French and Riviera News Friday 11th October 2019


Road accident - Two motorcyclists have died following a road accident on Thursday in Golfe-Juan. The accident happened on Thursday evening when the two motorcycles collided head on, on the Avenue de la Liberté linking Golfe-Juan to Cannes. The accident led to the road being closed in both directions while emergency services intervened.

Protestors block pay toll – Meanwhile more than a hundred Kurdish protestors have blocked traffic at the Saint Raphael pay toll in the Var.The group gathered on Thursday to protest against the Turkish government blocking traffic and distributing leaflets to motorists. The incident caused long delays for motorist.

Plans to build new high school - The city council of Saint Laurent du Var has voted unanimously in favour of building a high school on the right bank of the Var. The move comes as a counter project to plans to build a prison in the area. The current prison, in the heart of Nice, has an overcrowding rate of nearly 150%, and is one of the most overpopulated sites in France.

Mayors call for action following incident on A8 motorway - The Mayor of Nice Christian Estorsi has questioned the group Escota over its handling of events during Wednesday’s traffic incident after a truck caught fire on the A8 motorway. Estrosi along with other Mayors in the region have voted for Escota to establish a “compensation commission” to compensate users and businesses which were impacted by the accident. Speaking to local media Estrosi said "Users were taken hostage, despite the efforts of emergency and rescue services with some motorists spending several hours stranded in their cars, companies have suffered a lot of damage, with social and economic consequences, as well as loss of turnover. There were serious environmental consequences and none of the mayors were alerted to the measures to be taken before late morning”. He added "We have the feeling that Escota which makes profits of 200 to 280 million euros per year, and continues to increase the cost of the toll did not know how to manage the crisis. In response to Estrosi’s  comments Escota's director of marketing replied saying that : "On the most impacted section, tolls barriers were raised but we could not open them all. It was an exceptional event beyond our control, those who want a refund can write to us and we will analyze the requests on a case by case basis.

Nano-satellites - Prince Albert of Monaco has been inspecting new hi-tech nano-satellites which are due to launch into orbit next year. The satellites are manufactured  by Oribtal Solutions Monaco and  are designed to collect atmospheric climate data to study the effects of climate change. A fraction of the cost of traditional satellites, these smaller versions will also limit the problem of space junk which is littering the outer atmosphere.


European parliament - The European parliament has rejected the candidacy of Sylvie Goulard. Goulard was French President Emmanuel Macron's choice to join the European Commission as a top official. The setback is a blow to Macron who had counted on Goulard's nomination to firm up France's position in a post-Brexit European Union. Sylvie Goulard was France's choice to be the next head of European Union industrial policy.

Referendum – France’s Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe has announced that France's Pacific island territory of New Caledonia is to hold a second referendum on independence next year.  Voters in a November 2018 poll chose to remain part of France by 57 percent to 43 percent, a result hailed by President Emmanuel Macron as "historic". The date for next year's poll will be decided over the coming fortnight. French since 1853, New Caledonia is a remote island territory in the southwestern Pacific and has around 270,000 inhabitants.


The first day of high-level trade talks between US and Chinese representatives in Washington has ended with hopes of a limited deal being struck.

The talks will resume later today as news emerged that the two sides might be able to ease the 15 month old trade war that’s been hampering global growth a roiling financial markets.

President Trump said last night that talks with Chinese officials had been “very good” and said that he’d meet the country’s Vice-Premier Liu He at the White House today.

Reports say that negotiators could agree on low-level accords on issues including currencies and copyright protections with the goal of finding a path to a bigger deal.


The Japanese carmaker Nissan has said that a no-deal Brexit could make its European business model unsustainable.

The chairman of Nissan Europe Gianluca de Ficchy  said that if a 10 percent export tariff was introduced after the UK left the EU  then it would put the firm’s operations “in jeopardy”.

Mr de Ficchy was speaking at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in north-eastern England on Thursday  where work on a new Juke model is due to start shortly.

The firm said that it had invested 100 million pounds in the plant  but that it was difficult to plan for the future amid Brexit uncertainty.


And-Oil prices have climbed slightly this morning building on gains from Thursday after Opec hinted at making deeper cuts to supply.

Brent Crude was trading up 16 cents at 59 dollars 10 a little earlier with West Texas Intermediate up 16 cents to 53 dollars 71.

On Thursday ,Opec’s Secretary-General said that “all options are on the table” including a deeper supply cut to balance markets.He said that a decision would be taken in December by Opec and its partners.



The England coach Eddie Jones has said that Scotland will “only have themselves to blame” if they’re knocked out of the World Cup because of Typhoon Hagibis.

England’s match against France tomorrow has already been cancelled along with the game between New Zealand and Italy.

Scotland’s must win game against Japan in Yokohama on Sunday is still on at the moment but could still be under threat.

Jones said “it’s Typhoon season and you have to prepare for that”.He said that with that in mind “you have to accumulate points in your games to put yourself in the right position”.

Typhoon Hagibis is set to wreak havoc in Tokyo and surrounding areas when iut makes landfall sometime tonight or early tomorrow.

If the Scotland game is called off then they can only progress if Ireland are beaten by Samoa in Fukuoka tomorrow.That game is going ahead as planned.

There’s one match today.Australia are playing Georgia in Pool D.Kick off is at 12.15.

Formula 1-Qualifying for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka has been cancelled because of the threat of Typhoon Hagibis.

Race organisers say that they’ve taken the decision in the interests of safety for the spectators,competitors and everyone at the Suzuka circuit.

Qualifying will now take place before the race on Sunday and is due to start at 3am French time.

First practice this morning has already concluded with Valterri Bottas leading Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes 1-2 at the top of the time sheets.

The race starts at 7.10 on Sunday morning with Hamilton looking all but unassailable as he hones in on his 6th world title.

Football-In European Championship qualifying last night.Northern Ireland were beaten 3-1 away by The Netherlands in Group C while Wales shared a 1-1 draw in Slovakia in Group E.

It looks like the end of the road for Scotland in Group I though as Steve Clarke’s side went down to a 4-0 defeat in Russia.

There are more games tonight.England visit the Czech Republic in Group A while France travel to Iceland in Group H.

Cricket-India are on top on day 2 of the second Test against South Africa in Pune.

At stumps on day 1 the home side had reached 273-3 with opener Agarwal making 108 and VJ Kohli on 69 not out.

Tennis-Novak Djokovic is through to the quarter finals of the Shanghai Masters.

The 16 time Grand Slam winner dispatched John Isner of the United States 7-5 6-3.

Roger Federer is also through after beating David Goffin 7-6 6-4.


Clear skies with light south easterly winds.

Top temperature 22-24 degrees.

Overnight lows of 15 degrees on the coast and 12 degrees inland with clear skies.

The weekend-Hazy sunshine tomorrow,clear skies on Sunday. Highs of 21-23 degrees.


A pub boss has  shut down a newly-opened watering hole after being offended at hearing a customer swear,

The Fox and Goose pub in Droitwich, Worcestershire, was opened just seven weeks ago by owners Samuel Smith’s Brewer

But the landlord claimed that after boss Humphrey Smith, 74, popped in for a pint on Sunday the pub was suddenly closed the next day.

Mr Smith was reportedly offended when he overheard another customer using the F-word while telling his wife a dirty joke.

The chain owner is said to have previously imposed a ban on bad language and mobile phones in 2017 to encourage “social conversation”.











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