French and Riviera News Tuesday 19th June 2018


Man arrested in Nice due to threatening behaviour - A man has been arrested in Nice after expressing threatening behavior towards police in front of the town hall in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police caught the individual filming, with his phone the premises of the town hall and police vehicles. He was immediately arrested and found to be in possession of a cutter.

Toulon-Hyeres airport flights cancelled - Flights in and out of Toulon-Hyeres airport have been cancelled after explosives were discovered on a naval air base, which adjoins the airport. The security measure saw all flights cancelled and passengers transferred to Marseille airport. 

Region’s rail network – Rail transport in the region is expected to return to normal today despite strike action from some SNCF employees. Nine out of ten regional trains are operating as figures show that the participation from rail employees has fallen to 10.8% - the lowest level since the beginning of the movement.  

Meanwhile strike action scheduled by the Air France inter-union from the 23rd to the 26th June has been lifted pending the appointment of a new CEO scheduled for mid-July however, the company's second pilot union the Spaf, is maintaining its notice to strike.

And - A French parliamentary report published today has revealed that French air traffic control (ATC) causes one-third of flight delays in Europe each year, at a cost of about €300m to airlines. Last week Ryanair said there would be an airspace “meltdown” unless urgent action was taken to halt the rolling industrial action by French controllers.

Environment - Sixty secondary school students from Hyeres in the Var have organized a workshop dedicated to inform others about the environment. The project which took place on the Almanarre beach is in collaboration with the National Park of Port Cros and has existed since 2011.


Mr President – French President Emmanuel Macron has told off a teenager for calling him “Manu”. Macron corrected the young boy during a meeting with young people in Paris. The video which has since been posted on social networks shows the teenager addressing Emmanuel Macron saying “How are you Manu” to which came the stern reply of "No, you can’t say that, you're here for an official ceremony so you behave properly adding “You do things in the right order and the day you want to make a revolution, study first, earn a degree and be able to feed yourself and then you can lecture others”.

Mozart manuscript - The first draft of music Mozart wrote for the last act of his opera The Marriage of Figaro is expected to sell for half a million euros when it goes under the hammer in Paris. The "exceptional" manuscript from 1786 which will be auctioned on Wednesday in the French capital. It will be sold along with another Mozart manuscript, a fragment of a serenade to youth written by young Wolfgang Amadeus when he was only 17.

Meanwhile a military hat belonging to Napoleon, said to have been salvaged from the battlefield after his 1815 defeat at Waterloo, has been sold at auction for €280,000.


President Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on an additional 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods as the trade row between the world’s two economic superpowers escalates.

Mr Trump said that the 10 percent tariffs will come into force if China doesn’t “change its practices”.

The move is a major escalation in the row and threatens to take America and China into a fully blown trade war.

Last week the US leader imposed a 25 percent tariff on 50 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods.

China responded by saying that it would hit 659 US products worth 50 billion dollars  with a similar tax.


Mr Trump’s comments have hit global stock markets with tensions in Germany’s coalition government also affecting investor sentiment.

Analysts say that tensions between the US and China are escalating and that a trade war is definitely on the cards.

Meanwhile European investors are on edge because of political factors in Germany where Chancellor Angela Merkel has clashed with leaders of the CSU coalition partner in Bavaria over her refugee policy.

The Dax in Frankfurt fell by 1.3 percent on Monday with the CAC in Paris off by nearly one percent.

There have been suggestions that the immigration row could topple the German government and result in fresh elections.


And-Ryanair has called for more restrictions on alcohol sales at airports.

The airline has proposed a two drink limit for passengers and a ban on the sale of alcohol in airports before 10am.

The call came following a disturbance on a Ryanair flight from Dublin to Ibiza on Saturday when three passengers became disruptive.

The plane was forced to divert and land in France where police removed and detained the trouble makers.

Ryanair says that airports should introduce preventative measures to curb excessive drinking  and the problems that it creates.


Football-There were three games at the World Cup in Russia on Monday.
In Group F Sweden beat South Korea 1-0 while in Group G Belgium beat Panama 3-0 and Harry Kane grabbed an injury time winner as England beat Tunisia 2-1.

There are 3 games today.Russia can reach the next phase if they beat Egypt in Group A while Colombia play Japan and Poland play Senegal in Group H.

Cricket-Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes are both set to miss England’s remaining 3 one day internationals against Australia.
Stokes has a torn left hamstring while Woakes is struggling with a quad tear.
The  third one day international is being played at Trent Bridge today with England leading the series 2-0.Play starts at 3pm.

Rugby Union-Eddie Jones has said that he has “no concerns” over his future as England coach despite his side having lost 5 matches in a row.
England lost the 3 Test series against South Africa after going down in Bloemfontein on Saturday after being defeated in the opener at Ellis Park.It makes Saturday’s final Test in Cape Town a dead rubber with the Springboks set to experiment with their side as they prepare for the Rugby Championship later in the year.
Jones said that he was not worried about his future but that he was concerned  about coaching the team well and making sure that it keeps improving,
It’s understood that the RFU will give Jones at least 3 more games to arrest the slide.

Tennis-Andy Murray will make his long awaited comeback from injury at the Queen’s Club tournament in London today.
The former world number one returns after a year out following a hip injury.He’ll play Nick Kyrgios later today and says that he’s not putting any pressure on himself to win.

Racing-Five days of top competition on the flat starts at Royal Ascot later today with 500 horses competing in 30 races and prize money totalling 7.3 million pounds on offer.
Some 300,000 people are expected to attend the meeting but course officials are wary of bad behaviour owing to excessive alcohol consumption.
Extra security has been drafted in with guards using sniffer dogs and those found to be under the influence turned away from the grounds.


Clear skies with light variable winds.

Top temperatures 28-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday -Fine and sunny with highs of 28-30 degrees.



The self-driving revolution has now taken to the seas after Volvo has revealed a yacht capable of docking itself.

Volvo Pento gave a live demonstration of its new self-docking yacht at the Gothenburg, Sweden stopover of Volvo Ocean race on Sunday.

The 68-foot vehicle parked itself into the tightest of spaces between two of the Volvo Ocean Race 65 racing yachts.

'Docking is one of the most challenging boat handling maneuvers – getting it wrong can be embarrassing, expensive and precarious,' said Björn Ingemanson, President of Volvo Penta.

The Inboard Performance System (IPS) is a complete and integrated propulsion system that enables secure, automated dock departures, according to the company. 

Volvo Penta's self-docking system will initially be available to people to use on their private docks.

Eventually, the company hopes to employ the technology in harbors and marinas, allowing IPS-equipped boats to take advantage of self-docking

The company hopes to launch the technology by 2020. 






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