French and Riviera News Tuesday 13th March 2018


Shooting - Two men have been hospitalized in Toulon, in a serious condition, suffering from gun wounds. Police have since launched an investigation into the shooting which took place on Monday night in the west of the city.

Euro 2016 - A Russian man has been taken into custody in Marseille over an attack at the Euro 2016 in which an English football fan was seriously injured. The 31-year-old suspect was handed over to France by Germany, where he was arrested last month. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in jail for attempted homicide and grievous bodily harm.

Missing person - The family of Gérard Bastiani have once again appealed for help in finding the 64 year old who went missing two weeks ago. Suffering from Alzheimer’s the father of three was last seen in Nice on February 27th. Bastiani is described as having blue eyes, short black hair and was last seen wearing grey trousers, black shoes and a black jacket. Anyone who may be able to help with the investigation is invited to contact the police on

Politics – Opposing politicians have taken a swipe at the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi, saying taxes have increased by 13%, despite his promise of no rises. They also attacked his decision to sell shares in the airport, and criticised the fact that Nice is almost 1.5 billion euro in debt.  

Mipim - Today marks the opening of Mipim in Cannes. The event held at the Palais de Festival is one of the biggest gatherings in real estate lasting four days with 3,100 companies exhibiting and 100 countries represented.

Tour de France – It has been announced that Nice is to host the 2020 Tour de France. The last time the world’s most iconic bike race began on the Cote d’Azur was in 1981, with the race last visiting Nice in 2013 for a ‘time trial’ stage.

Concert - Beyoncé and Jay-Z are to hold a concert at the Allianz Riviera on July 9th. Outside of Paris, it will be the couple’s only French concert this year. Tickets go on sale next Monday.


The Louvre - Visitors to The Louvre in Paris have been evacuated from one its busiest rooms after environmental activists staged a protest. About a dozen protesters lay down on the floor in front of "The Raft of the Medusa", an iconic 19th-century painting showing the shipwreck of a French navy frigate. The activist group said it staged the demonstration "to symbolize victims of the oil industry".

French singer - French singer Bertrand Cantat, has announced he would not be performing at any summer festivals after an uproar from women’s rights activists. The singer who beat his girlfriend to death made the announcement after more than 70,000 people signed an online petition. The rock star killed his girlfriend Marie Trintignant, a well-known actor, in a hotel room while on tour in Lithuania in 2003.

Netflix - Almost two-and-a-half years after the terror attacks in Paris, which left 130 people dead, Netflix has teamed up with French director duo, the Naudet brothers, for a documentary depicting the "human stories" behind the tragedy. The three-part documentary is based on some 40 exclusive testimonies gathered from survivors and rescue workers.


President Trump has blocked the planned takeover of the chipmaker Qualcomm by Singapore-based rival Broadcom on the grounds of national security.
The President’s order cited “credible evidence” that the proposed 140 billion dollar takeover “threatened to impair the national security of the US”.
Qualcomm had already been attempting to fend off the bid which would have created the world’s third largest maker of microchips behind Intel and Samsung.
Broadcom said that it strongly disagreed that its proposed takeover gave any cause for concern.
The chipmaking sector is in a race to develop chips for the latest 5G wireless technology with Qualcomm considered to be a leader in the field.

The engineering giant GKN has rejected a new bid from Melrose saying that the offer still continues to “fundamentally undervalue “the firm.
On Monday,Melrose made a final cash and shares offer for GKN which valued the company at 8.1 billion pounds.
GKN makes parts for Boeing 737 jets as well as Black Hawk helicopters.It also manufactures parts for Volkswagen and Ford cars.
Some British MP’s have been calling for the bid to be blocked as the firm has some defence contracts in both the UK and the US.

And-Oil prices have been continuing to fall this morning as a rise in US crude output weighs on the markets.
Brent crude futures have fallen by a further 0.2 percent to 64 dollars 85 with US West Texas Intermediate also down 0.2 percent at 61 dollars 25.
Both benchmarks dropped by 1 percent on Monday on concerns over surging US production.
US crude output surged above 10 million barrels a day in late 2017 and is expected to exceed 11 million barrels by the end of 2018 which would take the top production spot from Russia.


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The Exeter flanker Don Armand says that he’d be happy to play anywhere in the back row if he’s selected for Saturday’s 6 Nations clash against Ireland at Twickenham.
Armand has been drafted in to the squad after both Courtney Lawes and Nathan Hughes were ruled out of the final match with injury.
He says that he can do a job in all three back row positions if selected.

Meanwhile the Ireland coach Joe Schmidt says that his side has a historic opportunity to win a Grand Slam and make their mark on Irish Rugby.
A win for Ireland at Twickenham would give Ireland the third Grand Slam in their history and they head into the match as 6 Nations champions having an unassailable lead at the top of the Championship.

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Football-Manchester City need just two more wins to secure the English Premier League title after a 2-0 win at Stoke last night.
City will win the title if they can beat Everton and then arch rivals Manchester United.
David Silva scored both goals for City last night.Stoke are in deep relegation trouble  and are second from bottom of the table.

The Champions League is back in action tonight with two round of 16 second leg ties.
Manchester United host Sevilla at Old Trafford with the scores tied at 0-0 after the first leg while Roma trail Shakhtar Dontesk 2-1 heading into the home leg of their tie.Both games kick off at 8.45.

Cricket-South Africa have beaten Australia by 6 wickets in the second Test at Port Elizabeth to level the series.
The hosts wobbled on day 4 needing 101 to win the match but they got there thanks to AB De Villiers in a total of 102-4.


Clear skies with a moderate to strong westerly wind.

Top temperature 18 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 3 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Clear skies tomorrow with a high of 18 degrees.Rain on Thursday with a high of 14.


It’s true - mums and dads do have a favourite child. A study by parenting forum Mumsnet has settled the age old debate and revealed the baby of the family is the chosen one.

For generations, children have argued over who is mum and dad’s golden child and the study has revealed it’s the youngest. For half of parents who confessed to having a favourite said it was their last born. But four in ten grandparents said the eldest was the apple of their eye.

A third of grans and grandpas revealed they cherished the first born the most as they were a mini-me version of their mum or dad.

And four in ten parents with a favourite said it was because they saw themselves in the child.

More than half of parents and grandparents said their golden child made them laugh more than the others.

But the study means middle children are left out of the favouritism stakes as they are caught between their eldest and youngest siblings.



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