French and Riviera News Wednesday 12th September 2018


Turtle conservation park in Corsica - A turtle conservation park is Corsica is asking the public for help after 56 rare Hermann's tortoises, considered a nearly threatened species, were stolen from the site. The park in Vero, about 30 kilometres northeast of Ajaccio, issued its appeal on Facebook on after discovering the missing adult tortoises, recognisable by their distinctive black-and-yellow shells. It also warned that wild turtle populations could be at risk if the Hermann's were stolen by anti-zoo activists who might be planning to release the tortoises adding that "They could contaminate wild populations with fatal germs, since they've been kept in captivity for a long time and have been exposed to animals and people which wild turtles aren't used to seeing,".

Man arrested outside school - A man has been arrested by police following an incident at a school in Tourette-Levens. Reports say that a man appeared at the school gates and threatened the headmistress of the school with a crossbow. The man is now in police custody while authorities carry out further investigations. 

Woman survives fall of 10 metres in her car - A woman has survived a fall of 10 metres in her car in Menton. The driver was apparently attempting to reverse her car to allow another motorist to pass on the Mont Gros.  However, the car fell backwards over a cliff.  Emergency services were quickly on the scene and the woman is reported to have suffered chest injuries but her life is not in danger. 


Far-right criticize Education Minister - The French conservative and far-right political forces have criticized France’s Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer for welcoming a proposal to “revive the teaching of Arabic” in French schools. The proposal stems from a report released on Sunday. Among its conclusions, the report suggested that rejuvenating Arabic-language learning within the French school system was key. Blanquer’s apparent openness to the notion of boosting Arabic-language instruction in schools led to strong criticism from right-wingers.

Kadhafi’s son accuses Sarkozy - Muammar Kadhafi's son, Saif al-Islam, has written to French judges repeating his claim that Libya contributed millions to Nicolas Sarkozy's successful 2007 presidential election campaign. According to Le Monde newspaper in a letter dated 11th July 2018, Saif al-Islam says that the Sarkozy campaign received a total of 4.5 million euros from Libya in 2007. The allegations are not new – Sarkozy was indicted for passive corruption, illegal campaign finance and receiving misappropriated public money in relation to the Libya case in March.

General manager for the Elysée - French President Emmanuel Macron has created a post of general manager for the Elysée presidential palace and chosen a classmate from his days at the country's top administrative school.The move comes after the scandal over one of Macron's security staff filmed beating up a demonstrator but is also part of a general overhaul. Jérôme Rivoisy, who is currently deputy head of France's employment service, will move to the Elysée next week. Rivoisy was at the Ena administrative school at the same time as Macron, graduating in 2004, and has worked in the Paris administrative court and the state auditing body.


Apple is scheduled to hold a major event later today at its California headquarters where new iPhone models and other products are expected to be unveiled.

The firm is reported to be unveiling 3 new iPhones with the Apple Watch also expected to get an upgrade for the first time since 2015.There could also be some new iPads and a new budget laptop.

Analysts say that anticipation is high with one of the new phones reported to be called the iPhone XS Max which could carry a price tag of up to 2,000 dollars depending on add ons.

While the iPhone remains Apple’s most recognisable product,the company has been increasing revenue streams with its watch which is now the biggest selling smartwatch on the market.


Mark Carney will remain as governor of the Bank of England until the end of January 2020.

The news was announced by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond on Tuesday ending months of speculation.

Mr Hammond said that the extension of Mr Carney’s term would support a “smooth exit” from the European Union.

Mr Carney says that he is willing to do whatever he can in order to promote both a successful Brexit and an effective transition at the Bank of England.

The extension will give the government more time to find a successor amid concerns that few candidates want to take on the role during unpredictable stages in the Brexit process.


And-Ryanair is cancelling 150 out of 400 flights to and from Germany today due to a 24 hour strike by pilots and cabin crew.

The row over pay and conditions follows a series of strikes over the summer.

The airline says that affected passengers have been offered alternative flights.

Trade unions in Italy,the Netherlands,Portugal,Belgium and Spain have also threatened to strike later this month unless Ryanair offers better working conditions.


Formula 1-Congratulations go to Monaco’s Charles Leclerc who’s been named as Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate for next season.
The 20 year old has had a meteoric rise in Formula 1 after successful seasons in the junior formulas and is being tipped as a future world champion.
He replaces Kimi Raikkonen who’s  leaving the team to rejoin Sauber where he started his Formula 1 career.

Cricket-Jimmy Anderson has become England’s most successful cricketer as he passed Glen McGrath’s Test match haul of wickets by taking the final Indian scalp on the final day of the 5th Test match at the Oval.
Anderson removed Mohammed Shami’s middle stump to win the game for England and take his Test match wicket haul to 564-the most ever by a pace bowler in the history of the sport.
England won the match by 118 runs to wrap up the series 4-1.
The match also marked Alistair Cook’s final appearance for England as he retires from international cricket.

Football-Spain spanked Croatia 6-0 last night as their impressive start to the Uefa Nations League competition continued in Group A4.
In Group A2 Belgium won 3-0 away at Iceland while Hungary beat Greece 2-1 in Group C2.
In international friendly games last night England beat Switzerland 1-0 while Northern Ireland beat Israel 3-0 and Poland and the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1.

Rugby Union-English Premiership clubs have unanimously agreed that the sale of a majority stake in the League to the private equity firm CVC Capital Partners is not a preferred option.
CVC is seeking a 51 percent stake but the Premiership chairman Ian Ritchie says that the clubs would prefer a minority holding.
Mr Ritchie says that clubs will seek outside investment as a matter of urgency and are happy to work with a partner.
He added that there was great interest in what he described as a “fantastic product”.

Cycling-Simon Yates of Great Britain has extended his lead in the Vuelta e Espana following Tuesday’s individual time trial.
Rohan Dennis won the time trial with Yates finishing almost a minute and a half behind the Australian but he extended his overall lead over Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde who both faded.
Yates goes into stage 17 thirty three seconds ahead of Valverde.
The riders will tackle a 157 kilometer road race today  ahead of 3 mountain stages in the last 5 before the finish.

Partially cloudy with light southerly winds.

Top temperatures 27-30 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 21 degrees on the coast and 18 degrees inland with the chance of some rain and scattered thunderstorms.

Thursday and Friday-Partially cloudy with the risk of some showers inland tomorrow.Mainly fine on Friday.Highs of 25-29 degrees.

















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