French and Riviera News.Wednesday.11.07.18

World Cup injuries-30 people have been hurt after a wave of panic swept through the Cours Saleya in Nice after France had qualified for the World Cup Final by beating Belgium 1-0 last night.

Authorities say that they think someone let off a fire cracker in the busy covered market  following the final whistle which led to a mini stampede as people tried to flee the area fearing a terrorist attack.

Chairs and restaurant tables were overturned during the panic and 6 ambulances were called to the scene.Those caught up in the melee appear to have sustained light injuries.

There were scenes of wild celebration across the Cote d’Azur as France made the final with people thronging the streets and car horns sounding long into the night.


Bernard Tapie-The French businessman and former politician Bernard Tapie has been ordered to pay 48,000 euros in compensation to a couple who were caretakers of his villa in St Tropez.

Mr Tapie,who’s been severely ill with cancer in recent months was taken to an industrial tribunal by the couple who said that he’d failed to honour a verbal agreement on pay made in 2012.

He has the right to appeal.


Rampage-A 50 year old man from Nice has been jailed for 18 months with 6 months suspended for assaulting his partner and smashing up her Toulon apartment.

The incident happened on the 5th of July with reports saying that the offender flew into a drunken rage before assaulting his partner who required 5 days of hospital treatment and then completely destroying the inside of her Toulon flat.

The Toulon criminal court heard that the man had previous convictions for similar offences committed in Avignon and Grasse.


Not the Var-Wine professionals in the Var have stressed that none of the millions of bottles of Spanish rose disguised as French wine carried labels of produce from the department.

Many French wine producing regions were hit by the scandal which broke on Monday but it’s understood that Cote de Provence wines are completely unaffected.

Spanish rose  produced in 2016 was much cheaper than French wine of the same vintage  at 34 euro cents per litre wholesale as opposed to 75 to 90 euro cents for  French wine.

Investigations continue but wines from the Languedoc Roussillon are thought to have been badly contaminated.


Film Festival-The 72nd Cannes Film Festival will take place between the 14th and the 25th of May next year.

The dates for next year’s festival were revealed on Twitter on Tuesday.This year there was a gap between the end of the festival and the Monaco Grand Prix but next year the last day of Cannes will coincide with the big race in Monaco.



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Luc Besson-A second woman has accused the French film director Luc Besson of sexual assault.A 49 year old casting director has said that she was assaulted by Mr Besson “everytime I took the lift with him”and that he also demanded sexual favours from her on set.Two months ago,a young actress claimed that the film director raped her and a further two women have claimed that he behaved “inappropriately” with them.Mr Besson’s lawyers have denounced the rape claim as “fantasist accusations” while French prosecutors said on Tuesday that they were not aware of the new complaints.



Chemical plant-The French pharmaceuticals giant Sanofi has announced the temporary closure of one of its plants in south western France following reports that toxic waste emissions have been exceeding safety levels.

Sanofi says that the plant at Mourenx will be closed while technical improvements are made to return the situation to normal.

The company has admitted that there has been a problem with the threshold of vapour wastes for solvents but insists that the local population has not been affected.

French environmental associations say that the plant has been emitting up to 7,000 times authorised levels of solvents sending huge quantities of pollutants into the atmosphere.


Police strain-Two French Senators have warned that the country’s security services are at “breaking point” and a crisis is imminent.

The warning comes a week after a French Senate report suggested that police are underpaid,overworked and lacking in basic equipment.

The report was commissioned following a wave of suicides in the police department in the autumn of last year.

Senators Francois Grosdidier and Michel Boutant warn that many officers are at “breaking point” and are facing the dual problems of escalating violence and chronic underfunding.




The White House has ramped up its trade war with China after listing 200 billion dollars worth of additional Chinese products that it intends to impose tariffs on in September.

The latest development comes just days after the two global economic heavyweights imposed tit-for-tat tariffs of 34 billion dollars on each other’s goods.

President Trump had already threatened to impose additional tariffs against China if it retaliated.

The new list contains more than 6,000 items ranging from handbags to food products.

Washington says that the tariffs are a justified response to unfair trade practices by China.


The UK’s data protection watchdog is to fine Facebook half a million pounds for data breaches relating to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The Information Commissioner’s Office says that Facebook failed to ensure that Cambridge Analytica had deleted users’s data.

The fine is the maximum amount allowed by law  and the ICO is also to bring a criminal action against Cambridge Analytica’s defunct parent company SCL Elections.

Facebook has said that it will respond to the development “soon”.



And-Boeing has said that first-half aircraft deliveries rose by 7 percent lifted by demand for its bestselling 737 Jetliners.

Boeing’s orders were more than double that of rival Airbus  with the announcement capping a successful half year for the world’s largest planemaker.

The company says that it intends to ship between 810 and 815 commercial aircraft in total this year-6 percent more than it delivered last year.The figures would put it ahead of Airbus for the 6th year in a row.





Fernando Gaviria of Colombia won stage 4 of the Tour de France on Tuesday as Greg van Avermaet retained the overall race lead.

Gaviria held off Peter Sagan and Andre Greipel to win the 195 kilometre stage from La Baule to Sarzeau but it’s van Avermaet who retains the leader’s yellow jersey after avoiding a crash that split the peleton with 5 kilometres to go.

The Belgian has a slight edge at the top of the classification over Tejay van Garderen with Geraint Thomas in third place just 3 seconds off the pace.

Chris Froome is in overall 17th place,55 seconds off the pace.

Today’s 5th stage is 204 kilometers from Lorient to Quimper with the hills making a first appearance on this year’s Tour.The climbing is pretty much up and down all the way with several tricky left and right hand turns on small roads.


Football-France have made their third World Cup Final after beating Belgium 1-0 in last night’s semi-final in St Petersburg.Defender Umtiti scored the only goal of the game on 51 minutes.

France will play the winners of this evening’s second semi-final between England and Croatia in the World Cup Final in Moscow on Sunday.


Tennis-The women’s semi-final line-up at Wimbledon has been decided.

Serena Williams will play the 13th seed Julia Georges and the 11th seed Angelique Kerber will play Jelena Ostapenko.

It’s men’s quarter finals day today.Rafael Nadal plays Juan Martin del Potro.Novak Djokovic plays Kei Nishikori.Roger Federer plays Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic plays John Isner.




Clear skies with moderate south westerly winds.

Top temperatures 27-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 19 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday -Fine and sunny with highs of 27-31 degrees.




"Killjoys" who removed red plastic which turned the Westbury White Horse into an England flag have been criticised on social media.

The plastic is believed to have been put up by a football fan ahead of the England team's World Cup semi-final match against Croatia.

English Heritage said it removed the covering to make sure the 175ft (53m) tall landmark was not damaged.

Members of the public have criticised the move on a community Facebook page.

One man wrote: "They are doing no damage and think of the money coming to Westbury with people coming to see it. Killjoys. It is only concrete. Took you months to finally clean it."

Another said football was "sadly" not coming home in Westbury because of a lack of a "sense of humour", adding: "What harm was it doing?".







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