French and Riviera News Tuesday 12th June 2018


Detainee charged during the investigation of the Nice terror attack kills himself in prison - A detainee charged during the investigation of the Nice terror attack has killed himself in prison. Aleksander H was found dead in his cell on Friday having hanged himself. The 38 year old had been in the prison in Nice since December 2016 charged for his role in the supply of weapons to the terrorist Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, the author of the Juy 14th attack in Nice.

Belgium hands Paris attacks suspect to France - Meanwhile Belgian authorities have handed a key suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks and 2016 Brussels bombings over to France for questioning ahead of possible terror charges by French prosecutors. Osama Krayem, was transferred "for one day to the French judicial authorities on the subject of his hearing and possible charges by the investigating judge in Paris". Investigators suspect the 25-year-old of playing a key role in the attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people, and Brussels, which left 32 people dead. Both were claimed by the Islamic State group.

Strike action - Strike action by France’s rail network the SNCF continues today for another 48 hours with 1 out of 2 regional trains operating and 3 out of 5 TGV’s running. Unions have called for a “massive” participation ahead of the government’s plans to implement the reforms on Thursday.

Refugee camp at the Plaine du Var - Legal action has been authorised  to remove a group of refugees who have set up camp at the Plaine du Var in Nice. About twenty tents had been erected on the land situated near the Arboras stadium on the Boulevard du Mercantour.

Super Yacht - The 164m long mega yacht of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has been anchored for a few days in the bay of Juan les Pins. The Eclipse is a real floating city equipped with two landing strips for helicopters, 24 cabins for guests, two swimming pools, a nightclub and requires a crew of 70 to operate. It also has underwater access and bulletproof windows. 

Patrick Vieira appointed as coach of OGC Nice - It's official, Patrick Vieira has been appointed as the new coach of OGC Nice. The former midfielder of the French team, world champion in 1998 and Europe in 2000 will succeed Lucien Favre.


Bad weather - As the bad weather continues across France 34 departments remain on an orange weather warning with 24 departments threatened by the risk of flooding. The warning issued on Monday at 11pm is in place until 1pm today.

Super-cop to appear in court today - The Paris court of Appeal will today decide the fate of Michel Neyret, the former head of judicial police nicknamed “super-cop”. Neyret is accused of providing confidential information in exchange for gifts and cash, prosecuted for eight crimes, including bribery, trading in influence. After 32 years of career including 20 years at the head of the anti-gang brigade of Lyon Neyret was a legend at the time of his fall. He now faces ten years in prison.

France third most attractive European country for foreign investors - According to a study published today France is the third most attractive European country for foreign investors. Figures show that in 2017 there were 31 percent more new foreign direct investment projects than in 2016. France is in third place in the European league table, behind Britain and Germany. And as Brexit negotiations drag on, for the first time Paris is judged more attractive than London by a panel of 502 international business leaders.

Rats! -An interactive map where residents can signal rodent sightings in real time has been set up in Paris. Over the past few years rats have become an increasingly common sight in the French capital with the Mayor of the city Anne Hidalgo launching a 1.5 million euro campaign last year to wage a “war on rats”.  Experts say the rat population has in fact remained stable in recent years at 1.75 for every resident. The website, ("Report a rat"), will indicate each sighting with a rat symbol that would be replaced with a shovel once the authorities respond.

Carrefour - French supermarket giant Carrefour has signed a deal to sell its goods through Google. From next year, Carrefour's groceries will be available on Google's new dedicated shopping site in France or through the company's operated systems such as connected speakers and voice-assisted devices.

Yvette Horner dies - The famous accordionist Yvette Horner  has died at the age of 95. Yvette Horner, began her career in 1947 performing at the tour de France she gave her last concert in 2011.


The luxury German carmaker Daimler has been ordered to recall 238,000 vehicles that were found to be fitted with illegal software that masks diesel emissions.

The German government has ordered the recall while Daimler itself says that it will recall a total of 774,000 diesel vehicles across Europe that are fitted with so called “defeat devices”.

The main vehicles affected are the diesel versions of the Mercedes C-Class,Vito and GLC models.

Daimler says that it will refit the software but has denied any wrongdoing.

The latest scandal comes three years after Volkswagen admitted having fitted defeat devices in vehicles that made it appear that their engines were less polluting than they actually were.


Jaguar Land Rover has announced that it will move production of its Land Rover Discovery SUV out of the UK to Slovakia next year.

The Solihul factory in the West Midlands will now be used to build a new generation of Ranger Rover models.

The firm has warned that there may be some job losses in the UK as a result of the switch.

JLR-which is owned by the Indian firm Tata Motors said that it remained “committed” to the UK

The Solihul plant currently employs 10,000 people.


And-The pound has fallen sharply following  weak economic data.

Manufacturing output in the UK fell by 1.4 percent in April,the biggest drop in 6 years according to the Office for National Statistics.

Another report showed only a modest rebound in construction output following a sharp contraction in March.

Sterling fell by three quarters of a cent against the dollar following publication of the data to 1 dollar 33 and a half cents.It was also down against the euro.

Analysts say that the Bank of England is likely to keep interest rates on hold as a result of the negative data and has raised doubts that the Bank will move on rates in August as well.


Football-Belgium have thrashed Costa Rica in their final World Cup warm-up game.
Belgium,who are in England’s group came out 4-1 winners with Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku scoring twice.
Defender Vincent Kompany missed the game with an injury while Eden Hazard limped off in the 70th minute.

In last night’s other World Cup warm-up Senegal  beat South Korea 2-0.
There are two more games tonight.Poland play Lithuania and Japan play Paraguay.

Formula 1-Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has said that Max Verstappen attended the Canadian Grand Prix without a support group for the first time.
Verstappen finished third in Montreal and Horner said that he’d travelled to the race without his family and manager.
Horner said that his approach had been slightly different but it’s impossible to say whether  it contributed to his race performance.

Rugby Union-The England defence coach Paul Gustard has said that altitude was not a factor in the side’s defeat in the first Test against South Africa at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Gustard played down comments from the Springboks scrum-half Faf de Klerc who said that his side targeted England’s vulnerability at altitude.He said that it didn’t affect them.
England are training in Durban at sea level again this week ahead of the second Test which will be played at altitude in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Tennis-Novak Djokovic will play at the Queen’s Tournament in London next week as he tried to lick himself into shape for Wimbledon.
The former world number one had said that he might skip the grass court season after losing in the quarter finals of the French Open but he’s now accepted a wildcard entry for Queens.
He last played in the tournament in 2010.


Partially cloudy in coastal areas with some rain and thunderstorms possible inland.

Moderate westerly winds and a high of 26 degrees.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 16 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Unsettled with showers and possible thunderstorms.Highs of 23-25 degrees.


Must try harder!

A new study has found that young people's IQ scores have started to deteriorate after climbing steadily since Wold War Two.

The fall, which equates to about seven points per generation, is believed to have begun with those born in 1975,

The drop in scores marks the end of a trend – known as the Flynn effect – which has seen average IQs rise for the past 60 to 70 years by roughly three points a decade.

Scientists have described the results as 'impressive' but 'pretty worrying',

Scientists have suggested The decline is do with a difference in technique in the way languages and maths are taught in schools, scientists have suggested.

However, it could also be down to people spending more time on technological devices instead of reading books.







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