French and Riviera News Wednesday 21st February 2018



Four year old hospitalized after being run over in Frèjus - A four year old boy has been seriously injured after being run over in front of his school in Frèjus. The accident happened on Tuesday afternoon. The victim was immediately transported to the Lenval hospital in Nice.

Strike action - Air France flights at Nice Airport could be delayed or cancelled tomorrow as unions call for strike action. Pilots, cabin crew and ground staff are taking part in the protest which according to local reports will see air traffic disruption across France and particularly at Nice International Airport.

Arrest - A 38 year old man has been arrested in connection with the robbery at the Salon des Antiquaires in Saint Tropez. A group of armed men stole 500,000 euros worth of jewelry at the Salon on January 2nd. The man was arrested on Monday in the Alpes de Haute-Provence. Four others have also been arrested in Ramatuelle and Saint-Tropez.

Promenade des Anges - Meanwhile the co-founder of the association “Promenade des Anges” Vincent Delhomel was handed an 18 month prison sentence on Tuesday for embezzlement and fraud. The association was created following the terrorist attack in Nice to help victims. Delhomel is to appeal.

Pablo Picasso - Images of Pablo Picasso in Antibes taken 64 years ago by an amateur photographer are to go on exhibition in the UK. The photographer Stanley Stanley met the artist on the beach in Antibes and the photos of their chance meeting in the South of France have since remained stored away under a chest of drawers. This spring will see the prints exhibited for the first time in public.


France arrests three linked to terrorist attack - Three people have been arrested in France for alleged links to a suspect in last year's deadly terrorist attacks in Barcelona. The arrests were made during a joint operation with French and Spanish police on Tuesday in the south and southwest of France. A total of 16 people were killed when a van drove into crowds in the heart of Barcelona and in a knife attack in a nearby seaside resort in August 2017.

New migrant law - A new migrant law will be presented to French President Emmanuel Macron's cabinet today. The bill which is still to be debated in parliament has been blasted by migrant charities and left-wingers for being repressive. After France processed a record 100,000 asylum applications last year, Macron pledged to grant asylum faster but also to deport economic migrants more swiftly, while better integrating those who stay.

French Farmers - As French farmers continue demonstrations across the country today authorities have announced that previous protests in Toulouse have caused damage costing up to 650,000 euros. Angry farmers blocked traffic with tractors in the south-western city in protest at plans to reclassify agricultural areas in France, which are entitled to EU subsidies.

Euromillion - It’s a rollover! No one wins the 160 million euros in last night’s EuroMillion meaning that Friday’s jackpot will be 190 million euros, making a winner richer than Robbie Williams. Hopeful lottery players were left disappointed on Tuesday as nobody took away the jackpot which has now rolled over. If anyone matches five main numbers and two lucky stars they will end up richer than Robbie Williams whose net worth is in the region of £150million. 


Shares in the world’s largest retailer Walmart have suffered their biggest percentage fall for three decades after reporting disappointing online sales figures for the festive period.
On Tuesday,Walmart reported that online sales were 23 percent higher in the three months to December but that was less than half the growth reported in the previous quarter and lower than in the same period in 2016.
Walmart said that its online revenues totalled 11.5 billion dollars last year but it lost money on the sales.The firm’s chief executive Doug McMillon also said that e-commerce losses this year would be “about the same”.
Walmart shares fell by more than 10 percent on the news to 94 dollars 11.

A senior South Korean government official has said that General Motors has proposed to invest 2.8 billion dollars in its operations in the country in a bid to restructure the struggling unit.
The news comes as GM and South Korean government officials discuss options for restructuring General Motors Korea which is one of the firm’s largest foreign operations.
The official also said that GM had asked South Korea to inject funds into the subsidiary in which the country’s state bank also has a stake.
Reports say that the South Korean government wants more time to study the proposals to see if the investment plan is sufficient to  rescue the loss-making unit which directly employs around 16,000 workers.

And-British MP’s have released a report by the financial regulator which says that a unit of RBS mistreated thousands of small firms.
The Global Restructuring Group was marketed by RBS as an expert service that could help to save a business  but according to the report took “inappropriate action”.
The chair of the House of Commons Treasury Committee Nicky Morgan said that the findings of the report were “disgraceful”.
RBS said that it was “deeply sorry” for its  treatment of businesses at the GRG unit.


6 Nations report with

James Haskell and Joe Marler have both been named in England’s 25 man squad for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup game against Scotland at Murrayfield.
Both players missed England’s opening two 6 Nations games because of suspension and Marler says that he’s been given a “stern warning” by coach Eddie Jones about discipline.
Nathan Hughes also returns to the squad following injury.Eddie Jones will name his 23 man match-day squad tomorrow.

Dan Biggar will start at fly-half for Wales against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.
Liam Williams and Lee Halfpenny are also back following injury but George North starts on the bench.
There’s no place in the match-day squad for Taulupe Faleteau and Gareth Anscome drops to the bench.
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Winter Olympics-Norway and Germany lead the medals table on day 12 of the Games in PyeongChang.
Both teams have 11 gold medals but Norway have a total haul of 30 medals against Germany’s 23.Canada are in third with 8 gold medals while the Netherlands have 6 and France and the USA have 5 each.
There’s action to come today in figure skating,curling,freestyle skiing and speedskating.

Football-Chelsea were held to a 1-1  draw at home by Barcelona in the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie.
Willian opened the scoring for Chelsea on 62 minutes only for Lionel Messi to pop up on 75 minutes to grab an equaliser and give Barcelona a vital away goal.
The other game last night ended Bayern Munich Besiktas 0.

There are two more ties tonight.Sevilla host Manchester United and Shakhtar Dontesk play Roma.

In the English Championship last night,Aston Villa and Preston drew 1-1.Burton Albion were 2-1 winners at Barnsley.Brentford thrashed Birmingham 5-0.Middlesbrough beat Hull 3-1.Millwall were 2-1 winners over Sheffield Wednesday.Nottingham Forest and Reading drew 1-1.Sheffield United beat QPR 2-1 and Bolton beat Sunderland 1-0.

The leaders Wolves play Norwich tonight.

Formula 1-Renault have unveiled their car for the new season and say that they’re aiming to make more progress up the grid.
The company has set the team a target of winning races and challenging for the title by 2020.
Renault finished 6th in last season’s constructors championship.

Golf-The US  Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk has named Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker as his vice-captains for the tournament at Le Golf National in Paris.
The USA will be bidding to retain the trophy in September after having beaten Europe at Hazeltine in 2016.
Furyk says that the experience of both men will be invaluable.


Partially cloudy with the chance of a shower and moderate north-easterly winds .

Top temperature 12 degrees.

Overnight lows of 6 degrees on the coast and 2 degrees inland with cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Quite cloudy with  possible showers.Highs of 9-11 degrees.


I avocaDO!

Bizarre proposal trend sees millennials popping the question with an engagement ring that is stuck in the center of the green fruit.

Millennials have moved on from avocado toast and are on to their latest bizarre trend of Avocado proposals where people are actually placing diamond rings into the center of the fruit. 

Couples are taking their love for the green superfood to a whole new level and instead of classic ring boxes people are carving the pit out of the avocado and replacing it with an engagement ring to pop the question to their partners. 





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