French and Riviera News Friday 16th December 2022


Monitoring of far-right networks ahead of World Cup final - Several dozen people linked to the far-right, were at the centre of tensions on the streets of Nice following Wednesday’s semi final match between France and Morocco. Fireworks were set off and hooded men shouted, "Arabs out" and "We're home" while chasing Moroccan supporters, according to Le Figaro newspaper. Similar clashes were reported in both Paris and Lyon following France’s victory in the semi final. On Thursday France’s Interior minister Gérald Darmanin requested "specific monitoring of far-right networks" ahead of the World Cup Final on Sunday between France and Argentina.

Ciotti attacks mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi - Interviewed on BFMTV, the new president of the Republicans Eric Ciotti, has attacked the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi, declaring that « Nice is more indebted than Paris » adding that he would not “run away from his responsibilities” in 2026 as President of the Republicans.

Four people charged for fire which destroyed restaurant in Saint-Laurent du Var - Four people believed to be part of an organized gang, have been charged and imprisoned for the fire at a restaurant in Saint-Laurent-du-Var in 2020, against a backdrop of fraud and extortion. The "Uniq'Brasserie" restaurant in Saint-Laurent-du-Var was ravaged by flames in September 2020 before the fire spread to three other nearby establishments, located on the Flots Bleus promenade.

Train Traffic interrupted after branch fell on track - Train traffic between Nice and Ventimiglia has been interrupted after a branch fell on the safety net between Eze and Cap D’Ail on Thursday lunchtime. Traffic returned to normal shortly after 8pm following the incident. Meanwhile, disruptions are expected today and over the weekend on some TGV trains and regional TER services following strike action from signalmen at the SNCF.

Action innocence raises more than 146,000 euros for charity - The Monegasque association “Action innocence” has raised more than 146,000 euros thanks to its sale of Christmas trees. The association organized its annual Christmas tree sale this week to finance its work in protecting children from the dangers of the Internet. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene were there to support the association. The Monegasque NGO, which fights for the protection of children on the Internet, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco annual visit to Riviera Radio - HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco visited Riviera Radio on Thursday to give his annual interview and Christmas message to our listeners. The Prince looked back at 2022 with morning presenter Sarah Lycett, sharing his thoughts on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, sustainable development, the Monaco Red Cross, the 100th anniversary of the death of Prince Albert I celebrated in 2022, his children and wife Princess Charlene. Stay tuned to Riviera Radio over the festive season to hear this exclusive interview.

Exciting new wave of change for Riviera Radio – Finally, Prince Albert’s visit coincided with the news on Thursday of an exciting wave of change for Riviera Radio as Reg Grundy Capital comes onboard. Monaco-based Riviera Radio, the only local radio in English, has been broadcasting to Monaco and the South of France for more than 35 years. Since its entry to the local market, the station has become a trusted companion, advisor, news provider and entertainer. Today through its digital development and website, Riviera Radio attracts a worldwide audience of not just listeners but readers too. The station works with and supports local businesses and the community through its strong on-the-ground relationship with its high-end audience. Riviera Radio will now be owned and controlled by a new structure, which brings 2 successful media forces together.

Reg Grundy Capital was founded by eminent businessman and media icon Reg Grundy AC OBE. Grundy got his start in radio, as a broadcaster and producer of high-profile programming, and went on to build the world’s largest and most successful independently owned production company: Grundy Worldwide. Along with his wife and business partner Joy, Grundy created and owned a library of over 160 top rated television series and movies, produced in over 76 countries, including long-running hits “Neighbours,” “Wheel of Fortune” and “Questions Pour Un Champion.” The successful company sold in 1995, and the popular catalogue of Grundy shows are now part of the Freemantle Media library, still entertaining audiences around the globe. Today, Reg Grundy Capital is headed by Joy Chambers-Grundy, who will join the board of Riviera Radio