French and Riviera News Wednesday 10th January 2018


Traffic and bad weather - Traffic came to a standstill in Nice on Tuesday after the Paillon tunnel was closed due to flooding. Heavy rainfall caused chaos on the region’s roads with long tail backs on both the Voie Rapide and the A8 motorway at St Isidore. 1,150 households on the Côte d’Azur were still without electricity on Tuesday following the violent storms which hit the region. In total, firefighters recorded 110 interventions in the Var and 170 in the Alpes-Maritimes, mainly for falling trees, leaking roofs and flooded cellars.

Winter Sales - With the winter sales starting in France today the French government has announced plans to reduce the duration from six to four weeks in 2019 due to the decline in customers.

Best teacher in the World - A teacher from Cagnes sur mer has been shortlisted for the “Best teacher in the world” competition. Patrick Saoula is the only French national to be among the fifty finalists picked from 40,000 entries from 130 countries around the world. 39 year old Mr Saoula from the Breguieres college in Cagnes sur mer has been teaching home economics and workshops for ten years to “segpa” students. In 2011 he developed the teaching method with the aim to rekindle the desire to create and learn through teamwork and workshops highlighting skills which can be ignored in other school subjects.

Six new alert sirens have been installed in the region including new sirens in Antibes,Le Cannet and Grasse. The Prefecture will conduct tests of the sirens this morning from 9am.

Police - Gendarmes in Nice have been protesting against violence towards the police force. Officers gathered at outside the barracks at Auvare on Tuesday as part of a nationwide protest. The Minister of the Interior has promised a strong response to any attacks on the force.

A number of UK ex-pats in Bordeaux, are so desperate for a proper spicy Indian curry, that they have chartered a twin-engine plane for a special delivery of take-away from Lee-on-Solent on the south coast of England. The flight will arrive on Saturday night.


New road safety measures - As part of a number of measures to cut the number of road deaths in France the French government has announced plans to strip motorists of their driving licenses if they are caught using their mobile phones at the wheel. The measures include a controversial plan to cut the speed limit on country roads (departmental roads) from 90km/h to 80km/h.

Sexual abuse allegations - A collective of 100 prominent French women including French actress Catherine Deneuve have signed a letter published in Le Monde claiming that the “witch hunt " that has followed allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, threatens sexual freedom and have declared that men should be free to hit on women. While they said that the Weinstein affair had its uses, calling it "necessary" in exposing how some men abuse their power, the letter goes on to say that the allegations have gone too far. 

French cyclist to retire at 106 - French cyclist Robert Marchand has announced he has decided to retire at the age of 106. In January 2017, the Frenchman set the world speed cycling record in his category by covering 22.547 kilometers in one hour.


The World Bank has said that the global economy is likely to speed up this year after a stronger than expected 2017.
In a new forecast issued on Tuesday,the World Bank said that the global economy will expand by 3.1 percent this year before slowing slightly.
However,the report has warned that the increase will be short-term with gains in improving living standards and reducing poverty levels at risk long term.
The president of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim said that the broad based recovery in global growth is “encouraging” but that concerns remain long term.

Donald Trump is to become the first sitting US President to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Mr Trump confirmed that he plans to attend the event in Switzerland at the end of this month on Tuesday.The French President Emmanuel Macron and the British Prime Minister Theresa May are also planning to attend.
This year’s theme at Davos is ‘Creating a shared future in a fractured world’ which would appear to be at odds with Mr Trump’s philosophy.
The World Economic Forum attracts some of the richest and most powerful people in the world.Some 2,500 people are due to attend this year.

And-Kodak shares have surged by nearly 120 percent after the photo firm said that in plans to mint its own crypto-currency,the KodakCoin.
Kodak says that it’s teaming up with the Wenn Media Group in London to carry out the initial coin offering.
The firm has also announced plans to install rows of Bitcoin mining rigs at its headquarters in Rochester,New York.
Details of the scheme which has been dubbed the ‘Kodak Kashminer’ were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
Customers will pay upfront for rent-mining capacity.
Kodak is the latest in a series of firms to benefit after revealing plans for blockchain-related activity.


Football-Manchester City have the advantage after beating Bristol City of the Championship 2-1 last night in the first leg of the English League Cup semi-final.
Sergio Aguero scored City’s winner in the second minute of injury time at the end of the game although Bristol City will be happy with the away goal and the chance of pulling off a shock in the return leg at Ashton Gate.

Tonight,Chelsea play Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in the second semi final.Kick off is at 9pm French time.

Rugby Union-Joe Marler will miss the start of England’s 6 Nations campaign after being suspended for 6 weeks.
The Harlequins prop was sent off for a dangerous clear-out of a ruck in the match against Sale last weekend and will now miss England’s 6 Nations opener against Italy on February the 4th as well as the home game against Wales six days later.

The Wales flanker Dan Lydiate will miss the rest of the season with a bicep injury.
Lydiate was injured during last weekend’s match between Ospreys and Dragons and will undergo surgery later this week.

Ireland are waiting on a fitness report for Gary Ringrose who limped off during Leinster’s Pro 14 win over Ulster at the weekend.
Ringrose picked up an ankle injury and he could be ruled out of Ireland’s first two 6 Nations games against France and Italy.

Cricket-The England coach Trevor Bayliss will step down at the end of the 2019 Ashes series.
The 55 year old Australian was appointed in 2015 and has just seen his side beaten 4-0 by Australia.
It’s reported that he told England’s director of Cricket that he would not continue after 2019 before the last Ashes series.He says that he “always thought that it’s time for change around the 4 year mark”.


Partially cloudy with occasional showers and light variable winds.

Top temperature 14 degrees.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 4 degrees inland with some outbreaks of rain in the Alpes-Maritimes.

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


If you have a sweet tooth, it can be hard to resist just one last sugary treat in the evening. But the key to stopping yourself snacking could be as simple as getting into bed. A recent study has found that an extra 20 minutes of sleep could help people cut back on the equivalent of half a slice of cake a day.

According to researchers at King's College London, sleep-deprived people who manage to spend more time in bed change to a healthier diet.



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