French and Rivera News Monday 26th September 2022

News

Air traffic interrupted at Montpellier airport after landing accident - Air traffic is expected to resume at Montpellier airport following a landing accident at the weekend. The airport has been closed since Saturday morning after a cargo plane missed its landing, overrunning the runway in the early hours of Saturday morning. Since, flights departing and arriving at the airport, located on the Mediterranean coast and which sees up to 197,000 passengers’ transit per month in the summer season, have been either cancelled or diverted. The three people on board were able to be extricated and brought to safety thanks to the rapid intervention of the emergency services. While the exact circumstances of the accident remain to be determined it's thought that the bad weather may have had something to do with it.

Var prefecture warns of current telephone scam - The Var prefecture has warned against a wave of telephone scams where a person is posing as one of their agents and offers to speed up any administrative procedure in return for money. Services of the prefecture do not require any payment in order to obtain priority processing of files. In a press release the prefecture said that “for the time being, we do not know the number of victims of the scam, or the amount of money stolen. But those concerned can contact the police to report their case”.

Accident involving several vehicles in Contes - Traffic has been heavily impacted after an accident in Contes involving several vehicles. The accident occurred at around 7pm just after the pointe roundabout, on the RD15 on Sunday evening, fortunately nobody was injured. The lanes in both directions were temporary cut off while emergency services intervened, and the damaged cars and debris were cleared.

Unique exhibition – The Bayeux Tapestry Museum is hosting a unique exhibition presenting face to face reproductions of the famous work from the Middle Ages and a giant fresco by British painter David Hockney "A year in Normandy". Living in Calvados since 2019, British artist David Hockney created the 90 m long fresco on the four seasons in Normandy using a drawing tablet. Fascinated for many years by the Bayeux Tapestry, Hockney was inspired by its narrative mode for his fresco, an unprecedented encounter between the Normandy countryside and the history of the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in the 11th century.  A year in Normandy is showing until April 23, 2023.

“Sans filtre” in cinema’s this Wednesday - The film which won this year’s Palme d’Or in Cannes is to open in cinemas this Wednesday 28th September. "Sans filtre" is described as “a satire of the ultra-rich and class relations in Western societies”. The release of the film was hit by the sudden death, at only 32 years old, at the end of August, of the South African actress who plays this main character, Charlbi Dean.

Business

The pound has fallen to its lowest level against the US dollar since decimalisation in 1971. In early Asia trade, sterling fell by more than 4% before regaining some ground. That came after UK Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng unveiled historic tax cuts funded by huge increases in borrowing. The pound has also been under pressure as the dollar has been boosted by the US central bank continuing to raise interest rates.

The euro also touched a fresh 20-year-low against the dollar in morning Asia trade amid investor concerns about the risk of recession as winter approaches with no sign of an end to the energy crisis or the war in Ukraine.

According to the draft social security financing bill, the social security deficit in France will be reduced significantly in 2023, to 6.8 billion euros compared to 17.8 billion expected this year. Despite the slowdown in growth, the government is counting on more dynamic revenue than expenditure, with contributions boosted by inflation and rising wages. The improvement will mainly benefit the health branch, whose losses will be reduced from around 20 billion in 2022 to 6.5 billion in 2023.

Meanwhile the French government wants to put an end to “sick leave” being reimbursed through an appointment by teleconsultation and not in person by a doctor or GP. Speaking on Sunday Gabriel Attal explained that there “has been a sharp increase in sick leave given by teleconsultation, of nearly 100 million euros last year”. The move also comes as part of the fight against fraud.

Sport

Cricket - Pakistan has edged past England by three runs in a thrilling encounter to level their Twenty20 series at 2-2. The teams will play for the fifth T20 in the seven-match series on Wednesday.

Football - Wales were relegated from the top tier of the Nations League after they were beaten 1-0 at home by Poland. Meanwhile, reigning champions France narrowly avoided Nations League relegation despite defeat by Denmark, who missed out on a place in next year's finals.

Athletics - Double Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge has broken his own men's marathon world record at Sunday's race in Berlin. The 37-year-old Kenyan crossed the line in a time of two hours, one minute and nine seconds, to beat by 30 seconds his previous best, set four years ago in the German capital city.

Weather

Mainly fine some cloudy patches. Highs of 25 degrees along the coast in Nice, Cannes and Antibes. 21 degrees inland. A moderate breeze. This evening going down to 15 degrees along the coast and 12 degrees inland with clear skies.

The outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday. Mainly fine tomorrow, becoming increasingly cloudy by Wednesday. Highs of 23 degrees.

Sunrise     07.21hr              Sunset      19.20hr

And Finally

NASA will tonight Monday September 26th attempt to deviate the trajectory of an asteroid by projecting a kamikaze ship on it. The Dart mission took off in November from California. After ten months of travel, the ship must hit the asteroid Dimorphos at 1:14 a.m. (French time), at a speed of more than 20,000 km/h. The craft is no bigger than a car, and its target is about 160m in diameter. That's half the height of the Eiffel Tower. While the asteroid does not represent a threat to Earth in any way, its orbit around the Sun passes only seven million kilometers from us, the mission "is important to achieve ahead of witnesses a real need. The moment of impact promises to be spectacular and can be followed live on the American agency's video channel. It is not a question of destroying the asteroid but of pushing it slightly. Very few of the known asteroids are considered potentially dangerous, and none are over the next 100 years. If Dart misses its target, the ship should have enough fuel for another attempt in two years.

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