French and Riviera News Tuesday 15th August 2017


Drowning - A sixty year old man has drowned while swimming in the sea at Cagnes sur mer. The incident happened on Monday shortly after 6.40pm when the man reportedly suffered a heart attack. The victim was rescued by another swimmer and taken to hospital in Nice where he later died.

Road Accident - A couple in their seventies have been seriously injured in a road accident in Toulon in the Chateauvallon neighbourhood. The accident occurred on Monday at midday when their vehicle reportedly left the road and fell into a ditch. Both victims were taken to hospital suffering severe injuries police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Falling asleep at the wheel - A motorist has fallen asleep at the wheel of his car while queuing at a fast food drive-thro in Grasse. After causing delays employees of the restaurant were unable to wake the motorist and the fire service were called. Upon awakening the individual he reportedly refused to give his name to the authorities and left the scene on foot.

Fireworks – Many traditional August 15th Fireworks are set to go ahead this evening in Cannes, Theoule-sur-mer, Menton, and Roquebrune. However, there are also some notable exceptions in St Paul de Vence, Sospel and Mouans-Sartoux where fireworks have been cancelled due to the fire risk, and also in Nice where authorities felt it inappropriate to stage a display this year.

George Lucas - The American director George Lucas has acquired a vineyard in the Var according to local media. The director reportedly plans to invest 15 milion euros to upgrade the “Chateau Margui” in Chateauvert converting it into a hotel residence creating up to thirty jobs.


Paris - A car has crashed into a pizzeria in a village east of the French capital Paris, killing a girl and injuring 12 other people, four of them seriously. According to French media the driver a 32 year old Frenchman was arrested after the vehicle hit the terrace of the cafe in Sept-Sorts.  While his actions are said to have been deliberate, the incident is not being treated as a terror attack.

North Korea - US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to work together on the North Korean crisis. The White House issued a statement saying "They discussed the need to confront the increasingly dangerous situation associated with North Korea's destabilizing behavior.” French President Emmanuel Macron's Élysée office also issued a statement saying that Macron had agreed to work with his US counterpart with the aim of "getting North Korea to conform to its international obligations".


The UK has set out the "ambitious new customs arrangement" it wants to secure with the EU after Brexit. Ministers said the plans would mean the "freest and most frictionless possible trade" with the rest of Europe. This could include a "temporary customs union" after Brexit to prevent border problems as the UK leaves the EU. Businesses have called for clarity since the UK said it was leaving the customs union - the EU's tariff-free trading area - as part of Brexit.

And - Uber users will be able to leave drivers a tip via the ride-hailing company's smartphone app - but could also now be charged for keeping cabs waiting. The firm has announced a number of changes aimed at appeasing drivers, From Tuesday, an option to tip drivers will appear in the app, which will also apply to the firm's food delivery service, UberEATS. In addition, from 22 August new charges will apply to users who keep drivers waiting at the start of a journey.


Football - Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for five games after he was sent off in Real Madrid's 3-1 win against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Sunday. He was given a one-match ban for being shown two yellow cards and a further four for pushing the referee in the back after he had been sent off. The bookings were for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal to make it 2-1 and for a dive. He will miss Wednesday's second leg. Ronaldo, will have 10 days to appeal. The Portugal international will be able to play in the Champions League but will not return to domestic action until 20 September and Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool's squad for tonight’s Champions League play-off first leg against Hoffenheim. Here’s more from BBC sport……

Tennis - Rafael Nadal will be the new world number one from next Monday after Roger Federer withdrew from the Cincinnati Masters with a back injury. The Swiss 19-time Grand Slam winner was the only player who could have denied Spain's Nadal taking the top spot in the rankings from Andy Murray. Federer was injured in Sunday's Rogers Cup final.

Cycling - Britain's Chris Froome says he has "unfinished business" at the Vuelta a Espana, as he aims to win the Vuelta and Tour de France double. Froome leads a strong Team Sky line-up in the race, which begins on 19 August in Nimes, France. The 32-year-old, who won a fourth Tour de France in July, has never won the Vuelta, finishing second three times.


Cloud this morning brightening up this afternoon with clear skies and highs of 27 degrees in Cannes Nice and Antibes and a light Southery wind. This evening going down to 21 degrees with partially cloudy skies. In Saint Troopez and the Var clear skies and highs of 32 degrees with a moderate south westerly wind lows of 17 degrees. The outlook for Wednesday cloudy with highs of 32 degrees in the Var and 28 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes. Thursday remaining cloudy in Nice with highs of 29 degrees with clear skies and highs of 32 in the Var.


A real life Iron Man has taken to the skies with jet engines strapped to his boots. Jarno Cordia has taken wingsuits to the next level by as he jumped out of a plane and jetted across the sky.

The 39-year-old, who has more than 5,000 jumps to his name, opted for a stable freefall from a hot air balloon before slowly powering up his boots five seconds in to the dive.

Jarno, from De Haag, in the Netherlands, said: "The acceleration and power you feel on your feet is incredible, and combined with the sound you really feel like a superhero.



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