French and Riviera News Tuesday 28th November 2017


Motorist shot and wounded in Menton - A motorist has been shot and wounded in Menton. The incident happened on Monday evening when according to reports the individual attempted to drive through a CRS roadblock at the Menton exit of the A8 motorway. Police believe the man was smuggling migrants across the Italian- French border.

Russian senator Suleyman Kerimov - The Russian senator Suleyman Kerimov who’s been  charged with "aggravated money laundering", has according to local reports paid a 5 million euro bail avoiding prison on the condition that he respects the conditions of his judicial control.

Fire - Fifty firefighters have been battling a forest blaze just north of Menton. The fire broke out on Monday afternoon, destroying over fifteen hectares of land.It led to the temporary  closure of the Roquebrune & Menton motorway exits.

Popular diving spot demolished – Nice city council has started to demolish a dangerous yet popular diving spot near the Castel Plage in Nice. The site which is popular with teenagers is to be restored to its natural condition. It’s estimated the work will cost the city €200,000

Flu warning - Winter stomach flu or "gastro" as they call it in French has already been reported in certain parts of France. The rise in the number of reported cases has been particularly seen in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, le Grand Est, Pays de la Loire and Hauts-de-France to be the worst affected with doctors warning that the number of cases will only rise in the coming weeks.  Health officials say the best way to avoid getting sick is to avoid contact with dirty hands.

Hyperstress in French workers - A new study has revealed that nearly a quarter of French workers are in a state of "hyperstress" and over half suffer from a high level of anxiety that could be putting their health at risk. And the main cause of this high level of stress is work itself.  In addition, it was revealed that 52 percent of French employees were experiencing high levels of anxiety, with 16 percent considered to "probably have an anxiety disorder". Other factors included having to be in contact with rude people or having people at work who enjoy making others suffer also contributed to levels of "hyperstress". 

Casino Jackpot for a 2nd time - A 52 year old from Menton has won 364,140 euros at the town’s casino. It’s the second time the man has won at the Casino, he previously pocketed 186,000 euros in January 2016.


Grenade attack ahead of Macron’s visit - Two individuals have thrown a grenade at the French military vehicle in Burkina Faso two hours ahead of the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron. The hooded men on a motorcycle failed to reach their target but injured three residents, including one seriously. The Head of State today, begins a three-day visit to Africa. After Burkina Faso, he will travel to the Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana.

Maths teacher handed 18 month prison sentence - A 31-year-old maths teacher who went on trial on Monday in France for sex with an underage pupil has been given an 18 month prison sentence by the Criminal Court of Fontainebleau for sexual abuse. The teacher stated at the hearing that he had ignored the age of the teenager, whom he considered to be his "girlfriend". The experts described a psychologically fragile girl.

Societe General job cuts - The French bank Societe Generale has announced plans to cut 900 jobs in France by 2020. The announcement made on Monday comes in addition to the 2,550 job cuts already planned since early 2016. 300 of the 2,000 French agencies of the Societe Generale must also close within three years. The move comes as part of new measures in a plan to make 1.1 billion euros in savings, which the bank will present today to investors.

"France has an incredible talent" contestant - A contestant who took part in the television programme “France has an incredible talent” has admitted to inventing his claim to having written his song as a tribute to a friend who died in the Bataclan during the Paris attacks in 2015. After having moved thousands of viewers for the show on M6, 17 year old Dany Machado apologized in a message posted on Facebook. The high school student's performance at the time ended with a long ovation from the audience, including some people in tears.

French porn film star challenges Emmanuel Macron - A star of French porn films has challenged President Emmanuel Macron to meet with him and female porn actresses after France's leader aroused his anger by linking the porn industry to violence against women and inequality. Manuel Ferrara was furious over the president's speech at the weekend which outlined his plan to tackle violence against women and ensure equality between the sexes. According to Macron pornography makes women "an object of humiliation" and that action needs to be taken because porn films are now so widely watched among school children.


The virtual currency Bitcoin hit a record high on Monday after jumping by more than  4.5 percent.
The increase took the virtual currency to 20 percent above the level that it stood on Friday with many warning that it’s a bubble which will have to be popped at some point.
Bitcoin started the year at 1,000 dollars and has been described by the chief executive of JP Morgan Chase as a “fraud”.Jamie Dimon said that the virtual currency is “not a real thing and will eventually be closed”.
Bitcoin uses blockchain-an online ledger of transactions maintained by a network of anonymous computers on the internet.
The currency is not backed by any government or central bank and consequently there’s no-one responsible for backing its value.

Oil prices have slipped in Asian trading this morning amid uncertainty over a possible extension to output cuts by major producers.
Traders are also expecting higher supply as the Keystone pipeline restarts.
Brent crude futures fell by 11 cents to 63 dollars 73 a little earlier with US West Texas Intermediate down 24 cents to 57 dollars 87.
TransCanada says that it will restart the 590,000 barrels a day Keystone pipeline at reduced pressure later today after getting approval from US regulators.
Opec and other major producers will meet on Thursday to discuss extending output cuts.There are some suggestions that Russia might not go along with the extension as cuts to production are having a negative effect on its economy.

And-The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been plunged into uncertainty after rival directors attempted to take control of the organisation.
Last week,the CFPB director resigned and appointed his former chief of staff Leandra English to replace him.
She’s now taking legal action after President Trump named his budget chief Mick Mulvaney to lead the CFPB instead.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was set up after the 2007 financial crash.
Mr Mulaney arrived at work on Monday and issued a memo to staff instructing them to ignore instructions from Ms English.
She’s signed emails to staff as “acting director”and says that she’s staying put.


Cricket-The England and Wales Cricket Board has said that Ben Stokes is not on his way to Australia to join up with the rest of the Ashes squad.
The 26 year old was arrested in September on suspicion of actual bodily harm during an incident outside a Bristol nightclub.
The ECB says that he won’t be considered for selection until the outcome of a police enquiry is known and has dismissed stories on social media about his imminent arrival in Australia as pure speculation.
Meanwhile,the “headbutting” incident involving Jonny Bairstow and Australia’s Cameron Bancroft has been “blown out of all proportion” according to the player and the England director of cricket Andrew Strauss.
Strauss said that it was “just something that Bairstow does with his mates” but conceded that the England squad needed to “sharpen up its act” and avoid controversy.
England were beaten emphatically by 10 wickets in the first Test at Brisbane.The second Test starts in Adelaide on Saturday.

Football-There are 4 games in the English Premier League tonight.Brighton play Crystal Palace.Leicester host Spurs.Watford play Manchester United and West Brom are at home to Newcastle.

In the English Championship last night QPR and Brentford drew 2-2.

There are 2 games tonight.Derby play Ipswich and Reading are at home to Barnsley.

Winter Sports-5 more Russian athletes have been banned for life following investigations by the International Olympic Committee into the country’s doping scandal. The IOC announced the first bans earlier this month based on the findings of the McLaren Report.
The report found that Russian athletes had benefitted from a state sponsored doping programme between 2011 and 2015 and said that the scandal involved a cover up that evolved from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning conspiracy. 


Partially cloudy with light to moderate south westerly winds. Top temperature 14 degrees.

Overnight lows of 7 degrees on the coast and 3 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Clear skies with a high of 13 degrees and a brisk westerly wind developing.






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