French and Riviera News Thursday 21st September 2017


Strike Action - Due to national strike action against the new labour reforms which will be presented to Ministers tomorrow the region’s train network has announced possible delays and cancellations. Some schools will also be affected with no lunch being served today. Meanwhile in his first interview to international media on Tuesday Emmanuel Macron spoke of the reforms saying "My country faces an unemployment rate of 10%, of which nearly 25% is among young people, I will implement my reforms for France, I believe in democracy, but it does not happen in the street” adding “I do not care about my popularity.”

Dead - A double homicide is believed to be behind the discovery of two bodies at a house in Antibes on Wednesday. The alarm was raised when a neighbour saw one of the bodies lying on the floor of the house.The exact cause of the deaths is not known but it’s believed to be a crime of passion

Health - Following the death of a 28 year-old man from meningitis is Grasse, health authorities are vaccinating up to seventy people who lived in the same travelers  hamlet at Plan-de-Grasse as the deceased. The Mayor of Grasse has been on the scene, to reassure people there is no possible transmission if they had no contact with the victim.

Trafficking of pesticides - A judge in Marseille has demanded two year prison sentences to be given to several people involved in the trafficking of pesticides. The convictions for deception and unauthorised deals is the first big case of its  type to be Judged in France. The case continues.

Job cuts at Galderma in Sophia Antipolis – The pharmaceutical company Galderma in Sophia Antipolis has announced at least 400 job cuts according to reports. The company which specialises in dermatological creams is one of the largest employers in Sophia Antipolis located in Biot. The company currently has a workforce of 550.

Mayor of Marseille under investigation – Local media has reported this morning that the home of Samia Ghali, the mayor of the 15th and 16th arrondissements of Marseille since March 2008 and senator of Bouches-du-Rhône, has been searched following an investigation into the embezzlement of public funds and personal enrichment.

Arrested at the “Fnac” in Antibes - A 23 year old man has been arrested after attempting to steal goods from a store in Antibes after closing time. Security staff caught the man who was seen stealing on CCTV cameras once the shop had closed its doors. The man will appear before court at a later date. 

Alzheimer’s awareness day - Affecting nearly 860,000 people in France today is world Alzheimer’s awareness day.  Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative condition that permanently destroys brain cells. It initially manifests itself in memory disorders. Gradually, the daily gestures are forgotten, with a loss of orientation, mood disorders. It most commonly affects people aged 65 years and older, but there are also younger patients. It is a disease that affects the whole family because the entourage must adapt to the evolution of the disease. There is no curative treatment to date, but some medications treat certain symptoms. There are approximately 225,000 new cases each year in France. According to the Fondation Vaincre Alzheimer, by 2050 1 million 800,000 people will suffer from dementia in France. In the Alpes-Maritimes, the Claude Pompidou Institute supports patients in order to ensure that patients benefit from activities for as long as possible to delay the effects of the disease the institute is located at 10, Rue Moière in Nice and can be contacted on email at


Guadeloupe delared “Natural disaster” - The French Prime Minister Eduard Phillipe has declared a state of “Natural disaster” in Guadeloupe following hurricane Maria in which provisional reports have confirmed that two people died and two are still missing.

Police presence at famous tourist destination in France - Mont Saint-Michel, one of France's most popular tourist destinations is set to have an armed police presence from December this year in response to the threat of potential terror attacks. With France on a high terror alert after a string of attacks in recent years, the decision has been made to increase security at one of the country's most stunning landmarks.

Socialist Party’s headquarters up for sale - The French Socialists party's headquarters in central Paris have been put up for sale. The party has been based on the Rue de Solferino in the Seventh Arrondissement of the capital since 1981 when ex-leader Francois Mitterrand was elected the first Socialist president under the current constitution.

