Riviera and French News Tuesday April 11th 2017

Local news

Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of a man in the early hours of Saturday in the centre of Nice. Authorities say that the suspect was arrested at Nice Cote d’Azur airport on Monday and taken into custody for questioning. The body of the 35 year old victim was found at the Magnan roundabout at 5am on Saturday morning. He’d been stabbed twice in the throat and died later in hospital. A dispute over drugs is thought to be at the centre of the enquiry.

A 31 year old man has appeared in court in Nice, charged with stabbing a woman in the right arm on Saturday night. The incident apparently happened in front of a restaurant on the Avenue Jean Medecin.  His lawyer requested time to prepare a defence.  The judge ordered the man to be detained until his next court appearance which is scheduled for the 17th of May.

Police in Nice are studying security cameras in a bid to identify the perpetrator or perpetrators who vandalised all the cars parked on the Rue de Rivoli, linking the rue de France to the Promenade des Anglais by the side of the Negresco Hotel. Every single car parked on the road was keyed in the early hours of Saturday and some had large double ‘M’ letters gouged into their bonnets. Some shop windows and entrances to buildings in the area were also vandalised. 

The ski stations at Auron and Isola have reportedly been cut off to road traffic. The RM2205 in the Tinee valley, has been closed 5km south of Isola village because of the risk of a landslide.  It’s not known at the moment when the road will re-open to traffic.


National news

Le Pen criticised - Israel has strongly criticised the extreme-right wing French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen following comments she made about the rounding up of Jews in Paris in 1942. Madame Le Pen said that French authorities were “not to blame” for the notorious historical incident during which 13,000 French Jews were rounded up by French police on the orders of the Nazi authorities before being sent to the death camps. On Monday, Israel said that it “condemned the declarations by Marine Le Pen” which it said “went against the historical truth”. Madame Le Pen made the remarks in an interview with the French TV station LCI on Sunday.

Camp fire - The migrant camp near the northern port of Dunkirk has been completely destroyed by fire overnight. Police say that at least 10 people have been injured in the fire which was home to around 1,500 people who were living in closely packed wooden huts. The prefect of the Nord region,Michel Lalande has said that “nothing remains of the camp but ashes” and that it will be “impossible to reconstruct the site”. Reports say that the fire was started following a fight between rival Kurds and Afghans at the camp which resulted in 6 people being stabbed. A massive plume of smoke from the burning camp could be seen from several kilometres away.


The oil giant Shell has admitted for the first time that it dealt with a known money launderer when negotiating access to a vast oil field in Nigeria. The development comes after emails were published proving that Shell negotiated with Dan Etete,who was later convicted of money laundering in a separate case. Shell and the Italian oil firm ENI paid 1.3 billion dollars to the Nigerian government for access to the field. Investigators claim that 1.1 billion dollars of the money was passed to a firm controlled by Mr Etete. Documents filed by prosecutors claim to show that 466 million dollars of that sum was the laundered through bureau de change and passed to the then President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan and members of his government.

Media reports this morning say that Taiwan’s Foxconn is planning a 27 billion dollar bid for Toshiba’s chip business. Both Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal say that Foxconn’s potential bid is much higher than analysts’ 18 billion dollar valuation for the business. Toshiba has put part of its memory chip unit up for sale in a bid to plug a gaping hole in its finances. Any bid from Foxconn would put pressure on the Japanese government as Toshiba is seen as a key national asset. Toshiba needs to raise cash fast after its US nuclear unit Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

Oil prices have risen to a five week high this morning with geopolitical tensions stoking the market. Additional price support has come from expectations of strong demand as the US summer driving season gets underway. Brent crude was trading up 0.2 percent at 56 dollars and 07 cents a little earlier this morning with US West Texas Intermediate at 53 dollars 14 cents. Brent is now up for the 7th straight session with WTI climbing for the past 6 trading days.


Football - Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top 4 of the English Premier League have been severely dented after they were beaten 3-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last night. The victory is a major boost for Palace as they bid to avoid relegation. The defeat for Arsenal heaps more pressure on manager Arsene Wenger and leaves them in 6th place in the table,5 points off the Champions League places.
There are two Champions League quarter final first leg ties tonight. Our best wishes go to Monaco who visit Borussia Dortmund while in the other tie Juventus play Barcelona. Both games kick off at 8.45 pm French time.

Formula 1 - Reports say that the head of Ferrari wants team principal Maurizio Arrivabene to “talk to” Kimi Raikkonen about his form. Sergio Marchionne is said to be unhappy with the Finn’s absence from the podium at the first two races of the season. Raikkonen is said to think that Ferrari should have done a “better job” with his strategy at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Rugby Union - The ‘voice’ of Welsh rugby,David Parry-Jones has died at the age of 83. Mr Parry-Jones commented on a number of historic  games including Llanelli’s famous win over the All Blacks in 1972. He also wrote a number of popular books about the game and was a former presenter on the BBC Wales Today programme as well as BBC radio.

Tennis - Andy Murray has returned from injury and played in a charity match against Roger Federer in Zurich on Monday. Federer won the match 6-3 7-6 but it was Murray’s first match since his surprise second round defeat at the BNP Parisbas Open in early March. Murray will return to competitive action at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters next week.


Partially cloudy in coastal areas with possible showers inland and  light to moderate easterly winds. Top temperature 20 degrees Celsius. Overnight lows of 14 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with clear skies. Wednesday and Thursday-Mainly fine with highs of 19-23 degrees.

And finally

Walmart has issued a recall on a packaged salad after Florida customers found a decomposing bat inside the box. The two customers ate some of the Organic Marketside Spring Mix salad before the bat was found, officials said. They have been tested for rabies. The company said customers who may have already purchased the pre-packaged greens, which are sold mainly in southern states, should discard them. Walmart also said customers can request a full refund for the product. The two people began eating the salad before they discovered the bat, which was found in a "deteriorated condition", according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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