French and Riviera News.Wednesday.28.02.18

Weather update-Meteo France has placed the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var on an orange weather alert for snow and ice until Thursday morning at 7am.

Snow is still causing problems in inland areas today although the weather on the coast is expected to turn to rain mixed in with some snow.

Inland areas of the Var are described as treacherous in many places and icy conditions remain inland in the Alpes-Maritimes.

More snow is forecast above two to three hundred meters today but by tonight the large anticyclone that’s caused the conditions should move away from France resulting in warmer temperatures accompanied by rain.Temperatures are forecast to return to seasonal norms of 14 degrees at the weekend.


Missing man-Police in Nice are appealing for information about a missing man.

Gerard Bastiani who’s 64 suffers from Alzheimers and was last seen near his home in the Cimiez area of the city at 8am on Tuesday.

He’s described as being 1 meter 75 tall with  short graying hair and blue eyes.

When last seen he was wearing grey trousers black shoes and a black jacket.

It’s thought he may have been on the seafront at some point on Tuesday where he liked to take a regular walk.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 04 92 17 22 22.


Suspect detained-Police in Nice have arrested a 20 year old man suspected of carrying out a knife attack in the Moulins area of the city on the 16th of January.

The man who’s reported to have a string of previous convictions was arrested on the avenue Auber and has been taken into custody.

The attack on the 16th of January was said to have been carried out against a “love rival” but authorities believe it had more to do with a dispute over drugs.


Migrant transporter-The Nice criminal court has jailed a mother of 6 for “regularly helping migrants” to illegally cross the border from Italy to France.

The 50 year old woman was apprehended by authorities in November 2016 with 3 illegal migrants in her vehicle.The court heard that she regularly helped migrants cross the frontier for various sums of money.She’s been jailed for a year.


Happy Birthday-Prince Albert II of Monaco will celebrate his 60th Birthday on March the 14th with a special garden party planned in the grounds of the Princely Palace.

A special ceremony will also take place at Monaco cathedral involving 150 musicians and professional singers.

Residents of Monaco who wish to attend the cathedral celebration are invited to present their ID card at the Mairie tomorrow or on the 8th of March between 8.30 and 4pm to pick up a ticket.


Director dies-The film director Lewis Gilbert has died in Monaco at the age of 97.

Mr Gilbert was born in London in 1920 and started out as a child actor before turning to directing.

He was responsible for a host of favourite films including Alfie,Educating Rita and three James Bond movies.

His Bond debut came in 1967 with ‘You only live twice’  and he later directed ‘The Spy who Loved Me’ and ‘Moonraker’.

Mr Gilbert’s son said that his father had died peacefully in his sleep.


In National News.


State visit-President Macron is to make a state visit to the United States from the 23rd to the 25th of April.

It will be the first state visit by a foreign leader since Donald Trump entered the White House and follows a visit by the US President to France last summer.

Mr Trump and Mr Macron say that they have a “good relationship” but they disagree on many issues including climate change and global trade.

The programme for the visit has not been finalised but will include a state dinner and joint press conference.


Consumer confidence-The French National Statistics Office INSEE has published figures showing a fall in consumer confidence this month.

Consumer confidence fell by 4 percentage points this month compared with January with more households taking a pessimistic view about future living standards.

More people said that they would be putting off large purchases owing to unease over the economic situation in France and unemployment continued to be a concern.


SNCF-French rail unions have promised “all out war” over the government’s proposed reforms to the SNCF.

Unions say that they’ll start a month of industrial action on March the 22nd as the administration forges ahead with reforms that will include an end to the special status enjoyed by rail workers.

At the moment,employees are guaranteed jobs for life,a full state pension and the right to retire at the age of 52.

The government says that this has to stop as the SNCF is losing large amounts of money and service are not up to scratch.



The new chairman of the US Federal Reserve has given an upbeat view of the economy and said that recent data had strengthened his confidence on inflation.

Jerome Powell was giving testimony to the US Senate on Tuesday and said that he would not rule out three or even four interest rate hikes this year.

Markets went into reverse following Mr Powell’s comments on concerns that central banks elsewhere will start to tighten policy and raise borrowing costs.

