French and Riviera News Thursday 8th March 2018


Strike Action - Employees of Galderma have announced strike action today. 550 employees affected by the closure of the site at Sophia Antipolis are protesting against the social plan proposed by the Nestlé Group. Negotiations between management and unions are due to come to an end on March 19th.

Natural disasters - A report published in February has revealed that Nice is amongst the cities in France most affected by natural disasters with more than 60% of incidents being linked to flooding. Nice was followed closely by Antibes, Cagnes-sur-Mer and Cannes.

INSEE - Women are more qualified than men in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region. New figures from INSEE show almost 29% of women graduate from higher education, compared to 27% of men. The study also shows women make up 52% of the population, and live on average, six years longer.

Archaeologists in Arles - Archaeologists in Arles have discovered a bizarre object at the bottom of the Rhone River which after several months of investigation has led them to believe that it was used by locals to drink Italian white wine from. The small objects date back to about 70 or 140 years BC and were originally thought to be salt shakers however, new evidence suggests they were actually used to extract wine from the barrels of commercial boats which at the time imported  wines from Italy.

Monaco Run - The Monegasque Athletics Federation is organizing for the 8th consecutive year the Monaco Run this Sunday, the 11th March. The event will feature three different running routes for all levels. Last year the run gathered more than 1700 runners representing 39 nationalities with the participation of Sebastian Coe and Paula Radcliffe. To register go to Departure is from Quai Albert 1er at 9.30am.

Beach clean-up –And the Animal fund association in Monaco and France is organizing a beach clean-up on Sunday at 2.30pm in Menton. Focusing on the protection of our Ocean and its marine life the event aims to spread awareness. For more information go to


Road safety - The French government has confirmed that an 80km/h speed limit will be introduced on countryside roads in France from July 1st. The new measure, which is part of a plan to make the country's roads safer, is to go ahead despite opposition to the move. The reform, will see the speed limit reduced from 90km/h to 80km/h on all two-lane highways and will be implemented from July 1st 2018 until July 1st 2020 as a two-year trial. In an open letter to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, which was made public, the heads of 28 departments in France asked the government to drop the move. They pushed instead for roads to be looked at on case-by-case basis, paying particular attention to the roads where more accidents happen. 

Airbus - European planemaker Airbus is to cut 3,720 jobs due to plans to reduce production. The announcement was made by unions on Wednesday following a meeting with management at the company's headquarters in Toulouse. The staff reductions are expected to come through redeployment, retirement, non-renewal of short-term contracts and cutting sub-contractors. They will affect personnel in France, Germany, the UK and Spain. According to reports Germany will be the worst hit with 1,900 jobs going, Spain will lose 850, France 470 and the UK 450.

Chanel - The fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has been criticised by environmentalists after reportedly chopping down several old oak and poplar trees for his Chanel catwalk show. Campaigners said his attempt to present Chanel’s green credentials had badly backfired. Lagerfeld turned the Paris’s Grand Palais into an autumn forest for the event using dead leaves, moss, logs and nine tall trees.


The Trump administration has shown some signs of softening its position on new tariffs on steel and aluminium after the White House said that countries such as Canada and Mexico could be excluded.
The Financial Times reports that  the shift in tone came a day after Mr Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn who is said to have stepped down in opposition to the tariffs.
The President has been under intense pressure from political allies and leading business figures over his plans but,according to his trade adviser Peter Navarro,he’ll still sign a proclamation today that would see the tariffs go into effect in 15 to 30 days.
The FT says that the proclamation would include a provision excluding Canada and Mexico temporarily while efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement proceed.

The European aerospace giant Airbus has said that 3,700 jobs could go across its four main manufacturing bases because of falling production rates of its A380 and A400M jets.
Airbus says that jobs would be affected in the UK,France,Germany and Spain after announcing a reduction in the numbers of planes manufactured from 2020.
Recent media reports have speculated that there will be thousands of job cuts at the firm.
Airbus said that it was committed to “managing any implications for its workforce” in a responsible manner and that it would be able to propose opportunities for most of the affected employees through other programmes that are growing.

And-Reuters is reporting that Goldman Sachs has put a number of staff on notice to move from London to Frankfurt within weeks as it braces for the UK’s exit from the European Union.
In an exclusive report,Reuters says that the US bank has run out of patience and can no longer wait for clarity from lawmakers on how its business might be affected by Brexit.
Goldman Sachs is said to have informed members of its London-based derivatives and debt capital markets teams working on German accounts that their activities will be relocated to its base in Frankfurt and to make the necessary preparations to move by the end of June.


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Wales have made 10 changes for Sunday’s 6 Nations game against Italy in Cardiff with the Scarlets flanker James Davis winning his first cap in the back row where Taulupe Faletau returns at number 8 to captain the side.
Gareth Anscome comes in at fly-half with George North returning on the wing.
An all new front row features Elliot Lee at hooker alongside Nicky Smith and Tomas Francis with Bradley Davis joining Cory Hill in the second row.

The England wing Anthony Watson says that the squad have not discussed earning bonus point in their game against France in Paris on Saturday.
Ireland top the 6 Nations table and England could need a bonus point against the French to keep their Championship hopes alive.
Watson said  the only focus is to win in France.
If Ireland score 4 tries to beat Scotland on Saturday with a bonus point then England will also need a bonus point against France or Joe Schmidt’s side woill be champions.
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Football-Manchester City are through to the quarter finals of the Champions League despite losing 2-1 at home to Basel last night.City take the tie 5-2 on aggregate.
Spurs are out.They lost 2-1 at Wembley against Juventus last night to lose the tie 4-3 on aggregate.
Wolves have gone 6 points clear in the English Championship after a 3-0 away win at Leeds United last night while in the Scottish Premiership Kilmarnock beat St Johnstone 2-0.

Round of 16 Europa League games are being played tonight with Arsenal away at AC Milan.Marseilles are at home to Athletic Bilbao while Lyon travel to CSKA.

Cycling-The UCI president has said that the sport’s world governing body should investigate whether Team Sky broke anti-doping rules.
David Lappartient says that the findings of a UK Parliamentary report could affect the global credibility of the sport.
The report which was published on Monday said that Team Sky had “crossed an ethical line” by using drugs allowed under anti-doping rules for medical purposes to enhance performance.

Formula 1-Fernando Alonso says that there is nothing “fundamentally wrong” with the car after McLaren suffered more problems in pre-season testing.
Alonso was unable to get out on the track for nearly 7 hours after his car was struck by an oil problem  but he said later that the issues are “well under control”.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes set the pace at Barcelona on Wednesday.


Mainly fine with moderate to strong westerly winds and a high of 15-16 degrees.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 5 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Partially cloudy tomorrow with a high of 14.Rain arriving  on Friday night lasting all day Saturday. Highs of 12-14 degrees.


According to research British women are happiest, healthiest and most body confident in their forties

A nationwide survey of British women in their forties and fifties has revealed 44 to be the perfect age for a woman, with 70 percent saying they feel happier and healthier than ever before

Among the famous faces who turn 44 this year include Kate Moss, Eva Mendes, Penelope Cruz, Amy Adams, Emilia Fox and Victoria Beckham.

41 percent saying they do not have the same hang ups or insecurities as they did in their youth.

Overall, 85 percent said they started to feel different about their health and well-being in their forties, with two thirds saying they feel more confident and body positive than they did when they were younger.




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