French and Riviera News Wednesday 13th September 2017


Strike Action - Demonstrators gathered in Nice on Tuesday in protest against the government’s new labour reforms. According to figures from the CGT 5,000 people participated in a march which started at Nice’s main train station and ended in Place Massena. The strike action paralysed local transport networks and some flights from Nice Cote d’Azur airport were cancelled. The CGT union has called for a second strike late next week.

Plane crash - A small tourist plane from Strasbourg, which had stopped in Cannes, has crashed in a coastal town in Corsica killing all four passengers. The accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon when the twin-engine aircraft crashed not far from the runway in Ghisonaccia.Four German nationals were aboard the plane. Police have launched an investigation to determine the exact cause of the crash.

Arrests made in connection with drug trafficking in Marseille - 11 people have been arrested in Marseille in connection with a drug trafficking network. A hundred police officers searched apartments in the north of the city on Tuesday morning. While only a small amount of drugs were seized police said the arrests were a major step in curbing trafficking in the area which had been developing for several years.

Court - The Paris Court has delayed its decision, in the case of former ‘Minister of the Interior’ Bernard Cazeneuve who accused Nice police officer Sandra Bertin of defamation, over her comments that she was forced to make a false report in relation to events during the terror attack on Nice on July 14th last year. The court’s decision will be handed down next Thursday September 21st.


Hurricane Irma - French President Emmanuel Macron has traveled to the hurricane-hit Caribbean, to join the Dutch king who has expressed shocked over the devastation on the worst-hit territories. Macron's visit to the islands of St Martin and St Barts comes almost a week since Hurricane Irma roared over the region as a maximum Category Five storm. Authorities have begun evacuating locals and tourists from the hardest-hit French, British and Dutch territories in the Caribbean where many have complained about a breakdown in law and order and widespread shortages of food, water and electricity.

Motorway tolls - According to reports from French media an agreement has been made between the French state and France’s motorway companies which allows them to increase their toll rates on a yearly basis between 2019 and 2023. The agreement which had allegedly been kept secret has been revealed by France 2. In 2015 Manuel Vall’s government agreed a tariff freeze which has apparently since been reversed.

Puy Lentils - He probably doesn’t know it yet but Prince George has increased the sales of ‘Puy lentils’ which come from France. Considered to be best kind of lentil by many, ‘Puy lentils’ are from the Auvergne region of central France. The protein rich lentils were served up with smoked mackerel at the prince's school.  As a result, wholesalers have received a large number of calls from people seeking to replicate the young royal's diet. And there's good news for any lentil lovers as there's no shortage of them, with 3,000 tons harvested in 2016. 


Apple has unveiled a new high-end smartphone that has an edge-to-edge screen and no physical home button. The iPhone X-or ‘ten’ uses a facial recognition system to recognise its owner rather than a finger print based one. The new phone is Apple’s most expensive yet with a 64 gigabyte model costing 999 US dollars or 999 pounds in the UK. A 256 gigabyte model will also be available with a price tag of 1,149 US dollars. Apple also unveiled new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus models which will be priced from 699 dollars to 849 dollars and 799 to 949 dollars respectively. Apple shares fell by 0.4 percent at the close when the firm said that the iPhone ten will not start shipping until November because of the complicated manufacturing process.

The UK Culture Secretary has said that she’s “minded” to refer 21st Century Fox’s bid to buy Sky television to regulators over concerns about broadcasting standards. Fox owns 39 percent of Sky but wants to assume full control. Karen Bradley had already hinted that the deal would be referred to the media regulator Ofcom because of concerns about plurality. In a statement released last night,21st Century Fox said that it was “surprised” that Mrs Bradley hadn’t been able to form an opinion after receiving independent advice and having more than 4 months to consider the case. Sky said that it was “disappointed” by the further delay but would continue to work with the process as the Culture Secretary reaches her final decision.

And-Still in the UK-The Finance Minister Phillip Hammond has announced that the budget will be held on Wednesday the 22nd of November. The Chancellor of the Exchequer  says that the budget will be an opportunity for the government to “set out its thinking on how to keep the economy strong and resilient and fair”. It will be Mr Hammond’s first budget since the Conservatives lost their majority in the House of Commons following June’s snap election. Speaking to a House of Lords Ecomomic Affairs Committee on Tuesday,Mr Hammond conceded that there was no doubt that the UK economy had been overshadowed by the uncertainty of the Brexit negotiation process.


Football-There were 8 games in the European Champions League group stages last night with Manchester United getting off to a winning start with a 3-0 victory in Group A. Celtic were handed a 5-0 home drubbing at the hands of Paris St Germain in Group B while Chelsea thrashed Qarabag 6-0 in Group C.The big game in Group D ended Barcelona 3 Juventus 0.

There are 8 more games tonight in Groups E,F,G and H.

In Group E Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from the weekend’s heavy defeat against Manchester City when they play Sevilla at Anfield while Manchester City are away at Feyenoord in Group F.Monaco start their Group G campaign away at Leipzig while in Group H Tottenham play Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.

There was practically a full programme in the English Championship last night.

Aston Villa and Middlesbrough drew 0-0.Leed beat Birmingham 2-0.Norwich and Burton Albion drew 0-0.Preston beat Cardiff 3-0.QPR and Millwall drew 2-2.Sheffield Wednesday were 2-1 winners over Brentford.Sunderland lost 1-0 at home to Nottingham Forest.Wolves and Bristol City drew 3-3 and Sheffield United were 1-0 winners at Bolton.

Leeds are top of the table with 17 points from 7 games with Cardiff second on 16 points and Sheffield United third on 15 points.

Rugby Union-The Wales and Lions forward Sam Warburton is expected to be out of action for four months  while he undergoes surgery for a long standing neck injury. The 28 year old aggravated the problem in training this week and surgery is now the best course of action.He’ll miss all four of Wales’ autumn Tests and will be out of action for key Pro 14 and Challenge Cup games for Cardiff Blues.


Mainly fine with moderate westerly winds. Top temperatures 25 degrees on the coast and 27 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Mainly fine with moderate westerly winds tomorrow.Possible showers developing on Friday with highs of 23-26 degrees.


A husband who dislikes his wife's cooking may have learned to keep quiet during the early years of marriage. But the good news is that the Sunday roast might appear more appetising after a few decades together.

A study has found couples who are married for a long time appear to develop a similar sense of taste and smell.

Years of shared meals are thought to change what they find appetising, so that their tastebuds become more similar.

It is well known that eating things more often, from vegetables for fussy children to beer for adults, makes us enjoy them more. 

However the study, from the University of Wroclaw, is the first to show that couples change their food preferences after years of eating together.










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