French and Riviera News Wednesday 7th November 2018


Marseille - A total of four bodies have now been recovered from the buildings which collapsed in Marseille. The bodies of two men and two woman, were found in the rubble on Tuesday. Authorities believe another four people could have been buried in the collapse. As the investigation continues into the cause of the incident ,it’s been confirmed that only one of the buildings was inhabited with nine of the ten apartments being occupied. The building had been the subject of an appraisal and work in October.

Missing person - Police have appealed following the worrying disappearance of 54 year old Isabelle Huguet from Carros in Nice. Huguet who suffers from mental health issues was last seen leaving her home on Monday morning. At the time she was wearing a white t-shirt, dark leggings and carrying a red handbag. Police have asked for anyone with any information to contact them on

Pupils injured after ceiling collapses - Six primary school pupils have been slightly injured following the collapse of a ceiling at a school in Carpentras in the Vaucluse. The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon. As a precaution the building was evacuated and remains closed.

Dmitri Rybolovlev arrested in Monaco - Russian billionaire and head of AS Monaco Dmitri Rybolovlev, has been placed in police custody. Rybolovlev was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of fraud. According to reports police conducted a search at his penthouse apartment in Monaco as investigations continue. 


Immigration - The French Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner has announced that the number of illegal immigrants in France has increased by 20% in 2018 compared to 14% in 2017. In an announcement made before the National Assembly on Tuesday Castaner presented the draft budget on immigration for 2019.

President Emmanuel Macron - Five men and one woman have been detained on suspicion of planning "violent action" against French President Emmanuel Macron. They are reported to be connected with small ultra-right groups. Four of the suspects were rounded up by anti-terror police in the eastern Moselle department, another in western France and the last in Isère in the French Alps. An investigation has been opened to establish how real the threat was and its exact nature.

Meanwhile during a tour of World War I battlefields ahead of Sunday's Armistice Day commemoration Emmanuel Macron has called for a "real European army" for defence against Russia, China and even the US. Macron also commented on domestic politics, notably petrol price rises and violence in schools and deprived neighbourhoods. Speaking on French radio the President said "We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America," adding "We will not defend the European people unless we decide to have a real European army,".


The British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced the formation of 5 new business councils to advise on how to create the best trading conditions in the UK after Brexit.

Some of the big names from business on the councils include Dave Lewis from Tesco,Carolyn McCall the chief executive of ITV,entrepreneur James Timpson and the head of the CBI Carolyn Fairburn.

Each council is to meet three times a year  and will provide advice and policy recommendations on big business issues.

Mrs May said that Brexit provides a “huge opportunity to build a better,stronger economy for people all over the UK”.

The initiative came after 70 leading business figures signed an open letter to the Sunday Times newspaper calling for a public vote on the UK’s Brexit deal.


Ryanair says that it’s sacked cabin crew members who were pictured sleeping on the floor of a Spanish airport office last month.

The airline says that the incident,which was widely shared online,was staged  and that those who were involved have been sacked for gross misconduct.

More than 20 Ryanair crew members were stranded at Malaga Airport  when their Porto bound flights were diverted on the 14th of October.

The airline says that despite the issues “no crew slept on the floor”.


And-More than 550 jobs in the UK are at risk after a German automobile and industrial firm announced plans to close plants because of the “uncertainty surrounding Brexit”.

Schaeffler says it plans to close plants in Llanelli and Plymouth  and is proposing to relocate production outside the UK.

350 staff are employed at the Plymouth plant and a further 200 at Llanelli.

Schaeffler has now started a 45 day consultation period  with unions saying that they’ll fight for “every job”.


Football-There were 8 games in the group phase of the European Champions League last night and Liverpool’s campaign was derailed following a 2-0 defeat at Red Star Belgrade in Group C while Napoli and PSG drew 1-1.

Monaco’s poor form continued and they’re now out of the competition after losing 4-0 at home to Club Brugge in Group A while Athletico Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0.

In Group B Spurs kept their slim hopes of making the knockout phase alive with a 2-1 win over PSV and Inter Milan and Barcelona drew 1-1 and in Group D Porto beat Lokomotiv Moscow 4-1 and Schalke beat Galatasaray 2-0.

There are 8 more games tonight.In Group E Benfica play Ajax and Bayern Munich play AEK Athens.

In Group F it’s Lyon against Hoffenheim and Manchester City against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Group G pairs CSKA Moscow against Roma while Viktoria Plzen play Real Madrid and in Group H Valencia play Young Boys and Juventus are at home to Manchester United.

Cricket-It’s day 2 of the first Test between Sri Lanka and England in Galle.

The tourists have rookie wicketkeeper Ben Foakes to thank for saving their first innings bacon.He made 107 as England were bowled out for 342 earlier this morning.

In reply Sri Lanka were on 7-1 midway through the first session of the day.

Boxing-Tyson Fury has said that helping people with mental health issues is “his calling” as he branded rival Deontay Wilder’s views on the issue as “uneducated”.

Fury faces Wilder on the 1st of December for the WBC heavyweight title in his third fight since he was treated for depression.

He said that he tries to help people with the same problems  and tries to get it across that suffering from depression does not mean that you’re a weak person or a failure.

Wilder previously said that Fury had “put himself there” by drinking  and doing drugs”.He added that “we have all been there” but he had chosen to “take control of his life”.


Partially cloudy with sunny periods but clouding over again this afternoon with more rain by nightfall.

Light variable or easterly winds and a high of 18 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 13 degrees with rain across the region.

Thursday and Friday-Sunshine and showers tomorrow,rain on Friday.



According to a new suvery by YouGov Sir David Attenborough is the most popular person with the British public. 

The naturalist and television  presenter beat Tom Hanks to the prize of being most loved by the British public, according to data compiled by the market research and data firm using a new popularity tracking tool.

Attenborough received an approval rating of 87 per cent, with Hanks placing second on 84 per cent.

The study found American film director Steven Spielberg was the third most liked individual, with an approval rating of 82 per cent.

Roald Dahl, best known for penning Matilda, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and The BFG, ranked fourth with a rating of 81 per cent.

Morgan Freeman shared fifth place with actress Dame Judi Dench as the pair earned an approval rating of 80 per cent.

Robin Williams sat 1 per cent behind at 79 per cent.

Comedian Rowan Atkinson, boxer Muhammad Ali and actor Harrison Ford also appear in the top 10.








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