Riviera and French News Friday 21st April 2017


Champs-Elysees Attack -A policeman has been shot dead and two others wounded in central Paris, with their suspected attacker killed by security forces. A lone gunman opened fire before being killed as he fled the scene and the Champs-Elysees was sealed off. So-called Islamic State (IS) said that one of its "fighters" had carried out the attack which occurred just before 9pm on Thursday. President Francois Hollande said, after crisis talks with his prime minister and interior minister that the security forces had the full support of the nation and a national tribute would be paid to the fallen policeman.Mr  Hollande will hold a meeting of his security cabinet this morning. Several candidates in Sunday's Presidential election have ended campaigning early as a mark of respect, with the centre-right's François Fillon calling on others to halt theirs too.

Jean Bouin - The sports complex Jean Bouin in Nice has been evacuated. Police officers and firemen intervened at around 7pm on Thursday after a suspicious package was spotted in the car park of the complex.

Road Accident - A 36 year old man has been run over on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The accident happened at 8.15 on Thursday evening in front of Nice airport. The victim was taken to hospital. His state of health has not been communicated.

Robbery - A supermarket in Cagnes-sur-Mer has been broken into. The incident occurred at around 5:40 on Thursday morning when a masked individual managed to enter the Lidl store on the avenue de Verdun, at the foot of Haut-de-Cagnes. The employees, who were preparing to open the shop, said they had been threatened by the intruder who brandished a firearm and managed to get away with several hundred euros from the till. He later left the scene in a vehicle which was waiting for him nearby. An investigation has been launched to determine the exact circumstances of the robbery as well as the exact amount of money stolen.

College Rankings - The magazine L'Etudiant has published its list of the top colleges in France for 2016 and according to the results for the Alpes Maritimes the private college Blanche de Castille in Nice comes first.Stanislas in Nice is second and the college Saint Barthélemy third. The majority of institutions which have made the ranking are private with only two being public schools.

Monaco Telecom - Monaco Telecom has launched the first gigabit class LTE commercial network for smartphones supporting this technology. The move is a decisive step moving up to the 5G network which will rank the operator as one of the most high-performant in the world.

Silver Muse - The Silverseas cruise company launched the Silver Muse in Monaco on Thursday. The newest and one of the most luxury cruise ships in the world, the Silver Muse can welcome over 500 guests and has a staff of 500.


French Presidential Election - All 11 French presidential candidates have made their final pitches in the last set-piece TV encounter ahead of Sunday's first round of voting. Both far-right leader Marine Le Pen and radical leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon voiced sharp criticism of the EU in the early part of the programme. The TV encounter was then overshadowed by a deadly shooting in central Paris. Centrist Emmanuel Macron and centre-right François Fillon both paid tribute to the police targeted by a gunman. Mr Macron said "the first duty of a President was to protect" citizens, while Mr Fillon said he was cancelling all his engagements on Friday, the final day of the campaign.

Epilepsy Drug - According to a study by French health authorities the epilepsy medication valproate is responsible for "severe malformations" in 2,150 to 4,100 children in France since the drug was first marketed in the country in 1967. Women who took the drug during pregnancy to treat epilepsy were four times more likely to give birth to babies with congenital malformations, said the report, jointly issued by the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and the national health insurance administration.


Shares in some US steel makers rose by 8 percent on Thursday after President Trump announced an investigation into cheap imports,raising the prospect of new tariffs. Mr Trump made his announcement at a meeting with US steel executives. The Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross,who made part of his fortune investing in the steel business was also present. President Trump said that “steel is critical to both the economy and the military” adding that “it is not an area where we can afford to become dependent on foreign countries”.

China has been earmarked as the biggest culprit-making far more steel than it consumers domestically and selling the excess overseas at rock-bottom prices. The world’s largest toy company Mattel says that sales of Barbie fell by 13 percent in the first quarter. It was the second consecutive quarter of falling sales for the doll which has been a key part  of Mattel’s production range for almost 6 decades. The first quarter slide was the biggest sales drop since 2009 and well short of the forecast sales of 801 million dollars. Shares in Mattel fell by more than 6 percent in after-hours trading  and have slumped by a quarter in the past 12 months.

And-Tesla has issued a voluntary global recall for some of its Model S and Model X cars to fix a problem with the handbrake. The electric carmaker says that around 2 percent of the 53,000 vehicles built from February to October 2016 are affected but that all of those cars are being recalled. The company said that it had no reports of any injuries or accidents as a result of the fault. The fault concerns a small gear inside the electric parking brake that may have been manufactured improperly by a third party. Tesla shares fell by 1 percent on the news.


Tennis-Andy Murray crashed out of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters in the 3rd round on Thursday as he was beaten in 3 sets by Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain. It was only the world number one’s second competitive match since returning from an elbow injury and he said afterwards that he was pleased with his progress. Marin Cilic will now play the Spaniard in the last 8.The number 5 seed beat Tomas Berdych in the third round. Today’s other quarter finals pitch Lucas Pouille of France against Pablo Cuevas of Uruaguy.David Goffin of Belgium plays Novak Djokovic and Diego Schwartzman is up against Rafael Nadal. If you’re driving in to attend the tournament then please use one of the numerous carparks on the port area,many of which will offer a flat parking rate for the day on presentation of your match ticket.There’s a free bus shuttle service running from the port to the Monte Carlo Country Club. The easiest way in though is by train with special services operating from all main line stations to just by the Monte Carlo Country Club. Some tickets are available online by going to

Football-A late Marcus Rashford goal put Manchester United through to the semi finals of the Europa League as his side won 2-1 on the night against Anderlecht at Old Trafford to take the tie 3-2 on aggregate. In the other results Lyon beat Besiktas 7-6 on penalties after the scores were tied at 3 all on aggregate after extra time. Celta Vigo are through after drawing 1-1 with Genk on the night to take the tie 4-3 on aggregate and Ajax go into the semi finals despite losing 3-2 on the night to Schalke as they took the tie 4-3 on aggregate. There’s a rather disjointed look to the weekend’s football in England as it’s FA Cup semi-finals weekend. On Saturday Chelsea play Spurs and on Sunday Arsenal play Manchester City.Both ties are being played at Wembley Stadium. In the English Premier League tomorrow.Bournemouth play Middlesbrough.Hull host Watford.Swansea play Stoke and West Ham host Everton. On Sunday Burnley play Manchester United and Liverpool are at home to Crystal Palace.

Motorsport-An online campaign to raise money for the teenage racing driver who had both legs amputated following a high speed crash at Donington Park last Sunday has so far raised more than 600,000 pounds. Billy Monger who’s 17 lost both legs after surgeons were forced to amputate on Wednesday. Several famous names have contributed to the appeal including Jenson Button,Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

Rugby Union-It’s semi finals weekend in the European Champions Cup. On Saturday Munster play Saracens and on Sunday Clermont Auvergne meet Leinster.


Clear skies with moderate south westerly winds.

Top temperature 19 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 6 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Clear skies but quite windy in the Var tomorrow.Highs of 18-21 degrees.








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