French and Riviera News Tuesday 9th January 2018


Strong winds hit the region - A 28-year-old woman has been hospitalised after being hit by a falling lamppost outside the Mamac museum in Nice on Monday. The incident happened due to the strong winds which hit the region causing widespread chaos on the  roads. In Roquebrune Cap Martin an electricity pole fell in front of a bus causing traffic to be diverted and long delays for motorists. The orange weather alert put in place by Meteo France was lifted this morning at 6am. Meanwhile the Hautes-Alpes and the Alpes Maritimes department remain on an orange alert for avalanches. The public are advised to avoid high roads in the area and to heed the safety advice in ski resorts.

Police officer from Nice dies during training in Paris - A 27 year-old woman from Nice, who moved to Paris to work as a police diver, has died after she went missing in the Seine river during a joint exercise with the fire brigade last week. Trade unions for the service are now asking why the exercises were undertaken during unfavourable conditions and what training had been given.

British school supervisor dies at ski resort - A British school supervisor, who went missing after a night out at a bar in a ski resort, is believed to have frozen to death after getting lost on his way home. The body of 22 year-old Owen Lewis was found near the Alps resort of Risoul, three hours north of Nice.

Appeal to find a member of public - A 63 year old from Joinvillois in the Haute Marne who fainted while out jogging on the Avenue Jean Jaures in Nice on the 28th December has appealed for the member of the public who alerted the emergency services, “effectively saving his life” to come forward. Jean Luc Mary was on holiday in the region at the time and has asked for anyone with any information to contact

New route from Toulon Hyeres Airport - The airline Hop has announced two new routes for 2018 from Toulon Hyeres airport. As of June 23rd there will be two direct weekly flights to Lille and Strasbourg. The service will be available until 29th September.


Number of asylum seekers in France hit a record high - According to figures released on Monday a record number of requests by asylum seekers were made in France in 2017. France received more than 100,000 applications for the first time, mostly from Albanians, Afghans and Africans.  The number represents a jump of 17 percent compared to 2016, which was already up 6.5 percent on the number of applications in the previous year. 

Investigation into financing of Sarkozy’s 2007 election - Alexandra Djouhri has been arrested in London. According to French media the businessman was arrested on Monday as part of an investigation into the financing of Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign.

Speed limit on French roads – The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is to announce a reduction in the speed limit from 90km/h to 80km/h today, as part of an effort to reduce the number of fatal road accidents in France. It follows a two year experiment where a reduced limit on three secondary roads showed a marked decrease in fatal accidents.

Apple - Paris prosecutors have launched a probe of US tech giant Apple over suspected slowing down of some iPhone models. Apple executives could face a jail sentence if found guilty. The investigation is being led by anti-trust and consumer protection specialists in the French economy ministry.  Apple admitted last month that it intentionally slowed down older models of its iPhones over time.

Emmanuel Macron’s gift to his Chinese counterpart - French President Emmanuel Macron has presented his Chinese counterpart with a horse as a gift, during his first state visit to China. The animal, a retired Republican Guard horse named Vesuve de Brekka is an eight-year-old dark brown horse which took part in its last presidential escort on November 11th on the Champs-Elysees.


Samsung Electronics has said that it expects to post record profits for the final quarter of 2017 although the estimate has missed market expectations.
The world’s largest memory chip maker says that it expects operating earnings of some 14.1 billion dollars for the fourth quarter –up by 64 percent from a year earlier.
The record guidance comes despite a corruption scandal which has engulfed the South Korean firm’s top management.
The 2018 outlook is less certain with some investors betting on an end to the chip boom.
The market for smartphones is also facing increasing competition from cheaper Chinese rivals.

The US camera maker GoPro is reported to be considering  a sale after suffering a steep decline in sales over the festive period.
On Monday,GoPro reported a 40 percent fall in 4th quarter revenue compared to the same period in 2016.
The firm has also announced redundancies and said that it would exit the drone business.
GoPro shares plunged by almost a quarter on the news but recovered someone on talk of a sale.
Unconfirmed reports have said that the firm has hired JP Morgan Chase to explore the possibility of a sale.

And-A study by Aston University in the UK has suggested that the worst is yet to come for diesel cars with sales projected to account for just 15 percent of the market by 2025.
The university’s automotive expert Professor David Bailey has said that the “slow death” of diesel is being driven by “environmental pressures and consumer confusion”.
He’s urging the UK government to set up a scrappage scheme to encourage drivers to switch to electric cars.
The latest figures from the UK Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed that sales of diesel cars fell by 17.1 percent last year as higher taxes and pollution fears hit demand.


Football-Brighton are through to the 4th round of the FA Cup in England following a 2-1 victory over rivals Crystal Palace.
The tie was the first competitive game in England to use Video Assistant Referee technology and in the end,Brighton’s winner which several Palace players thought had touched the hand of Glenn Murray before going into the net was awarded without the technology being used.Brighton will play Middlesbrough away in round 4.
The draw for the 4th round of the FA Cup has thrown up some intriguing ties.League 2 Yeovil,the lowest ranked side left in the competition have been drawn at home to Manchester United  while Newport County,also of League 2 have a home tie against Spurs.
Manchester City have been drawn away at Cardiff or Mansfield Town  while Liverpool will be at home to West Brom.
Chelsea will be at home to Newcastle if they come through their 3rd round replay against Norwich.
Ties to be played over the weekend of the 26th to 29th of January.

Manchester City play Bristol City tonight in the semi finals of the English League Cup.Kick off is at 8.45 French time.

Tennis-Former world number one Andy Murray has undergone hip surgery in Melbourne and has vowed to be fit in time for the grass court season.
Murray has been struggling with the injury since he was knocked out of Wimbledon last July and was forced to pull out of the Australian Open when the problem flared up again at the start of the year.
He says that he’s “not finished yet” and is aiming to compete at the highest level again.

Cricket-South Africa have beaten India by 72 runs in the first Test at Newlands after the tourists collapsed to 135 all out in their second innings.
India had needed 208 for victory after bowling the home side out for 130 in their second innings but they then suffered their own batting collapse to lose the match and give South Africa a 1-0 lead in the three match series.

Boxing-The heavyweight unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker could be confirmed this week.
Parker’s promoter is in London to finalise the deal with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
Reports say that the contest could take place at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on the 31st of March.


Overcast with heavy rain and thunderstorms,clearing this afternoon with some sunny intervals.

Moderate south westerly winds and a high of 15 degrees.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 7 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Partially cloudy with a high of 13-15 degrees.


In has been claimed that chart topping hits in the UK are becoming more depressed and slower. The study found those in minor keys were far more likely than in any other year to top the charts.

It found that Sam Smith's Too Good At Goodbyes, Ed SHeeran'sShape of You and Havana by Camila Cabello all led the charge.

The study  named 'whine of the Times' also found 2017's songs were slower, with the average bpm of a number one record slipping below 100bpm. 




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