Evening Update 08/04/24

NEWS

It's a source of national pride. A historic moment that may well be followed by others. The Monegasque group Venturi, led by Gildo Pastor and specializing in electric vehicles for over twenty years, has been shortlisted by NASA to take part in its Artemis project. The project includes plans to send man to the moon in 2026, a first since the Apollo program in 1972.

The Menton exit on the A8 will be closed between Monday and Tuesday from 11pm to 3am. Work will be To allow work to be carried out to install a counting loop, the exit and entry ramps of junction no. 59 (A8-Menton) will be closed. You will be able to exit before or after Menton if you are traveling at these times.

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Two motorcyclists lost their lives, and two others were seriously injured in separate road accidents in the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var. In Gassin, a collision occurred between a motorcycle and a car in the afternoon of this Saturday, resulting in the motorcyclist being seriously injured. He was rushed to Sainte-Musse hospital in Toulon by the local health center's emergency and intensive care unit. In Vidauban this Sunday, a car and a motorcycle were involved in a road accident. The motorcyclist, who was very seriously injured, did not survive, the emergency services said.

Four young men have been charged with murder this Sunday 7th April following the death of a schoolboy in Viry-Châtillon outside Paris last Friday. Two of them, an adult and a minor, have been imprisoned, while the other two minors are temporarily incarcerated pending a hearing. The initial investigation revealed that the four accused assaulted the teenager, who was communicating with the sister of two of them on matters related to sexuality. The prosecutors stated that the accused's family asked several boys to cease contact with the 15-year-old girl, fearing damage to their reputation. The sister, although not present during the incident, has been charged with failing to prevent a crime. As per the request of the public prosecutor, provisional judicial measures have been imposed, including her placement in an educational institution and a ban on appearing in Essonne. Further details regarding the case have not yet been provided.

Virginie Basselot, the chef at Hôtel Negresco in Nice, is determined to earn another Michelin star for the restaurant. Despite the challenges encountered by women in the industry, Basselot's Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with a touch of Norman influence has garnered recognition. Initially aspiring to be a fighter pilot, she reluctantly turned to cooking, following her father's footsteps, after four years of apprenticeship in Deauville in the Calvados region. However, her passion for the culinary arts ignited when she witnessed the dynamics of working in a Michelin-starred restaurant, a brigade, and a palace in Paris. Her career took off rapidly, working at renowned establishments such as Crillon, Grand Véfour, and Bristol. In 2012, at the age of 33, she became the head chef at Saint-James, where she earned her first Michelin star two years later. In 2015, she achieved the prestigious title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France, making her the second woman to do so.

Sonia Sorrentino, a resident of Saint-Laurent-du-Var, took it upon herself to clean up the streets and green spaces of her town. Inspired by her participation in Clean Up Day in 2020, she decided to spend her free time collecting rubbish to raise awareness about the importance of protecting nature and the environment, particularly for future generations. For nearly four years, she has been devoting her time to clean-up excursions and is motivated by the visible results. She comments that her fuel is seeing the results. The before and after. To her, It's important to respect ourselves and nature. We're leaving it to our children, and it would be nice if they could enjoy it'. She is also planning to participate in the upcoming "Clean Up the South" day on Saturday April 13. She has registered at the collection point in Saint-Laurent-du-Var and invites other residents of the Côte d'Azur to sign up for one of the events taking place in their area.

 

BUSINESS

A Brazilian Supreme Court judge has initiated an investigation into Elon Musk after Musk stated that he would reactivate accounts on the social media platform X, formerly Twitter, despite the judge's order to block them. Musk claimed that the restrictions had been lifted because the court order was unconstitutional and called for the judge to resign or face impeachment. Failure by X to comply with the order would result in a daily fine of £16,000. The judge accused Musk of launching a disinformation campaign against the Supreme Court. X's Global Government Affairs team stated that it was not authorized to disclose which accounts were affected. The accounts in question were reportedly linked to far-right movements that posted content related to the January 8 riots where supporters of former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro stormed various important buildings. The judge, Alexandre de Moraes, is also investigating Bolsonaro and his supporters for their involvement in the riots.

 

SPORTS

Rugby - Former Mont-de-Marsan center and French rugby legend André Boniface, who won four Five Nations Tournaments, died at the age of 89 in Bayonne hospital on Monday. Selected 48 times for the French national team, he was also French champion in 1963 and won three Yves-du-Manoir Challenges with his lifelong club, Stade Montois.

 

Cycling - Joseph Blackmore claimed a double victory on 7 April at the end of the 49th Circuit des Ardennes.

The Briton won the fourth and final stage of the cycling race in Sedan in 3h55'25''. In total, over four days, around 150 riders from 24 teams and 11 different nationalities cycled 642.2km. During the four stages of the race, they passed through 132 towns and villages.

 

Basketball - Sluc Nancy Basket put in a superb performance on Sunday April 7, beating Monaco 100-86 on the 28th day of the French Basketball Championship. It was the first home defeat of the season for the Monegasque leaders, and the second against the Cougars, who had already won at the Palais des Sports in Gentilly on the 4th November (94-86).

 

ROLEX MONTE CARLO TENNIS MASTER REPORT FROM BANQUE HAVILLAND

TENNIS – Carlos Alcaraz insists he must “trust” his ankle as he prepares himself for his clay-court return at the Monte Carlo Masters. The Spaniard was forced to forfeit his first match in Brazil earlier in the year against Thiago Monteiro with the niggle, but since then he has claimed the Indian Wells title and lost in the last eight in Miami.

 

Today's action at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, on the Court des princes Austrian Sebastian Ofner has won against British Daniel Evans 6-1 6-4; Indian Sumit Nagal defeated Italian Matteo Arnaldi 5-7 6-2 6-4; and French Arthur Fils Beats German Yannick Hanfmann 6-0 6-2. Meanwhile on the Court Rainier III Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime has beaten Italian Luca Nardi 6-2 6-3; Monegasque Valentin Vacherot lost against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 6-2; Greek Stefanos TsiTsipas has won when facing Serbian Laslo Djere 6-3 3-2. In Court 2 French Corentin Moutet has been defeated by Australian Alexei Popyrin 3-6 7-5 6-2. Finally, In Court 9 Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo defeated German Daniel Altmaler 6-2 7-6

In action this afternoon

Russian KAREN KHACHANOV competes against English Cameron Norrie on the court Rainier III. On the Court des Princes, Argentinian Federico Coria faces French Ugo Humber. On Court 2 Russian player Roman Safiullin goes against Spanish Jaume Munar. And finally the Italian duo Sinner and Sonego face German duo Gille and Vliegen.

 

WEATHER

This afternoon, a bit cloudy with moderate to strong winds, gusts of up to 40km/h in Nice and 55km/h in Toulon. Quite warm this Monday with 20 degrees in Nice and Saint-Tropez, highs of 22 in Cannes, 26 in Toulon and 27 in cloudy Marseille.

Tonight cloudy forecast with 16 degrees across the riviera and lows of 12 degrees in Nice.

The outlook for tomorrow, rainy all over, highs of 17 degrees in Nice with moderate winds. Clearings in the afternoon near Marseille while Nice will have to wait until later in the evening before the sky clears up.  

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