Riviera and French News Monday 13th March 2017


Road Accident - A forty year old man has died after losing control of the vehicle he was driving. The accident occurred on Sunday afternoon shortly after 5.30pm on the D79 between Brignoles and Cabasse. Police in Brignoles have opened an investigation and asked for any witnesses to come forward. Meanwhile motorists are reminded that the RM 2565 in les gorges de la Vésubie will be closed in both directions from today until Friday the 24th March due to a recent rock fall.

Hiker - A hiker has been rescued in Valdeblore. Rescue services were alerted on Sunday afternoon shortly after 4pm after the hiker become disorientated.

Paris–Nice Security  -  Colombian Sergio Henao won the Paris – Nice cycling race for the British team Sky on Sunday. Meanwhile as part of new safety measures buses were used to prevent any intrusion onto the Promenade des Anglais. During Sunday’s Paris-Nice race Lignes d’Azur buses were parked across the road in order to block the access. As well as new security measures an additional 500 security agents were deployed for the event.

Breast Cancer - More than 300 people dressed in pink gathered in Monaco on Sunday for breast cancer awareness. The traditional pink march from Port Hercule to the Place du Palais organized by the Pink Ribbon association was a huge success. Monaco is today among the first countries in the world in terms of screening for the disease.


Francois Fillon - According to reports in the French weekly paper the “Journal du Dimanche” Francois Fillon has been given suits worth several thousands of euros, some of which were paid for with cash. The paper claims a Parisien tailor was paid nearly 48,000 in cash since 2012. A spokesperson from Fillon’s party described the accusations as “unbearable” and simply part of the  ”gutter campaign” against Mr.Fillon”

Carlos the Jackal - Carlos the Jackal, the perpetrator attacks in the 1970s and early 1980s, goes on trial in France today for the deadly bombing of a Paris shop more than 40 years ago.The 67-year-old Venezuelan, describes himself as a “professional revolutionary” and was dubbed “Carlos the Jackal” by the press when he was one of the world’s most wanted terror suspects.

New Museum - A new museum built by the son of the French polar explorer Paul-Emile Victor aims to show the beauty of polar landscapes and illustrate the consequences of climate change. The museum in eastern France is the only permanent museum devoted to the Arctic and Antarctic in the world. Once inside, visitors are plunged into a world of intense white. The museum includes a documentation centre which is accessible to researchers, a skating rink and a conference hall. The local authorities which manage the establishment hope to attract 50,000 to 70,000 visitors per year.


HSBC has appointed Mark Tucker, the current chief executive of Asian insurer AIA, as group chairman. Mr Tucker will take over on 1st October, succeeding Douglas Flint who has been in the role since 2010. During seven years as chief executive of AIA, Mr Tucker oversaw the insurer's expansion in Asia. HSBC is Europe's biggest bank, but the bulk of its profits are generated in Asia.

Iceland will lift all capital controls on its citizens, businesses and pension funds from Tuesday. Capital controls, such as those to restrict money flowing in and out of the country, were imposed in 2008 after the country's biggest banks collapsed.

And - Mobile phone giant Vodafone says it will create 2,100 jobs across the UK. The company is expanding existing customer service centres, with 800 additional posts in Manchester, almost 150 in Newark, more than 150 in Stoke-on-Trent and about 100 in Glasgow. Its third-party customer service partners will create another 600 jobs in Newcastle, nearly 200 roles in the west of Scotland, and 100 in Cardiff.


Football - In the week-end’s Premier League result’s  Bournemouth beat West Ham 3-2, Everton beat West Brom 3 – 0, Hull City beat Swansea City 2 – 1 and Liverpool beat Burnley 2-1. 

Rugby – In the Six Nations Wales beat Ireland 22–9, France beat Italy 40-18 and England beat Scotland 61-21.

Formula One – Two weeks before the season starts at the Australian Grand Prix Ferrari look like genuine challengers to world champions Mercedes after eight days of testing at Spain’s circuit in Barcelona.


Fine and sunny - 17 degrees in Nice, 18 in Saint Tropez and Draguignuan. Going down to 3 degrees in the Var this evening and 8 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes.

Tuesday and Wednesday plenty of sunshine across the region with highs of 21 degrees in the Var and 22 in the Alpes Maritimes.


Researchers have found that Golly, mucking and cassette are slowly being phased out of English day-to-day conversations.

Language experts at Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press have revealed that words such as 'golly' have been replaced by Americanisms such as 'awesome' in modern day conversations.

Other words that are slowly being phased out include 'mucking', as in 'mucking around', crossword and playschool, while technology and internet-themed words, such as iPad, Facebook, laptop and website are on the rise.



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