French and Riviera News Tuesday 5th June 2018


Galderma - Management of the Galderma group have announced that three takeover bids have been accepted by the Swiss group. The employees union from the site based in Sophia Antipolis, which closed last year said “it was good news and a step in the right direction, but that they remained cautious”. The move hopes to maintain at least 300 jobs in Sophia Antipolis.

Migrants - The public prosecutor of Nice, Jean-Michel Prêtre has released figures concerning migrants in the Alpes-Maritimes for the first 5 months of 2018. So far this year 12,000 migrants and 124 smugglers have been arrested showing a slight increase compared to last year.

Airbnb - A recent study has revealed that here on the Côte d’Azur Airbnb exceeds the hotels in the towns of Cagnes sur mer and Vallauris. With Airbnb offers on average being 40% cheaper than hotel rooms, hotels in the region have criticized the rapid expansion accusing the competition of being unfair.  

Zika Virus - Medical researchers have gathered at the Timone University in Marseille to review the scientific knowledge on the Zika virus. 240 researchers from 20 countries will meet over three days to identify areas contaminated by the virus and improve ways to protect populations. In Latin America and the Caribbean, millions of people are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Port Festival - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has announced the return of a firework display in the city at the Port Festival this Saturday. It marks the first firework display in the city since the Nice terrorist attack in 2016. The event will also include concerts, activities for children and workshops.


Corruption probe - In a statement released on Monday French anti-corruption prosecutors have opened an investigation into French President Emmanuel Macron's chief of staff Alexis Kohler focused on his links to Italian shipping giant MSC. The investigation will look into Kohler's time as a senior civil servant in France's economy ministry from 2012-2016, the latter two years of which he spent as a cabinet director to Macron who was minister at the time. Macron's office on Monday dismissed the allegations as "completely unfounded".

Dinosaur Skeleton - An almost complete dinosaur skeleton from 150 million years ago has been sold to a private buyer at an auction in Paris for €1.6 million. The nine-metre long specimen is thought to be a new species belonging to the theropod family - a group of dinosaurs that includes the Tyrannosaurus rex.

French swimmer - A French anti-plastic campaigner has begun a six-month journey to swim through the giant floating rubbish mass known as the Great Pacific garbage patch. Ben Lecomte, who has previously swum across the Atlantic Ocean in 1998, left Japan on Tuesday morning, heading east. The 50-year-old plans to swim from Japan to San Francisco in 180 days, covering 8,000km in an attempt to raise awareness about plastic pollution.


Apple has unveiled its latest software upgrades that will allow older iPhones to run faster ,help parents limit their children’s screen time and make its Siri voice assistant work more like rival Amazon’s Alexa feature.
The changes,which were announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose on Monday appear to focus on keeping the firm’s 1.3 billion users satisfied with their existing devices as well as being an attempt to catch up with some competitors.
Apple faced a backlash last year after it emerged that the firm had been slowing down some older iPhones with flagging batteries.The latest version of Apple’s operating system for the iPhone and iPad will make older devices such as the iPhone 6 work better.
Apple shares rose by 0.8 percent on the news in after-hours trading to 192 dollars 40.

Microsoft has announced that its buying the code-sharing site Github.
The San Francisco based company is an online platform that allows coders to collaborate with each other on work projects.
Microsoft says that it will pay 7.5 billion dollars in stock to complete the deal  and that Github will continue to operate independently.
Github is currently used by more than 28 million developers who represent more than 1.5 million organisations across a range of industries.

And-The UK government is to sell a 7.7 percent stake in Royal Bank of Scotland.
The latest sale of 925 million shares will reduce the state’s holding in RBS from 70.1 to 62.4 percent and is expected to raise 2.6 billion pounds.
The bank has been majority owned by the government since it was bailed out at a cost of 45 billion pounds at the height of the financial crisis in November 2008.
The share disposal will take place this week in a process managed by a number of investment banks.


Tennis-Serena Williams has been forced to pull out of the French Open in Paris with a pectoral injury.
The former world number one had looked to be in good form after returning to the game following the birth of her child last year but the injury affected her serve and she felt unable to continue.
She’ll have an MRI scan in Paris today to find out the extent of the injury.

Rafael Nadal is through to the quarter finals in the men’s event after beating Maximilian Marterer of Germany in straight sets..He’ll now play Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in the last 8.
Juan Martin del Potro is also through.He beat John Isner of the United States and will now play Marin Cilic.

Football-The Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius suffered concussion during last month’s Champions League defeat against Real Madrid.
Doctors say that the concussion which happened after Karius collided with the Madrid defender Sergio Ramos early in the second half would possibly have affected his performance.
Karius was at fault for the Spanish side’s first and third goals which ended up in a 3-1 defeat for Liverpool in the final.

Formula 1-Daniel Ricciardo will be hit with a grid penalty at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix for using too many parts.
Ricciardo won here in Monaco in the last race despite suffering engine problems.
Red Bull’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey says that the driver will “definitely be taking some penalties in Montreal” but that they hadn’t yet heard how many.

Boxing-Tyson Fury has said that he’s been to “the worst place that anyone could go” during his fight with depression.
The former IBF,WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion will make his return to the ring this Saturday after 924 days out of action.
He says that during his time out he “hated boxing” and used cocaine.He also tested positive for a banned steroid which he blamed on eating uncastrated wild boar.
In an interview with the BBC,Fury said that he “woke up every day wishing that I would not wake up any more” but that he was living proof that anyone can come back from the brink.


Partially cloudy in  coastal areas with showers and thunderstorms developing inland later.

Light southerly winds and a high of 24 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 19 degrees on the coast and 16 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Sunshine and  showers with some possible thunderstorms on Thursday .Highs of 22-24 degrees



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