Evening Update Monday 16th January 2023

A new study suggests that Nice and Cannes are among the French cities where the poorest and richest inhabitants are most likely to live side-by-side. French national statistics body Insee looked at the geographical segregation between poor and rich in 50 cities in mainland France. In the biggest cities, notably Paris, there are clearly defined wealthy neighbourhoods and areas occupied by the less well-off. According to Insee, that segregation has increased over the last 15 years. But the study named Nice and Cannes, as well as Annecy, Bayonne and Lens, as cities where the distinction between rich and poor neighbourhoods was less obvious. In Nice, for example, a home in the prestigious Carré d'Or can set you back €10,000 per square metre, while a few blocks away you're on the Rue d'Angleterre where the property price is half that.

The Alpes-Maritimes remains on a yellow alert from Meteo France due to the risk of avalanches. The forecaster says the likelihood of avalanches on the Riviera's ski resorts is high after recent snowfall. The Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Hautes-Alpes are also on a yellow vigilance alert. Cold, humid air is expected to bring more snow today and tomorrow, from an altitude of about 500 metres. Up to 20 centimetres of snow is expected in some parts of the Hautes-Alpes. Forecasters say the avalanche risk across the region is likely to remain high until at least next weekend. A 45-year-old British woman died on Saturday in an avalanche on Mont-Blanc.

Another difficult morning on the A8 motorway. A crash involving two cars on the westbound carriageway caused more than an hour of delays near the junction for Nice-West. The accident happened in the height of the morning rush hour.

If you're planning on using the A8 motorway late at night, junction 52, Nice-Saint-Isidore, will be closed from 9pm to 5am every night from today until next Wednesday, 25 January. It's due to repair works. The closure applies to entry and exit slip roads in both directions. Diversions are in place via the RM 6202 and you can join or leave the A8 at Nice Airport/Saint-Augustin instead. Meanwhile, also on the A8 motorway, junction 55 Nice-Est will be closed for the next three nights, Italy-bound, again from 9pm to 5am. You'll need to use Nice-Nord instead.

France's anti-fraud watchdog has carried out spot checks on 15 luxury real estate agencies on the Côte d'Azur to check they’re complying with sanctions on Russian-owned assets. The Directorate General for the Prevention of Fraud, that's the DGCCRF in French, wanted to check that Russian oligarchs are not circumventing the rules which prevent them from selling or renting property assets while sanctions are in place following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The 15 checks were all carried out over the space of just two days, and according to the watchdog, several anomalies were discovered. The DGCCRF says investigations are ongoing and it hasn't ruled out carrying out more searches on the Riviera. The organisation isn't giving out any further information at this stage, to avoid potentially jeopardising any future criminal proceedings.

In other local news, about 100 people demonstrated in Nice on Saturday to protest against the imminent demolition of the Acropolis convention centre. The Citizens' Collective 06 says it does not make sense to destroy such a major venue without offering an alternative. Demolition work on the Acropolis is due to begin in March. The building will make way for an extension of the green promenade along the Paillon valley.

Meanwhile, demolition work on the National Theatre of Nice has now been completed. But there are still 10,000 tonnes of concrete rubble cluttering the site that need to be removed - almost all of which can be recycled.

A convicted burglar nicknamed Spiderman, who scaled tall buildings in Monaco to steal from people's apartments, has had his jail term extended for violence towards prison officers. Dressed entirely in black, wearing a hood and attached to each building by rope, Spiderman carried out a series of daring burglaries, at night, in 2019, including from a 50th floor apartment in the Tour Odeon. He was jailed for three years last summer. He's now appeared in court again and been ordered to serve an extra three months behind bars for three acts of violence, including punching and spitting at prison supervisors.

A group of more than 100 volunteers who normally help clear up litter from the coastline near Marseille have decided to tackle the city centre instead. The Clean My Calanques team picked up 600 kilos of rubbish in just a few hours this weekend - everything from bottles and cans to a discarded toilet seat.

