Riviera and French News Friday 24th February 2017

UPDATE 18:00

Prison - A number of new prisons have been announced for the Cote d’Azur. They include a new facility on the right bank of the River Var between St-Laurent-du-Var and La Gaude. Another in Fréjus has been strongly condemned by the Mayor of the town.

Stab - A young woman is recovering from serious injuries after being stabbed near Nice Ville station early yesterday morning. In her twenties, she was stabbed in the chest on Rue Trachel. Police have arrested several suspects after tracking them on CCTV.

Earthquake - Another small earthquake hit the Alpes-Maritimes early this morning, with a 2.7 seismic tremor recorded 30km off the coast of Marseilles. It comes just 24 hours after a similar tremor in the Var yesterday.

Beaches - Two beaches at St Tropez have been named in the Top 10 best beaches in France by TripAdvisor.  They are Escalet and Pampelonne beaches.

Oscars - French actress Isabelle Huppert could be the new Oscars Best Actress this weekend. Although she’s up against Emma Stone in ‘La La Land’, many are saying Isabelles performance in French movie ‘Elle’ could steal it away. The Oscars will be held in Hollywood on Sunday evening.


IAG, who own British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Veuling, have reported pre-tax profits of 2.4 billion euros, up almost a third on last year. They’ve achieved this despite a dip in revenues and the fall of sterling last year.

Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a 7 billion pound sterling annual loss for 2016, more than triple the previous year. A large proportion of the loss was down to US Department of Justice fines relating to the sale of mortgage-backed securities, prior to 2008.

Google is to sue Uber for stealing trade secrets on their self-driving car. Google say one of their former managers took the information when he left for Uber.


Football - Tonight’s big game is OGC Nice playing at home against Montpellier in France’s League One. Just three points behind table toppers AS Monaco, tonight is great chance for Nice to pick up points, where their almost unbeaten home record should help. Kick off is 8.45 at Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice. Meanwhile, after Nice striker Mario Balotelli was racically abused by fans at the recent Bastia on Corsica, Bastia have been given a suspended one-point deduction by Ligue 1.

In UK football Leicester City have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri just nine months after their historic Premier League title win. However, this year, Leicester are just one point above the relegation and feel they need new leadership. The big game in the UK this weekend, is the League Cup Final between Manchester United and Southampton. Kick off at Wembley Stadium this Sunday is at 5.30 French time.

Formula 1 - More new cars on display today. McLaren-Honda have unveiled a brand new orange, black and white livery while Ferrari's new car has a shark fin engine cover and a thumb nose.

Rugby - This weekend we have the third round of the Six Nations with two games tomorrow; Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield; and Ireland against France in Dublin. On Sunday, England take on Italy at Twickenham.

UPDATE 07:00

Project to build a Prison -The French Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas has announced plans to build a prison to house 650 inmates on the right bank of the river Var between Saint-Laurent-du-Var and La Gaude. The new prison will be one of three prisons in the Alpes Maritime region.

Nice Airport - Nice Côte d’Azur Airport has ranked second behind Lyon airport as the most problematic airport in France. According to reports the figures for 2016 indicate that 1.18% of departures were between two and four hours late, 0.22% more than four hours late and 3.4% of flights were cancelled. 

“Coup de Pouce” -The co-operative restaurant “Coup de Pouce” and its grocery store in Antibes is booming. The outlet set up by volunteers opened four years ago. Due to the high demand it has increased its seating capacity. “Coup de Pouce” offers the possibility for individuals and families in difficulty to acquire goods and products at a lower cost.

OGC Nice - Posters have been put up throughout the city of Nice by OGC Nice football fans in an attempt to encourage the public to attend matches. The message in both Nissart and French is a battle against the low attendance of the Allianz Riviera, which recently counted 21,000 spectators for a stadium which can accommodate more than 35,000.

Festival of Games - Ahead of this evening’s Ceasar award ceremony for the French Cinema in Paris another awards ceremony has taken place in Cannes. Thursday evening saw the “As d’Ors” Festival or the “International Festival of Games” crown three new games at this year’s event. “Unlock” a board game which is described as an escape room in a card game for children aged over 10, “Kilou the Cuckoo” a game of skill for children over 4 and “Scythe” a board game which plunges you into the First World War. The Festival runs from midday today until Sunday.


Protest - Teenage demonstrators have blockaded more than a dozen high schools in and around Paris, mounting makeshift barricades and setting fire to cars, scooters and rubbish bins, in protest at the alleged rape of a young black man by police. Authorities said nine students were arrested in the suburb of Clichy after about 100 youths set two cars and a motorbike alight, threw stones and shattered a shop window.

