French and Riviera News Thursday 25th January 2018


Man stabbed at his home in Antibes- A thirty year old man has been stabbed to death at his home in Antibes. The incident occurred on Wednesday night at 10pm. No information has been given for the motive or circumstances.

12 year old migrant - The court in Nice has called for a case to be re-examined  after a 12 year old migrant was arrested by French security forces on January 12th at the French-Italian border and sent back to Italy. The situation is being reviewed over the legality of the procedure.  

Beach - The beach in Cannes is about to get a lot bigger as work has begun this week to improve the Croisette and beaches. 80,000 cubic metres of sand have been delivered, and will be used to effectively double the width of the beach, at a cost of ten million euros.

Boat - Monaco’s Department of Maritime Affairs is to issue new permits for operating pleasure craft in the form of a plastic card, similar to a driving license. The old paper licenses will remain valid. The department said that the new card is more practical, more secure and more resistant to water.

Winter Olympics - HSH Prince Albert of Monaco has introduced  Monaco’s athletes who will be competing in the Olympic Winter Games. The presentation was held at the Fairmont Hotel  in Monaco on Wednesday. The four Olympic athletes are Alexandra Coletti and Olivier Jenot in alpine skiing and Rudy Rinaldi and Boris Vain in bobsleigh. The Winter Games are being held in PyeongChang, South Korea, from 9th to 25th February.

Monte Carlo Rally - Meanwhile local resident Sébastien Ogier will try for a sixth straight world title in the Monte Carlo Rally, which starts from the Place du Casino today at 6pm. This first night stage will see two special events in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. The Automobile Club of Monaco has issued security advice for spectators. Here’s Jean Luc Vieilleville head of security for the Monte-Carlo Rally.


Trail over Paris Attacks - The man who housed two of the perpetrators of the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris, has appeared in court on charges of harbouring terrorists. Bendaoud rented his apartment north of Paris to the senior IS group militant suspected of coordinating the attacks that killed 130 people.  The Paris Criminal Court will determine whether 31-year-old Bendaoud, himself a convicted killer, was unaware of their involvement when he hosted the November attackers or if he was an accomplice. If convicted, he faces six years in prison.

French President Emmanuel Macron - French President Emmanuel Macron has declared that France is back as a European powerhouse under his reformist government. Macron was speaking to the world's business elite in Davos on Wednesday.

‘Right to make mistakes’ – Meanwhile the French parliament has given citizens the 'right to make mistakes' when dealing with officials and bureaucracy. The new measure which is part of a wider law announced by French President Emmanuel Macron last year during his presidential campaign aims towards a “more trustworthy society”. However, the government’s patience is limited: as citizens will be forgiven just one error and only if made in good faith leaving it up to the authorities to prove if the person was acting deliberately.


The US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has welcomed the weaker dollar suggesting that the Trump administration is stepping up its attacks on China and other big trading partners as part of his “America First” initiative.
Mr Mnuchin’s comments which were backed up later by the Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross sent the dollar reeling on the foreign exchanges.
Mr Mnucnin made his comments at the World Economic Forum in Davos amid a chorus of disapproval from other world leaders who see US policy as a sign of increasing protectionism.Mr Mnuchin said that “obviously a weaker dollar is good for the United States as it relates to trade and other opportunities”.
Later,the US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC that a “trade war has been in place for quite some time and the difference is that US troops are now coming to the ramparts”.

The chief executive of JP Morgan has said that the bank could cut up to 4,000 UK jobs if financial rules diverge after Brexit.
In an interview with the BBC,Jamie Dimon said that JP Morgan had not had to make drastic cuts on day one after the EU referendum  but he revised his long term estimate of job cuts upwards if Brexit talks failed to reach an outcome close to the current arrangements.
He said that such a scenario would harm London as a financial hub.
JP Morgan and rival Goldman Sachs have warned that Frankfurt will be the main beneficiary should the UK fail to reach a comprehensive trade deal with the EU.

And-Arsenal has become the first major football club to sign a deal to promote crypto-currency.
The club has reached an agreement with the gaming firm CashBet which is planning to launch its own currency CashBet Coin.
The product will be advertised at Arsenal’s home Premier League games.
Experts are warning that the promotion could be a very risky investment.
CashBet is based in California  and is aiming to raise 40 million dollars by getting investors to buy CashBet Coins  which can then be used to bet on various online games.


Tennis-Caroline Wozniacki is through to the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
The second seed beat Elise Mertens of Belgium in the first women’s semi final 6-3 7-6.She’ll play either Simona Halep or Angelique Kerber in Saturday’s final.
In the men’s event Kyle Edmund of Great Britain will be bidding to reach his first ever Grand Slam Final when he plays the 6th seed Marin Cilic later this morning.The match is due to start at 9.15 French time.

Football-Arsenal are through to the League Cup Final in England after beating Chelsea 2-1 at the Emirates last night to win the semi final 2-1 on aggregate.The Gunners will meet Manchester City in the final at Wembley next month.

In the Scottish Premiership last night Hibs were 1-0 winners at Dundee.Hearts were 3-0 winners at Hamilton.Mothewell beat Ross County 2-0 and Rangers were 2-0 winners over Aberdeen.

Rugby Union-Chris Robshaw and Mike Brown are the latest players to join the ranks of England’s walking wounded with both rated as borderline for the first 6 Nations game against Italy in Rome.
Robshaw has a back injury while Brown is suffering from blurred vision.Coach Eddie Jones says that both players are “touch and go” in terms of fitness and that Robshaw is the bigger concern.
England have 15 players receiving treatment ahead of the tournament.

Meanwhile,the injury problems continue to mount for Wales with Liam Williams the latest concern.
Williams has an abdominal injury which has left him doubtful for the opening 6 Nations game against Scotland on the 3rd of February.


Cloudy with showers developing and light to moderate north easterly winds.

Top temperature 14 degrees.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 8 degrees inland with rain spreading across the region.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Sunshine and showers giving way to more persistent rain tomorrow afternoon with a strong north easterly wind.Rain to start on Saturday,brightening later.Highs of 11-14 degrees.





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