French and Riviera News Thursday 6th September 2018


Ikea on the Côte d’Azur - The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has announced the construction of the Swedish furniture giant Ikea on the Côte d’Azur will start in October. After long negotiations, in April 2013, a declaration of intent was signed by Estrosi and the CEO of Ikea France. The project is to start next month located just behind the Allianz Riviera in the Plaine du Var and will take 26 months to complete.  It will consist of a commercial complex of 540,000 m2 and nine residential buildings, offices and shops.

Child with suspected cholera taken to hospital - A plane arriving from Africa has been evacuated at Perpignan airport following warnings that a child on board was carrying Cholera. The emergency alert took place on Wednesday afternoon, and involved an ASL Airlines flight from Oran, the port city in Algeria. The child, was taken to the city hospital for examination. The other 147 passengers, as well as crew were warned about the dangers of Cholera. The eight-year-old child is still undergoing tests.  A cholera outbreak has killed two people in Algeria since August 7th. Cholera is caused by contaminated food or water. It can be treated  easily through  rehydration, but can kill in a few hours if not detected.

Car catches fire on the A8 motorway - Traffic came to a standstill on the A8 motorway on Wednesday afternoon after a car caught fire eastbound between Nice St-Isidore and Nice-Nord. Firefighters were at the scene, the cause is not yet known.

Fight against school bullying - An awareness campaign to tackle school bullying has been launched in schools in the region. Recent figures show that two out of ten students are physically or mentally harassed during their school years. As part of the campaign, victims can report cases to a toll-free number 3020 or go to the website set up by the Ministry of National Education

Warning of heavy rainfall and flooding from the Prefect of the PACA region - The Prefect of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region has launched a campaign warning people in the region of intense rainfall expected in the coming months related to climate change. On Wednesday, Pierre Dartout,  warned of similar episodes of heavy rain which have previously hit the region between September to December. In October 2015 20 people were killed in the Alpes Maritimes due to heavy rain and flooding.


Scallop war - A deal has been reached to bring an end to the clashes between French and British fishermen in the Channel, but boat captains on the Normandy coast have promised to fight on if any British boats come near their fishing grounds before October. Under the deal sketched out in London on Wednesday, the limits on bigger boats will remain. But the smaller British boats under 15m (50ft) will be subjected to the same rules and be given compensation for losses. The terms still have to be finalised in Paris on Friday. But the two governments said that under a voluntary agreement all UK vessels would "respect the French closure period in the Baie de Seine".

France jails ex-British Navy Captain - A 70-year-old retired British navy captain and two other Britons have been given jail sentences in France for trying to smuggle a dozen Vietnamese migrants across the Channel in a motorboat.  The three men were arrested a few kilometres from the coast in northern France after a tip-off from British authorities. The retired naval captain, Ronald Scott, was sentenced to 30 months and given a 10-year ban from French territory, while the other two were given sentences of one and two years respectively. Each migrant had reportedly paid 9,000 euros for the short trip from the French coast to Britain.


A report by Reuters says that investor confidence is being shaken by turmoil in emerging markets coupled with fears over a potentially severe escalation in the US-China trade war.
Investors are focused on the public consultation period on the Trump administration’s intent to impose tariffs on an additional 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods which ends today.
Analysts at JP Morgan have warned that an escalation of the trade war may be imminent  with investors nervous and also watching developments  as the US and Canada resume talks on revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Meanwhile,Bloomberg says that the current rout in emerging markets is the longest since 2008 as confidence cracks.It says that some analysts consider that the slump is more than just a knee jerk reaction to higher US interest rates or the unfolding trade war  and has become a fully-fledged crisis of confidence for investors in developing nations.

The pound has risen against both the dollar and the euro following reports that the UK and Germany are making progress towards a Brexit deal.
Sterling rose by 1 percent against the dollar and by half a percent against the euro following several media reports.
However,the pound slid back in afternoon trading after both London and Berlin denied that there had been any change.
Bloomberg was among those reporting that the German government was ready to accept a less detailed agreement on future UK-EU trade ties but experts later cautioned that the EU’s policy was not decided by Berlin.
The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier is yet to comment on the report.He’ll resume talks in Brussels today with the UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU Dominic Raab.

And-Mercedes is to take on Tesla after unveiling its first fully electric SUV.
The EQC which has 2 electric motors has a range of more than 450 kilometers.
It will start rolling off the production line at Bremen next year.
Daimler,the parent company of Mercedes has invested more than 10 billion euros in the expansion of its electric vehicle range and more than a billion euros in battery production.
The new SUV is the first of 10 EQ cars that Mercedes is planning to launch by 2022.


Tennis-Kei Nishikori has beaten Marin Cilic in 5 sets to reach the semi finals of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
The Japanese star came through 2-6 6-4 7-6 4-6 6-4 in four hours and 8 minutes.
He’ll now play Novak Dvokovic who beat  John Millman in straight sets.

In the women’s event,Naomi Osaka of Japan reached her first grand slam semi final with  a 6-1 6-1 win over unseeded Lesia Tsurenko and will now play Madison Keys who beat Carla Suarez Navarro  64 6-3.

Golf-Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has named his 4 wildcard picks for the tournament.
Paul Casey,Sergio Garcia,Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson all get the nod.
The Ryder Cup starts at Le Golf National near Paris on the 28th of September.

Football-The new Uefa Nations League gets underway tonight with Germany against France in Group A1 while Norway face Cyprus and Slovenia play Bulgaria in Group C3.Wales play the Republic of Ireland in Group B4.

Rugby Union-The England coach Eddie Jones has said that Danny Cipriani will be judged solely on his performances on the pitch for Gloucester.
Cipriani was recently fined after admitting common assault  and avoiding arrest following an incident outside a Jersey nightclub but Jones says that the issue has been “dealt with” and that the player is in contention for the autumn internationals.
England will face South Africa,New Zealand,Japan and Australia at Twickenham between the 3rd and 24th of November.  



Partially cloudy with the risk of showers and scattered thunderstorms developing across the region this afternoon.Light variable winds and a high of 26 degrees.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees on the coast and 17 degrees inland with mainly clear skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Partially cloudy with occasional showers and a high of 26.



A woman who pranked her husband over a £250,000 lottery win last month has scooped £1m for real.

Having fallen for the initial trick, Daniel Peart, 27, did not believe wife Charlotte, 28, when she called him at work last week to reveal they were millionaires.

Mr Peart, a self-employed carpenter from Cambridgeshire, was so sceptical he passed the phone to his brother. It was only when she sent him a screenshot of the winning message that he realised it was true - and he was "stunned".







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