French and Riviera News.Tuesday.01.08.2017

Heatwave-The Alpes-Maritimes and the Var have been placed on a yellow heatwave alert with Meteo France predicting temperatures will be 5-6 degrees above seasonal norms until the end of the week.

The temperature in Monaco at 4am this morning was 28 degrees Celsius and daytime temperatures along the coast are expected to reach 33 degrees this afternoon.Inland,temperatures could reach 36-37 degrees.

People are advised to drink plenty of fluids and to avoid alcohol while children,the elderly and those with health problems such as a heart condition are warned not to overexert themselves.


Missing family-Police in Toulon are appealing for information about woman who’s been missing with her two children from her home since last Thursday.

Majda El Madjoub was seen in a shopping area of Toulon with her mother on the 27th of July.She has no ID papers with her and no mobile phone.Her two children are aged 4 and 5 and are believed to be with her.

The missing woman is 1 meter 65 and has mid-length brown hair.She was wearing a yellow headscarf when last seen.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 04 98 03 53 00.


Marseilles shooting-A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being found with a gunshot wound in the high-rise Consolat area of the city.

The victim was found lying unconscious outside a convenience store and rushed to hospital.Police are investigating.


Re-armed-An agricultural worker who had his forearm ripped off by farm machinery has had it sewn back on.

The 32 year old was suffered the accident after his arm got caught in a jammed galvanised steel mechanism.

Fortunately his colleagues had the foresight to put the severed limb in the freezer and he was airlifted to hospital in Marseilles where his arm was sewn back on by surgeons in an operation lasting 4 hours.

He’s expected to regain full use of his arm within 3-6 months.


Stadium ban-A man who ran onto the pitch during last week’s Champions League match between Nice and Ajax at the Allianz Riviera has been banned from the stadium for 6 months.

The incident happened in the 80th minute of the game and the man was quickly tackled by stewards before being taken away by police.

He’s to appear in court in connection with the offence at a later date and has been freed on police bail.


Burglary warning-With the summer season in full swing and more and more people away on holiday,authorities are reminding people to make sure that they take the maximum precautions against the chance of being burgled.

Cameras and alarms may be enough to dissuade some burglars but not all,so it’s a good idea to inform neighbours that you’re going to be away and ask them to keep an eye out.

Police also advise residents to lock everything up before they go out and not even leave a small window open anywhere in the property.

People living in ground floor apartments are also warned that it’s not advisable to sleep with the windows open at night-no matter how hot it is, as many burglaries take place at night time when properties are occupied.

If you come home to find that you’ve been burgled,it’s important not to touch anything.Call 17 and wait for the police to arrive.


In national news.


Heatwave conditions-Many parts of the south east of France are set for heatwave conditions over the next 24-36 hours with temperatures exceeding 35 degrees.

Western parts of France have been seeing heavy thunderstorms accompanied by hail and strong winds in places.

The storms have been caused by a mass of warm air from the Sahara meeting with a colder Atlantic front.

19 departments are under a storm warning this morning but the south east of France along with large parts of Italy is likely to see very high daytime temperatures between now and the end of the week.


Actress dies-The legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau has died at the age of 89.

The star,who appeared in some of the most critically acclaimed films of the 20th century was found dead at her home in Paris on Monday.

She was once described  by Orson Welles as “the best actress in the world” and made her breakthrough into cinema in 1957.

Her international career was launched after she starred in Francois Truffaut’s iconic movie ‘Jules et Jim’ and she won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1960 for her role in Peter Brook’s ‘Seven Days,Seven Nights’.

Her last role in a movie was two years ago.

President Macron said that Jeanne Moreau had “embodied cinema” and that she was a free spirit who “always rebelled against the established order”.


Olympics-Paris is set to stage the 2024 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games after rival Los Angeles was awarded the games in 2028.

The development paves the way for Paris to be awarded the 2024 games.

The mayor of Paris,Anne Hidalgo said  that a “win-win-win agreement can be reached” ahead of the IOC session in Lima next month.

Paris last staged the summer Olympics way back in 1924




A split in the bitcoin community is set to create a new incompatible version of the cryptocurrency today.

