French and Riviera News Wednesday 17th January 2018


Meteó - Windy conditions continue to affect the Var and the Cote d’Azur, with gusts of up to 90k/h being measured in Antibes and Nice. As a precaution, a number of coastal paths have been closed, while the area remains under an orange weather alert from Meteó France. 

Fatal road accident - A motorist has been killed in the Monaco tunnel, at the exit of the A500. According to reports the Monegasque resident in his fifties, died at the scene, in an accident involving three vehicles, shortly after 4pm on Tuesday. Police have opened an investigation to determine the exact circumstances of the accident. 

Student attacks teacher - A student has assaulted a teacher at a college in Marseille for confiscating her mobile phone. The incident occurred on Monday when the fifth grade student insulted and beat the teacher for refusing to give back her mobile phone. In an act of protest against the attack and with concerns that their safety was not guaranteed, staff at the school exercised their right of withdrawal on Tuesday and did not attend classes.

Scam - Police in Toulon have alerted the public of a current scam where people are being targeted over the phone. According to the report, victims receive calls from people pretending to be the police with the pretext that there is a problem with their bank card in an attempt to obtain personal codes. The police have called for caution from the public and have emphasized that it is impossible for police officers to request any bank details over the phone.

Monaco’s Police Force – Nineteen police officers have been awarded for their bravery and dedication by HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and the Director of Public Security, M. Richard Marangoni, at this year’s “New Year’s Greeting” ceremony which took place here in Monaco at the Océanographique Museum on Tuesday. In his address, the Sovereign Prince said: "Security has always been one of the strengths of our country”. Figures announced by the Director of Public Security show that from 2012-2016 general crime dropped by 28%, street crime by 43% and burglaries fell by 17%.

Drugs - Police in Nice have seized 143kg of cannabis, after raids on several apartments in the l’Ariane neighbourhood of the city. Four suspects, aged between 30 and 42 years-old, along with three cars were held after the raids. The haul is the result of a six month investigation in the area.

Carros - The Mayor of Carros has vowed to replant vast areas of land, which were destroyed in last year’s summer fires. However, this time, instead of planting pines, the trees will be a mix of vines, olive and chestnut trees, which pose less risk of fire. The Mayor added that he hoped the project would be completed before the summer.


Prison protests – French prison guards continue to protest for a third day today. On Tuesday they shouted down the French justice minister amid demonstrations at several prisons over violent inmates and overcrowding. Dozens of union activists lit a fire and were surrounded by riot police on at a prison, south of Paris. The protests in multiple French prisons were sparked by a knife attack last week at the Vendin-le-Vieil jail.

Calais - Following President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Calais on Tuesday he says France will not allow a new migrant camp to be set up in the town. Despite the camp known as the “jungle” being dismantled in 2016 up to 700 migrants are still in the area, in the hope of reaching the UK. Macron is expected to demand the UK government to do more to help when he visit’s Britain tomorrow.

The Bayeux Tapestry – Meanwhile according to media reports during his visit to the UK the French President has agreed to lend  ”The Bayeux Tapestry” to Britain. Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce that the artefact depicting the Norman conquest of England after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 will be moved from its current location in Normandy to the UK letting it leave his country for the first time in 950 years.


Nestle is selling its US confectionary business to Ferrero for 2.8 billion dollars.
The Swiss food giant says that its offloading brands such as Crunch,Nerds,Runts and Butterfinger to focus on other products.
Italy’s Ferrero which makes Nutella,Tic Tac and Ferrero Rocher will become the third largest confectionary maker in the US as a result.The deal is expected to be completed by March.
The US confectionary market is the largest in the world and is worth around 8 billion dollars a year.
Nestle says that the deal will allow it to focus on “other areas” including pet care,bottled water,coffee,frozen meals and infant nutrition.

Bitcoin has continued to fall sharply over the past 24 hours as investors remain concerned that regulators may try and clamp down on the highly-volatile trading in the crypto-currency.
Bitcoin fell as low as 10,567 dollars at one point on Tuesday and the signs are that it may fall further still as regulators in several major countries get their teeth into proposals to stifle trading.
Many financial institutions have been warning for some time that the crypto-currency is a bubble that will eventually burst and have warned investors to think very carefully before getting involved.

And-McDonalds has said that all its packaging will come from sustainable sources by 2025.
The fast food giant says that it’s aiming to get bags,straws,wrappers and cups from recycled materials  and wants 100 percent of its restaurants to fall into line within the next 8 years.
On Tuesday,the UK supermarket chain Iceland said that it will drastically reduce plastic packaging by the year 2023.
The environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth has welcomed the news but says that greater efforts need to be made by all large corporations to reduce their use of plastic.


Tennis-Kyle Edmund is through to the third round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
The British number two was in impressive form as he beat Denis Istomin in straight sets to set up a third round tie with Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.
Also through to round three are Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain who progresses after his opponent Gilles Simon of France retired hurt in the second set and the 4th seed Alexander Zverev of Germany who beat Thomas Fabbiano of Italy in straight sets.
In the women’s event Marta Kostyuk has become the youngest player to reach the third round of a Grand Slam since 1997 as she beat Olivia Rogowska 6-3 7-5.The 15 year old will now play fellow Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in round 3.
Meanwhile the second seed Caroline Wozniacki survived a scare to move into round three after beating Jana Fett of Croatia in three sets.
Wozniacki was trailing 5-1 in the decisive set before coming back to win it 7-5 and take the match.

Football-There were 5 FA Cup third round replays in England last night.Leicester beat Fleetwood Town 2-0.Cardiff were 4-1 winners at Mansfield Town.Sheffield Wednesday beat Carlisle 2-0.West Ham beat Shrewsbury 1-0 and Reading beat Stevenage 3-0.
There are 3 more replays tonight.Chelsea host Norwich.Swansea play Wolves and Wigan host Bournemouth.

Formula 1-Robert Kubica has been named as test driver for Williams as he continues to make his return to the sport a reality.
The 33 year old Pole nearly lost his life in a horrific rally car crash seven years ago and was left with a partially severed arm.
He’ll work on car development and take part in some practice sessions.
Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll will be the main drivers for Williams next season.

Cricket-India require another 252 to win the second Test against South Africa at Centurion heading into the final day.
At stumps on day 4 the tourists had been reduced to 35-3 in their second innings.
Play is due to resume at 10am French time.
Rugby Union-Greg Laidlaw is back in the Scotland squad for the 6 Nations after returning from a broken leg.
The scrum half hasn’t played a Test for almost a year and will be a welcome boost for coach Gregor Townsend.
John  Barclay retains the captaincy.
Scotland could make a big impact in this year’s tournament after impressing during the autumn internationals.


There’s an Orange Weather alert in force for the Alpes-Maritimes and Var.

Clear skies with a strong Mistral across the region gusting at up to 85 km/h.

Top temperature 18 degrees.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 8 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies and strong wind persisting.

Thursday and Friday-Clear skies but remaining very windy with highs of 15 degrees.


A man was banned from boarding a flight back to London because he was wearing eight pairs of trousers and 10 shirts.

Ryan Carney Williams, was held at Keflavik Airport in Iceland after he attempted to board the plane wearing the extra clothes in an apparent effort to dodge an excess baggage charge.

He was denied entry to the plane and later arrested for causing a disruption, according to reports.






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