French and Riviera News Thursday 28th December 2017


Weather Alert - The weather alert from Météo France issued for the region on Wednesday remains in place until 3pm this afternoon. The region was put on a yellow weather alert with strong winds, hail and the risk of avalanches forecast.

Unemployment - Recent figures published have shown an increase in unemployment of 0.5% in the last year in the Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur region. The news comes as French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he expects his flagship labour reforms to produce major results in terms of creating new jobs in France by mid-2019. Since Macron's election, unemployment has dipped to around 9.6 percent - still about twice that of Britain or Germany and well above the European average of 7.8 percent. French unemployment is expected to stabilise at around 9.4 percent by mid-2018, its lowest level since early 2012.

A6 motorway accident - The mayor of Nice has expressed his sadness following the death of a 36 year old father of three and his 4 year old daughter in an accident on the A6 motorway on Wednesday, both were from La Trinite in Nice. The crash involved two cars, one of which was driven by an elderly person who also died in the accident. A 13 year old is reportedly still in a critical condition in hospital.

Border police go on strike - Border police from Menton went on strike on Wednesday in protest against the harsh working conditions and lack of staff. According to figures the checkpoint in the Roya Valley has seen nearly 50,000 migrants in 2017 that’s almost 20,000 more than in 2016.


March for missing Maëlys - Hundreds of people have joined a silent march for a nine-year-old girl whose disappearance from a wedding reception four months ago according to reports, could be linked to the mystery killing of a British couple in the French Alps. There has been no trace of Maëlys since August despite widespread searches and hundreds of police interviews. At least 500 people turned out in the rain and wind to march in the Isère commune where the girl went missing.

Polish sailor spent seven months at sea - The French coast guard has rescued a Polish sailor in the Indian Ocean who says he spent seven months with only his cat for company in a broken-down boat. Investigators are seeking to piece together the itinerary of the 54-year-old who says he took to the sea in his makeshift vessel from the Comoros Islands off the coast of Mozambique in May with the aim of reaching South Africa. Instead of reaching South Africa, he was plucked from the waves well off-course, near the French island of Reunion, after being spotted by the crew of a yacht. The sailor said he and his cat survived on half a packet of Chinese soup per day as well as what he caught by fishing.

French children’s magazine withdrawn from newsstands - A French children's magazine has been withdrawn from newsstands after one of its articles listed Israel along with North Korea as places that were not "real countries." The article in the latest edition of the monthly Youpi magazine, which is aimed at children aged five to eight, caused uproar on social media, with the Israeli ambassador to France saying that she was “shocked” and French Jewish groups calling for the magazine to be removed from shops.


A think tank has warned the UK government that they must intervene to stop automation driving up wage inequality. The Institute for Public Policy Research said robots would not necessarily be bad for the economy. However, it warned lower-skilled jobs were much more likely to be phased out in the coming decades, and only higher-skilled workers would be able to command better wages. The government said it was committed to making automation work for everyone.

American Airlines has apologised to two professional basketball players who were kicked off a flight after being wrongly accused of theft. The two players boarded a plane on Christmas Eve, en route to a game. But before take off, a flight attendant claimed the men had taken blankets from the first class cabin, and they were forced off the plane. It later emerged the pair had been given the blankets by passengers.

And – The head of Tesla Elon Musk has pledged to make a pick-up truck as part of future plans for the electric vehicle-maker. Musk made the promise on Twitter after asking his followers for suggestions about how the firm could improve. But experts note Tesla has suffered repeated delivery delays. That has led some to question whether the loss-making company can meet its existing commitments - which also include a forthcoming articulated lorry and sports car. Mr Musk also made several promises about new features Tesla intends to add to its existing vehicles, including intelligent windscreen wipers.


Football – In the English Premier Leagues Manchester City beat Newcastle 1-0 as they rack up their 18th straight league victory and Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk will join Liverpool when the transfer window re-opens on 1 January in a world record £75m deal. 

Cricket – England will be looking to build upon an impressive second day and reclaim some of the pride that was lost along with the Ashes when they crashed to a third thumping defeat in three Tests in Perth. Alastair Cook broke out of his recent form slump in dramatic fashion on Wednesday when he posted his first century at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, reaching the milestone in the final over before stumps as England enjoyed their best day of the Ashes series against Australia.

Rugby Union - Bath have been fined £60,000 by Premiership Rugby for allowing number eight Taulupe Faletau to play for Wales against South Africa in December. Premiership rules state that clubs are not allowed to release players for Tests outside World Rugby's international window. Bath become the second English club to be punished for this offence. Northampton were also fined £60,000 in 2013 for releasing another Welshman George North to play against Australia.


Clear skies across the Alpes Maritimes and the Var with highs of 13 degrees, with a moderate north westerly wind and gusts of up to 70km/h in the Var. This evening going down to 3 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for Friday and the start of the weekend similar temperatures to today mainly fine with some passing cloud in the Var region.

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