French and Riviera News.Tuesday July 31st 2018

Heatwave warning-The south of France is set to see temperatures hit 40 degrees with 4 departments already on an orange weather alert.

Both the Alpes Maritimes and Var have been placed on an orange weather alert today with temperatures of 32-36 degrees forecast for this afternoon and night time temperatures not dipping below 26 degrees.

Temperatures are also climbing in the Ardeche,Drome and Rhone as well as the Pyrenees Orientales in the south west.

Temperatures hit 35 degrees in Grenoble on Monday afternoon and Meteo France says that anti cyclonic conditions across France will probably see the mercury shoot up to between 37 and 40 degrees by the end of the week.Marseilles is forecast to be the hottest part of the south.

Heatwave conditions are forecast to last until next Tuesday.


Alps deaths-4 people have been killed in three separate accidents in the French Alps over the past few days.

A 40 year old Italian climber was killed after falling at 3,000 meters altitude on the Massif des Ecrins while two French women died in the same area as they were climbing with a mountain guide.

A fourth person died while climbing on Mont Blanc.


Child prostitution-Save the Children Italy has warned that young child migrants are being forced into prostitution in Ventimiglia in order for them to then pass from Italy into France.

A report from the charity says that minors,mainly from sub-Saharan Africa are being forced to perform sex acts if they can’t afford the 50 to 150 euros asked for by drivers in exchange for a lift across the border.

Save the Children says that young girls are being strongly exposed to very serious risks of abuse and exploitation and in many cases are living in conditions of great degradation.


Gas leak-Emergency services have been responding to a gas leak at a building site near the Lycee du val d’Argens in Le Muy in the Var.

Firefighters threw up a security cordon in the affected area to prevent members of the public entering.The leak was repaired without further incident.


No parking-A man has been arrested after parking his car in a space reserved for police vehicles in Juan les Pins and then testing positive for alcohol.

Officers were waiting for the man after he left his car in a police space on the rue Jacques Leonetti.He eventually turned up four hours later and was found to be more than three  times over the legal limit to drive.


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Cleaner charged-A 55 year old woman has been charged following allegations that she tried to poison two infants at the crèche where she worked in an eastern Paris suburb.

Staff at the crèche became suspicious after a 16 month old child became dizzy and sleepy after eating a snack on the 5th of June.

Two weeks later another child showed the same symptoms and was taken to hospital.

Tests on the two children show that they’d ingested benzodiazepine-a sedative and muscle relaxant.

The suspect was detained in mid July and charged on Monday.


Frisbee ache-An Ultimate Frisbee tournament near Lyon has had to be scrapped after dozens of participants were struck down with food poisoning.

20 Israelis,10 Belgians and 4 Colombians complained of nausea and vomiting after eating the same lunchtime meal on Sunday.

Authorities have taken a sample of the food consumed for analysis.The tournament had been due to take place between yesterday and next Saturday.

Ultimate Frisbee is a 7 a side team sport in which players must pass the disc up the field of play to mark a point in the opponents end zone.


On your bike-A report in Le Figaro newspaper says that former French President Nicolas Sarkozy cycles some 2,500 kilometres each summer.

Mr Sarkozy is a keen cyclist and a keep fit fanatic.

He’s also a dedicated runner and gets through four pairs of trainers each summer.

The paper says that sport is like a drug for the former French leader and he runs for an hour and then cycles for three hours daily.




The Bank of Japan is set to trim  its inflation forecasts on Tuesday and consider changes to its massive stimulus program to make it more sustainable, reflecting a growing recognition it will take longer than expected to meet its elusive price goal.

The central bank has failed to break Japan’s entrenched deflationary mindset despite years of heavy money printing, with stubbornly soft inflation sapping its ammunition and global trade woes clouding the outlook for an export-reliant economy.

The Bank of Japan’s  nine-member board will debate ways to address the conflicting challenges, with options including tweaks to its asset-buying techniques and guidance on its yield targets.


T-Mobile US has named Nokia  to supply it with 3.5 billion dollars in next-generation 5G network gear, the firms said on Monday, marking the world’s largest 5G deal so far and firm evidence of a new wireless upgrade cycle taking place.

T-Mobile - which in April agreed to a merger with Sprint  to create a stronger rival to U.S. telecom giants Verizon  and AT&T   said the multiyear supply deal with Nokia will deliver the first nationwide 5G services in the US.

The T-Mobile award is critical to  Nokia, whose results have been battered by years of slowing demand for existing 4G networks and mounting investor doubts over whether 5G contracts can begin to boost profitability.


And-Ryanair's German pilots have voted overwhelmingly in favour of striking in a row over pay and conditions.The pilot union said 96% were in favour of striking. It’s  given Ryanair until 6 August to make an offer to avoid a strike, which must be announced 24 hours in advance.Ryanair has already cancelled hundreds of flights this month due to pilot strikes in Dublin and cabin crew walkouts in Italy,Spain, Portugal and Belgium.The pilot union said discussions with Ryanair last Friday had failed to secure the progress it wanted.



Football-The former Liverpool star Charlie Adam has said that he thinks the current team are one or two players short of winning the English Premier League title.

Liverpool finished fourth in the league last season and have spent nearly 170 million pounds on new players this summer.

Adam said that they’ve done excellent business but they could do with a new centre-half and that Manchester City are still the team to beat.

The new Premier League season kicks off week on Friday.


Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton has said that he plans to “turn up the heat” following the summer break as he tries to close in on a fifth world title.

Hamilton leads Sebastian Vettel by 24 points in the drivers’ championship after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

He said that the second half of the season is always intense but it’s usually when Mercedes get a bit better.

The next Grand Prix is in Belgium on the 26th of August.


Rugby Union-The English Rugby Football Union has backed coach Eddie Jones to lead the side into the 2019 World Cup but has brought up his recent behaviour.

Jones was involved in an altercation with South Africa fans after England’s defeat in Johannesburg earlier in the summer and the RFY chief executive Steve Brown says  that “specific incidents have been discussed as well as how they can be handled moving forward”.

England have lost 5 of their last 6 Test matches under Jones but Brown said that he was confident that things would be “turned around”.


Boxing-Tyson Fury has said that a deal to fight Deontay Wilder is almost done.

Fury made his return to the ring  last month with an easy victory over Sefer Seferi and he’s due to fight the Italian Francesco Pianeta on the 18th of August.

In a post on social media,Fury said “I’ll flatten him first and then Wilder-let’s dance”!

Fury’s promoter Frank Warren said that the Wilder fight was close to happening  and he denied that it would come too soon and that Fury was “looking good in the gym” and had shed another couple of stone.



There’s an ORANGE HEATWAVE warning in force for the Alpes-Martimes and the Var with clear skies in coastal areas and more storms possible in the mountains.

Light variable winds and highs of 32-36 degrees.

Overnight lows of 26 degrees on the coast and 23 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Heatwave conditions remain with clear skies and highs of 32-36 degrees.



A van driver in the Canadian city of Ottawa has been sacked after they were filmed repeatedly splashing pedestrians.

Contracting company Black & McDonald said in a Facebook post that the individual concerned is "no longer employed" with them after a video of their anti-social behaviour went viral.

A 45 second clip, filmed on a rear-facing dashcam, shows the unidentified driver veering into the kerb on a rainy day to drench pedestrians at least three times. At the very end of the clip the company's logo is clearly seen on the side of the vehicle.

The video has been viewed over 750,000 times, and Black & McDonald subsequently made an apology for their driver's behaviour on its Facebook page.



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