French and Riviera News Monday 9th October 2017


Strike Action - Airlines have been recommended to reduce their flights by 30% on Tuesday due to strike action called by the civil service unions. Airports affected are likely to include Paris' Charles de Gaulle and Orly, as well as Beauvais, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes. Unions have urged some 5.4 million public service workers including schools and hospitals to take part in the strike on Tuesday in protest over measures announced by the government.

Fire in Gilette - 12 hectares of land has been destroyed by a fire in Gilette. The fire which broke out on Saturday morning was still not fully under control by Sunday evening as sixty firefighters and two Canadairs were deployed to fight the blaze - more reinforcements have been mobilised to extinguish the fire this morning. No one was injured but access to the village has been closed and will remain closed until 6pm this evening.

Patients evacuated after a fire breaks out in a hospital - Meanwhile patients who were evacuated from the Sainte-Masse hospital in Toulon have been allowed to return to the premises. Some 60 people were evacuated on Sunday evening after a fire broke out. Staff confirmed that nobody was injured and an investigation has been opened into the cause.

Dolphin rescued in Menton - A dolphin which had been washed up onto the shores of a beach in Menton has been successfully treated by medical staff and placed back in the water. The dolphin was rescued on Sunday afternoon after being spotted by beach goers in the area.

Car registration in the Principality - Car owners in the Principality have until December 31st to renew their vehicle’s registration for 2018. Payments can be made online or by cheque to the traffic securities department. Payment must be made before December 31, 2017. A late penalty will apply, per vehicle, from January 1, 2018.

Best places to live in the Alpes Maritimes - A recent study has revealed the most attractive palaces to live in the Alpes Maritimes and Valbonne takes the number one spot with the best equipped village, most advantageous property tax, employment opportunities and education. Beaulieu-sur-mer came second followed by Biot, Mouans Sartoux and Antibes.

Search for football fan seen sporting OGC Nice top at England’s Premier league match - The OGC Nice football team are looking for a supporter who has been spotted sporting the team’s football shirt surrounded by Bournemouth fans at their match in the UK’s Premier league. The footage broadcast on SFR sport has caused much amusement and led to the team calling for anyone who may know the man’s identity to come forward.


Three men charged in connection with explosives found in Paris - French prosecutors have charged three men in connection with a makeshift explosive device made of gas canisters placed inside an apartment block in western Paris. The three were charged with "attempted murder in an organised group in connection with a terrorist enterprise" and placed in pre-trial detention.

Human rights lawyers - Human rights lawyers have said that hundreds of unaccompanied children claiming to have relatives in Britain are stranded in France where their asylum cases are not being actively considered. A study by the human rights committee of the bar (BHRC), released a year after the demolition of the Calais refugee camp, warns that as many as 400 children are trapped in France and are still vulnerable to trafficking, abuse and disease. The allegations that asylum applications are not being properly considered is disputed by the Home Office, which points to six alternative legal routes by which children can still enter the UK. 

Carmaker Renault - French carmaker Renault has announced plans to make half of its models electric or hybrid by 2022. The plan aims to boost Renault annual revenues to 70 billion euros ($82.2 billion) by 2022 from 51 billion euros last year, in part through an effort to double sales outside its traditional markets in Europe – especially Russia and China.


The British Prime Minister Theresa May is to tell Parliament today that the UK can “prove the doomsayers wrong” when it comes to Brexit. Mrs May is expected to say that “progress will not always be smooth” but will add that she wants the best possible deal for both the UK and the EU. The Prime Minister will address Parliament as the 5th round of Brexit negotiations gets underway in Brussels. It’s the final set of talks before EU leaders meet to decide whether enough progress has been made to talk about post-Brexit trade relations with the UK. Last week,the European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker said that it would take miracles for the necessary progress to have been made before the summit. The European Parliament has also said that more needs to be done.

The French bank Credit Agricole has expressed interest in buying Germany’s Commerzbank should it be put up for sale. In an interview with the Handelsblatt newspaper,Credit Agricole’s chief executive Phillipe Brassac said that he would like the French bank to be better positioned in Germany,as it is in Italy. Mr Brassac said that although Credit Agricole’s strategy plan focuses on organic growth until 2019,it doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t take a look at interesting possibilities. He said that should Commerzbank come on to the market then Credit Agricole would have to analyse it as one of the significant institutes in the eurozone.

And-Oil prices have edged up in Asian trade this morning following a 2 percent decline on Friday on expectations that Saudi Arabia would continue to restrain its output in order to support prices. Prices have also been supported after data showing the number of rigs drilling in for new oil in the US fell. Oil fell by 2 percent on Friday on renewed concerns about overproduction. Brent crude futures were trading at 55 dollars 70 a little earlier this morning-up by 0.14 percent with West Texas Intermediate at 49 dollars 44-an increase of 0.3 percent from Friday’s close.


Football-There was heartache for Scotland last night as a 2-2 draw away at Slovenia wasn’t enough to take them into the World Cup playoffs. Gordan Strachan’s side led 1-0 at half time but conceded 2 goal after the break and although they levelled just before the end of the match it wasn’t enough to take them through. England end as group winners following another low key 1-0 victory away in Lithuania while Slovakia take the runner’s up spot on goal difference from Scotland. Northern Ireland have made the playoffs despite losing 1-0 in Norway.

Tonight it’s a huge game between Wales and the Republic of Ireland.The winners will definitely make the playoffs while a draw would be enough for Wales who can also still win the group should leaders Serbia slip up at home to Georgia.

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton has one hand on his 4th drivers’ championship after winning Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Hamilton’s title challenger Sebastien Vettel dropped out of the race after four laps with engine trouble. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finished second and third. Hamilton now has a 59 point lead over Vettel at the top of the drivers’ championship and he can clinch the world title at the US Grand Prix if he wins the race and Vettel is lower than 4th. The US Grand Prix takes place at Austin on the 22nd of October.

Rugby Union-Jamie George scored a hat-trick of Tries on Sunday as Saracens beat Wasps 38-19 to go top of the Aviva Premiership in England. Saracens top the table on 23 points with Exeter on 22 and Northampton and Newcastle on 20 points each.

Golf-Tyrrell Hatton has become the first player to defend the Dunhill Links Championship as he won by 3 shots from Ross Fisher. The world number 29 fired a final 6 under par 66 to end on 24 under par-three shots clear of Fisher who set a new course record with an 11 under par 61. Rory McIlroy finished 20 shots behind the winner and will end 2017 without a single title to his name.


Mainly fine with light variable   winds. Top temperatures 24 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 15 degrees in coastal areas and 11 degrees inland with clear skies.  

Tuesday and Wednesday–Mainly fine with highs of 21-24 degrees


Two thirds of householders admit cleaning their home before the cleaner comes. They're so house-proud they can't bear the thought of the hired help seeing how they slum it. The figures even higher (80%) for families with kids, according to a survey for kitchen retailer Magnet.

And 93% of forty-somethings say they clean or tidy before the cleaner comes.

The living room (46%) and kitchen (32%) are the two rooms we like to show off the most and a staggering 95% of Brits consider themselves house-proud.










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