French and Riviera News Tuesday 7th November 2017


Stolen boat found at sea in the Var - A 38 foot motor boat which was stolen from Ventimiglia in Italy has been found by the maritime police near Ile du Levant in the Var. Police have arrested the man onboard and he has been taken into custody.

Pupil injured in fall - A pupil in a local school has been injured after falling from the second floor of the building on Monday morning.  The pupil at the Lycée Jacques-Audiberti in Antibes apparently suffered a broken leg in the fall, which was treated at the premises. An enquiry is taking place to establish the circumstances of the incident.

Missing person - Police in the Var are asking for information about a 19 year old woman who disappeared over the weekend. Fanny Bruno, also known by her married name of Lecouteux, left a friends house in La Crau in the Var in the early hours of Saturday, heading for her home in Pignan in the Hérault department, but has not been seen since.

Social housing in the region - A report published on Monday and submitted to the French government by The National Solidarity and Urban Income Commission the SRU has listed a total of 1,152 communes in France which are reluctant to build social housing. The SRU citied cities which were on a black list for not yet having made up for 25% of social housing by 2025 including Beaulieu-sur-Mer; Biot; Cannes; Le Cannet; Cap d'Ail; The Colle-sur-Loup; Tales; Gattières; Gaude; Levens; Mandelieu-La Napoule; Chin; Pégomas; Roquebrune-Cap-Martin; Roquette-sur-Siagne; Rouret; Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne; Saint-Jeannet; Saint-Laurent-du-Var; Sospel; Tourrette; Tourrettes-sur-Loup; Vallauris; Vence; Villefranche sur mer. The SRU commission advocated that there would be a 400% increase in the price of fines for 233 new communes in France that are far from social housing construction goals.

Movie festival planned for Saint Tropez - A festival of new movie stars is planned to take place in Saint Tropez. According to reports the objective is to hold an annual festival with the first taking place from 10th to the 14th April 2018. The event intends to highlight the achievements of new actors and actresses both French and International.


62 year old man killed in a hunting incident - A 62-year-old man taking part in a hunt in the Paris area has died after being charged by a deer that fatally gored him. The incident occurred around 10am on Monday. The hunter, who was not carrying a rifle, died of internal bleeding before emergency services could arrive.

Fairground workers block traffic in Paris - Champs-Elysées carnival workers have followed through on their promise to "block" traffic in the capital in response to Paris City Hall's decision to cancel this year's Christmas market. Marcel Campion, so-called "King of fairground workers" warned authorities that this would be the result if the event didn't go ahead and at 6.30am on Monday about 60 protesters on the roads caused nearly 10 kilometres of backed up traffic west of Paris.

Leila Slimani Francophone affairs minister - The French President Emmanuel Macron has given a young, prize-winning writer the job of promoting the French language and culture. Leïla Slimani was made the president’s personal representative and given a wide responsibility as Francophone affairs minister after a meeting at the Élysée Palace on Monday. A presidential spokesperson said Slimani was chosen because she “represents the open face of Francophonie [being French-speaking] to a multicultural world”, and because she was “part of a new generation that the president wants to highlight”.  The Morocco-born author was largely unheard of before last November, when she won the prestigious Prix Goncourt award for her second novel, Chanson Douse (Lullaby).


Documents released in the leaked Paradise Papers show that the tech giant Apple has a secretive new structure that enables it to continue avoiding billions of dollars in taxes. The papers reveal that Apple managed to avoid a 2013 crackdown on its tax practices in Ireland by looking for somewhere else to park its money. The company then moved the firm holding most of its offshore cash to the Channel Island of Jersey which now amounts to some 252 billion dollars. Apple says that it remains the world’s largest taxpayer  and that it had followed the law.It said that the changes did not affect or reduce its tax payments in any country. Until 2014,Apple had exploited a loophole in tax laws in the United States and Ireland which was known as the “double Irish”. The loophole was closed following an investigation by the Irish government and the EU and leaked documents show that Apple wished to keep the fact that it was moving its offshore cash to Jersey a secret.

A report by CNBC has said that 21st Century Fox has held talks with Disney for the sale of most of its film and television assets. CNBC says that the two firms are not currently in negotiations but had held talks over the past few weeks. Fox’s film and television businesses would be of great interest to Disney as it bids to expand its international reach. Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is said to be keen to focus on sports and news. Fox shares closed up 9.9 percent on the news while Disney was up  by 2 percent. Neither firm has commented on the report.

And-The US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has said that Britain must avoid too much compromise with the EU over the Brexit divorce bill if it wants a quick free trade deal with America. Mr Ross said that a trade deal with the UK could be signed within months of Brexit and dismissed claims that it could take 10 years for a deal to be reached. However,he said that there could be problems if the UK retained current EU bans on items such as chlorinated chicken and genetically-modified food. Mr Ross was speaking at the CBI conference on Monday and said that he wished to address problems that might appear for a Free Trade Agreement between the UK and the US.


Football-David Moyes is poised to be announced as interim West Ham manager following the sacking on Slaven Bilic on Monday. Bilic left the club after two and a half years with West Ham in the relegation zone having only won two league games this season. The appointment is being seen as a gamble by West Ham and Moyes has his detractors who point to his patchy record at Manchester United and his inability to save Sunderland from relegation as reasons why is probably isn’t the right man for the job.

Formula 1-Documents released from the leaked Paradise Papers show that Lewis Hamilton avoided tax on his private jet to the tune of 3.3 million pounds. The papers show that Hamilton was handed a VAT refund after importing the Bombardier Challenger 605 jet into the Isle of Man in 2013. Reports say that the leasing deal set up by the star’s advisors was artificial and did not comply with an EU and UK ban on a refund for private use. His lawyers say that a tax barrister review found that the structure was lawful and added that it was not correct to say that no VAT had been paid on any of the arrangements.

Tennis-The ATP has issued an apology after a draw ceremony in Milan on Sunday was labelled as “disgraceful” and “sexist”. At the draw for the Next Gen ATP Finals,female models decided groupings by revealing letters hidden under their clothing.One tennis player was also asked to pull off a female model’s glove with his teeth  and another found out which group he would be in when a model pulled up her dress to reveal a letter on her right thigh. The ATP and sponsors Red Bull say that they now “deeply regret” causing offence and accept that the execution of the draw had been in “poor taste” and was “unacceptable”.

Racing-Rekindling,trained by Joseph O’Brien has won the Melbourne Cup. The 4 year old stallion,ridden by Corey Brown  beat Johannes Vermeer and Max Dynamite to win Australia’s most popular horse race at the Flemington Racecourse. The event is the world’s richest two mile handicap.


Mainly cloudy with intermittent showers and perhaps some bright spells later.

Light to moderate northerly or variable winds and a high of 15 degrees.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 6 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-More rain developing tomorrow.Sunshine and showers on Thursday.Highs of 13-15 degrees.


The secret to a happy marriage may be in making an effort with the small things. Small gestures topped the list of things that make people feel loved, according to new research.

People agreed gestures such as snuggling with someone was more loving than someone simply saying, 'I love you', researchers found. 

Over-the-top romantic gestures don't make people feel loved and controlling behaviours - like someone wanting to know where they were at all times - were seen a quick way to lose a relationship

Small gestures - like someone showing compassion or snuggling with a child was seen as one of the most loving actions.

The top scenarios for making someone feel loved was someone showing compassion when they were having a hard time, being snuggling up to, their pets being happy to see them and in fourth place someone saying 'I love you'.  







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