French and Riviera News Tuesday 6th August 2019

Local

Mayor dies in accident - Jean-Mathieu Michel, the Mayor of Signes near Toulon, in the Var has been killed in an accident. Mayor since 1983, 76-year-old Jean Michel was hit by a van on Monday afternoon. Local media has reported that he was at the time preventing the vehicle from dumping rubbish, he later died from his injuries. An investigation has been opened.

Post service on strike in Roquebrune Cap Martin - The postal service in Roquebrune Cap Martin has announced strike action from Wednesday which is likely to lead to severe disruption to the mail delivery service in the area.  Employees of the post office have filed an unlimited strike notice from Wednesday, August 7 in protest at planned job cuts in October.

EasyGroup - According to reports the hotel brand "EasyGroup", the parent company of the airline has just acquired the current Ibis Palais des Congrès on Rue Auguste Gal in Nice. The finalization of the sale, scheduled for October this year, would allow Nice to host the first French "EasyHotel". The chain, founded in 2004, now has 38 establishments in ten European countries.

Heatwave - The World Weather Network has said the recent ‘canicule heatwave across France would have been less severe without climate change. They say temperature highs of up to 42d in Paris would have been 3 degrees lower under normal circumstances. Meanwhile, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco has received a distinction at the UNESCO Headquarters for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of climate change, biodiversity and oceanographic research.

Electric taxi service - Monaco’s new electric taxi service is to expand out of the Principality and being serving Cap d’Ail, Beausoleil and Roquebrune. Last month 20 new all electric white taxi’s were introduced to handle the peak summer period. Unlike traditional taxis, the tariffs are fixed, costing €15 a trip within Monaco and €25 into neighbouring towns.

In Nice, the extension of Tram Line 2 to the Port is still on time. It was announced today that finishing works are about to commence at the underground Place Durandy station which will open in December.

National

Tate Modern - A teenager has been charged with attempted murder after a six-year-old boy was allegedly thrown from the 10th floor of the Tate Modern art gallery. The child, who was found on a fifth-floor roof after he fell from the Tate's viewing platform on Sunday, is in a critical but stable condition, he is a French national visiting London with his family. A 17-year-old boy is due to appear in Court today. Police have confirmed that there is no link between the suspect and the victim.

Notre Dame - French labour union and environmental health groups have joined together to demand that Notre-Dame Cathedral be covered and sealed after the fire that destroyed its roof, deeming it an ongoing source of lead pollution. The April 15 blaze that destroyed the cathedral's spire and its roof also melted massive quantities of lead, toxic dust from which was dispersed into the air in the French capital and deposited on the ground.

Business

In a statement which is expected to intensify tension between the world’s two largest economies the US has officially named China as a "currency manipulator". The announcement by the US Treasury follows a sharp fall in the value of the Chinese yuan against the dollar.

Last week, China pledged to retaliate after US President Donald Trump vowed to impose 10% tariffs on $300bn (£246.7bn) of Chinese imports.

Strike action at Heathrow airport planned today has been called off after the airport group and the union Unite reached a deal over pay. Workers had planned to walk out on both Monday and Tuesday in a row over wages. Strike action over the two days has now been averted but Heathrow said a walkout on 23 and 24 August is still scheduled to go ahead.

And - Described as "eco-friendly" by the US fast food giant McDonald's their new paper straws cannot be recycled. Last year, the company axed plastic straws, even though they were recyclable, in all its UK branches as part of a green drive. But the US fast food giant says the new paper straws are not yet easy to recycle and should be put into general waste.

Sport

Cycling - Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht has died at the age of 22 following a crash during stage three of the Tour de Pologne. Lambrecht crashed around 60 miles from the end of the race in Poland. He was taken by helicopter to hospital where he later died on Monday.

Cricket - Australia's thrashing of England has been described as “reminiscent of the 1990s” during this year’s Ashes.  

Football - Manchester United have signed England centre-back Harry Maguire from Premier League rivals Leicester City for £80m – marking a world record fee for a defender. The 26-year-old has agreed a six-year contract at Old Trafford, with the option of a further year. The fee for Maguire eclipses the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January 2018.

Weather

Starting of cloudy in the Alpes Maritimes with clear skies in the Var. Highs of 28 degrees in Nice, Antibes and Cannes. 32 degrees in Saint Tropez, La Croix Valmer and Le Lavandou with a moderate south easterly wind. This evening going down to 17 degrees in the Var and 22 degrees in Alpes Maritimes.

Outlook for Wednesday clear skies highs of 33 degrees.

Finally 

It has emerged that cooking, gardening and vacuuming are among the activities Brits regularly enjoy in the nude. 

New research reveals more than half are completely comfortable walking around naked in their own home. And one third think nothing of stripping off at the end of the day to have a bite to eat or drink a glass of wine.

Reading the paper, washing up and watching television are also among the activities Brits are happy to do while naked. Playing video games, listening to music and enjoying a nice cup of tea also featured in the top 20 list.

 

 

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