in three sets in the other match.

Cycling-Sir Bradley Wiggins said that his life had been made a “living hell” during an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at Team Sky and British Cycling.
On Wednesday it was announced that there would be no further investigation into a “mystery” medical package delivered for the cyclist during the Criterium du Dauphine event in 2011.
It was alleged that the package contained a banned substance although the doctor involved,Richard Freeman maintained that it was a legal decongestant.
Sir Bradley said that “being accused of any doping indiscretion is the worst possible thing for any professional sportsman”.
He won 5 Olympic gold medals and the Tour de France in 2012 before retiring from the sport in 2016.


Clear skies with light to moderate westerly or variable winds.

Top temperature 18 degrees.

Overnight lows of 9 degrees on the coast and 3 degrees inland with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Mainly fine with highs of 16-18 degrees.


A recently salvaged and restored Leonardo da Vinci painting has sold for a record-breaking sum at auction.

Salvator Mundi, the artist's portrait of Christ, was sold for $450.3m (£342m) at Christie's in New York. The amount includes £38.2m in fees. It was well over the pre-auction estimate of about £100m.

It was also more than twice the previous auction record - the $179.4m (£136.2m) paid in May 2015 for Picasso's Les Femmes D'Alger.









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