French and Riviera News Wednesday 4th October 2017


Marseille Attack - Four people have been arrested in connection with the knife attack at Marseille’s main train station on Sunday. Police made the arrests on Tuesday afternoon in Marseille. The attack, that caused the death of two female students was claimed a few hours later by the Islamic state. The attacker has now been formally identified as a Tunisian national, a 29-year-old man who used many identities in France and Italy.

Meanwhile the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has claimed that a terror attack such as Sunday’s incident in Marseille could be avoided with the use of ‘intelligent’ cameras. Speaking to France Info Estrosi said “It is possible to avoid such type of attacks as these cameras can detect suspicious behaviour in someone’s movement, attitude, ways of moving, signs of danger which would allow the police to mobilise,”. He also called for more help from the European Union and other member states to fight the dangers of extremism.

Couple found with weapons in their car - Police have discovered an important number of weapons in the boot of a car during a routine roadside check in Port de Bouc in the Bouches de Rhone. Police stopped and searched the car on Tuesday afternoon and discovered a rocket launcher, Kalashnikov and several chargers. The couple in their twenties are under investigation. According to reports the man is already known to police for small offenses.

Las Vagas Massacre - Prince Albert of Monaco has issued an official statement to President Donald Trump sending his thoughts and prayers and that of the people of Monaco to the families of innocent victims killed and wounded in the unspeakable massacre in Las Vegas in which 59 people were killed and over 500 injured.

Migrants - A 19 year-old man is to appeal a three-month prison sentence handed down on Tuesday by the Nice Court, for helping migrants cross the border into France. He was arrested in June at a police checkpoint with four migrants in his car. He said he was taking the four to Breil-sur-Roya, as he believed well-known activist Cedric Herrou, had an agreement with police to process their applications for asylum.

Siren testing in the Var - Local authorities in the Var have announced that following the installment of new equipment, siren tests are to be carried out today and tomorrow. The towns of Cogolin, Grimaud, Sainte Maxime, Trans-en-Provence and Draguignan are concerned.

Phones - A ban on mobile phones has been introduced at a restaurant near Montpellier. The owner has introduced a football-style system, where waiters will blow a whistle and show a yellow card to someone caught using their phone. If they are caught a second time, it’s a red card and they’re asked to leave the restaurant.


New Anti-terrorism law - France's lower house of parliament has approved a new anti-terrorism law intended to bring an end to a nearly two-year-long state of emergency. The law will incorporate several measures first authorised under the emergency arrangement. They include easier searches of homes and confining individuals to their home towns, without judicial approval. Most people in France approve of the move, but it has been criticised by rights groups.

Suspected homemade bomb - French police have arrested five people, including one on a terror watch list, after discovering a suspected homemade bomb in one of Paris's most exclusive neighbourhoods at the weekend. Police discovered two gas cylinders in the hallway of an apartment building in the French capital's western 16th district, and two others on the pavement outside. A mobile phone attached to the cylinders is being investigated as a possible detonator, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb revealed that one of the arrested men was on a police terror watch list.

Emmanuel Macron - French President Emmanuel Macron has returned to the Whirlpool factory in northern France that he visited during the presidential campaign, in a bid to gain workers' support amid criticism about his tax cuts for the rich. At the time of his previous visit the plant was facing the threat of closure as Whirlpool sought to outsource to Eastern Europe and some 300 workers' jobs were on the line. Macron returned to the factory as president on Tuesday, making good on the campaign promise he made during April's dramatic show-down to keep the site open. Following negotiations between the local government and Whirlpool, the site is set to be sold to a local businessman who has promised to keep on nearly all the workers at a new factory on the site.

Protest against the price of cigarettes - Newsagents in the French capital are to take to the streets today in protest against plans to increase the price of cigarettes in France. Plans have been announced by the government to increase the price of a packet of cigarettes to 10 euros by 2020.


Yahoo has admitted that all 3 billion of its user accounts were affected by a hacking attack dating back to 2013. The firm,which was taken over by Verizon earlier this year says that an investigation had shown that the data breach went much further than first thought. The stolen data did not include passwords in clear text,payment card or bank details. Yahoo says that it continues to work closely with law enforcement officials and that the latest development did not represent a new security issue.

The Irish Foreign Minister is to raise Dublin’s concerns over the impact of a trade dispute between the US and Canada’s Bombardier when he meets the US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross later this week. Simon Carbery will tell Mr Ross that the Irish government fears that the dispute will have an effect on the Northern Ireland peace process as job security in the UK’s poorest region plays a crucial role in efforts to maintain peace. Last week,the US government slapped an interim tariff of nearly 220 percent on Bombardier’s CSeries jets which are partly manufactured in Northern Ireland,potentially risking 4,200 jobs.

And-Amazon is at risk of facing a bill for hundreds of millions of euros in back taxes  from the EU linked to an alleged “sweetheart” deal with Luxembourg. The EU’s competition commissioner is expected to issue a tax recovery order later today according to a report in the Financial Times. The development follows a three year investigation into tax arrangements between Amazon and Luxembourg. The move would be similar to the bill  that the EU handed Apple last year for Irish back taxes.


Cricket-Ben Stokes will be withdrawn from England’s Ashes squad if he remains under police investigation when the tour of Australia starts. The 26 year old all rounder was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub on September the 25th. The inquiry could take months to resolve and police have given no timescale as to when their investigation will be complete. England fly out to Australia on the 28th of October.The first Test starts in Brisbane on November the 23rd.

Football-Gareth Bale is out of action for Wales as they bid to make the World Cup playoffs. The 28 year old has picked up a calf strain and could be out of action for a month. Wales play Georgia and the Republic of Ireland later this week as they bid to make the playoffs for Russia 2018.

Tennis-Dan Evans of Great Britain has been banned for a year after testing positive for cocaine. Evans provided a positive sample at the Barcelona Open on the 24th of April. The International Tennis Federation accepted the player’s  account of how the cocaine got into his system and ruled that as the drug is not performance enhancing and was taken out of competition,a 12 month ban was the most appropriate course of action.

Rugby Union-The Harlequins forward Kyle Sinckler will miss England’s first two autumn internationals after being handed a 7 week ban for gouging. Sinkler was cited for making contact with Mike Paterson’s eye during Harlequin’s Premiership game against Northampton last weekend. He said that it was a genuine mistake and act of recklessness on his part.

Formula 1-Williams are to give Robert Kubica two days of testing this month to see if he can make a comeback to the sport 7 years after he suffered a serious rally car crash. The 32 year old Pole tested for Renault earlier this year but the French team appears to have lost interest. Williams want to evaluate him as a possible replacement for Felipe Massa.


Quite cloudy with some bright spells and light variable winds. Top temperatures 21-24 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 14 degrees inland with clear skies.  

Thursday and Friday–Mainly fine with highs of 22-26 degrees












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