French and Riviera News Tuesday 6th March 2018


Dead body - A dead body has been found on the rocks at the entrance to the old port in Menton. The body was discovered shortly after 6.30pm on Monday and is believed to be that of a woman. An autopsy is to be carried out to identify the victim. 

Stabbing in Nice - Police have opened an investigation after a 14 year old boy was stabbed on the first floor of a building on the Avenue de la Republique in Nice on Monday afternoon. Emergency services intervened and the victim is reported to be in a stable condition. Other teenagers present at the scene are being questioned by police.

Dangerous driving - A young couple have been stopped by police in Antibes after their vehicle was spotted zig zagging across the road. Police intervened, stopping the vehicle shortly after midnight. The female driver reportedly had no driving license and explained to police that her fellow passenger, her boyfriend, was teaching her to drive. 

Tax - Certain housing taxes could be going up soon after Christian Estrosi said that tax rates in Nice had not changed in ten years, making it one of the lowest taxed cities in France. He is proposing increases of up to €350 a year to drive investment in the city.

Police - A delegation from the NYPD New York Police Department is in Nice this week to discover how the city protects its public spaces. Both cities have suffered brutal terrorist attacks and are working together on the latest technologies to keep the public safe.

Filming in the Var - Two film production companies are looking for extras to take part in filming in the Var. Filming is to take place in Hyères and Montauroux from March 30th to April 4th. For more information email

New cinema - Meanwhile in Nice a new high tech cinema opens today in the Liberation district. The new cinema complex can welcome up to 1,500 moviegoers and offers the latest technology as well as an impressive reception hall including a Starbucks coffee shop and ice cream parlor.


Sexual consent in France - The French government has announced plans to make 15 the age of sexual consent. The announcement made on Monday comes following public outcry over two cases of sex involving 11-year-old girls. The issue was brought to the fore after critics and lawmakers said French laws had allowed two men to escape rape charges when they were accused of sex with underage girls.

US tariffs on steel and aluminium - Meanwhile French President Emmanuel Macron has said that the European Union must "react quickly" to US plans for tariffs on steel and aluminium imports which he said clearly breached global trade rules. Speaking at a press conference on Monday Macron claimed that it was "clear that these tariffs would go against World Trade Organization rules. Adding that "Nationalism is a war where everyone loses”.

Wine warning - Finally doctors in France have issued a stern warning to wine drinkers, following a row over whether the French tipple should be treated as a health risk or a national treasure. Health minister, Agnes Buzyn recently accused the country's wine industry of practising “double standards” when it comes to selling wine as a soft alcohol. Now doctors and academics who signed an open letter published in Le Figaro on Monday have come out in support the minister, saying, "From the point of view of the liver, wine is alcohol."


President Trump is facing growing pressure from his political allies and businesses who are urging him to pull back from proposed steel and aluminium tariffs.
Leading Republicans turned the pressure up on the President on Monday with the House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan leading calls for Mr Trump to rethink his plan.
Business leaders are calling for a meeting with the President to spell out the negative repercussions of the tariffs on firms that use steel and aluminium.
However,Mr Trump has so far refused to back down and dismissed concerns over a possible trade war.

One of the UK’s biggest manufacturing employers has warned that it may have to stockpile parts to operate smoothly once the country leaves the European Union.
Airbus says that it will have to think “very soon” about stockpiling in order to prevent its supply chain seizing up.
Airbus said that it spends 5 billion pounds a year on its UK supply chain and that it doesn’t want parts getting held up in warehouses.
In an interview with the BBC,the firm’s senior vice-president Katherine Bennett said that it operated a “just-in-time” supply chain which meant that even a three hour delay at Dover would be a critical issue.

And-The main adviser to the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has dealt a blow to the British Prime Minister’s free-trade proposals.
Stefaan de Rynck  has stressed that the rules of the single market require far more than Theresa May’s main proposal of mutual recognition of standards.
In her speech in London last Friday,Mrs May claimed that the UK could negotiate a future trade deal relationship based on  mutual recognition of standards overseen by a third party court made up from EU and UK nominees.
However,Mr de Rynck  said on Monday that the EU has moved away from the mutual recognition of standards overseen by a third party in the wake of the financial crisis to a centralised approach with a single EU rule book and common enforcement structures along with single supervisory rules.


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The England coach Eddie Jones has said that “abuse is part of your life” as a coach as he downplayed an incident on a train the morning after his side’s defeat against Scotland in the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield.
Jones said that he was physically and verbally abused on a train from Edinburgh to Manchester the morning after the game and video footage showed a group of men jeering him as he got into a taxi.
In an interview with the BBC he said that he “didn’t take much notice of it” and that it was “part of life” as a coach.

Scotland have recalled John Hardie to the squad for the 6 Nations crunch game against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday for the first time since he served a three month ban for alleged cocaine use.
Hardie is one of 10 players added to the squad by coach Gregor Townsend as Scotland bid to improve their away form to pull off a shock win in Dublin and out them in contention for the Championship.

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Sir Bradley Wiggins has said that 100 % he did not cheat and has claimed that he’s the victim of a “smear campaign”.
On Monday,a parliamentary report accused Wiggins of using an asthma drug to enhance his performance but in an interview with the BBC he said that was not the case  and that he was the subject of a “witch hunt”.

Manchester United are back up to second in the English Premier League after coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at struggling Crystal Palace.Nemanja Matic scored the winner in added time to save United’s blushes and plunge Palace into more relegation trouble.

The Champions League is back in action tonight with two second leg round of 16 ties.
Liverpool play Porto at Anfield leading 5-0 from the first leg while PSG host Real Madrid trailing 3-1.Both games kick off at 8.45.

Cricket-The ICC is looking into an incident involving Australia’s vice-captain David Warner and South Africa’s Quinton de Kock on the afternoon of the 4th day of the first Test in Durban.
Reports say that Warner had to be restrained by team-mates during an altercation with the South Africa wicket keeper on a stairwell as players returned to their dressing rooms.
Australia went on to win the match by 118 runs.

Boxing-Evander Holyfield says that Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder should fight “while the money’s there”.
Wilder again challenged Joshua for a meet after defending his WBC World Heavyweight title against Luis Ortiz on Saturday and Holyfield says that they should meet if Joshua comes through his WBA,IBF and WBO unification bout against Joseph Parker on the 31st of March


Rain to start then sunny periods with occasional showers this afternoon and moderate westerly winds.

Top temperature 13 degrees.

Overnight lows of 7 degrees on the coast and 5 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Partially cloudy with occasional showers in the Var.Highs of 15 degrees.


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But you'll need more than just a few million if you want to call this incredible place home. Anything near its asking price would make it the priciest pad ever sold, eclipsing both the US record - a $137m (£99m) home in the Hamptons - and the world record - $300m (£217m) for a French chateaux bought by a Saudi prince. The UK record is held by a £90 million apartment in Knightsbridge.








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