French and Riviera News Wednesday 9th May 2018


Two young children injured by a pitbull - Two young children have been seriously injured by a pitbull in Marseille. The incident occurred on Tuesday evening shortly after 8pm as they played on the Prado beach. The 5-month-old baby and his 2-year-old brother were immediately taken to hospital. Police have called for the owner to come forward following the attack.

The region’s train network - Delays and cancellations are expected on the region’s train network as strike action by the SNCF continues for a second consecutive day. On Tuesday morning sixty people protested in Nice in favour of the railway workers placing smoke canisters on the platform temporarily interrupting trains at Nice Saint Augustin train station. Meanwhile following talks between unions and the French government the SNCF warned they would continue strike action indefinitely.

Cannes Film Festival - Female stars have vowed to protest on the red carpet at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The Festival which opened on Tuesday has been marked by threats of protest, directors being barred and possible bans hanging over other movies. According to reports Cate Blanchett and Kristen Stewart are likely to join actresses and women directors on Saturday in a protest in support of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

Football fans warned to behave - Marseille football fans have been urged by the team’s coach and players not to “spoil the party” during the final which is to be held in Lyon on Wednesday May 16th. As the Olympic de Marseille players trained on Tuesday Rudi Garcia sent a clear message to supporters saying they must be "exemplary" in the final of the Europa League next Wednesday in Lyon.


Iran’s nuclear deal - President Macron has said that France regrets the United State's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and that he would work towards a broader agreement that also encompassed Iran's ballistics programme and regional activities. The 2015 deal, worked out by the United States, France and four other international powers as well as Iran, eased sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear programme. Trump's decision to withdraw from the accord and reinstate sanctions on Iran is a disappointment to Macron, who has sought to forge a close relationship with the U.S. leader and lobbied for the deal to be kept alive during a state visit last month.

Supermarket sign in Paris - A supermarket manager in Paris could risk prosecution for “discrimination” following his decision to display a handwritten sign on the shop window saying “Racists are banned from this shop". The decision to display such a notice was made by the shop’s manager after daily racist insults from customers.  While it is a criminal offence in France to insult someone on the grounds of race or religion refusal to serve a client without solid grounds is also an offence.

Belgian singer Maurane dies aged 57 - Days after she gave her first stage performance in two years, Belgian singer Maurane has died aged 57. Maurane was found dead at her home near Brussels. The cause of death is not yet known but is not seen as suspicious. She was best known in recent years for her role in a TV talent show for young singers, Nouvelle Star (New Star). She had been forced to halt her singing career in 2016 because of problems with her vocal cords. Born Claudine Luypaerts, she was known across the French-speaking world and had performed with artists including Celine Dion and Johnny Hallyday.


Crude prices have jumped to near 3 and a half year highs this morning after President Trump pulled the United States out of an international nuclear deal with Iran,sparking fears about global supplies.
Brent Crude futures have gained 2 and a half percent this morning to sit at 76 dollars 75 with West Texas Intermediate up 2.2 percent at 70 dollars 57.
Iran is the third largest Opec producer at around 3.8 million barrels per day or 4 percent of global supply.
The US Treasury has said that it intends to re-impose a wide range of sanctions on Tehran including against Iran’s oil industry and transactions with its central bank.

Argentina is to start talks with the International Monetary Fund about a financing deal.
The country’s Finance Minster is flying to Washington today for talks at the IMF’s offices.Reports say that he’ll be seeking a loan of some 30 billion dollars.
Argentina is being rocked by financial turmoil with interest rates at 40 percent and the peso losing a quarter of its value over the past year amid pro-market reforms being introduced by President Macri.
The latest crisis comes 17 years after Argentina defaulted on its debts and 12 years since it severed ties with the IMF.

And-Audi has admitted that a further 60,000 A6 and A7 models with diesel engines have emission software issues.
The extra number of vehicles is on top of the 850,000 cars recalled by Volkswagen last year.Affected customers will be informed and offered a software update.
On Tuesday,the German  transport ministry said that it had summoned Audi to a formal hearing.


Football-Southampton have taken a big step towards Premier League survival with a 1-0 win at Swansea which means that West Bromwich Albion are relegated without kicking a ball and leaves Swansea in deep trouble.

The final relegation place will be decided on the last day of the season with either Swansea,Southampton or Huddersfield joining Stoke and West Brom in the Championship next year.

Swansea need to win and hope that both Huddersfield and Southampton lose.

Matters at the top of the table should become clearer tonight with 4 games involving teams seeking a place in the Champions League next season.

Chelsea play Huddersfield.Leicester host Arsenal.Manchester City play Brighton and Spurs play Newcastle.

Rugby Union-Reports today suggest that the England coach is considering a recall for Danny Cipriani.

Jones has been monitoring the 30 year old Wasps fly-half who’s been in good form in recent weeks.

Cipriani hasn’t played for England since August 2015 but is thought to be a contender for a place in the squad to tour South Africa this summer.

Eddie Jones will name his squad tomorrow.

Cycling-Tim Wellans of Belgium won stage 4 of the Giro d’Italia between Catania and Caltagirone on Tuesday with Rohan Dennis of Australia retaining the overall race lead.

Chris Froome ended 21 seconds behind Wellens and is now 55 seconds off the overall race leader.

Today’s 5th stage is 155 kilometres between Agrigento and Santa Ninfa along the south-western coast of Sicily.

There are some mild climbs and a tricky final section where the road narrows and is in poor repair in places.


Sunshine and showers with light to moderate easterly winds.

Top temperature 22 degrees.

Overnight lows of 17 degrees on the coast and 15 degrees inland with some showers possible.

Thursday and Friday-Sunshine and possible showers tomorrow.Mainly fine on Friday.Highs of 20-23 degrees.






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