French and Riviera News Wednesday 5th September 2018



Two bodies found in apartment - The emergency services of Monaco have found two dead bodies in an apartment in Beausoleil. Firefighters made the discovery on Tuesday evening shortly after 5.30pm. Their identities have not yet been revealed but according to reports the victims are believed to be a son and his mother.

Car Crime - A man from Cannes, who ripped off the parking barrier of a local car park, before running over the parking attendant, has appeared at court in Grasse. When he was arrested, the 65 year-old claimed he was a secret agent, but later admitted he was drunk on rum. The court gave him a 2 year jail sentence.

Summer - Meteo France has confirmed that this summer was one of the hottest in Nice in recent history. With an average temperature of 24.7 degrees recorded from the beginning of June to the end of August the hottest day was August 5th when temperatures reached 33.4 degrees in the shade. August saw an average maximum temperature of 29.9 degrees, making it the 2nd hottest in history after that of 2003.

Hotel - The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on Cap d’Antibes has retained its title as Best Hotel in Europe. The hotel is a favourite with film stars attending the Cannes Film Festival and this year John Travolta put on a special 40th anniversary showing of Grease at the hotel. The hotel was also famous for not accepting credit cards, only dropping its ‘cash only’ policy in the last few years.


Scallop row - Talks are to be held in London later today in a bid to resolve tensions between French and British scallop fisherman. The British fish producer organisation will meet with their French counterparts to try and find a solution. Around 40 French boats clashed with five UK craft last week in a row over scallop fishing off northern France. French agriculture minister Stephane Travert said on Tuesday that France's navy was ready to intervene to prevent further clashes.

Vaccination - The eastern French region of Hautes-Alpes has begun vaccinating cows and sheep against anthrax after an outbreak of the fatal disease in the region. Anthrax has been detected in 23 locations, with 54 animals killed.  Vaccination doses for 5,000 cows and 10,000 sheep have been rushed to the area to tackle the worst anthrax outbreak in France in nearly 20 years.

Environment campaigners - French environment campaigners have warned that Emmanuel Macron is doing too little to combat climate change and must radically rethink his environment policy if he is to honour his promise to “make this planet great again”. Renewed criticism of the French president’s approach to green issues came as Macron replaced his former environment minister, the TV personality Nicolas Hulot, who quit last week. Macron replaced Hulot with the parliament speaker, François de Rugy, a former Green party figure.

France offers to help restore historic Museum - France has announced it is ready to help restore the historic Brazil National Museum in Rio de Janeiro after it was ravaged by a fire on Sunday. Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves le Drian described the 200-year-old museum as an "exceptional place of culture", while the president of Paris's Museum of National History described the blaze as "a loss for humanity in general".  The museum has a collection of more than 20 million objects and a library with more than 530,000 books.


The former governor of the Bank of England has described the British government’s preparations for Brexit as “incompetent”.
Lord Mervyn King,who’s been a public supporter of Brexit said on Tuesday that it “beggared belief that the world’s 6th largest economy should be talking of stockpiling food and medicines”.He said that left the government without a credible bargaining position.
Lord King said that “a government that cannot take action to avoid some of these catastrophic outcomes illustrates a whole lack of preparation”.
The former Bank of England governor concluded that the UK would be left in a position that’s been dubbed ‘Brino’-Brexit in name only which he said was the worst of both worlds and would see the issues drag on for years.

Amazon has become the second US-listed firm to have a market value of more than a trillion dollars.
Shares in the e-commerce giant rose by 2 percent in morning trade in New York before slipping back.
The company is the world’s largest online retailer and its chief executive Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest man with a fortune of more than 160 billion dollars.
Amazon is expected to account for roughly half of all online shopping in the US this year and its adding to its business model with new products such as Prime Video which is taking on Netflix and other streaming services.
It’s also the global leader in cloud computing services.

And-The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has confirmed that the government is to press ahead with the new pay-as-you-earn income tax system from the first of January.
Amid reports that the new system has suffered multiple glitches in testing,Mr Philippe said that it would be simple to use  and that “serous work had been done to review the reform and iron out problems”.
Last week,President Macron said that he wanted “precise answers” before deciding whether the new system should be introduced on the first of January.
Speaking on TF1 news last night,Mr Philippe said that the two years of studies and tests had been carried out to make sure that the system is ready and that it had been “technically complex” to set up.
Last year income tax  brought the French government 74 billion euros in revenue or around 11 percent of total tax revenue.
VAT is the largest source of state funding.


Tennis-Serena Williams has reached the semi finals of the US Open at Flushing Meadows. The 17th seed trailed her opponent Karolina Pliskova 4-2 in the first set but came back to win 6-4 6-3. The 36 year old is seeking her 24th major title which would equal Margaret Court’s all time record.She’ll now face the 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova in the last 4.She beat Sloane Stephens  earlier on Tuesday to reach the last 4. In the men’s event Juan Martin del Potro is into the last 4 after beating John Isner in 4 sets.

Golf-Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have both been named in the US Ryder Cup team. Woods returns after a 6 year absence and says that his inclusion feels “very special”.He was named as one of three wild card picks along with Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau.

The Ryder Cup takes place at Le Golf National near Paris from the 28th to the 30th of September.

Football-A number of top coaches in Europe have called on Uefa to review the use of the away goals rule in continental competitions.

There are also calls for the transfer window to be ended at the same time in all the major leagues.

A spokesman for Uefa said that there is a feeling that scoring an away goal is not as difficult as it was in the past and that the organisation would carry out a review accordingly.

Rugby Union-Leicester Tigers say that Geordan Murphy will be given every opportunity to secure the head coaches job on a permanent basis.

Murphy replaced Matt O’Connor at the start of this week on a temporary basis and Leicester say that there are no plans to make any further changes unless “the wheels completely come off”.

Leicester were beaten heavily by Exeter on the opening day of the new English Premiership season and they failed to make the play-offs for the first time in 14 years last season.


Partially cloudy with light variable winds and a high of 27 degrees.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees on the coast and 17 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Partially cloudy with some showers and thunderstorms inland tomorrow and a high of 25.Mainly fine on Friday with a high of 24.


Brits are among the world’s laziest with more than a third failing to get enough exercise. The UK ranked 46th out of 168 in a World Health Organisation list of the least active countries — and ninth worst of the 28 EU nations.

Thirty-six per cent of people in the UK fall short of WHO’s recommendation to carry out 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week.

Women are less likely to reach the goal with 40 per cent here moving too little compared to 31.5 per cent of men. Kuwait is the worst-performing nation overall with 67 per cent failing to reach WHO’s exercise guidelines.

Half of Greeks miss the target, making it the least active EU nation. Uganda and Mozambique are the world’s most active with both having more than 94 per cent of the population hitting the goal.






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