French and Riviera News Tuesday 5th December 2017


25 year old arrested on the road between Vidauban and Le Thoronet - A 25 year old man has been taken into custody after being arrested by police for driving a stolen van and is under investigation for murder. The incident occurred on Friday night on the road between Vidauban and Le Thoronet in the Var. The man was reportedly naked at the time of his arrest and after questioning by the police, a search of the suspect’s home led to the discovery of a young woman’s body, believed to be that of his girlfriend. The investigation continues.

Record number of migrants - Recent figures released have shown that a record number of migrants have been escorted back to the Italian border since the beginning of the year. Since January 45,000 people have been returned to the Italian border- that’s 8,000 more than in 2016. Figures also show that some 350 smugglers have also been arrested between Ventimiglia and France.

Toy collection at the children’s hospital in Marseille - With Christmas just around the corner the children’s hospital of the Timone in Marseille has launched its toy collection for young patients. Staff have started the collection- if you wish to participate and make a donation, the contact number: 06 63 99 17 67

International Exhibition of Tourism and Luxury Travel - The 16th edition of the International Exhibition of Tourism and Luxury travel opened in Cannes on Monday at the Palais des Festivales. For three days the trade show brings together everything related to luxury travel with one hundred countries represented. The event is also held in Tokyo, Cape Town, Dubai, Singapore, Mexico City and Shanghai.

Nice Ultimed - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has announced the launch of a new boat race which will take place in Nice next spring. Nice Ultimed will run from the 25th April to May 6th and plans to be one of the biggest boats races of its kind. Estrosi presented the new 12 day event in Paris on Monday.

Train - It’s been announced, the railway line between Grasse and Cannes, is to reopen this Sunday. The line has been closed for a year, to allow for upgrade works costing almost €40m, which includes new extended trains and platforms made of solar panels. Meanwhile there are still no trains running between Menton and Ventimiglia due to work being carried out. The line is expected to reopen on Thursday.


French Prime Minister addresses Independence referendum in New Caledonia - Speaking in front of the congress on the last night of his visit to New Caledonia French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said he wants to reassure the people about the referendum on Independence which is due to be held in 2018. Philippe declared that the state would take full responsibility for organizing it, aiming for a legitimate and sincere result.

French Navy - The French Navy has announced that four women will join the crew of a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) that will soon be on patrol. The four female officers, including a doctor, underwent a two-year period of training, before joining. France has four nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. At least one is permanently at sea. Each mission lasts 70 days. Until now serving on French submarines was not open to women. Serving in the submarine corps opened to women in 2014 but they were confined to posts on land.

Protein - A new Greenpeace study says, there is far too much animal protein in school meals in France. The study shows canteens give a protein intake, of between two and four times higher than the daily recommended intake. The study comes after French Minister for the Environment requested that school canteens consider a vegetarian offering once a week.


The British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that the UK and EU have failed to move to the next stage of Brexit talks.
Speaking following a day of high level discussions in Brussels,Mrs May said that talks would “reconvene before the end of the week” and that she was “confident that we will conclude this positively”.
The talks broke down after the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland refused to accept concessions over the Irish border issue.
Earlier,the Irish Prime Minster Leo Varadkar said that a deal had been done but the UK then appeared to change its mind following pressure from the DUP.
Mr Varadkar said later that he was surprised and disappointed that the British government now appears not to be in a position to conclude what had been agreed.
Downing Street also admitted that the Irish question was not the only sticking point in the talks.

The payment processor Mastercard has said that it will buy back up to 4 billion dollars of its class A shares.
Mastercard says that the new share buyback scheme will be effective on the completion of its previously announced 4 billion share repurchase programme.
The company says that it has also increased its quarterly cash dividend to 25 cents per share- a 14 percent increase over the previous dividend of 22 cents per share.
As of October the 26th Mastercard had 1.04 billion class A shares and 15.1 million class B shares.

And-US investors have taken a pessimistic view of the planned merger between CVS Health Corporation and the healthcare provider Aetna.
The two firms announced a proposed 69 billion dollar merger on Sunday which they say will transform healthcare in America and reduce costs.
Regulators will have to examine the deal before it can go ahead with the two firms saying that they expect a positive outcome “sometime” in 2018.
On Monday,investors took the view that the savings would be modest and expressed concerns that they wouldn’t be delivered until 2020 at the earliest.
Shares in Aetna fell by 1.4 percent on the news with shares in CVS down 4.6 percent.


Cricket-Its day 4 of the second Test between Australia and England with the tourists fighting back but still a long way off from securing an unlikely win or even salvaging a draw.
England bowled Australia out  for 138 in their second innings shortly before the first break of the day but they still trail the home side by 344 runs and are unlikely to reach the total when they bat again.England will require 345 to win the match with a day and two sessions left in the match and the pitch quickening up.
There are 8 ties in the group stage of the European Champions League tonight.
In Group A Benfica play Basel and Manchester United host CSKA.
In Group B Celtic host Anderlecht and Bayern Munich play PSG.
Group C pairs Chelsea against Athletico Madrid and Roma against Qarabag and in Group D it’s Barcelona against Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos against Juventus.

Formula 1 –Robert Kubica says that he’s capable of making a comeback and has the confidence to return to the sport.
The 32 year old Pole has been testing for Williams and will drive in the team’s simulator before a final decision is made.
7 years ago Kubica suffered life-changing injuries in a rally crash.
He’s one of several candidates for the final seat on the grid for next season with Williams still seeking a partner for Lance Stroll.

Winter Sports-The International Olympic Committee will announce this evening whether Russia is to be banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics.
An announcement will be made by IOC President Thomas Bach in Lausanne with the signs suggesting that a full ban will be implemented.
The IOC board has been studying the findings of a 16 month investigation into allegations of Russian government involvement in doping when Russia hosted the last winter games in Sochi in 2014.
Russia has repeatedly denied any wrong doing but the evidence seems to suggest otherwise.

Clear skies with light variable winds.

Top temperature 14-15 degrees.

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

Wednesday and Thursday-Partially cloudy with a high of 14-15 degrees.


PIGEONS are far more intelligent than we thought and even understand concepts like space and time. 

Researchers found they process the data in a similar way to humans. In experiments the birds were shown 6cm or 24cm horizontal lines for two or eight seconds.

If they correctly reported the length or time by pecking one of four symbols they were fed. Scientists at America’s University of Iowa then varied the lengths and durations — which the pigeons spotted.

The results were similar to those found in humans and other primates.

They believe it means animals such as other birds, reptiles and fish are capable of high-level, abstract decision-making.











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