French and Riviera News Thursday 24th May 2018


Two maintenance men have died on the port of Menton - Two employees of a maintenance company have died on the port of Menton after being asphyxiated while handling a gas cylinder. The accident happened on Wednesday afternoon when the men in their fifties were carrying out an intervention in an engine room on a Monegasque boat. Police have opened an investigation to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the accident.

Heavy rainfall causes damage in the Var - Local businesses, homes and roads have been damaged in the village of Figanières in the Var after heavy rainfall created a wave of nearly 50cm, of water and mud. Traffic was diverted as emergency services attended the scene.

SNCF - France's striking rail workers have overwhelmingly rejected government measures to reform the country's state-owned SNCF company. In an internal referendum almost 95% of those who voted were against the reforms. On the Cote d’Azur, 444 workers, of a possible 718, took part in the cross union poll. Announcing the result of the vote on the 11th day of rail disruption since April, the CGT union called on the head of the rail company, Guillaume Pepy, to "draw conclusions from the loss of confidence". Meanwhile, drivers continue their strike action today, in the latest of their rolling two day strikes.

Post - La Poste in Monaco are warning customers mail and parcel pick-ups will change slightly over the next few days due to the Grand Prix. Pick-up times at post offices are different between now and Saturday, while mailboxes along the circuit itself, will not be serviced until Monday.

Fete de la Musique - The lineup for this year’s Fete de la Musique was announced on Wednesday, in the presence of the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi. Singers Mc Solar, Pascal Obispo and Christine and the Queens are amongst the artists performing on Thursday June 21st at the Place Massena in Nice.


Emmanuel Macron meets with top tech bosses - French President Emmanuel Macron has met with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg along with other top tech bosses in an effort to convince them to pay more taxes and be socially responsible. Macron lunched with about 60 of the world's tech leaders at the Elysée presidential palace on Wednesday and had face-to-face meetings with the bosses of IBM, Microsoft and Uber.

Macron will today travel to St Petersburg to seek common ground with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The talks between the two come at a crucial time for their relationship which has been marked by sometimes harsh exchanges but also an awareness they need to work together. The personal relationship between Putin and Macron will face scrutiny throughout in only their third face-to-face meeting and the first since Putin won re-election in March.

British soldier hides in French woods - A former British soldier has been arrested after hiding in a camouflaged tent in a wooded area near a French village for five months. The 51-year-old went on the run after being sentenced to 15 months in jail for some 40 burglaries. Villagers found the man when they organised a game-hunters' style drive through woods around Surin in western France.

World Cup - France midfielder Adrien Rabiot has refused to be named on the national team's standby list for the World Cup. The 23-year-old Paris St-Germain player was not in the final 23-man squad but among the 11 reserve players. According to reports Rabiot, capped six times, had emailed coach Didier Deschamps saying he would not "be able to follow the training programme". The president of the France Football Federation, said Rabiot's reaction "was very surprising".


The Trump administration has launched a national security investigation into car and truck imports that could lead to new US tariffs similar to those imposed on steel and aluminium imports in March.
The US Commerce Department says that the investigation will look at whether vehicle and parts imports are threatening the health of the auto industry and its ability to research and develop new technologies.
On Wednesday,the Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that there was evidence suggesting that,for decades,imports from abroad had eroded the domestic auto industry.He promised a “thorough and fair” investigation.

The cable TV giant Comcast has said that it’s considering making a takeover offer to 21st Century Fox which could put it on a collision course with the Disney Corporation.
Disney has already agreed to pay 52.4 billion dollars for Fox but Comcast now says that it’s in the “advanced stages” of preparing a better bid for Rupert Murdoch’s company.
Comcast says that any bid would be all-cash and at a premium to Disney’s all-share offer.

And-The Turkish Lira has recovered some losses against the US dollar following an emergency interest hike by the country’s central bank.
The Lira climbed by 2 percent following the rate hike having previously slumped by 5 percent to a record low against the dollar.
The Turkish currency has lost more than a 5th of its value this year as concerns grow that the government might undermine the powers of the central bank.
The current crisis started after the Turkish President pledged to take more control of the country’s finances after a general election next month.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described himself as “an enemy of interest rates”.
Many investors have been calling for higher interest rates to bring down inflation which is in double figures.


Formula 1-First practice for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix takes place at 11am this morning with all eyes on Red Bull with many saying that the team has an excellent chance at this weekend’s race.
Speaking here on Wednesday,Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen both said that they’re hopeful that they can fight it out for pole position and that the power deficit with Mercedes and Ferrari would not be as great around the tight and twisty Monaco street circuit.

Second practice for Formula 1 is at 3pm.The circuit closed to through traffic at 6am this morning and there’s also action in Formula Renault,Formula 2 and the Porsche Supercup today.The track will re-open to the public at 7 thirty this evening.

Football-The new Arsenal manager has said that he wants the club to be among Europe’s elite again.
Unai Emery was officially appointed as the Gunners boss on Wednesday following the 22 year reign of Arsene Wenger.
The 46 year old Spaniard joins Arsenal following two seasons at Paris St Germain during which he won the Ligue 1 title and two domestic cups.

Cricket-The first Test between England and Pakistan starts at Lords today with the Somerset off-spinner Dom Bess making his debut.
Bess becomes the third new spinner to debut for England in the space of 4 Tests and he only has 16 first-class matches under his belt.
Play at Lords starts at noon French time but there are likely to be rain delays with bad weather forecast for the London area.

AB De Villiers has announced his retirement from international cricket.
The former South Africa Test skipper played 114 Test matches as well as 228 one-day internationals and 78 Twenty20 games.
He said that he’d thought long and hard about the decision  but that he was “tired” and had decided that it was time to call it a day.

Cycling-Elia Viviani of Italy won a wet stage 17 at Iseo in the Giro d’Italia on Wednesday as Simon Yates retained the overall lead.
Yates is still 56 seconds ahead of Tom Dumoulin but he’ll need to be at his best if he wins the event with three tough mountain stages to come before the finish in Rome on Sunday.
Today’s 18th stage is 196 kilometres between Abbiategrasso and Prato Nevoso across the Po Plain and is mainly on the flat before a steep climb to the finish.The last 15 kilometres is entirely uphill. 


Mainly fine with light to moderate south westerly winds.

Top temperature 22-25 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 14 degrees inland with clear skies.

Friday and the start of Monaco Grand Prix weekend-Clear skies with highs of 23-27 degrees.



Sorry ladies! But scientists have claimed that men really are better at navigating: Their superior sense of direction allows them to be more efficient and make better use of shortcuts.

It has been the subject of countless arguments between couples, but scientists have finally proven that men are 'significantly' more efficient at navigating than women.

According to new research, men are more likely to reach their destination faster than their female counterparts.

This is typically because men are more likely to use a shortcut to get to their destination, while women prefer to stick with a tried-and-tested route. 





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