French and Riviera News Wednesday 6th December 2017


Johnny Hallyday dies at the age of 74 - Johnny Hallyday, the biggest rock star that France has ever known has died at the age of 74, following lung cancer. Hallyday’s career span over 57 years and he was “the idol of young people” for millions of French fans selling 110 million records. Influenced by Elvis Presley, Hallyday broke from France's classic "chanson" tradition in the 1950s, and started singing rock and roll in French. Reacting to the news, French president Emmanuel Macron referenced the title of a recent tribute album by saying: "There is a little bit of Johnny in all of us".

Shooting at airport in Corsica - One man has been killed and two people have been injured in a shooting at Bastia airport in Corsica. The shooting took place on Tuesday in the car park near the entrance of the airport, leaving one man dead with a gunshot to the head. The motive for the killing remains unclear and police are hunting for a getaway car used by the shooter.

Drug trafficking ring dismantled - Three men have been arrested in Montpellier in possession of 319 kilos of cannabis. Police in Avignon say the arrests are linked to an important drug trafficking ring operating between the Vauclause, Italy and Morocco.

Allianz Riviera Football match - It’s been announced that Italy are to play France at the Allianz Stadium in Nice ahead of the World Cup. The friendly match will take place on the 1st of June, the news comes following the Italians elimination from the World Cup after their playoff against Sweden.

Nice Carnival Casting - Casting for the Nice Carnival starts today in Nice at the Office de Tourism. Women aged between 18 and 25 measuring at least 1.70m are invited to attend from 10am to 4.30pm. There will be a second casting on Saturday. The Carnival runs from February the 17th to March the 3rd. For more information contact


Guide for refugees - France has launched a guide to help facilitate the lives of refugees who have been granted asylum. The guide offers information on the practicalities of living in France and has been produced in French, Russian, English and Arabic. As the first of its kind to appear in the country, it was made in collaboration with refugees and is available on the internet. The guide,covers important subjects including identity papers, learning French, housing, health and employment and can be downloaded onto mobile phones.

French pensioners - According to a recent study published on Tuesday French pensioners enjoy the longest retirement in the developed world and also have some of the highest revenues. On average, French workers stop working at 60.2 years compared with 64.4 years for their counterparts in other industrialized nations. The study by the Paris-based OECD showed that French over-65s also had higher income than people of working age, with the group enjoying revenues equivalent to 103.4 percent of the national average. France has one of the lowest rates of poverty among the over-65s at 3.6 percent, just behind Denmark at 3.2 percent and far ahead of South Korea which has one of the highest rates of poverty at 45.7 percent.


The European Union has published its first blacklist of tax havens with 17 territories named including Saint Lucia,Barbados and South Korea.
The EU has also published a “watchlist” of a further 47 countries who have promised to change their tax rules to meet new European standards.
The watchlist includes Hong Hong,Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands as well as Switzerland and Turkey.
The new lists follow the leaking of the Panama and Paradise Papers which revealed how individuals and companies are able to hide their wealth from tax authorities around the world in offshore accounts.
The EU tax commissioner Pierre Moscovici says that the list represents “substantial progress” adding that its very existence is a step forward.

Germany’s most powerful business lobby the BDI has  said that firms will reconsider trade links to the UK if there is no clarity on a Brexit deal by March.
In an interview with the BBC,the head of the BDI Joachim Lang said that there was now a “certain urgency” for German firms that do business in the UK.
He said that firms would need a year to brace for a “no deal” scenario.
Recently the BDI warned its members to prepare for a “very hard Brexit”.
Mr Lang said that firms couldn’t wait until March 2019 to find out under what terms they’d be trading with the UK.He singled out German manufacturers in particular as being extremely concerned about future trading arrangements.

And-Bitcoin has risen to a record 12,205 dollars as it continued its meteoric rise from 1,000 dollars at the start of the year.
The price of the crypto-currency has been extremely volatile over the past few weeks as banks and financial institutions warn investors of the dangers of putting their money into a product that’s not regulated or backed by central banks.
Many feel that Bitcoin is a bubble that will eventually pop while others maintain that it’s here to stay and will only continue to rise as the number of coins that can be mined is finite.


Cricket-Australia have won the 2nd Ashes Test against England in Adelaide by 120 runs.
The home side snapped up the last 6 England wickets in the first session of day 5.England captain Joe Root was the key wicket as he went for 67 shortly after the start of play.
Australia go 2-0 up in the 5 match Ashes series with England needing to win in Perth to keep the series alive.
The third Test starts on the 14th of December.England haven’t won in Perth since 1978.

Football-Chelsea missed out on top spot in the European Champions League Group C last night as they were held to a 1-1 home draw by Athetico Madrid.The result means that the London club could draw one of the big guns in the knockout phase of the competition.The other group C game ended Roma 1 Qarabag 0.Roma end top of the group.
In Group A Manchester United finish as winners following a 2-1 victory over CSKA.The other game ended Benfica 0 Basel 2.The Swiss side qualify in second place.
In Group B PSG lost 3-1 at Bayern Munich but still top the group with the German side in second.Celtic lost 1-0 at home to Anderlecht but go into the Europa League on goal difference. 
In Group D Barcelona beat Sporting Lisbon 2-0 and Juventus were 2-0 winners at Olympiakos.Barcelona and Juventus finish first and second in the group.

There are 8 more ties tonight.In Group E Liverpool play Spartak Moscow and Maribor host Sevilla.
In Group F Feyenoord play Napoli and Shakhtar Dontesk host Manchester City.
Group G pairs Porto against Monaco and Leipzig against Besiktas and in Group H Real Madrid play Borussia Dortmund and Spurs host Apoel Nicosia.

Winter Sports-The International Olympic Committee has announced that Russia will be banned from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang following an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Games.
The  IOC said that Russian athletes who are clean will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag but that would be no official Russian presence.
Russia has reacted angrily to the ruling and is urging a boycott of the games.


Partially cloudy  with light variable winds.

Top temperature 14-15 degrees.

Overnight lows of 6 degrees on the coast and 2 degree inland with some frost in places and partially cloudy skies.

Thursday and Friday-Partially cloudy tomorrow.Sunshine and showers on Friday with a high of 14-15 degrees.


If you're looking for a night to remember on your next trip, steer clear of London and New York.

Hamburg has been voted the best city in the world for a night out, beating both the UK capital and Berlin, according to a new survey.

More than 4,000 people revealed what they looked for in a night out and Germany’s second city came top for openness and friendliness and ease of getting around.

Dublin, famed for its nightlife, scored highly across all categories and was ranked fourth.

It only missed out on the top three because of the locals not being satisfied with the cost of food, drink and entertainment.

Surprisingly, London didn’t make it into the top 20, never mind the top 10, peaking at just 26th place.




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