Emmanuel Macron - After facing increasing pressure to unveil a more detailed manifesto French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron outlined on Thursday an economic programme that includes corporate tax cuts and public sector redundancies.The former economy minister, who is one of the frontrunners in France’s two-stage presidential election this spring, also said he would stick to eurozone commitments to cut France’s budget deficit.

Robbery - A Russian couple has been robbed of jewellery and luxury goods worth some 100,000 euros on a stretch of Parisian motorway notorious for the robberies of wealthy tourists. According to a police source, the couple were robbed on the A1 motorway north of the French capital on Tuesday night, just after they landed at Paris' Le Bourget airport which is used by private jets. Le Parisien newspaper reported that their chauffeur-driven car was pushed towards the motorway exit by another vehicle.


The new US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has promised “very significant” tax reform before the Congressional break in August. In his first television interview since taking office,Mr Mnuchin told CNBC that his priority would be boosting growth. He said that tax cuts,combined with deregulation would boost economic growth to 3 percent by the end of 2018. Mr Mnuchin said that the government was committed to passing significant tax reform which will be focused on middle income tax cuts,simplification and making business tax competitive with the rest of the world.

Meanwhile,President Trump has called China the “grand champions” of currency manipulation just hours after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pledged a more methodical approach to analysing Beijing’s foreign exchange practices. In an exclusive interview with Reuters on Thursday,Mr Trump that he has not “held back” in his assessment that China manipulates its currency,despite not acting on a campaign promise to declare the country a currency manipulator on his first day in office. The US Treasury is required to publish a bi-annual report on currency practices with major trading partners.The next report is due on April the 15th.

And-The maker of Peugeot and Citroen vehicles has reported a near doubling of profits as it considers buying Opel,the loss making European arm of General Motors.The PSA Group says that net income jumped by 92 percent last year to 1.73 billion euros. The company’s possible purchase of GM’s European brands Opel and Vauxhall has raised concerns over job losses in the UK and Germany. PSA has promised that it will “develop” the Vauxhall brand if the purchase goes ahead but has offered no further commitments to protect the 4,500 jobs making cars at Ellesmere Port and vans in Luton.


Football-Leicester City have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri just 9 months after he won an historic Premier League title for the club. Leicester are just 1 point above the relegation zone with 13 matches left to play. The club said that it reluctantly believed that a change of leadership,while admittedly painful,is necessary in the greater interest. Spurs are out of Europe after drawing 2-2 with Gent at Wembley last night in the Europa League round of 32 stage.Gent win the tie 3-2 on aggregate. In the English Premier League this weekend. On Saturday Chelsea play Swansea.Crystal Palace host Middlesbrough.Everton play Sunderland.Hull host Burnley.West Brom play Bournemouth and Watford host West Ham. On Sunday Spurs play Stoke.

It’s also the League Cup final between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Rugby Union-The third round of the 6 Nations is being played this weekend with 2 games tomorrow and one on Sunday. England will be continuing their quest for back-to-back Grand Slams when they host Italy at Twickenham on Sunday while tomorrow,Scotland play Wales at Murrayfield and Ireland host France in Dublin.

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton has described the new Mercedes W08 as “awesome”. The triple world champion drove the new car in blustery,damp conditions at Silverstone on Thursday and said that it felt “pretty incredible”. Testing ahead of the new season gets underway in Barcelona next week.

Cricket-It’s day 2 of the first Test between India and Australia in Pune. Australia were bowled out for 260 in their first innings but they’ve had the home side in a bit of trouble as they make their reply. India were on 50-3 after 18 overs of their 1st innings.

Cycling-Lance Armstrong’s court battle against a 100 million dollar lawsuit by by the US Governmnt is set to start on November the 6th in Washington. The disgraced cyclist is accused of fraud while riding for the publicly funded US Postal Service team. The lawsuit was filed by Armstrong’s former team-mate Floyd Landis before being joined by the government in 2013. The government wants Armstrong to pay back the money he received in sponsorship while riding for the US Postal Service team plus damages.


Mainly fine with a moderate to strong Mistral developing in the Var with gusts of up to 85 km/h this afternoon-moderate easterly winds in the Alpes-Maritimes.

Top temperature 17 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 4 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Mainly fine with highs of 15-17 degrees.


Are roses too much? Is the bunch too small? Will the recipient even be in the house or will the flowers be destined to rot in a delivery office as postal workers laugh at the heartfelt note?

Well, one man in China has apparently solved all of those issues.

The guy, from Jilin Province, sent of bouquet of bank note flowers worth more than £1,100.

Each individual bill in the 10,000 Yuan was rolled into the shape of a rose by a florist in Changchun.







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