French and Riviera News.Tuesday.27.02.18

White out-Abundant snow has been falling around the region with many areas seeing the white stuff for the first time in 13 years.

Blizzard conditions were reported in some areas on Monday lunchtime with the snow settling and temperatures hovering just above freezing.

Areas inland have reported widespread snow with motorists advised to exercise extreme caution on untreated roads because of the presence of black ice.

Snow settled in several areas along the coast on Monday including in the east of the Var.

The cold snap is set to last until Wednesday night with rain forecast to replace the snow on Thursday.

The region’s ski stations are doing brisk business for the school holidays albeit in less than perfect conditions.


Prison suicide-An inmate at Nice jail has been found dead in his cell after reportedly hanging himself.

The man’s death brings to 9 the total number of suicides in French jails over the past two years.

Prison officers cite a lack of personnel and overcrowding among a number of other problems affecting the country’s jails.


Missing woman-Police are appealing for information about a woman who’s been missing from a hospital in Menton since last Friday.

Suzanne Dalmasso who’s 68 is suffering from mental health problems and was being cared for at the Sainte-Marie hospital in the town.

She was last seen between 7 and 8 am on Friday and was wearing a black parka coat and beige trousers.She’s described as being 1 meter 57 tall with blonde,highlighted hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call police in Menton on 04 93 28 66 00.


Road accident-Police are hunting for a motorist who ran down an elderly woman in Cogolin in the Var and then drove off.

The incident happened on the chemin de Tremouries on Monday afternoon.Reports say that the woman was knocked to the ground and suffered injuries to her head and legs.

Several witnesses have come forward to assist police with their enquries.


Let’s rock-The Rolling Stones have announced that they’ll play the stade Velodrome in Marseilles on the 26th of June.

The concert will form part of the band’s summer ‘No Filter’ tour and will be the only date in France for now.

The Stones have played Marseilles on three previous occasions in 1966,1990 and 2003.

Tickets will go on sale from the usual outlets on March the 16th and will be priced between 45 euros and 287 euros.


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SNCF-The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said that there are no plans to privatize the SNCF rail network.

Speaking in Paris,Mr Philippe said that plans were being drawn up for urgent reforms to the system but that the SNCF was an important part of the country’s infrastructure and would remain in public ownership.

The Prime Minister stressed that SNCF finances were unstable and that rail users have been paying more and more for less reliable services.He said that the government would not be proceeding with the proposed  closure of 9,000 kilometers of track on lines which have proved to be uneconomically viable but that new employees would be subject to revised working conditions.

Rail unions have been threatening to take industrial action over the government’s plans.A day of national strike action has been called for the 22nd of March.


The big freeze-Large parts of France are shivering in arctic conditions as a mass of cold air accompanied by snow sits squarely over the country.

Many areas are reporting temperatures of between 8 and 14 degrees below seasonal norms with today and Wednesday expected to be the closest days of the week.

37 “cold weather plans” have been activated by authorities around France and 3,000 emergency beds have been made available to take care of the homeless.

In Paris,night time temperatures have dipped to -5 degrees for the first time since 1986 and other towns and cities have reported record lows for the time of year.

The French environment management agency has appealed to people to limit electricity consumption between 6 and 8pm because of the risk of power cuts.



UK business leaders have welcomed the Labour leader’s backing for permanent membership of ‘a’ customs union post Brexit.

On Monday,Jeremy Corbyn said that remaining in a customs union with the EU would avoid the need for a “hard border” in Northern Ireland and ensure free-flowing trade for business.

Mr Corbyn’s speech marked a shift in Labour policy  and could lead to the party siding with Tory rebels to defeat Prime Minister Theresa May on her Brexit strategy.

However,the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has said that remaining in a customs union would be a “complete sell out”.

Dr Fox will give a speech today in which he’s expected to say that Labour’s “confused policy” would be bad for jobs and bad for wages.He’ll say that the UK would find itself in a “worse position” than it is now if it leaves the existing customs union but negotiates a similar arrangement.


Reports say that Credit Suisse is planning to move around 250 jobs out of London under its first phase of Brexit planning.

Bloomberg reports that the bank will move employees in areas including mergers and acquisitions and trade to positions in Frankfurt or Madrid.

Credit Suisse currently employs around 5,500 staff in London.

A spokesman for the bank said that it “continued to investigate” its options.


And-Aston Martin sold just over 5,000 vehicles last year which saw the firm post its first profit since 2010.

The luxury sports car maker made a pre-tax profit of 87 million pounds last year compared with a loss of 163 million pounds in 2016.

The company’s flagship DB11 has proved popular with customers helping to drive sales to a 9 year high.

Aston Martin is considering a stock market listing.



Football-The former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has said that there is “no case” for Arsene Wenger to stay at the club.

Arsenal lost the League Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday and are outside the European Champions League places in the English Premiership with 10 games to go.

Wright says that he can’t see Wenger staying at the club beyond the end of the season.He added that the “development of mediocrity” had to be stopped.


Formula 1-McLaren suffered some blushes on day 1 of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Fernando Alonso lost a wheel after losing control on the circuit with just 6 laps completed.McClaren blamed a wheel nut issue for the problem.

He later recovered to finish 7th quickest on the day with Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull quickest.


Rugby Union-Kyle Sinckler and Elliot Daly have been added to England’s training squad for the 6 Nations game against France in Paris a week on Saturday.

Daly is included despite missing out for Wasps last weekend with a calf injury while Sinckler is back after recovering from a hamstring injury.

England will be keen to bounce back against France after being outplayed by Scotland at Murrayfield last weekend to end their chances of the Grand Slam.


The former Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip has ended his career on medical advice at the age of 34.

Heaslip won 95 caps for Ireland and played for the British and Irish Lions.He’s been suffering with a back injury since last year and has not been able to recover.


Cricket-South Africa’s Morne Morkel  is to retire from international cricket following the series with Australia.

Morkel,who’s 33 has played 83 Tests,117 one day internationals and 44 Twenty20’s and has taken 529 wickets across all three formats.

He says it was a tough decision but it’s time to start a new chapter.




Partially cloudy with some continued flurries of snow inland and moderate easterly winds.

Top temperature 4 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 1 degree on the coast and -4 degrees inland with a sharp frost and wintry showers with more snow above 300 meters.

Wednesday and Thursday-Cloudy with rain and snow at times and a high of 6 degrees tomorrow.Rain on Thursday with a high of 8 degrees.




They say you can't judge a book by its cover - but if you know a Daniel or a Sarah, chances are they might have had a brush with the law.

Two of Wales' police forces have revealed the most common names for criminals from 2016, responding to a Freedom of Information request.

John and Nicola were the names giving Gwent Police the most trouble.

Meanwhile, those most likely to have had their collars felt by North Wales Police officers were David and Sarah.

The worst offenders overall were men called Daniel - accounting for 461 crimes - while Sarah topped the list for women with 104.









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