The move could hurt corporate earnings and cloud the outlook for what had been expected to be another year of solid growth.

The Fed moved three times on interest rates in 2017 and looks set to do the same or even more this year.The first increase could come as soon as next month.


Rupert Murdoch’s proposed takeover of Sky has been thrown into doubt after the US cable giant Comcast tabled a rival 22.1 billion pound bid for the satellite operator on Tuesday.

Mr Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox had already agreed an 18.5 billion pound deal to buy the 61 percent of Sky that it doesn’t already own but the bid has been held up over concerns about media plurality.

Comcast is the biggest US cable firm and its more generous offer for Sky is likely to tempt shareholders and pose fewer problems for the UK media regulator.

Comcast said that its offer of 12 pounds 50 per share was 16 percent higher than the 21st Century Fox offer.

Sky shares soared by 21 percent in London on the news.


And-Ryanair is to close its Glasgow airport base with the loss of 300 jobs.

The budget airline blamed the closure on the cost of air passenger duty and said that Glasgow “simply couldn’t bear the burden”.

Ryanair also operates out of Prestwick,Edinburgh and Aberdeen and says that it will cut the number of routes out of Glasgow from 23 to just 3.



Laureus awards-The Laureus World Sports Awards have been taking place in Monaco in front of a glittering assembly of the world’s top sporting stars and celebrities.

Serena Williams won the sportswoman of the year award while Mercedes AMG Petronas won the team of the year award for securing another Formula 1 world championship.

Golfer Sergio Garcia won the breakthrough award for his success in the US Masters and Roger Federer won two awards-sportsman of the year and the comeback award to become the most decorated winner in the history of Laureus.

The Laureus Foundation works on every continent using Sport for Good to tackle a range of issues including gang violence,lack of education,racial intolerance and HIV/AIDS.


Football-Swansea are through to the quarter finals of the FA Cup in England after beating Sheffield Wednesday in a 5th round replay last night.Swansea will now play the winner of tonight’s replay between Spurs and Rochdale.

In the English Championship last night Hull and Barnsley drew 1-1 and Sheffield United were 3-1 winners at Reading.

There were two games in the Scottish Premiership last night.Hearts and Kilmarnock drew 1-1 and Rangers were 4-1 winners at St Johnstone.


Cricket-England are playing New Zealand in the second one day international at Mount Maunganui and they’ve bowled the home side out for 223 in 49.4 overs.

In reply the tourists had reached 15-0 from 4 overs.


Formula 1-Sebastien Vettel in the Ferrari was quickest on the second day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

The Ferrari star edged out Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes in a sign that the Italian outfit are ready to challenge for the title again this year.

Lewis Hamilton had been due to drive in the afternoon session but Mercedes decided to keep Bottas in the car to maximise running time.



Rugby Union-Chris Farrell of Ireland could miss the rest of the 6 Nations after picking up an injury in training on Tuesday.

Farrell sustained knee ligament damage after twisting his knee in the turf.He’s been sent for a scan and the signs don’t look good.


Wyn Jones of Wales will also miss the rest of the tournament after picking up a hamstring injury.

The 26 year old prop will not be replaced in the squad for the time being.




There’s an orange weather alert in force for the Alpes-Maritimes and Var for snow and ice until 7am on Thursday.


Overcast with snow above 200 meters and snow turning to rain in coastal areas.

Moderate to strong north-easterly winds and a high of 6 degrees on the coast.

Overnight lows of 4 degrees on the coast and 1 degree inland with rain on the coast and more snow inland.

Thursday and Friday-Rain across the region with a high of 8 degrees tomorrow and 10 degrees on Friday with some sunny spells later in the day.




A Russian opposition activist has been detained by police for 25 days for displaying a giant inflatable duck in his apartment window in St Petersburg.

Next to the duck he displayed the slogan "The police are waiting for us".

Artyom Goncharenko's duck protest coincided with opposition rallies organised by anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny on 28 January.

In a video, Mr Navalny accused PM Dmitry Medvedev of collecting luxury properties - and one had a duck house.

After that, rubber ducks became protest symbols among opponents of President Vladimir Putin's government.

Mr Goncharenko is accused of violating the Russian law on demonstrations









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