Two rare species of butterfly have been spotted for the first time in the Mercantour national park. The discovery was made in Sospel as part of a programme called Explor'nature, which aims to build up an inventory of local biodiversity.

With less than a month to go until the Nice carnival, work is frantically going on behind closed doors in warehouses to build and design the carnival floats. This year is the 150th edition and the theme is "the treasures of the world". The carnival in Nice runs from 10 to 26 February.

And today marks the start of Monaco's orange harvest. The principality has almost 1,000 citrus trees, more than half of which grow bitter oranges which ripen around this time of year. Pruning the trees is a big job - and it's an important one, to ensure that no mature oranges fall on vehicles or pedestrians, or lay around rotting on the streets. Last year's harvest saw almost eight tonnes of oranges collected in the space of a few weeks. About a quarter of that goes to Monaco's hotel and catering school, where it's used to make jams and fruit jellies. Most of the rest is used to make liqueur at the Orangerie distillery on Rue de la Turbie - but you can also ask for a kilo or two for yourself, on a first-come first-served basis. You'll find the gardeners this week on Rue Princesse Caroline, Boulevard de Belgique and the Avenue de Grande-Bretagne. Next week they'll move on to Boulevard de Suisse and Boulevard d'Italie, and then in early February they'll be picking trees along Rue Grimaldi. Parking is temporarily prohibited along the affected roads.

BUSINESS

The boss of Norwegian energy giant Equinor has said he does not expect gas and electricity bills to return to the levels they were before Covid. Anders Opedal said the transition from fossil fuels towards less damaging sources of energy meant costs would remain high. Opedal also said that windfall taxes on energy firms were affecting investment in projects in the UK. Energy companies have reported record profits because of higher gas prices. Equinor, which makes most of its money producing oil and gas, is one of Europe's biggest energy companies, with operations in 36 countries around the world.

And India's top 1% owned more than 40.5% of its total wealth in 2021, according to a new report by Oxfam. In 2022, the number of billionaires in the country increased to 166 from 102 in 2020, the report said. Meanwhile, it added that the poor in India "are unable to afford even basic necessities to survive". The charity called on India's finance minister to levy a wealth tax on the ultra rich to tackle this "obscene" inequality.

SPORT

Tennis - British rising star Jack Draper tested Spain's Rafael Nadal before physical issues cost him in a four-set loss in the Australian Open first round. Draper, 21, levelled at one-set each, leading to 22-time major champion Nadal, 36, having a frank discussion with his team before the third set. Top seed Nadal led 4-1 but was still unconvincing as Draper broke back before the Briton lost serve at 5-4. Draper struggled to move in the fourth as Nadal secured a 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-1 win.

In the women's singles, Emma Raducanu made a positive return to court after her injury scare in the build-up to the Grand Slam, moving into the second round of the Australian Open with a straight-set win. On the opening day in Melbourne, the British number one won 6-3 6-2 against Germany's Tamara Korpatsch.

Snooker - Judd Trump beat Mark Williams 10-8 to win his second Masters title at Alexandra Palace. Trump trailed 8-7 but won three frames in a row to clinch the first prize of £250,000, wrapping up victory with a clearance of 126. Victory for Williams, who turns 48 in March, would have made the Welshman the oldest ever Masters champion, eclipsing the record of Stuart Bingham, who was 43 years when he won in 2020.

In local football, AS Monaco pulled off a spectacular 7-1 win over Ajaccio at the Stade Louis II on Sunday afternoon, putting them fourth in Ligue 1 ahead of their trip to Marseille on Saturday 28th. OGC Nice had to settle for a goalless draw away at Reims.

