French and Riviera News Tuesday 11th September 2018


Man drowns in Beaulieu sur mer - Police have launched an investigation following the drowning of a 30 year old foreign national at the beach in Beaulieu sur mer on Sunday evening. Firefighters at the scene were unable to revive the victim who is believed to have suffered a heart attack.

Manslaughter - The manager of a laundrette in Nice has been given an 18 month suspended prison sentence and a 225,000 euro fine after being convicted of  of manslaughter. The public prosecutor, Vincent Enel, announced the decision on Monday after it was considered that the company Veritas, had failed to correctly ensure safety measures which led to the death of 72 year old Josée Bernard in 2009 who lived above the laundrette and was exposed to dangerous solvents.

Long delays on the region train network - The region’s train service between Monaco and Nice suffered long delays on Monday afternoon due to a train breaking down at Beaulieu  station.The  SNCF announced that one out of two trains was out of circulation causing delays during peak travel.

Tourism figures - Recent tourism figures for the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region have shown a record number of visitors for the first time in ten years. The Regional Committee for Tourism (CRT), says that the increase in foreign travellers has ranked the South of France region in 2nd place for international tourism, just behind Paris-Ile de France. For the first half of 2018 foreign visitors accounted for 3.8 million hotel nights in the region, an increase of 3.3% and up 1% compared to last year. Among foreign tourists, the British rank first with over 531,000 overnight stays recorded and the American tourists are back with a 12% increase in the region. The airport of Marseille experienced the two busiest months in its history with two million passengers in July and August.


Man arrested after chase on runway at Lyon airport - French police have arrested a man after a high-speed chase on the runway at Lyon airport which ended with him trying to flee on foot. Before driving onto the runway the man had driven the car into the glass doors of one of the airport terminals. Nobody was injured in the incident, which led to the suspension of all flights in and out of Lyon Saint-Exupery airport, situated in the east of the city. A police source said the man's motives were not yet known.

French police use tear gas to disperse motorway protest - French police have used tear gas to disperse around 200 protesters blocking the construction of a ring road near the eastern city of Strasbourg. Regional authorities gave the green light in August to the plan for the construction of the 24-kilometre stretch of motorway. But critics say it will destroy farmland and threaten endangered species including the great hamster of Alsace.

Deauville Film Festival - This year’s 44th edition of the Deauville Film Festival has honoured American actor Morgan Freeman. Every year the festival celebrates the best of American cinema and this year the award went to Freeman who has starred in a hundred films over his 50 year career.


The pound has risen by more than a cent against the US dollar after the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said that a Brexit deal is possible within 8 weeks “if we are realistic”.

It’s the second time in a week that Mr Barnier has made comments that are being interpreted as a softening of the European Union’s stance on the Brexit negotiations.

The possibility that the UK might crash out of the EU without a deal has been weighing on sterling in recent weeks.

The British Prime Minister Theresa May is reported to be putting more efforts into reducing opposition to her proposed Chequers plan for Britain’s exit from the EU although there’s still sizeable opposition from sections of her own ruling Conservative Party as well as in the rest of Parliament.


Volkswagen has gone on trial in Germany in the first court case against the carmaker over the diesel emissions scandal.

Investors are pursuing VW for  some 9.2 billion euros in damages,claiming that the firm should have come clean sooner about falsifying emissions data.

Shareholders are seeking compensation for the near 40 percent slide in VW’s share price triggered by the scandal.

So far,the affair has cost Volkswagen 27.4 billion euros in penalties and fines.

The case involves around 50 lawyers and the judge has said that the legal process is highly complicated with many questions to be clarified.


And-California has signed legislation committing the state to exclusively carbon-free electricity sources by 2045.

The new bill sets the state against President Trump’s energy policy with Governor Jerry Brown vowing to honour the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.

Last year,President Trump said that he would pull the US out of the deal and negotiate a new deal for US businesses.

Under the terms of the California legislation,all utility firms must get 60 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2030 and by 2045 all Californian electricity will have to come from carbon-free or renewable sources.


Cricket-Alistair Cook has marked his final appearance for England with  century on day 4 of the 5th and final Test against India at the Oval.

Cook made 147 and received a standing ovation lasting more than 3 minutes when he was eventually out.

Skipper Joe Root made 125 as England declared their second innings on 423-8 leaving India chasing an improbable 464 for victory.

At stumps,India had reached 58-3 in their second innings with James Anderson taking two wickets leaving him just one short of beating Glen McGrath’s all time record for Test wickets as a pace bowler.

Play resumes at noon French time on the final day.

Football-Scotland got their Uefa Nations League campaign off to a winning start last night with a 2-0 victory over Albania in Group C1.

In other results Sweden were beaten 3-2 at home by Turkey in Group B2 while Portugal beat Italy 1-0 in Group A3.

There’s more Nations League action tonight as well as some international friendly games including England against Switzerland,Northern Ireland against Israel and Poland against the Republic of Ireland.

Rugby Union-England’s leading clubs are to meet today to decide whether to accept a 275 million pound takeover offer for the Premiership from the private equity firm CVC Capital Partners.

The proposed deal for 51 percent of the league values the Premiership at more than half a billion pounds but is likely to be rejected initially.

Several clubs believe that the deal seriously undervalues the Premiership and there are concerns about giving up commercial control.

CVC are the former owners of Formula 1 and have attracted criticism for a pursuit of profit and lack of investment in the sport.

Golf-Justin Rose has become the new world number one after finishing in second place at the BMW Championship in Philadelphia.

The 38 year old replaces Dustin Johnson after losing a play-off against Keegan Bradley.

He says that he’s immensely proud and has been playing solidly over the past year.


Mainly fine with light southerly winds.

Top temperatures 27-30 degrees Celsius.

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

Wednesday and Thursday-Partially cloudy with highs of 25-27 degrees.


Boredom strikes the average Brit for five years of their life. Most succumb twice a day – adding up to a total of two hours.

Doing the washing-up and buying socks have been identified as some of the dullest things.

Other mundane aspects of day-to-day life include taking the bins out, scrolling through photos of food on social media and cricket.

Almost half of those polled by the British Heart Foundation think life is boring.

And despite having an average of around four hours of free time a day, 34% admit they waste it by doing nothing or filling the time with tedious tasks.






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