French and Riviera News Tuesday 31st October 2017


Fire in apartment in Nice port - One person has been taken to hospital in Nice after a fire broke out in a building on Rue Paul-Reboux in the Port district. Fire services were at the scene shortly after 9.30 on Monday evening after a fire broke out on the 4th floor of a six-storey building. The building was evacuated and an investigation has been opened to determine the cause of the blaze.

Hospital staff on hunger strike in Corsica - The staff of the hospital center of Bastia in Corsica have gone on a hunger strike. Employees are protesting against job cuts and lack of equipment and supplies. The planned strike was announced last week by the CGT.

Video cameras to be installed in Saint Tropez - The city council in Saint Tropez has announced plans to introduce video cameras in the town in an attempt to stop people leaving rubbish in the streets. Offenders are liable for a fine.

Yacht - An investigation has been opened after a 5 meter yacht nearly hit the rocks of La Garoupe on the Cap d’Antibes. According to reports police were alerted by witnesses on Sunday afternoon. The captain later admitted to having fallen asleep after putting the autopilot on and was alerted by shouts from the family on board. An investigation has been opened for endangering the lives of others.

Halloween warning- Police have warned that Halloween revelers must think about their costumes before setting out to celebrate this evening and avoid wearing any kind of weapons. Failure to do so could result in a 45.000 euro fine and a prison sentence of up to three years. In February 2015 a high school student created panic in Nice after dressing up as a barracuda equipped with a fake machine gun at his school carnival.

Super Gran - Candidates have been invited to register for this year’s “Super Mamie” Competition which takes place on the 9th December in Nice. Created in France in 1996 the contest aims to pay tribute to dynamic grannies, be it artistic or sportive. Those wishing to participate can call the Super Mamie France Committee on 04-75-37-55-75 or register by email at the following email address:

Nice-Cannes Marathon - More than 13,000 athletes will participate in the Nice-Cannes marathon on Sunday 5th November and to celebrate its 10th anniversary musical entertainment will be organized every 2 kilometers with a giant birthday cake awaiting the runners at the end of the race in Cannes. The marathon starts at 8am on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.


Missing jogger - A burnt body has been found near the scene of where jogger Alexia Daval went missing on Saturday. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday to identify the victim. Police say "There are no suspects at this stage of the investigation and it will be a complicated and time consuming investigation,"

Earthquake fears in the French Alps - Residents in the French Alps have described how they have been getting used to being shaken awake at night in recent week due to mini-quakes. According to an earthquake observation organization there have been 140 mini-quakes in just 40 days - sparking fears a huge earthquake could strike at any time. The strongest tremor registered was 3.8 on the Richter scale.

Changes to University education in France - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced a raft of new measures concerning university admissions which are set to come in in France from 2018, including one which moves the country towards academic selection and will affect students hoping to go to university in France.  The changes include a step towards academic selection, long seen as a taboo issue in a country of "education for all".  As well as the reforms, the government announced it will be investing nearly a billion euros in higher education in the next five years.

Patients in France will pay more for “complex consultations” - Patients in France visiting their doctor for a “complex” or “very complex” consultation will have to pay between 46 and 60 euros as of the 1st November. According to reports consultations considered "complex" or "very complex" such as contraception for young girls and setting up treatment for a serious illness will be affected. The new measure which takes effect tomorrow is in accordance with an agreement concluded more than a year ago between the Health Insurance and the unions of liberal doctors. The consultations will be refunded in full.

Marks & Spencer to close its doors in Paris - The British chain Marks & Spencer will close the doors of its Champs-Elysées store for the final time today just six years after the company returned to France's most famous avenue and as a result, 517 members of staff are set to lose their jobs. According to the French paper Le Monde as compensation, the company will continue to pay their normal salary for one year and give up to €12,000 towards further training.


The dollar has sagged following weakness on Wall Street as news broke that investigators probing Russian interference in last year’s US Presidential election campaign had charged President Trump’s former campaign manager. The dollar has lost around 0.4 percent against the Japanese yen overnight as investors turned cautious following the news that Paul Manafort had been charged with money laundering and conspiracy. Federal investigators charged Mr Manafort and another aide,Rick Gates on Monday. The dollar also came under pressure as Treasury yields slipped following reports that President Trump is set to appoint Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell as the next head of the Federal Reserve.Mr Powell is seen as being more dovish than other contenders. The Bank of England has estimated that up to 75,000 jobs in financial services could be lost following Britain’s departure from the European Union. The Bank has also asked financial institutions to provide it with contingency plans in the event of Britain trading with the EU under World Trade Organisation rules which would mean the UK losing special passporting rights to operate on mainland Europe. Numbers of job losses vary depending on which survey is taken into account but the Bank of England has estimated that 10,000 jobs would go on day 1 of Brexit should the UK fail to reach a deal with the EU. The Bank also said however that opportunities could be obtained from Brexit such as developing bespoke financial services from emerging market economies across the Middle East and Asia.

And-Samsung Electronics has posted its best ever quarterly profit driven by higher memory chip prices and a recovery in Smartphone sales. The South Korean firm’s net profit for the quarter between July and September hit 10 billion US dollars,nearly tripling profits reported at the same time last year. The company said that it had been a “robust performance” and expects strong demand for its products to continue which would put it on track for a record annual profit.


Football-There was 1 game in the English Premier League last night.Burnley moved up to 7th place in the table following a 1-0 win over Newcastle at Turf Moor. There are 8 games in the European Champions League tonight.

In Group A Basel play CSKA and Manchester United host Benfica. In Group B Celtic play Bayern Munich and PSG meet Anderlecht.

Group C pairs Athletico Madrid against Qarabag and Roma against Chelsea and in Group D Olympiakos play Barcelona and Sporting Lisbon play Juventus.

There’s a full programme in the English Championship tonight.We’ll bring you the results tomorrow morning.

Rugby Union-The Bath winger Semesa Rokoduguni has been called up to the England squad as cover for the injured Elliot Daly. The 30 year old is flying to England’s training camp in Portugal where he’ll link up with the rest of the squad and will be hoping to impress coach Eddie Jones. England play the first of their autumn internationals against Argentina at Wembley a week on Saturday.

Golf-Tiger Woods will make his return to competitive golf after a 9 month absence at the end of November. The 41 year old former world number one will compete at the Hero World Challenge after recovering from a 4th back operation. The 18 player Hero World Challenge will be hosted by Woods in the Bahamas. Woods hasn’t won a major since 2008.


Clear skies with light to moderate easterly winds. Top temperatures 22 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 12 degrees on the coast and 7 degrees inland with clear skies.  Wednesday and Thursday-Clear skies with highs of 18-21 degrees.


BRITS have confessed to being a nation of cheats. A study found more than half admit to bending the rules in their favour at one time or another in their lives.

In fact, just 43 per cent said they were completely honest in relationships, careers, quizzes and board games.

Over a third of bad sports have found a way to cheat during a pub quiz, and more than one in ten have turned the tides of a Monopoly game with a light-fingered visit to the bank.

It also emerged 28 per cent of the nation have won a pub quiz by using deceitful tactics.

The poll was commissioned by, the fast-paced, team-based smartphone pub quiz which addresses the problem of players cheating their way to a win.











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