And in local motorsport, preparations are underway here on the port of Monaco in front of our studios for this year’s 91st edition of the Rallye de Monte-Carlo which will take to the roads of Provence Alpes and the Côte d'Azur this week. This Thursday 19th January the starting line is scheduled, as last year, on the Place du Casino in Monaco. In all, the participants will cover 1,523 km including "18 special stages with a total length of 325.02 km". You’ll find all the race details, including information about road closures, on our website, rivieraradio.mc


 

A new study suggests that Nice and Cannes are among the French cities where the poorest and richest inhabitants are most likely to live side-by-side. French national statistics body Insee looked at the geographical segregation between poor and rich in 50 cities in mainland France. In the biggest cities, notably Paris, there are clearly defined wealthy neighbourhoods and areas occupied by the less well-off. According to Insee, that segregation has increased over the last 15 years. But the study named Nice and Cannes, as well as Annecy, Bayonne and Lens, as cities where the distinction between rich and poor neighbourhoods was less obvious. In Nice, for example, a home in the prestigious Carré d'Or can set you back €10,000 per square metre, while a few blocks away you're on the Rue d'Angleterre where the property price is half that.

The Alpes-Maritimes remains on a yellow alert from Meteo France due to the risk of avalanches. The forecaster says the likelihood of avalanches on the Riviera's ski resorts is high after recent snowfall. The Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Hautes-Alpes are also on a yellow vigilance alert. Cold, humid air is expected to bring more snow today and tomorrow, from an altitude of about 500 metres. Up to 20 centimetres of snow is expected in some parts of the Hautes-Alpes. Forecasters say the avalanche risk across the region is likely to remain high until at least next weekend. A 45-year-old British woman died on Saturday in an avalanche on Mont-Blanc.

Another difficult morning on the A8 motorway. A crash involving two cars on the westbound carriageway caused more than an hour of delays near the junction for Nice-West. The accident happened in the height of the morning rush hour.

If you're planning on using the A8 motorway late at night, junction 52, Nice-Saint-Isidore, will be closed from 9pm to 5am every night from today until next Wednesday, 25 January. It's due to repair works. The closure applies to entry and exit slip roads in both directions. Diversions are in place via the RM 6202 and you can join or leave the A8 at Nice Airport/Saint-Augustin instead. Meanwhile, also on the A8 motorway, junction 55 Nice-Est will be closed for the next three nights, Italy-bound, again from 9pm to 5am. You'll need to use Nice-Nord instead.

France's anti-fraud watchdog has carried out spot checks on 15 luxury real estate agencies on the Côte d'Azur to check they’re complying with sanctions on Russian-owned assets. The Directorate General for the Prevention of Fraud, that's the DGCCRF in French, wanted to check that Russian oligarchs are not circumventing the rules which prevent them from selling or renting property assets while sanctions are in place following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The 15 checks were all carried out over the space of just two days, and according to the watchdog, several anomalies were discovered. The DGCCRF says investigations are ongoing and it hasn't ruled out carrying out more searches on the Riviera. The organisation isn't giving out any further information at this stage, to avoid potentially jeopardising any future criminal proceedings.

In other local news, about 100 people demonstrated in Nice on Saturday to protest against the imminent demolition of the Acropolis convention centre. The Citizens' Collective 06 says it does not make sense to destroy such a major venue without offering an alternative. Demolition work on the Acropolis is due to begin in March. The building will make way for an extension of the green promenade along the Paillon valley.

Meanwhile, demolition work on the National Theatre of Nice has now been completed. But there are still 10,000 tonnes of concrete rubble cluttering the site that need to be removed - almost all of which can be recycled.

A convicted burglar nicknamed Spiderman, who scaled tall buildings in Monaco to steal from people's apartments, has had his jail term extended for violence towards prison officers. Dressed entirely in black, wearing a hood and attached to each building by rope, Spiderman carried out a series of daring burglaries, at night, in 2019, including from a 50th floor apartment in the Tour Odeon. He was jailed for three years last summer. He's now appeared in court again and been ordered to serve an extra three months behind bars for three acts of violence, including punching and spitting at prison supervisors.

A group of more than 100 volunteers who normally help clear up litter from the coastline near Marseille have decided to tackle the city centre instead. The Clean My Calanques team picked up 600 kilos of rubbish in just a few hours this weekend - everything from bottles and cans to a discarded toilet seat.

