French and Riviera News Tuesday 8th August 2017


Car catches fire - Part of the A8 motorway was closed on Monday after a car caught fire. The A500 which is the motorway section leading into Monaco was closed to traffic following the incident causing long tail backs at the exit of the tunnel towards the Principality - no casualties were reported.

Air - An Air Algeria plane is in trouble for flying just 1,000 feet over the city of Nice on approach to the airport on Monday. The plane came too far inland, flying its approach over Mont Boron and Rue Jean Médecin before turning for the airport. Turkish Airlines received a heavy fine for a similar manoeuvre last summer.

Death - Another motorcyclist has died on the regions roads, after a 67 year-old man lost control and crashed his bike, on the road to Gréolières near Vence. The incident, which happened late on Sunday night, brings to five the number of people who’ve died on Riviera roads in the last week alone.

Cockroaches - The local council in the village of Saint Paul de Vence has called for local residents and businesses to help in fighting a recent outbreak of cockroaches in the area. New measures in an attempt to fight the problem are to be carried out on Monday 14th August throughout the village.

Weather - With the heat wave officially lifted Météo France has confirmed that a record temperature was reached in the city of Cannes on Sunday with 38.3 degrees being recorded beating the previous record of 38 degrees which dates back to July 23rd 1950

Christian Estrosi - Laura Tenoudji, the wife of the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi has given birth to a little girl named Bianca. Local press announced that Christian Estrosi and his wife were the happy parents of a Bianca, Ketty, Noémie, Nicea Estrosi, born on Friday night in Nice. The child is the first child of the couple, who married on the 12th November 2016 at the town hall of Nice.


Contaminated Eggs - A very small number of eggs contaminated with a toxic insecticide reportedly reached the UK earlier this year. Some of the eggs, which originated from the Netherlands, were also found in France, according to the country's agricultural ministry. The UK's Food Standards Agency say the risk to the public is very low. The agency is "urgently investigating" the issue, but to the best of their knowledge, the affected products are no longer on shelves. It is feared that farmers in the Netherlands may now need to cull millions of birds as it seeks to eradicate traces of the insecticide from production, according to LTO, a Dutch farming organisation.

Gault and Millau - Co-founder of the famed (GO et Meow) Gault & Millau guides Christian Millau who championed world-famous chefs such as Joel Robuchon has died aged 88. The French food critic launched the famed Gault & Millau guide in 1969 with his late colleague Henri Gault, the guide helped bring together the movement of young French chefs developing lighter and more visual dishes altering restaurant menus forever. In a statement the guide’s director said that Millau helped change food culture across the world and championed chefs who are now seen as some of the world's best.


Bitcoin's value has jumped to a record high, following a month of turmoil. The virtual currency reached $3,451.86 (£2,651) per coin in Monday trade, according to the Coindesk Bitcoin Price Index. It had never crossed the $3,000 mark until the weekend. The market value of all bitcoins in existence has now surpassed $56bn (£43bn).

US electric car manufacturer Tesla plans to raise $1.5bn (£1.15bn) to fund production of its new Model 3 car. Tesla will raise the money by selling bonds to professional investors, despite the company having $3bn in cash. The company says it has 518,000 orders for its new car, whose price starts at $35,000. Initial production of the Model 3 started in July, with a target of 400,000 to be made next year.

And - French carmaker Renault has signed a deal to produce up to 300,000 cars a year at a factory in Iran. The agreement is the latest of several investment agreements by French companies since international sanctions against Tehran's nuclear programme were eased. The deal which will mean the investment of 600 million euros to refurbish a factory is Iran's biggest-ever car deal.


Athletics – Laura Muir fell agonisingly short of a medal in the 1500 metres at the World Championships after finishing fourth in a thrilling sprint finish. The 24-year-old could not hold on in the final 100m and missed out on a podium place by seventh hundredths of a second as Caster Semenya pipped her to bronze.

Football - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he will "fight with other coaches" to sign Gareth Bale if Real Madrid are willing to sell the Wales forward and Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk has handed in a transfer request and says he is "insulted" at suggestions he refused to train. 

Cricket - Moeen Ali claimed five wickets as England completed a 177-run win over South Africa in the fourth Test at Old Trafford to seal a 3-1 series victory.

Weather - Mainly fine with some cloud highs of 30 degrees in Nice and Antibes with a light south westerly wind going down to 21 degrees this evening with clear skies. Highs of 32 degrees in Saint Tropez and 29 degrees in Hyeres with a moderate south westerly wind with gusts of up to 40km/h in the Gulf of Saint Tropez.

The outlook for Wednesday, clear skies with temperatures remaining the same as today in both the Alpes Maritimes and the Var Thursday partially cloudy with winds picking up in the Var region.


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