A group of insiders has been unhappy over plans to speed up transaction times and are now to offer existing investors a matching amount of a new virtual asset called Bitcoin Cash which could put pressure on the value of original bitcoins.

Some experts have warned that there could be trading chaos over the coming days.

Several popular bitcoin platforms are refusing to support the new coins.

Investors who currently rely on some bitcoin currency exchanges and virtual wallets will be unable to take advantage of the offer unless they switch to alternative providers.


Shares in the electric carmaker Tesla have fallen by 3.5 percent after chief executive Elon Musk warned that the firm would face “manufacturing hell” as it increases production of its new mass-market Model 3 sedan.

On Friday,Mr Musk said that customers had made more than half a million advance reservations for the Model 3 as the firm bids to become a profitable electric carmaker.

Tesla is counting on the Model 3 to transform it into a heavyweight of the automobile industry but investors are nervous about the chief executive’s warning of production problems.

Tesla reports its quarterly results tomorrow when investors will get a bigger idea how much production of the new car is eating into its cash reserves.


And-The French and Italian governments remain at loggerheads this morning over the ownership of France’s largest shipyard.

Last week,the French government nationalised the STX France shipyard at Saint-Nazaire on the Atlantic coast.

The move was designed to prevent a majority stake being taken by an Italian firm.

France says that it is seeking to defend its strategic interests by retaining a 50 percent stake in the shipyard.It’s the only one in the country big enough to build aircraft carriers and also builds other large warships as well as cruise liners.

The Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri along with another Italian investor reached an agreement to buy a majority stake in the Saint-Nazaire operation after it was put up for sale by its biggest shareholder STX of South Korea.

Talks between the Italian and French finance ministers will be held in Rome today in a bid to settle the row.




Cricket-England have beaten South Africa by 239 runs to win the third Test at the Oval and go 2-1 up in the 4 match series.

Moeen Ali was England’s hero as he took a hat-trick to wrap up South Africa’s second innings on 252.

It’s the first time that an England spinner has taken a hat-trick since 1938 and he’s only the 4th man in history to seal a Test win with three wickets in consecutive balls.

The 4th and final Test starts at Old Trafford on Friday.


Football-Manchester United have completed the signing of the Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic for 40 million pounds.

The 28 year old Serbia international is reunited with Jose Mourinho who he played under at Stamford Bridge.


Formula 1-Daniel Ricciardo says that he’s prepared to “move on” from the crash with Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen which ended his Hungarian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo was visibly angry after the accident on the opening lap of the race and said afterwards that it had “been amateur,to say the least”.

On Monday he said that the situation was handled and taken care of in the right way to move forward.


Rugby Union-Lee Halfpenny is poised to join Scarlets from Toulon in a deal partly funded by the Welsh Rugby Union.

The Wales international is out of contract at Toulon and is said to have opted for Scarlets over Cardiff Blues who he left to join the French club in 2014.

He’s expected to be awarded a national dual contract which would see 60 percent of his salary paid by the Welsh Rugby Union.


Athletics-The defending champion and 800 meters world record holder David Rudisha is out of the World Championships which start in London on Friday.

The 28 year old has a quad muscle strain and  won’t be fit.


Golf-Rory McIlroy has split from his caddy JP Fitzgerald after a 9 year partnership.

McIlroy hasn’t won a major for 4 years and has been on a poor run of form.

He’s due to speak to the press about the decision before the Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio tomorrow.





Partially cloudy with moderate easterly winds.

Top temperatures 33 degrees in coastal areas,up to 36-37 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 24 degrees with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Clear skies and remaining hot with highs of 31-37 degrees.



Jakarta's administrators have banned motorbikes from a new overpass that opened in the city this weekend, over fears that its potential popularity as a spot for taking selfies could cause accidents.

The Semanggi Interchange is named after a common plant which resembles a four-leaf clover and the roads it passes over are shaped the same way.

They have also been lit with thousands of diodes that change colour every few seconds.

A Jakarta Transportation Agency official said the ban was aimed at keeping motorcyclists safe, as the area was already known to attract selfie-takers.An official said "We are concerned about their safety because instead of crossing the interchange, they may just go there to take pictures".




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