Two rare species of butterfly have been spotted for the first time in the Mercantour national park. The discovery was made in Sospel as part of a programme called Explor'nature, which aims to build up an inventory of local biodiversity.

With less than a month to go until the Nice carnival, work is frantically going on behind closed doors in warehouses to build and design the carnival floats. This year is the 150th edition and the theme is "the treasures of the world". The carnival in Nice runs from 10 to 26 February.

And today marks the start of Monaco's orange harvest. The principality has almost 1,000 citrus trees, more than half of which grow bitter oranges which ripen around this time of year. Pruning the trees is a big job - and it's an important one, to ensure that no mature oranges fall on vehicles or pedestrians, or lay around rotting on the streets. Last year's harvest saw almost eight tonnes of oranges collected in the space of a few weeks. About a quarter of that goes to Monaco's hotel and catering school, where it's used to make jams and fruit jellies. Most of the rest is used to make liqueur at the Orangerie distillery on Rue de la Turbie - but you can also ask for a kilo or two for yourself, on a first-come first-served basis. You'll find the gardeners this week on Rue Princesse Caroline, Boulevard de Belgique and the Avenue de Grande-Bretagne. Next week they'll move on to Boulevard de Suisse and Boulevard d'Italie, and then in early February they'll be picking trees along Rue Grimaldi. Parking is temporarily prohibited along the affected roads.
BUSINESS

The boss of Norwegian energy giant Equinor has said he does not expect gas and electricity bills to return to the levels they were before Covid. Anders Opedal said the transition from fossil fuels towards less damaging sources of energy meant costs would remain high. Opedal also said that windfall taxes on energy firms were affecting investment in projects in the UK. Energy companies have reported record profits because of higher gas prices. Equinor, which makes most of its money producing oil and gas, is one of Europe's biggest energy companies, with operations in 36 countries around the world.

And India's top 1% owned more than 40.5% of its total wealth in 2021, according to a new report by Oxfam. In 2022, the number of billionaires in the country increased to 166 from 102 in 2020, the report said. Meanwhile, it added that the poor in India "are unable to afford even basic necessities to survive". The charity called on India's finance minister to levy a wealth tax on the ultra rich to tackle this "obscene" inequality.

SPORT

Tennis - British rising star Jack Draper tested Spain's Rafael Nadal before physical issues cost him in a four-set loss in the Australian Open first round. Draper, 21, levelled at one-set each, leading to 22-time major champion Nadal, 36, having a frank discussion with his team before the third set. Top seed Nadal led 4-1 but was still unconvincing as Draper broke back before the Briton lost serve at 5-4. Draper struggled to move in the fourth as Nadal secured a 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-1 win.

In the women's singles, Emma Raducanu made a positive return to court after her injury scare in the build-up to the Grand Slam, moving into the second round of the Australian Open with a straight-set win. On the opening day in Melbourne, the British number one won 6-3 6-2 against Germany's Tamara Korpatsch.

Snooker - Judd Trump beat Mark Williams 10-8 to win his second Masters title at Alexandra Palace. Trump trailed 8-7 but won three frames in a row to clinch the first prize of £250,000, wrapping up victory with a clearance of 126. Victory for Williams, who turns 48 in March, would have made the Welshman the oldest ever Masters champion, eclipsing the record of Stuart Bingham, who was 43 years when he won in 2020.

In local football, AS Monaco pulled off a spectacular 7-1 win over Ajaccio at the Stade Louis II on Sunday afternoon, putting them fourth in Ligue 1 ahead of their trip to Marseille on Saturday 28th. OGC Nice had to settle for a goalless draw away at Reims.

And in local motorsport, preparations are underway here on the port of Monaco in front of our studios for this year’s 91st edition of the Rallye de Monte-Carlo which will take to the roads of Provence Alpes and the Côte d'Azur this week. This Thursday 19th January the starting line is scheduled, as last year, on the Place du Casino in Monaco. In all, the participants will cover 1,523 km including "18 special stages with a total length of 325.02 km".
 

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