French and Riviera News Thursday 5th July 2018


Fire risk in the Var - Authorities in the Var have placed the coastal area at Hyères on alert due to the risk of fire. Several coastal paths are closed today as well as access to forest areas in the region.

Meanwhile violent hail storms and strong winds have hit parts of France with one man killed by a falling tree. The bad weather hit south western France on Wednesday with 19 departments remaining on alert for much of today. Several power lines were damaged with 185,000 homes deprived of electricity

China's HNA Group boss falls to his death - The co-founder and chairman of the giant Chinese HNA Group has died in a fall in southern France, while touring the Provence region. 57 year old Wang Jian, was visiting the picturesque village of Bonnieux when he fell. Rescue services in the region were unable to revive him. Mr Wang helped turn HNA into one of the world's biggest companies, with assets in aviation, tourism and finance.

Jewelry store robbed in San Remo - Five people have been arrested in Nice in connection with a robbery of a jewellery store in San Remo. Luxury watches with of value of nearly a million euros were taken during the robbery which took place on Tuesday.

Bus network - Ligne d’Azur has announced a partnership with Uber, where holders of annual passes, will be able to hail an Uber taxi after 8pm for a fixed fare of six euros. The fare will apply on journeys to or from certain tram stations, or on one of the 17 bus routes with no evening service.

In another development, the bus company also launched onto the Zenbus app which allows passengers to follow, in real time, the whereabouts of their bus on several routes in Nice. The application is free and is already in service on more than 80 networks across France.

French winemakers - French winemakers and wine lovers have been up in arms as a Japanese couple, who earned rave reviews for their very first vintage, are threatened with deportation. More than 42,000 people have already signed a petition blasting the "crazy, foolish and shameful decision", with wine and restaurant critics joining the outcry. The "exceptional" wine produced in the region of Roussillon, in southern France became an instant hit after their first harvest last year.

But immigration officials said the couple could not stay in France because they were not earning enough and their business was "not viable".


Nantes - Groups of young people continue to clash with police in the French city of Nantes after a 22-year-old man was shot dead by an officer during a police check. The circumstances in which the man was killed are being investigated by the police. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is expected to meet with officials in the city today.

Meeting between former right-wing opponents - According to French media former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to meet with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe at the Elysee on Friday. The meeting is believed to have no political agenda as the two former right-wing opponents plan to lunch in what is described as “an amicable atmostphere”. 

Asian hornets - Scientists have made a breakthrough in the fight to stop the spread of Asian hornets. Last year, a team from the University of Exeter based in Cornwall travelled to Jersey and France to test electronic radio tags. The aim was to find a fast, efficient way of tracking the hornets so nests can be disposed of. Asian hornets have been seen in Spain, France, the Channel Islands and the UK.  


China has said that it will not fire the first shot in a trade war with the United States and will not be the first to levy tariffs.

A statement from the Chinese Finance Ministry which was released on Wednesday said that the government’s position had been stated many times and that China would not implement tariff measures ahead of the United States doing so.

Washington has said that it will implement tariffs on 34 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods from tomorrow with China threatening to retaliate on the same day.

Chinese media has been keeping up a steady stream of anti-American rhetoric with the official China Daily newspaper saying that the United States is intentionally trying to prevent China from developing to keep it from challenging America’s role in the global economic order.


The advertising giant WPP is reported to have warned its former boss Sir Martin Sorrell that he could lose his multi-million pound exit package because his new venture is seeking to buy a business that it is also interested in.

Reuters says that WPP lawyers have written to the 74 year old  to warn him that he risks losing share awards totalling a possible 20 million pounds if he breaches confidentiality obligations.

WPP is competing with Sir Martin’s new venture S4 Capital to buy the Dutch media agency Mediamonks.He left WPP without a non-compete clause.


And-Jaguar Land Rover has warned that a bad Brexit deal will hit its profits and threaten its investment plans.

The UK’s biggest car maker which is owned by Tata Motors of India said that it’s “heart and soul is in the UK”.

However,it said that without frictionless trade its UK investment plans would be in “jeopardy”.

The warning came as the British government set out its plans for a possible post-Brexit customs deal.

Downing Street said that the plan,which has been dubbed the “facilitated customs arrangement” offers the “best of both worlds”.

The plan would allow the UK to set its own tariffs on goods arriving in the country with technology being used to determine beforehand where they will ultimately end up  and therefore whether UK or EU tariffs should be paid.

Media reports have suggested that the UK Secretary for Exiting the European Union David Davis has told Prime Minister Theresa May that the plan “won’t work”.


Football-Reports say that Real Madrid are considering an offer of some 100 million euros from Juventus for the Portugal star Ronaldo.
The 33 year old is Madrid’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals but his age and Real’s need to reshape their squad could see a sale go through.

Tennis-It was another day of shocks on day 3 of Wimbledon although Roger Federer didn’t disappoint his fans.
The world number two,who’s looking for his 9th Wimbledon title beat Lukas Lacko in round two in straight sets and will now face Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.
In the women’s event Serena Williams made round 3 comfortably with a 6-1 6-4 win over Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria while Venus Williams beat Alexandra Dulgheru in three sets.
Out of the competition though went the Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka .

Formula 1-Eric Boullier has left McLaren as the team restructures its management following another disappointing start to the season.
Boullier said that it was “the right time to leave” his position as racing director.
McLaren have struggled to qualify in the top 10 this season after having started the year with ambitions of competing with Red Bull.



Mainly fine in coastal areas-some showers and thunderstorms possible inland with light to moderate variable winds.

Top temperatures 27-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland with clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Fine in coastal areas,possible thunder inland with highs of 26-29 degrees.


New research has suggested that feeling younger than you are may slow down the rate your brain ages,

People who feel younger than their years have greater volumes of grey matter in their brains, which is involved in hearing, emotions, decision making and self control.

They also have better memories, consider themselves healthier and are less likely to be depressed. 

Feeling old before your time may be due to a loss of grey matter making everyday tasks more challenging, according to the researchers.  

Previous research suggests the volume and weight of the brain begins to decline by around five per cent per decade when a person reaches 40 years old. 







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