Riviera and French News Monday 27th March 2017

UPDATE 18:00

Robbery - All of the jewels stolen in Saturdays armed robbery on the Cartier store in Monaco have been recovered. Four men from Vallauris, with no known criminal record, are being held by police, while a fifth has been identified but remains at large. The haul, worth several million euro, is being assessed by Cartier in Monaco.

Accident - Two people were seriously injured in a traffic accident last night, when a motorcyclist and his passenger collided with a car traveling on the Boulevard de Corniche d'Or. The couple are recovering in Pasteur Hospital in Nice.

Gas - A pipeline leak has closed the Basse Corniche in both directions at Eze. Diversions are in place between Beaulieu and Cap d'Ail. Meanwhile in Antibes, Boulevard Gardiole-Bacon was shut for a time this afternoon due to a gas leak in the area. Firefighters attended the leak which was caused during road works.


Stock markets are taking a hit and the dollar has weakened over fears President Trump's promised US tax cuts and infrastructure spending will fail to get off the ground. The FTSE 100 was 1% down in early trading today while sterling was a cent up against the dollar, trading above 1.2570 US dollars, its highest level in nearly two months.

The UK's biggest banks have been told to prepare for a wide range of challenges, as part of the Bank of England's latest stress tests. One key test will be to prove they can manage any sudden slowdown of foreign interest in UK assets after Brexit. The banks will have to show they have sufficient resources in place to cope with any shocks.

The European Commission has given the go-ahead to the merger of US chemical giants Dow Chemical and DuPont. The deal values the merged company at $130bn, with the eventual plan to split the merged company, DowDuPont, into three independent firms handling agriculture, materials and speciality products.


Football - Burnley midfielder Robbie Brady will captain the Republic of Ireland for tomorrow international friendly against Iceland in Dublin. He replaces Ireland’s regular captain Seamus Coleman who broke his leg in the World Cup Qualifier against Wales on Friday.

Formula 1 - Frerrai’s Sebastian Vettel may have won the Melbourne Grand Prix, but Lewis Hamilton says that he’s confident of winning the Drivers’ Championship. Vettel’s victory in Melbourne is being seen by many as the proof that Mercedes’ domination is over. Meanwhile, work has begun preparing Monaco for the Grand Prix in May. You can see our 360 degree photos of the work on Facebook.

Rugby - Northampton Saints Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder says defeat by Leicester leaves his side aiming at best for a top-six Premiership finish. The 36-31 loss left Saints seventh in the table, six points off fourth place with four games left.

UPDATE 07:00

Monaco Robbery - Four people have been arrested in connection with the robbery at the Cartier boutique on the Place du Casino in Monaco on Saturday afternoon. According to reports all four are from Vallauris in the Alpes Maritimes where some of the stolen goods were found during a police raid on a home in the area. Police have confirmed that one of the robbers was still at large on Sunday afternoon. It’s not the first time that the luxury brand has been a target on the Côte d’Azur. In May 2015, a few days before the opening of the Cannes Film Festival the Cartier on the Croisette in Cannes was robbed.

Tribute - The X-hybrid association has paid tribute to Laura Borla a young victim of the Nice Attack. A moving dance show was performed on Sunday on the Promenade du Paillon in Nice. Borla was a keen dancer and part of the association.

Liberty Rider - A new free app has been launched for smartphones. The app called “Liberty Rider” will hopefully save the lives of motorcyclists on French roads. The app is able to geolocate the rider in real time and can send an alert in case of a sudden drop in speed. The application has already been downloaded 60,000 times and has no less than 20,000 active users. “Liberty Rider” has also won the 2017 Road Safety Innovation Award.

Ski Season - It was the last day of skiing on Sunday for skiers in Valberg as the station closed its ski area marking the end of the season. For those who still wish to take to the slopes Auron and Isola 2000 remain open until the 23rd April and have reported perfect conditions due to a recent snowfall.

Music - The headliners for this summer’s Jazz in Juan festival have been announced. They include Macy Gray, Sting and Tom Jones. The festival takes place from the 14th to the 23rd  July. For more information go to

Charity - “The Riviera Water Bike Challenge” gala in favour of the Princesse Charlene of Monaco Foundation has raised 266.000 euros. The event which took place at the weekend in the Principality was held at the Monaco Yacht Club. The funds raised will be used to create an aquatic rescue center in Burkina Faso. The “Riviera Water Bike Challenge”, the first relay race on water of its kind will take place on June 4th between Nice and Monaco.


