French and Riviera News Tuesday 20th February 2018


Tram driver faced trial - A tram driver has appeared in court in Nice accused of manslaughter following an accident in 2015 which resulted in the death of a 76 year old man. The case is investigating the emergency braking system used at the time and still in place, provided by the manufacturer Alstom. A new emergency braking system is planned for future lines following the accident in 2015. The case continues.

Hunter shot dead - A 60-year old man has been shot dead while hunting wild boar in the Var. The accident took place on Saturday morning at around 10 am, the victim was reportedly accidently shot by one of his fellow hunters.  On average there are around 20 deaths each year during France's hunting season. 

Ski - One of France’s star skiers, Nice man Mathieu Faivre, has been sent home from the Winter Olympics by the team manager, for public comments he made at the weekend. The skier, from Isola 2000, said he was disappointed with the French team, and that he would concentrate only on himself. Team manager David Chastan said he did not see how he could keep Faivre in the team and keep a good team dynamic.

Taxi rates - Following an agreement between the Prefecture and representatives of taxis in Nice and Cannes customers will be charged a fixed rate for journeys to and from the city centres and Nice International airport. The fixed rates will be as follows 32 euros from Nice city centre, 80 euros from Cannes and 90 euros from Monaco. The move comes in an attempt to inform clients, especially tourists, on the price to pay.

Sales - The town of Saint-Raphael is preparing for its winter clearance sale which begins tomorrow. For four days, fifty traders in the town will be offering discount prices an ideal opportunity to bag a bargain. 

Volunteers - The city of Cannes is seeking almost fifteen hundred volunteers, to assist with the staging of the Red Bull Air Race in April, and the Cannes Film Festival in May. For the air race, candidates must be over 18, available for the three days of the event, and will receive full training. For the film festival, fluent English is a requirement, and you must be available to work between the 8th to the 19th of May.

Netflix - Meanwhile a television production company wants to speak to people who live, work and play in Monaco for a potential new Netflix series celebrating life on the Côte d’Azur. Americans and Brits who either reside in the area or spend a significant part of the year here and want to get involved can email a photo and a paragraph – including what you do in the South of France, what brought you here in the first place and why you love the region’s glamorous lifestyle – to Rob Thoday:

Monopoly - A new edition of the famous board game Monopoly showcases some of the remarkable sites in France including the Gorges du Verdon, the city of Cannes and Corsica. In the new Monopoly, the Gorges du Verdon will reportedly cost you more than the Palace of Versailles, setting you back 140 million euros.


Pesticides - According to a new report published this morning nearly three-quarters of the fruits and 41% of non-organic vegetables carry traces of quantifiable pesticides. The report published by the NGO Generations future says the most affected are grapes and celery branch.

Laurent Wauquiez - And the President of the Republican party Laurent Wauquiez has come under further criticism after more comments were aired on TMC on Monday night in the popular “Quotidien” programme. Wauquiez critised other members of his political party and claimed that “There is a total dictatorship in France, with no balance of power." Wauquiez comments were recorded while he was addressing students at a business school in Lyon.


Asian markets have slipped back this morning following the recent rally while the dollar has edged up to pull clear from three year lows against the Japanese Yen.
The MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan has fallen by half a percent today  and attention will now shift to Wall Street to see how US markets react after having been closed on Monday for President’s Day.
Wall Street’s “fear gauge” the Vix Index has now slipped below 20-less than half the 50 point peak that it touched earlier this month.
The dollar has risen against a basket of currencies  and has up against both the Yen and the Euro.
Oil prices are hovering at near two week highs lifted by tensions in the Middle East following comments about Iran by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu.

Sir Philip Green has completely denied that he’s planning to sell his Arcadia retail group to a Chinese textile firm.
In a statement issued on Monday,Arcadia said that a report in the Sunday Times newspaper which claimed that Sir Philip was in talks to sell the group to China’s Shandong Ruyi was “totally false”.
Arcadia said that neither Sir Philip or its directors “have ever met or had any contact  with Shandong Ruyi”.
The Sunday Times article also alleged that Sir Philip had also been in discussions with bankers from HSBC about separating Topshop from Arcadia but that story has also been denied.
The Sunday Times said that it stood by its report which it said had been thoroughly investigated before publication.

And-Bloomberg is reporting that the British Prime Minister Theresa May is eyeing up a contingency plan to withhold billions of pounds in Brexit payments if the European Union refuses to give the UK the trade deal that it wants.
Bloomberg says that senior British government officials have privately discussed the idea as a fall-back option that could be triggered if negotiations go wrong.
It’s understood that the plan is not the UK’s preferred outcome but some in the administration believe that it could be necessary in case the EU attempts to renege on a future commitment to a free-trade deal.


6 Nations report with

Taulupe Faletau and Dan Biggar have both been passed fit to play for Wales in Saturday’s 6 Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin.
Faletau hasn’t played since December because of a knee injury while Biggar has been out with a shoulder injury.
Full back Lee Halfpenny has also been passed fit which increases coach Warren Gatland’s options in Dublin.
Liam Williams and George North are also in contention for a starting place.Wales will announce their team for the game later today.

The former Scotland lock Doddie Weir thinks that Saturday’s Calcutta Cup match  at Murrayfield may be the side’s best chance to end a 10 year winless run against England.
Weir,who won 61 caps for Scotland said that  “if it’s going to be any year,it’s this year”.
England have only lost one game in the last 14 Six Nations matches and coach Eddie Jones has his sights on a third consecutive Championship and a possible Grand Slam.
Weir says that Scotland have the passion,the crowd and the home environment  and with any luck,that’s what will make the difference.

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Winter Olympics-Norway still lead the medals table on day 11 of the Games in PyeongChang.
Norway have 11 gold medals in a total haul of 29 with Germany in second place with 10 gold medals and Canada up to 3rd place with 9 gold medals.
Earlier this morning Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won Olympic gold for the second time as they took top place in the ice dance competition.
Cassie Sharp gave Canada more success with gold in the women’s ski halfpipe final while Great Britain’s men are on the verge of making the semi-finals of the curling.

Football-Wigan have caused a major shock by dumping the runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City out of the FA Cup in England.
The League 1 side won the 5th round tie 1-0 thanks to a Will Grigg goal 11 minutes from time.Wigan will play Southampton at home in the quarter finals.

There are two first leg games in the Champions League round of 16 tonight.
Chelsea face a difficult task as they host the Catalan giants Barcelona at Stamford Bridge  while Bayern Munich play Besiktas.Both games kick off at 8.45 tonight.

Formula 1-Red Bull have launched their car for the new season which they hope will return them to championship contention for the first time in 5 years.
The RB14 features a number of new innovations including narrow and aggressively cut side pods,rear wing endplates that cut into the centre of the car a new aerodynamic airflow shaping devices.
Daniel Ricciardo will conduct initial testing at Silverstone  next week.


Overcast with rain this morning giving way to sunshine and showers this afternoon.

Top temperature 11 degrees.

Overnight lows of 6 degrees on the coast and 3 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Wednesday-Partially cloudy with occasional showers.Highs of 11-13 degrees.


A new study has found that women in groups rated as more attractive than alone. Dubbed the "Cheerleader" effect, the research showed a group can boost attractiveness, regardless of the individual's looks. Furthermore, according to the researchers, it didn't matter where in a group you stand or how attractive others are.



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