French and Riviera News Tuesday 22nd August 2017


Earthquake - A 3.6 magnitude earthquake on the Italian island of Ischia has left at least one person dead and 25 more injured. Italian media say up to 10 others are unaccounted for after buildings collapsed. The island off the coast of Naples has a population of about 50,000 and is extremely popular with tourists.

Marseille - One person has died and another has been left injured after a van was driven into two bus shelters in Marseille on Monday morning. French officials said the van’s driver had been arrested following the crashes and is being treated for psychological problems. The incident is not being treated as terror-related.

Young man hit by car in Cannes - A 20 year old man has been taken to hospital in Cannes after being hit by a car on Monday night. The accident occurred shortly after 7pm when, for reason still unknown, the man who was riding a skateboard was knocked down by a car on the highway at the corner of Louis-Blanc. The victim, in a serious condition, was taken to Pasteur Hospital. Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward. 

Child nearly drowns in Villeneuve-Loubet - A two year old is recovering in hospital in Nice after nearly drowning on the beach near the Pont du Loup in Villeneuve-Loubet. The incident happened when the father was knocked over by a large sea swell.

Nightclub - A nightclub in St-Laurent-du-Var is causing controversy by offering women free drinks if they are wearing short skirts. The club promoter said ‘the shorter the skirt, the more you get’. A video posted on the clubs Facebook page has received condemnation, with many comments from club owners denouncing the offer.


Terror suspect shot dead - Spanish police have shot dead the main suspect in last Thursday's Barcelona attack. Police believe he was the driver of a van which careered down the Las Ramblas avenue, killing 13 and injuring more than 100 others. He was killed some 25 miles west of Barcelona near a sewage treatment works following a tip off.

Brigitte Macron - Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, is getting an official role but without the title "first lady". The presidency has published a "transparency charter" defining her duties, funded from Mr Macron's budget. She will have an active role in civil society, focusing on the disabled, education, children, women's issues, health and gender equality.

Killer Robots - Six French tech experts are among 116 experts signing an open letter that paints a picture of weaponised robots turning against humans and going out of control: permitting armed conflict “at timescales faster than humans can comprehend” and falling into the hands of “terrorists” to “use against innocent populations”. The experts are calling on the UN to impose a global ban on “lethal autonomous weapon systems”.


Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $417million dollars to a woman who says she developed ovarian cancer after using products such as baby powder. The California jury's decision marks the largest award yet in a string of lawsuits that claim the firm did not adequately warn about cancer risks from talc-based products. The firm plans to appeal, as it has in previous cases.

And - Volkswagen plans to make a new electric van inspired by the one that spawned its much-loved camper. The last classic VW Kombi, or VW T2, was produced in Brazil in 2013 after safety standards there became too onerous for further adaptation. Its new microbus made its debut in January. VW says it was inundated with requests to "please build this car". The new model will hit the road in 2022 but there are no plans as yet to produce a camper version.


Football – In the English Premier league last night Sterling's volley salvaged a point for 10-man Manchester City as Everton were denied victory on the night Wayne Rooney scored his 200th Premier League goal. In other football news in the Champions League Nice play Napoli this evening at the Allianz Riviera in Nice.

Cycling – Britain's Chris Froome has taken the red jersey and leads the Vuelta a Espana, as Italy's Vincenzo Nibali won the third stage. The four-time Tour de France champion finished third on the stage, with Spain's David de la Cruz in second. The Team Sky rider is aiming to become the third man to win the Tour de France and Vuelta in the same year.


Clear skies highs of 27 degrees along the coast between Menton and Cannes with highs of 30 degrees inland in the Alpes Maritimes and a moderate south easterly wind. This evening going down to 20 degrees with clear skies. In Saint Tropez and the Var highs of 30 degrees along the coast and 32 degrees inland going down to 15 degrees this evening with clear skies.

The outlook for Wednesday and Thursday fine and sunny with similar temperatures to today on Wednesday and some passing cloud is forecast for Thursday.


If you're a man and often find yourself in a grump in the afternoon, then there's good news, as a new study suggests that you aren't alone.

Scientists have taken brain scans of young men at various times throughout the day, and found that their mood slumped at around 2pm.

The researchers hope their findings could help to develop treatments for people with sleep disturbances and depression.



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