French and Riviera News Tuesday 5th September 2017


Restaurant worker injured in Marseille - A restaurant worker has been shot in the leg after a customer got into an argument about the slow service with the owner of a Kebab shop in Marseille. The incident happened on Sunday evening in the fast food restaurant which is situated in the north of the city in an area which has seen several drugs related gangland killings in the past.

Boat accident - A man has died after being rescued from the sea off Ramatuelle on Sunday evening.  According to reports he had been struck by the propellers of a boat. The boat had apparently been rented by three young people in Port Grimaud earlier in the day. Police are investigating the circumstances of the incident.

Forest fire - A fire has broken out in Frejus. Firefighters were alerted shortly after 5pm on Monday as Canadair, helicopters and waterbombers were used to tackle the blaze on the road from Bagnols to Frejus.

Motorist and Motorcyclists - Motorist and motorcyclists have been reminded by road safety officials of those items which are obligatory to have on you when travelling. For motorists a fluorescent safety vest and a warning triangle are necessary in case of an accident, meanwhile for motorcyclists they must wear both a helmet and gloves. Drivers who do not have these items can be fined up to 135 euros.

Heatwave - Meteo France has confirmed that the summer of 2017 was one of the hottest on record. It has been the third-warmest summer in 75 years with a number of records broken in the valleys behind Nice. In addition to the high temperatures, it has never rained so little since the creation of the weather station in Nice in 1942.


Hurricane warning - Hurricane Irma has increased to category 4 out of 5 and dangerously threatens an area from the Caribbean to Florida. Guadeloupe is placed in vigilance orange as schools remain closed today.

Kidnapping - A man charged with kidnapping a nine-year-old French girl during a wedding in the Alps has admitted to police that she got into his car but he denies abducting her. A week after Maëlys de Araujo went missing in the eastern village of Pont-de-Beauvoisin, a 34-year-old man was remanded in custody. The man was a guest at the wedding that Maëlys was attending with her parents when she went missing in the early hours of 27 August.

Passenger jet delayed - A passenger jet has been delayed so it can be fumigated after a scorpion was spotted on board. The flight from Paris to Glasgow on Monday night was postponed after a passenger noticed the scorpion and alerted staff. The plane is being held at Charles de Gaulle airport before its rescheduled departure on today.

Solo trans-Atlantic Kayak crossing - A Polish grandfather has  completed his third solo trans-Atlantic kayak crossing, arriving on the French coast 111 days after dipping his paddle into the waters off the US state of New Jersey. Aleksander Doba arrived in Le Conquet, a town 30 kilometres from the French city of Brest on the Brittany coast, where he was greeted by the applause of several dozen fans.


Stock markets around the world have remained under pressure this morning as tension increases between the United States and North Korea. In Europe on Monday,markets were down in a range from 0.3 to 0.8 percent and gold has remained firm as investors seek safe haven assets. Mining stocks were some of the biggest gainers on Monday with analysts saying that the rise was due to a rush into safe-haven assets with the price of precious metals up sharply and the underlying gold price at its highest level in almost a year. One leading analyst said that a “ripple of fear” had spread through the markets on Monday,not only because of North Korea’s latest nuclear test but also by the threat of a “massive military response” by the United States and South Korea’s own show of force. The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has won a victory in its long-running dispute with its European rival Airbus.

On Monday,the World Trade Organisation reversed on appeal a ruling that Boeing received some state aid to help build its newest aircraft-the 777X. In a statement following the ruling,Boeing said that the WTO had rejected “yet another of the baseless claims that the European Union has made”. In response,Airbus said that “the game is not over yet “as other claims over alleged aid are still to be settled. The two aviation firms have been locked in a series of spiralling disputes at the WTO for several years.

And-US oil prices have edged up this morning as the gradual restart of refineries in the Gulf of Mexico that were shut down by Hurricane Harvey raised demand for Crude. US West Texas Intermediate crude futures were up by 12 cents earlier this morning at 47 dollars 41. On Monday,shipping channels,oil refineries and pipelines in Texas restarted some operations following the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. 8 refineries in the state with a total capacity of 2.1 million barrels of crude per day remained shut on Monday afternoon.


Football-Marcus Rashford scored the winner for England in a 2-1 win over Slovakia last night which puts Gareth Southgate’s side 5 points clear at the top of World Cup qualifying group F with two games remaining. Scotland closed the gap on Slovakia to 1 point as they beat Malta 2 nil to keep their play-off hopes alive with Slovenia also still in the mix following a 4-0 win over Lithuania. In Group  C Northern Ireland guaranteed themselves a play-off place with a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic in Belfast with the group leaders Germany thrashing Norway 6-0.

Tonight Wales play Moldova and the Republic of Ireland face Serbia in Group D. Both sides can still make the finals but need wins tonight.

Tennis-Roger Federer is through to the last 8 of the US Open following a straight sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber.He’ll now play Juan Martin del Potro who came from two sets down  and saved two match points as he eventually got past Dominic Thiem in five sets.

Cycling-The Vuelta a Espana resumes today following Monday’s rest day with a 40.2 kilometre time trial from Circuito de Navarra to Logrono. Chris Froome retains the overall race lead by 1 minute and 1 second from Vincenzo Nibali. The race concludes this weekend.


Clear skies with light to moderate easterly or variable winds.

Top temperatures 25 degrees on the coast and 29 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 19 degrees on the coast and 16 degrees inland with clear skies. Wednesday and Thursday-Clear skies with highs of 25-29 degrees.


A new study has found. That Women were the ‘driving force’ spreading new ideas and technologies across Britain and Europe during the Stone Age – while their menfolk stayed home. Previous ideas of how our primitive ancestors travelled have been shaken by analysis of bones and teeth from ancient peoples.

They show that many females found buried in ancient burial grounds made long journeys to distant villages far from the homesteads where they were born and grew up. And as they did so they are thought to have carried culture and technology with them between 2,500 and 1,650 BC. The men, by contrast, by and large had stayed in the same area their whole lives – as shown by dental and bone records.





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