French and Riviera News Thursday 17th August 2017

Local News 

Forest Fires - Local Authorities have issued a severe risk of forest fires today with access to forest areas closed to the public. The use of forest machinery is forbidden. According to reports the fire in Luceram  last Sunday is thought to been caused by the use of forest machinery. 

Road Accident - Traffic was at a standstill on the D14 near Grimaud in the Var on Wednesday afternoon due to an accident. A vehicle reportedly veered off the road causing long tail backs for motorists. Firefighters at the scene have reportedly no casualties and an investigation has been open by the police.

Girls - Three young men from Paris have been arrested for prostituting their girlfriends on the Riviera to pay for their holiday here. The girls, one of whom is just 16 years of age, have been made work since the beginning of the summer. The men, known to police for violence and drug trafficking, remain in custody, while police conduct their investigations.

Hotel and Restaurant Industry - The trade union of the French hotel industry has called for tips to become obligatory. After a reported drop in tips left by customers representatives from the industry are suggestioning that a similar system to that of America be introduced with a fixed service charge of 15%.

Robbery - Police are investigating a robbery at the well known La Tarte Tropezienne patisserie in Mougins. Two men wearing helmets, held up two employees and the owner, as they were closing on Monday. It’s believed they got away with several thousand euro.

Football - OGC Nice lost 2-0 to Napoli in the UEFA Champions League. The Niçois, reduced to nine at the end of the match will meet again against Napoli in the second leg at the Allianz Riviera on Tuesday.


Calais – Calais has started to install toilets and drinking water outlets for migrants, in line with a ruling by France's highest legal authority that the city's mayor vowed to defy. Ten toilets and five taps were installed next to the premises of a Catholic charity on the outskirts of the city on Wednesday and local officials said more would be placed on another street not far from the ring road. At the end of July the Council of State endorsed an order by a court in Lille to provide facilities for migrants. There are currently 450-700 migrants in the Channel port.

Protest - Police in north-east France used water cannon, tear gas and stun grenades on Tuesday against demonstrators protesting plans to store nuclear waste at a site in Bure. Protest organisers said over 36 people were injured, six of them seriously. Two police officers were also injured.

French Baker - A French baker has been arrested and jailed in China after being accused of using out-of-date flour by health inspectors and police. Laurent Fortin, 48, was detained in March in Shanghai at the trendy Farine bakery and coffee shop where he had been working since the end of 2016 after moving to China to take up a new job. Health inspectors allegedly discovered out-of-date flour during a raid on the outlet and a company warehouse. Six Chinese staff were arrested as well as Fortin.


President Trump has said he is scrapping two business councils after more bosses quit over his handling of violent clashes in Virginia. Business leaders left the White House manufacturing council after the backlash against how he reacted to the far-right rally last weekend. The clashes culminated in a woman's death and nearly 20 wounded when a car ploughed into a crowd of anti-fascists. Mr Trump's reaction has sparked outrage and generated global headlines.

And - Amazon has launched a service in the US offering daily "essentials" for collection within two minutes of ordering. The items available in Instant Pickup include snacks, cold drinks, smartphone chargers and Amazon devices. The move poses a threat to bricks-and-mortar convenience stores, but one expert questioned its appeal. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has criticised Amazon on Twitter for harming other retailers.


Football – Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 at the Bernabeu to win the Spanish Super Cup 5-1 on aggregate. The Spanish and European champions were dominant, even without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo said the decision to suspend him for five games is "persecution". He was given a one-match ban for two yellows and a further four for pushing the referee after he had been sent off.

Tennis – German Alexander Zverev's 10-match winning streak ended with defeat by unseeded American Francis Tiafoe in the second round of the Cincinnati Open.

Rugby Union – England women have made six changes for their Pool B World Cup decider with the USA in Dublin today. Both sides are unbeaten and the winner of the match will automatically qualify for next week's semi-finals in Belfast.


Clear skies highs of 28 in Nice and 33 in Toulon with a north easterly wind going down to 23 degrees this evening. Friday and the weekend clear skies similar temperatures to today sunny on Saturday and Sunday winds picking up in the Var over the weekend with gusts of up to 45km an hour.


A pet owner saved his drowning tortoise's life after giving it the kiss of life for an hour. John Fletcher found 45-year-old Freda at the bottom of his garden pond limp and looking dead.

Mr Fletcher started performing CPR - and gave the animal mouth to mouth resuscitation. Middle-aged "big lady tortoise" Freda lives with her owner at his home and has free rein of the back garden.






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