French and Riviera News 5th November 2021

News

Education minister in Nice - France's education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer will be in Nice today Friday, November 5th. The minister's trip will focus on adult education. Blanquer will visit the Eucalyptus High School in the early afternoon, after a lunch at the town hall, where he will visit the electrical engineering and car maintenance workshops.

Moovia on strike - Moovia, a subsidiary of Transdev has announced strike action in Nice. Since Thursday, November 4, the enforcement officers of Moovia, have stopped issuing fines for non-payment of parking. A meeting with the director of human resources is announced for today, Friday 5th November.

France's oldest prisoner could be released from prison today - France's oldest prisoner, Tommy Recco, a serial killer who in 1980 murdered an 11-year-old girl, her father and neighbour in the Var region after having shot dead three cashiers in Béziers three weeks earlier has had his request for release rejected by the court. Aged 87 and imprisoned in Corsica, Recco recently made his 21st request for release. The decision was announced on Thursday 4th November. Recco has been incarcerated for 41 years for two triple murders committed in December 1989 in the Hérault, and in January 1980 in the Var. France's oldest detainee had filed a request last month for remission of his sentence on health issues.

Demonstrator gets six-month prison sentence - The criminal court in Nice has handed a 6-month prison sentence to a young Niçois arrested for having attacked five policemen during the demonstration of September 11th in Nice. Joshua M'Tar, a 26-year-old from Nice, who had a no criminal record was demonstrating against the health pass when the incident occurred.

Migrants inured - One person has died, and three others have been injured after a group of migrants were hit by TER train which connects Calais to Dunkirk. The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon at around 6.30pm an investigation has been opened by police.

WHO concerned about current health situation in Europe - According to the World Health Organization, the current health situation could lead to half a million more deaths in Europe by February. The number of new Covid-19 infections is increasing in Europe, more than in other regions of the world. The World Health Organization has said it is alarmed by the "very worrying" pace of transmission of covid.

According to the WHO, the situation could lead to half a million more deaths in Europe by February as the east of the continent faces a new wave with cases exploding in the UK and Belgium.

French astronaut expresses concern of visible consequences of climate change - As Thomas Pesquet returns after 6 months in space, French President Emmanuel Macron has spoken with the astronaut about global warming and the future of the conquest of space. A few days before his return to Earth, astronaut Pesquet spoke with Macron during a live videoconference. In the middle of the COP26, the French astronaut confided to the French President his concern about the advance of the visible consequences of climate change.

Business

Discussions between France and the United Kingdom about post-Brexit fishing licenses will continue into next week following an announcement from the British government on Thursday after a meeting in Paris between British Secretaries of State David Frost and French Clément Beaune. Both sides have set out their positions and concerns.

To maintain the desirability and scarcity of their products, luxury brands are raising their prices. Chanel has increased the price of one of its bags twice in just a few months. In one month, the price of Chanel's "classic small bag" model has increased by 1000 euros, from 6,300 euros at the end of September to 7,300 euros.

According to figures published on Thursday the Societe Generale group has seen its net profit almost double year-on-year in the third quarter of 2021, to 1.6 billion euros, achieving the best quarter in its history. Net banking income, equivalent to revenue for the sector, increased by 14.9% to €6.67 billion.

Newly elected mayor of New York Eric Adams has said he would like his first three pay checks in bitcoin. The former police captain was elected this week to take over at the end of mayor Bill de Blasio's term in January. Mr Adams said on social media that he wanted to signal his intention to make New York the "centre of the cryptocurrency industry". The value of bitcoin, the world's largest cryptocurrency, has been highly volatile, since it was created in 2009.

Sport 

Cricket - Yorkshire have been suspended from hosting England matches as the England and Wales Cricket Board delivered a devastating dress down over the club's response to racism experienced by former player Azeem Rafiq. An investigation found Rafiq was a victim of "racial harassment and bullying" - but the club said it would take no disciplinary action. The ECB board says the ban will last until the club has "clearly demonstrated that it can meet the standards expected".

Football – In the Premier League tonight Southampton play Aston Villa. In tomorrow's action Manchester United play Manchester City, Brentford are at home to Norwich, Chelsea play Burnley, Crystal Palace play Wolverhampton and Brighton play Newcastle. On Sunday Arsenal are at home to Watford, Everton play Tottenham, Leeds face Leicester and West Ham play Liverpool.

Formula One - Title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen say they will race fair and clean for the remainder of the season. Hamilton trails by 12 points heading into the Mexican Grand Prix this weekend.

Weather 

Clear skies and highs of 17 degrees in Monaco, Nice and Cannes. This evening going down to 10 degrees with clear skies.

The outlook for the weekend - Remaining fine on Saturday highs of 17-18 degrees. Sunday, sunny intervals with scattered showers.

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