French and Riviera News Wednesday 14th March 2018


Sexual assault - A man has appeared in court in Grasse accused of sexual assault. The incident occurred last Saturday after two Chinese students, on holiday in Antibes, were followed back to their hotel and attacked by the suspect. Police were able to identify the attacker through CCTV footage. The case continues. 

Cap d’Ail - Part of the coastal path at Cap d’Ail has been closed this week to allow for the demolition of extensions to the Villa La Colombe. The town has been demanding the work be done for 20 years, and the work is to be carried out over the next two months, at the owner’s expense. The coastal path will re-open in the middle of May.

PSG-Nice - Supporters of PSG have planned to boycott Sunday’s match against OGC Nice which is being held at the Allianz Riviera in Nice. Due to security measures put in place by local authorities of the Alpes-Maritimes fans say it is unacceptable that “a quota of only 270 seats have been allocated to PSG supporters in a stadium with a capacity of nearly 1,800 seats”. It is the second consecutive year that PSG supporters have boycotted a match in Nice.

Olive Oil - Olive growers gathered in the Var on Tuesday to participate in the national competition of olive oil. The event held in Draguignan saw 130 samples judged by a panel of 40 judges with 13 departments from the south of France participating.

HSH Prince Albert celebrates his 60th birthday - His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco celebrates his 60th birthday today and as part of the celebration an unprecedented concert will be held in the cathedral this evening. The event entitled “Elements” will be a multisensory show which will immerse the audience in a succession of reconstructed environments. In total, some 150 professional musicians and singers from the Principality will take part in the project.


Anarchist cell - Ten years after their arrests in a politically charged case which prompted accusations of police overreach, eight members of an alleged “anarchist cell” will went on trial in France on Tuesday over claims of sabotaging high-speed train lines. The “Tarnac group”, named after the village near their communal living compound in central France, has staunchly denied the charges during more than seven years of investigations. They were rounded up in a televised police raid on November 11, 2008, a few days after steel rods were placed on overhead power cables on three TGV lines, stranding some 20,000 passengers as more than 100 trains were cancelled.

Brexit – The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said Britain must "translate speeches into treaties" and come up with a detailed plan for its post-Brexit ties with the EU. EU leaders have been pressing the British Prime Minister to clarify what she wants before they agree their position on the future economic partnership at a summit later this month.

Eating and drinking - A new survey published has shown just how much longer the French spend eating and drinking compared to Americans. A global ranking of each country based on how long they spend eating and drinking reveals the French are top of the league whilst Americans are bottom. Apparently, the French spend a leisurely two hours, 13 minutes a day drinking and eating, which is far above the average of one hour 30 minutes.


Asian shares have faltered this morning following Rex Tillerson’s dismissal as US Secretary of State coupled with fears of rising American protectionism.
Global equities took a knock with investors scurrying for safe havens while bonds rose and the dollar fell.
The MSCI Index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell by 0.7 percent from a one and a half month high hit yesterday.
Selling intensified on Wall Street on Tuesday after Donald Trump dismissed Rex Tillerson following a series of policy rifts over North Korea,Iran and Russia.He’s been replaced by the CIA director Mike Pompeo who is a Trump loyalist and much more in tune with his foreign policy vision including taking a hard stance against the West’s nuclear deal with Iran.
According to analysis from Citi,35 senior officials at the Trump administration have either walked out or been dismissed since he took office.

A report by the BBC says that a crackdown on Russia’s business ties in the UK in the wake of the spy poison revelations will hit a complex and lucrative series of interests.
The British Prime Minister Theresa May has promised that measures will be taken against Moscow following a deadline that passed at midnight for Russia to respond to the allegations.
Possible measures could impact the football industry as well as valuable Russian assets held by UK firms including BP’s 20 percent stake in the Russian oil and gas giant Rosneft.
Huge Russian holdings in UK property holdings could also be a target with the Criminal Finance Act being used to look in more detail into how the money used to purchase prime London property was acquired.

And-The powerful German Industry Group the BDI has said that firms ideally want the UK to stay in a customs union with the EU after Brexit.
The BDI says that it would prefer a deep form of integration between Britain and the European Union  with duty-free and quota-free trade in goods the minimum requirement.
Previously the organisation had said that the integrity of the single market for remaining European member states should be a priority.
The UK maintains that it will be leaving both the single market and customs union after Brexit.


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The England coach Eddie Jones has said that “back to back defeats can be beneficial” to the team’s development.
England have lost to Scotland and then to France in successive 6 Nations matches but Jones says that “in terms of what we need to be,it’s been massively important”.
England go into Saturday’s final match against Ireland with Joe Schmidt’s side looking to secure the Grand Slam and knowing that defeat could condemn them to 5th place in the 6 Nations Championship.

Saturday’s other games  feature Wales against France and Italy against Scotland.

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Football - Manchester United are out of the Champions League after losing 2-1 at home to Sevilla to lose the tie 2-1 on aggregate.Last night’s other tie ended Roma 1 Shakhtar Dontesk 0 meaning that the Italian side go through on the away goals rule having lost the first leg 2-1.

There are two more ties tonight.Barcelona host Chelsea with the scores tied at 1-1 from the first leg while Besiktas have the thankless task of attempting to overturn a 5-0 deficit from the first leg of their game against Bayern Munich.

In the English Championship last night Wolves still hold a 3 point lead over Cardiff at the top of the table following a 3-0 win over Reading while Cardiff were 3-1 away winners at Brentford.
In the other results QPR dented Aston Villa’s promotion hopes with a 3-1 away win at Villa Park.Barnsley and Norwich drew 1-1.Hull were 3-0 winners at Ipswich and Sheffield United beat Burton Albion 2-0.

Formula 1-Fernando Alonso says that he considered quitting at the end of last season to concentrate on IndyCar or endurance racing.
Alonso said that he’d been struggling to come to terms with 3 years of poor results at McLaren but decided it wasn’t the time for him to step away.
He added that he still definitely wanted to succeed and that there was “unfinished business “ between McLaren and himself.



Clear skies with light variable winds.

Top temperature 18 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 11` degrees on the coast and 9 degrees inland with rain spreading across the region.

Thursday and Friday-Rain tomorrow with a high of 13 degrees.Sunshine and showers on Friday with a high of 15.


A study has found people who go to university are more cooperative and extroverted for every year they are there. According to the study people exposed to hundreds of students they have never met, and communicating with academic staff every day, gain people skills.

They also do so through extra-curricular clubs and societies and social functions A study by Oxford University Press and Monash University in looked at 575 Australian adolescents over eight years of their life.

Participants involved in the study were from a variety of different backgrounds. Researchers looked at five different personality traits to see how going to university affected different people: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.

These traits were picked because they are widely considered to accurately describe differences in a persons character.

The researchers found that university education has a positive effect on certain non-cognitive personality traits. 



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