French and Riviera News Friday 14th June 2024

National News France

France’s left-wing show a united front for the parliamentary elections - Political parties representing the French left-wing have reached an agreement to form a 'Popular Front' to contest the snap parliamentary election which will be held over the coming month. In a joint statement issued on behalf of the parties read "A new page in the history of France has been written with this new Popular Front!" The united left-wing 'Popular Front' is set to go head-to-head against the far-right's National Rally, currently leading the polls for the parliamentary vote, while President Emmanuel Macron's camp is currently struggling to make headway against the two.

Local News

Mayor of Nice fires another attack towards Eric Ciotti - Meanwhile, the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has continued his attack against the president of the republican party Eric Ciotti, following his attempt to form an alliance with the far right National Rally saying that “just a month ago, Ciotti was belly dancing in front of Gabriel Attal, France’s Prime Minister” he added that he was “in no way surprised that Ciotti was playing on all sides” concluding that “he is prepared to do anything to achieve his ambitions”.  

Luxury watch thefts continue in Cannes - In other news, a recent series of luxury watch thefts continues on the Croisette in Cannes with yet another victim having their 370,000 euros watch stolen. The woman of Saudi nationality was attacked on the Croisette on Tuesday evening at around 9pm by a man on a scooter, while waiting for a taxi in front of the Carlton Hotel. An investigation has been opened by the public prosecutor's office.

Watch thefts have increased in the city in recent weeks. On the night of Saturday to Sunday June 2nd, footballer Yves Bissouma was robbed of his watch worth 300,000 euros as he returned to the Majestic hotel. A few days later, a British tourist had his 100,000 euro watch stolen. On June 6th, another victim had his 13,000 euro watch stolen in the city centre, near the Cours Felix-Faure.

Air pollution peaks set to return soon - With temperatures rising in the region the return of peaks in air pollution are an all too familiar problem. However, Atmosud has announced that the situation although still a problem, has greatly improved over the last 25 years in the Alpes Maritimes and the Var with fewer peaks for shorter periods. Data has shown that in the 1990s there were often 60 days of air pollution during the summer months compared with around 10 days last year.

The art of conversation is back thanks to PhiloMonaco Week – Finally, the art of conversation is far from dead in the Principality as the Monaco Philosophy week continues until this Sunday June 16th. Philosophy has taken to the streets of Monaco all week with HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco attending one of the debates on education. Organized by the Monaco Philosophical Meetings, PhiloMonaco Week intends to reconnect with the original tradition of philosophy by putting dialogue back into the heart of the community especially in today’s society where sadly no one talks anymore. Today Friday June 14th, PhiloMonaco Week will ask the question on the theme of women: what does it mean to be a feminist man? Those wishing to take part can attend the 9.30am meeting on the Place d’Armes and the 2:30pm gathering at the Princess Grace Theatre.

Business

A record-breaking eye watering pay package has been backed by shareholders at Tesla for boss Elon Musk. The results are a victory for the billionaire, who had campaigned fiercely for the payout, which is worth up to $56bn - the exact amount depends on the Tesla share price. In addition, a plan to move the firm's legal headquarters to Texas has also been approved. The eye-popping sum had sparked criticism and raised concerns that the board of the company was too submissive and close to Mr Musk.

Microsoft has announced that it will not be rolling out "Recall", an AI-powered feature that tracks computer usage. It was due to be introduced with its new computers next week but will now instead be previewed with a smaller group later amid concerns of privacy risks. The Recall feature tracks web browsing to voice chats, creating a history stored on the computer that the user can search when they need to remember something they did, even months later.

And - America's third largest bank Wells Fargo has carried out a spate of sackings in recent weeks after claims some of its employees were faking keyboard activity to fool the firm into thinking they were working. It is not known how the issue was discovered, or whether it was related to remote work. New rules came into effect in the US this month that means offices which brokers are using to work from home need to be inspected every three years.

Sport

Football – All eyes are on Munich as the Euro 2024 kicks off this evening with hosts Germany taking on Scotland. Kick off is at 9pm French time. On Saturday in Group A Hungary play Switzerland kick off is at 3pm French time and in Group B Spain face Croatia at 6pm French time and Italy play Albania with a 9pm kick off. Sunday will see in Group C Slovenia play Denmark kick off is at 6pm, Serbia face England in their first match of the tournament. Kick off is at 9pm French time. In Group D Poland play the Netherlands kick off is at 3pm French time. France will play their first match on Monday in Group D against Austria.

In the Premier League Manchester United will be speaking to Everton once the transfer window opens today about young defender Jarrad Branthwaite.

Tennis - Rafael Nadal will not play at Wimbledon this year in order to focus on the Olympics in Paris. The two-time champion said he was “saddened” to be missing the “great atmosphere” of Wimbledon. Nadal won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010 this year’s tournament starts on July 1st.

Cycling – British rider Adam Yates extended his lead in the Tour de Suisse with a hard-earned victory in stage five on Thursday.  Three stages remain, with the race finishing on Sunday. Today’s stage six has been shortened from 151.1km to just 42.5km because of snow.

Basketball – It’s congratulations to the The Roca Team who have won the league and claimed the Champions of France title.   AS Monaco Basket has retained the glory by beating Paris Basketball.  The Roca Team took control from the very start, leading 19 points to nil and ending with 115 points against Paris’s 76.

Weather

Mainly fine some cloudy patches to start. A gentle to moderate wind across the region. Highs of 23 degrees in Nice and Monaco. 24 degrees in Marseille. Reaching 28 degrees in Saint Tropez. This evening going down to 19 degrees with cloudy skies.

The outlook for tomorrow Saturday, a cloudy start to the day clearing by the afternoon with highs of 24 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 29 degrees in the Var. Sunday a fine and sunny start, clouding over by the afternoon highs of 25-26 degrees.

Sunrise                05.47am

Sunset                 09.13pm

Sea temperature

Monaco     20.9 degrees.

UV level     9

Weather elsewhere

London               18° thundery showers.

Palma                  27° sunny.

Milan                   24° sunny intervals.

Munich                19° sunny intervals.

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