Emmanuel Macron invites his compatriots in the US to come home - French president Emmanuel Macron has taken advantage of his trip to the United Nations in New York and delivered a rallying cry to his compatriots in America, telling them the time is right to return home. Macron gave a speech to hundreds of French expatriates in New York on Tuesday night telling them the times are changing and that France is now "the land of conquest".

Michelin starred-chef under pressure - A Michelin starred-chef in southern France has become the first to ask to the prestigious guide to take back the distinction. The reason he says is due to the “huge pressure”. Sebastien Bras's Le Suquet restaurant is in the village of Laguiole and joined the elite club of French three-star restaurants in 1999. On Wednesday the 46-year-old said he wanted to be dropped from the 2018 edition of the Michelin Guide to "start a new chapter".


The US Federal Reserve has announced that its keeping interest rates on hold this month but said that it will start to pare back some of the investments that it made to boost the US economy following the financial crisis. Following its two day policy meeting in Washington DC,the Fed said that it will start to reduce its 4.2 trillion dollar portfolio of US Treasury Bonds and mortgage-backed-securities in October. The central bank will initially cut up to 10 billion dollars each month from the amount that it reinvests. The Fed also signalled that another interest rate hike is on the cards before the end of the year which analyst say could lead to a moderate increase in long-term borrowing costs. Fed chair Janet Yellen says that the central bank believes that the economy is performing well and that it has confidence in the outlook.

Google has signed a 1.1 billion dollar deal with HTC of Taiwan to expand its smartphone business. The internet giant will not take a stake in HTC but some of its staff will take up positions in Silicon Valley. HTC has been struggling to compete with Apple and Samsung in the smartphone market. Under the deal,Google will acquire a team of people from HTC who develop pixel smartphones and will receive a non-exclusive license for the Taiwanese firm’s intellectual property.

And-A group of Ryanair pilots has rejected a cash bonus to work extra days after the airline was forced to cancel 2,100 flights because of holiday roster problems. Pilots have told Ryanair that they want better pay and conditions and are not willing to enter into a one off deal. In a letter to the company,pilots from 17 of the firm’s 80 European bases say that “the pilot market is changing and Ryanair needs to change the ways in which staff and management work together to ensure a stable and common future for everyone”.


Football-Mark Sampson has been sacked as the England women’s manager following evidence of “inappropriate behaviour with female players in a previous role. The FA announced that it was parting company with Mr Sampson last night after saying that it had “become aware of the full details of safeguarding allegations made against the coach in 2014 during his time as the Bristol Academy manager”. Mr Sampson was cleared earlier this year of discrimination allegations made by England players.He became England head coach in December 2013 after leaving the top-flight women’s team,Bristol Academy. There were 5 ties in the third round of the League Cup in England last night.

Arsenal beat Doncaster 1-0.Chelsea beat Nottingham Forest 5-1.Everton were 3-0 winners over Sunderland.Manchester United beat Burton Albion 4-1 and Manchester City were 2-1 winners at West Brom.

Cricket-The second one day international between England and West Indies is being played at Trent Bridge today. England lead the series 1-0.Play is due to start at 13.30 French time but there could be some rain delays with a forecast high of 16 degrees.

Cycling-Chris Froome has added a World Championship bronze medal in the time trial to his Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana titles. Froome finished in third place at the event in Bergen,one minute and 21 seconds behind the gold medallist,Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands. He ends the world championships with two bronze medals having finished third with Team Sky in Sunday’s team time trial.


Clear skies with light,variable winds. Top temperatures 23 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 15 degrees on the coast and 11 degrees inland with clear skies.  Friday and the start of the weekend-Clear skies tomorrow  with highs of 22-24 degrees.Cloudy on Saturday with a high of 21.


New research suggests that you can pick up a good or bad mood from a friend just by being around them.

Researchers analyzed data about the moods and friendships networks of US teenagers, finding that mood does spread, as well as different symptoms of depression - but not depression itself. 

The new study suggests that moods can spread across friendship networks, and could help inform public health policy and the design of interventions against depression in teenagers. 
















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