French Presidential - The frontrunner in France's presidential election, Emmanuel Macron has received yet another boost to his candidacy when nine lawmakers from a centre-right party allied with conservative rival Francois Fillon decided to rally behind him. Fillon was the frontrunner for France's April and May presidential election until an investigative weekly reported in late January that he had paid his wife as his parliamentary assistant for work she did not do. He denies any wrongdoing but magistrates put him under investigation, a first for a presidential candidate in France. Macron, an independent centrist who created his own En Marche! (Onwards!) party last year, is now topping the polls and is forecast to beat far-right leader Marine Le Pen in an election run-off. The high number of undecided voters, however, means the ballot remains quite unpredictable.

Francois Hollande - French President Francois Hollande arrived on Sunday in Singapore for the first leg in the final foreign tour of his five-year term. The tour ending on Wednesday in Jakarta is dominated by economic and defence issues and is aimed mainly at strengthening ties with a region with high economic potential, according to the presidential palace.


Uber has pulled its self-driving cars from the roads following an accident which left one of the vehicles on its side. Pictures posted online showed the vehicle lying on its right hand side on an Arizona street,next to another badly damaged vehicle. The car-a Volvo SUV was in self-driving mode at the time of the accident.A police statement said the accident occurred after another vehicle “failed to yield” to the Uber car at a left turn. The company has now pulled all of its self-driving vehicles off the roads including at its test sites in Pennsylvania and California. Uber has been facing a number of problems this year including negative stories about workplace practices and ethics.Several executives have quit in recent weeks including the president of the firm,Jeff Jones.

Major oil producers are reported to be considering extending recent cuts in production in a fresh bid to boost prices. Opec nations and several other producers started to reduce output at the beginning of the year and the move initially helped to boost prices. However,over the past few weeks,the price of oil has been falling again on concerns that the production limits would not be enough to deal with the current supply glut. At a meeting in Kuwait on Sunday,oil ministers from several nations agreed to review extending the cuts by 6 months to the end of 2017.

And-Farmers,supermarkets and food supplies in the UK have called on the British Prime Minister Theresa May to secure a free trade deal with the EU after Brexit. Industry chiefs say that failure to do so could harm the UK’s supply of food and drink and lead to higher prices. They’ve urged the Prime Minister to ensure that higher tariffs are not imposed on imported and exported produce and have warned that although much of the industry is based in the UK, it can’t “operate in isolation”. Theresa May is expected to fire the starting gun for Brexit on Wednesday in a letter to the EU. In a joint letter to the Prime Minister,the UK National Farmers Union,the Food and Drink Federation and the British Retail Consortium called on Ministers to ensure that they continued to enjoy tariff-free trade with the EU.


Football-England beat Lithuania 2-0 in a patchy display at Wembley last night to top World Cup qualifying Group F on the road to Russia 2018. Jermain Defoe scored England’s opener in his first start for the national team since 2013 with Jamie Vardy adding the second after coming on as a substitute. Scotland  boosted their chances of making the play-offs with a 1-0 win over Slovenia in the same group while in Group C,Northern Ireland beat Norway 2-0 to improve their chance of making the play-offs.

Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton says that he’s confident of winning the drivers’ championship this season despite losing the season opening Grand Prix to Sebastien Vettel. Vettel’s victory in Melbourne is being seen by many as the proof that Mercedes’ domination is over following the introduction of faster cars. Hamilton said that it was good to see Ferrari on the podium again but he believed that Mercedes can beat them although it’s going to be a tight race. The second Grand Prix of the season is in China a week on Sunday.

Cricket-It’s day 3 of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia in Dharamsala with the home side still batting in their first innings. India are trying to overhaul Australia’s first innings total of 300 and had reached 254-6 nearing lunch on the third day.

Rugby Union-Wasps have extended their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership in England thanks to a 40-33 win over Worcester on Sunday. Yesterday’s other game ended Saracens 53 Bath 10.

Golf-The world number one Dustin Johnson has beaten John Rahm in the final of the World Golf Championship Match Play final in Austin,Texas. Johnson won on the final hole to beat the 22 year old Spaniard and to become the first player to win all four World Golf Championships.


Mainly fine with moderate easterly winds and a high of 18 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 9 degrees on the coast and 5 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies with a high of 16-20 degrees.




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