French and Riviera News Friday 16th September 2022

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Nice attack - Two child psychiatrists who testified at the July 14th Nice attack trial in Paris on Thursday, have indicated that six years later, more than 150 traumatized children are still having to be followed, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. 15 children and adolescents were killed in the attack and hundreds were injured physically and mentally with more than 8,000 consultations taking place at the Lenval children’s hospital since.

Man drowns and another swimmer is rescued - A 75-year-old man has drowned at the Moure Rouge beach in Cannes. The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon. Emergency services intervened but were unable to revive the victim. Meanwhile, in Nice a 20-year-old man got into difficulty while swimming in the sea near Boulevard Maurice-Maeterlinck. Emergency services intervened shortly after 6.30pm and the victim was taken to the Pasteur hospital in Nice.

Flights affected due to strike by air traffic controllers - Nearly one in two flights departing from and arriving at Nice International Airport will be cancelled today Friday 16th September, due to strike action by air traffic controllers. Many planes risk being grounded impacting tens of thousands of travellers. Budget airline Ryanair has cancelled 420 flights, British Airways will not run 22 flights and EasyJet has removed 76 flights as part of the move. Air France has cut 55% of its short-haul flights and 90% of long-haul flights. The majority of flights affected fly over France and arrive and depart from the country. The SNCTA air traffic control union announced a strike on Wednesday due to wages and guarantees of recruitment. The union said the strike was down to “the absence of a guarantee on recruitment for 2023 and the following years” and said considering inflation “the absence of a salary increase is unjustifiable”.

Theft on TGV trains between Paris, Nice and Geneva - Three men face up to seven years in prison after having carried out thefts on TGV passengers between Paris, Nice and Geneva for nearly six years. According to local media the three individuals from Nice and Marseille became part of a police investigation after being filmed during a theft at Aix TGV station at the end of April 2022. The three aged between 40 and 60 had amassed loot estimated at 400,000 euros including Louis Vuitton bags worth up to 1,500 euros, shoes at 600 euros, leather goods, cameras or jewellery and also a watch with an estimated value of nearly 70,000 euros stolen in 2019 from an American tourist living in California.

Forest areas at risk of fire in the Var - Two forests areas in the Var region have been closed due to the high fire risk. Access to the Esterel and Center-Var massifs will be prohibited this Friday, September 16th. The Maures and Corniche des Maures massifs will be at severe risk, access is authorized but not recommended. The other forests of the Var will be at moderate risk this Friday.

Hunting in France - The French Parliament has released an information report on Wednesday making hunting in France safer following a petition signed by more than 120,000 people demanding more “supervision and limits”. Among the requests was that of prohibiting alcohol during hunting parties.

Grande Braderie - If you’re looking for a bargain, today and tomorrow Saturday 17th September, will see the return of the Grande Braderie in Nice. With shops offering discounts over the two days.

Russian billionaire Alexei Kouzmitchev takes action against French authorities - Russian billionaire Alexei Kouzmitchev has taken action to recover his two yachts seized by customs in the South of France at the end of March. On Thursday, the Russian billionaire announced that he was suing the French authorities to regain access to two of his yachts. Kuzmitchev, whose fortune is estimated at 7 billion dollars according to Forbes and whose name appears on the list of oligarchs targeted by the European Union, has had his two boats "La Petite Ourse" and "La Petite Ourse II" confiscated, detained in the towns of Antibes and Cannes on the French Riviera. Two vessels of 17 and 26 meters respectively, the total amount of which would amount to 90 million euros according to authorities. Alexei Kouzmitchev also owns cars and properties in France which are also under sanctions but which he can continue to use. He simply does not have the right to sell or rent them.

French opera singer records only version of “God save the King” - A French opera singer and teacher in Paris has become the first to record the only version of the new anthem of the United Kingdom “God save the King” after the death of Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday. The 51-year-old Frenchman's recording is one of the only ones available in an improved version suitable for listening on steaming platforms via smartphones. It was in 2017 that Arnaud Kientz recorded a series of foreign anthems including a version of “God save the King”. The recording of the Frenchman appears in the first search results on the Spotify platform, and on Apple music and has already accumulated thousands of plays on the platforms.

Mourners from across the UK and around the world queue to see the coffin of the Queen as she lies in state - Meanwhile mourners from across the UK and around the world have been queuing to see the coffin of the Queen as she lies in state. A UK government queue tracker estimates the wait time is at least 11.5 hours, with the queue snaking nearly five miles (7.9km) across London. King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, will visit Wales on Friday on the final stop of their tour of the UK's four nations. On Thursday, Prince William told well-wishers that walking behind the Queen's coffin brought back memories of his mother's funeral in 1997. His comments came as new details of the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September were revealed. There will be a national two-minute silence at the end of the service, and a procession through London will follow.

Business

The cost of a typical mortgage in the US has hit its highest level since the 2008 financial crisis as the country battles to rein in soaring prices.  The rise comes as the US central bank aggressively raises rates in an effort to reduce the pressures driving up inflation across the economy.

Meanwhile, according to the latest projections from the Banque de France published on Thursday, French growth should amount to 2.6% in 2022. A forecast revised upwards compared to the June estimates (2.3%) and now in phase with those of INSEE (2.6%) and Bercy (2.7%). If the institution welcomes a "resilience better than expected" in 2022 thanks to the good performance of demand and the "rebound in the service sector", French activity should slow down significantly from next winter.

A jersey worn by basketball icon Michael Jordan during the opening game of the 1998 NBA Finals has been sold for a record $10.1m (£8.8m). This is the most a piece of sporting memorabilia has fetched in history. On Thursday, Sotheby's said Jordan's Chicago Bulls jersey attracted a total of 20 bids.

Sport

Tennis - Roger Federer has announced he is to retire from tennis. Reacting to the announcement on Thursday his great rival Rafael Nadal said it was "sad day" for sport. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion made his professional debut aged 16 in 1998 and won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003.

Rugby Union - Former Wales rugby union captain and legendary broadcaster and commentator Eddie Butler has died at the age of 65. After rising to prominence with club side Pontypool, Butler played 16 times for Wales between 1980 and 1984, captaining the side on six occasions and scoring two tries. The number eight was called up to the British and Irish Lions squad that toured New Zealand in 1983. After retirement he became a respected rugby broadcaster. Butler died in his sleep on a charity trek in Peru.

Football – In the Premier League this evening Aston Villa are at home to Southampton and Nottingham Forest play Fulham. On Saturday Wolves play Manchester City, Newcastle are at home to Bournemouth and Tottenham play Leicester. On Sunday Brentford play Arsenal and Everton are at home to West Ham.

Weather

Sunny with highs of 28 degrees in Nice, Antibes and Cannes with a gentle breeze. Sunshine and highs of 30 degrees in Saint Tropez with gusty winds. This evening going down to 17 degrees with clear skies.

Outlook for the weekend; Some cloudy patches to begin with clearing by the afternoon. Risk of scattered showers inland. Highs of 24-26 degrees.

Sunrise     07.10hr    Sunset      19.39hr

Sea temperature     25 degrees       UV Level  6

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